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Inaugural CQU-ADFAS Art prize a source of inspiration for Kimberley’s artistic beginnings

Inaugural CQU-ADFAS Art prize a source of inspiration for Kimberley’s artistic beginnings

Published:11 May 2018

Top: CQUni Certificate III in Visual Arts student Kimberley Evans-Barlow was named the recipient of the inaugural CQU-ADFAS Visual Art Student Prize, valued at $150. Bottom: (L-R) CQUni Visual Art Teacher Lisa Gaze, Teacher Carmen Gray, Pro Vice-Chancellor VET Operations and Growth Peter Heilbuth, Kimberley Evans-Barlow, ADFAS Co-Chairman Lyn Harrower, Teacher Pat Connor and Barbara Beak.

Kimberley Evans-Barlow’s artistic talents have been given a significant boost with CQUniversity and the Australian Decorative and Fine Arts Society (ADFAS) of Rockhampton awarding her a $150 prize to further her studies.

Kimberley was the first recipient of the bi-annual CQU-ADFAS Visual Art Student Prize, which recognises exceptional dedication and potential of currently enrolled Visual Arts students. ADFAS Rockhampton is the sole sponsor of the prize.

The prize was presented in the art studios at the CQUniversity Rockhampton City Campus on 9 May.

The 18-year-old, who has been studying a Certificate III in Visual Arts since March, said being named the recipient was a surprise and a motivator to continue her passion.

“Receiving the award feels good because it’s good to know that someone acknowledges my work and makes me realise that I can do more with it.”

“My mum was talented at art and I was quite inspired by her. I’m quite passionate about art because I enjoy how all the materials come together.”

She said she was considering enrolling in the Diploma of Visual Arts after she completes the Certificate.

Art Teacher Patrick Connor said the visual arts were an important part of culture and the aim of the prize was to foster future artists in order for them to have some influence on that culture.

CQUni Pro Vice-Chancellor for VET Operations and Growth said he hoped the introduction of the prize served as an encouragement for Kimberley and her classmates to pursue their passion.

The gathering also heard from ADFAS Rockhampton Co-Chairman Lyn Harrower who said the society’s aim was “knowledge through enjoyment”.

ADFAS assists and encourages local artists through its Young Arts section of Arts in the Community.  

“ADFAS Rockhampton is part of a nationwide group affiliated with The Art Society in UK and through these contacts, six international and two Australian expert speakers are invited each year to deliver in-depth, entertaining, illustrated talks on every aspect of the Arts,” she said.

She said the lectures are open to the public and held each month at Rockhampton Regional Library. Further details visit www. (Rockhampton page) or search “ADFAS Rockhampton” on Facebook.

For more information about CQUni’s Visual Arts courses visit,-Performing-and-Visual-Arts/certificate-iii/certificate-iii-in-visual-arts