The Ipswich Art Awards 2022 opening night is the night of nights for Ipswich’s arts community.
This sold-out event had over 340 guests attend with over 350 art works entered into this year’s awards.
The awards have been held annually since 2000, attracting about 200 local and regional artists and over 2000 spectators every year.
This year’s awards were held at 1 Nicholas Street in the new Ipswich Council Building.
“The Ipswich Art Awards provide a platform for engagement, recognition and professional development for Ipswich’s best local artists,” Mayor Teresa Harding said.
Councillor Andrew Fechner said the awards are “an opportunity to celebrate the imagination, skill and endeavour of our creative community”.
“The artworks speak for themselves, with over 350 beautiful entries on display.”
Master of Ceremonies was Cat Matson, the Manager, Economic and Community Development for Ipswich City Council.
She introduced Mayor Harding and Councillor Fechner, who opened the exhibition and presented the awards to their winners.
The Ipswich Art Awards entrants are judged across eight categories: painting-acrylic and oil, painting-watercolour, three dimensions, mixed media, new media, print making, drawing and pastels, and photography.
There is also a Best in Show Award and this year saw the reintroduction of the People’s Choice Award.
The People’s Choice Award was to be announced at the end of the exhibition.
This year is no exception with an increase in the number of works and a greater standard of art on display.