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Bourke Artists win Outback Archies prizes

Teacher, Theresa Dorrington with Dakota Johnson at Bourke Public School. PHOTO TWH

Two Bourke artists are among the prize winners in the 2021 Outback Archies.

The Outback Archies is highly respected and very competitive and was officially opened at the Outback Arts Gallery in Coonamble earlier this month.

Almost 100 artworks were featured in the exhibition from 17 local government areas, most of them remote, but all of them boasting thriving art communities.

Bourke’s Corey Brooks won the Curators Award for his oil painting of a sunset.

“That particular painting was of a sunset that I thought needed a bit more attention out near May’s Bend, just where the red dirt meets the white clay,” Corey said. “I paint every day or do some other artistic endeavour.

“I have been back in Bourke now for about 12 years after some time away and have been doing art the whole time.

“I was working at the high school as an aide and then at the public school as a gardener – my other background is as a landscape gardener – and in the past couple of years I have been doing my painting almost full time.

“It comes and goes but I am on the road to becoming fully established and I have Facebook and Instagram pages and a website, Corey’s Art, where I sell prints and originals.

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