360Q to sponsor $5250 Peebles Print Prize

Queenscliff’s 360Q will be the principal sponsor of the inaugural $5250 Peebles Print Prize, a printmaking prize hosted by Queenscliff Gallery & Workshop (QG&W). It is in recognition of celebrated local Queenscliff artist and academic, Graeme Peebles, world renowned for his intricate type of printmaking known as mezzotint.

Soula Mantalvanos, who founded QG&W with her husband Theo in the historic refurbished Wesleyan church in town 12 months ago, said Graeme is a Bellarine treasure. “As a local resident, Graeme is such a big part of the Queenscliff community,” she said. “He wandered in to the gallery one day while we were renovating and our association grew from there. Now we exhibit and sell his work and he teaches mezzotint classes here.”

Soula said she and Theo were inspired to create the Prize to not only honour Graeme, but to establish a prize to exhibit the highest level of printmaking in Australia.

There’s a $4000 cash prize purse donated by 360Q plus QG&W print studio access for five days including materials to the value of $500, and a People’s Choice award of $750. The exhibition will run from August 2 to September 11 at QG&W, 81 Hesse St, with the official opening 5 August.

Also supporting the prize are Direct Recruitment, Shelter Shed and Terindah Estate. The Prize is restricted to intaglio printmaking techniques including engraving, etching, mezzo-tint and aquatint and is only open to Australian residents.

Barry Iddles, chef and business owner of 360Q said he is thrilled to be the principal sponsor. “Since re-opening 360Q in October last year, my team and I have worked hard to re-invigorate the community at Queenscliff Harbour and in the township, and I am delighted to be partnering with Queenscliff Gallery and Work-shop for this event,” he said. “This is such a beautiful part of Victoria and a real hub for artists as well as a tourist attraction for art lovers from Melbourne. We hope to put Queenscliff on the map with this Prize.”

Entries are now open via www.qgw.com.au until May 26.