Sunshine Coast artist Jandamarra Cadd is one of the Obi Art Prize judges.
Sunshine Coast artist Jandamarra Cadd is one of the Obi Art Prize judges. Contributed

Obi Art Project countdown is on for creative types

THE multi-dimensional 2017 Obi Art Project challenges creative artists to express what respect is to them in song, art, film or written words.

The artists participate in Sing for Change, Creative Writings for Change and the National Obi Arts Prize on this year's theme: "Respect", focused on four social areas - Indigenous healing, LGBTI community issues, domestic violence and refugees.

The Maleny Neighbourhood Centre is the beneficiary of the art prize and monies raised are used to help fund community projects.

The Obi Art Prize, with prizes worth more than $7000, is open to all professionals and amateur artists of any age.

Artists from around Australia are encouraged to submit works by the closing date of April 30.

Obi Art Prize Awards will consist of: Obi Art Prize 19+ - $3000, sponsored by Maleny IGA; Obi People's Choice Award Open Age - $2500, sponsored by Ken Mills Toyota; Obi Youth Award 11-18 years - $1500; and Obi Encouragement Award Up to 10 years - $250.

The judges for the 2017 Obi Art Prize are: Jandamarra Cadd (winner of Sunshine Coast Art Prize - Peoples Choice award); David Paulson (renowned Coast artist and Archibald finalist); Chris Hughes (managing director of the Antique Guild and Australian Antique and Art Dealers Association vice-president); and Steve Kilby (Australian band The Church) as guest artist.

The Online Exhibition begins from July 1 to 30 and the physical exhibition is on for three days from July 7-9 at the Maleny Community Centre. Paintings will be on display and for sale at the exhibition and online.

July 7 marks the official opening of the Obi Art Prize with the winners' announcement dinner.

This colourful event will showcase music, performance and entertainment around the theme, including an informal Q&A with guest speakers.

This is a limited-tickets event with a prize for the "Best Painted Tie".

Tickets are $125 per person, with only 55 seats available.

Ian "Dicko" Dickson will be the MC on the night.

Meanwhile, singer-songwriters are invited to submit songs created around the theme.

This is not a competition and all suitable songs will be available online at

You can download songs for $2 per song with 50% going back to the artists and 50% to the Maleny Neighborhood Center to help fund social programs.

Writers are invited to create poems, short stories, short plays, or spoken word pieces based on the theme. All relevant works will be included in the eBook and simply assessed by the panel for their proficient expression in a positive way of the theme.

A total of 50% of the profits from the sale of the eBook go back to the writers and 50% to the MNC for social programs.

Books can be ordered through


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