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April 30th, 2018

April 30th, 2018

Well-known for its colour and creativity, the 2018 Australian Body Art Festival saw around 60 competitors embrace this year’s theme of Wild Things and put on a colourful show for over 8000 spectators in Cooroy, Queensland last weekend.

Holly Hughes, photo by Owen Lyell

Holly Hughes, photo by Owen Lyell

Some of Australia’s best body artists, face painters, visual artists and wearable art designers created and paraded their masterpieces across five competition categories.  Event Manager, Danielle Taylor, explains that the Wild Things theme had drawn a wide range of interpretations across all competition categories and some truly incredible art emerged.

“It truly is phenomenal to watch the artists come together from near and far to create something special for the spectators,” she said.  “The artists were under pressure to create their masterpieces within the defined time limits of the competitions, yet all had smiles on their faces and really enjoyed themselves and celebrated the opportunity to work alongside fellow artists,” Danielle said.

2018 winners are:

1st Brush Sponge by Wendy Fantasia photo by Monique Vecchio

1st Brush Sponge by Wendy Fantasia photo by Monique Vecchio

Brush & Sponge BODY ART

Winner: Wendy Fantasia from Melbourne, Victoria
Runner Up & People’s Choice:  Kristy O’Neil from Adelaide, South Australia

1st Airbrush by Holly Hughes photo by Monique Vecchio

1st Airbrush by Holly Hughes photo by Monique Vecchio

Airbrush BODY ART
Winner: Holly Hughes from Kandanga Creek, Queensland
Runner Up: Sandra Temple from Brisbane, Queensland

People’s Choice: Elfie Janadem from Mount Burrell, New South Wales

1st Special Effects by Holly Hughes

1st Special Effects by Holly Hughes

SPECIAL EFFECTS BODY ART
Winner: Holly Hughes from Kandanga Creek, Queensland

Runner Up & People’s Choice: Sonja Howard from Brisbane, Queensland

1st Face Painting by Kristy O'Neil photo by Monique Vecchio

1st Face Painting by Kristy O’Neil photo by Monique Vecchio

FACE PAINTING

Winner & People’s Choice: Kristy O’Neil from Adelaide, South Australia
Runner Up: Ayesha Henderson from Sunshine Coast, Queensland

1st Prize Wearable Art Dominque Abraham with sponsor Geoff Edwards of Bendigo Bank

1st Prize Wearable Art Dominque Abraham with sponsor Geoff Edwards of Bendigo Bank

WEARABLE ART (fabulous fashion made from recycled treasures)

Winner & People’s Choice: Dominique Abraham from Pottsville, New South Wales

Runner Up: Isla Faulds from Cooran, Queensland

Best Model Sunday Simon Lyell - photo by Owen Lyell

Best Model Sunday Simon Lyell – photo by Owen Lyell

BEST MODEL

Saturday: Alicia Davies from Sunshine Coast, Queensland

Sunday: Simon Lyell from Brisbane, Queensland

 

Locals can visit the photo exhibition of the photographic competitors at the Butter Factory Arts Centre from 12th – 23rd May with the official launch and prize giving ceremony on Saturday 12th May at 2pm during the Cooroy Fusion Festival.

 

Visit the website www.australianbodyart.com.au or Facebook @AustralianBodyArtFestival for more information and photos.

This Australian Body Art Festival is run by the volunteers at Cooroy Chamber of Commerce and funded through donations and sponsorships from Sunshine Coast Daily, Wythes Real Estate, Tourism Noosa, Firefly Solutions, Outback Queensland Tourism, Cooroy Community Bank Branch of Bendigo Bank, SPV Accounting, Arts & Culture Eumundi, The Shed @ Cooroy, Matt Blak, Wattle Media, Butter Factory Arts Centre, Gelignite Jacks, Bold as Love Jewellery, Studio Republic, Michelle Maclennan Art, Always Wicked Art, Club Cooroy RSL, Fairytale Events & Equip4Hire, Sea 91.9FM, Derivan, Cooroy Supa IGA, Tewantin Noosa RSL, Jandamarra Cadd, Wild at Heart, Hinternoosa Real Estate, RACV Noosa, Face Paints Australia, The Looney Bin, Surfair and Australia Zoo.

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