Winners of Gladstone Ports Corporation’s (GPC) 2019 Paint the Port Art Competition have been announced. This year’s winning entry in the Open Category, title Melville by local artist, Jane Steers will be acquired by Gladstone Ports Corporation which plans to donate it to Gladstone Regional Art Gallery and Museum’s permanent collection.

Ms Steers told Gladstone News her work is acrylic on canvas. “I chose to paint Melville, because of its age. I love the older style of boats. Also, the fact that is a pilot boat is also fitting as my husband works as a pilot,” Ms Steers explained. “It is also very reminiscent to me as I would greet the pilots often on the bridge of the cruise ships I used to navigate. There is something quite nice about seeing the pilot boat turn up when you have been at sea for quite a few days.”

Ms Steers said she was over the moon that her entry was selected as the winner of this year’s open category. “I have been entering the competition for a couple of years, and I decided this year I wanted to win, so I put a lot of effort into making sure to wow the judges. It’s lovely to have recognition for something you’re passionate about, and that for me is the arts. I just hope it inspires others to enter next year to make the exhibition bigger!” she added.

GPC Acting CEO Craig Walker said the competition provides both amateur and professional artists from Gladstone, Bundaberg and Rockhampton the opportunities to showcase their talents. “Artists from around our region are encouraged to be creative in their interpretation of our port facilities and create works for the whole community to enjoy,” Mr Walker said.


The 2019 Paint the Port winners are:

Open category: Jane Steers

High school category: Khushi Patel

Upper primary school category: Charlotte Sparks

Lower primary school category: Pahal Patel