Byron Arts Classic

A massive 360 entries will battle for $10,000 in prizes in four categories in the Byron Arts Classic to be held on January 7 to 11 at the Byron Bay Community Centre.

Deciding the winners will be judges Peter Powditch, Melitta Firth and Jill Eddington.

Peter Powditch, a painter now based in Bangalow, has been immersed in the Sydney art scene since the 1960s.

He was the winner of the 1972 Sulman Prize, has been awarded a Member of the Order of Australia for services to art and is represented in Sydney by the Ray Hughes Gallery.

His works are in the National Gallery, and all the State Galleries, and in both public and private collections, in Australia and overseas.

Melitta Firth is the visual arts network and projects co-ordinator for Arts Northern Rivers.

Her background also includes a curatorial internship at the Guggenheim Museum in New York, an arts management residency with a contemporary art space in Indonesia and she was assistant manager with the Tim Olsen Gallery in Sydney.


 She has also been the exhibitions co-ordinator at the Lismore Regional Gallery.

Jill Eddington has worked in the creative industries for more than 30 years and has been a teacher of visual arts and has taught events management and creative arts industries studies at Southern Cross University.

From 1999 to 2006 she was director of the Northern Rivers Writers Centre and the Byron Bay Writers Festival.

Over the past three years Jill has been acting CEO of Arts Northern Rivers and executive manager of public programs at the State Library of Queensland.

Melitta, Peter and Jill said they were looking forward to seeing the diversity of works which would be presented.

The results of their deliberations will be announced at the Byron Arts Classic opening night event, Celebrating our Creativity, to be held at the Byron Community Centre on January 8.

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