News in brief

 Kimberley Evans-Barlow was selected as the first CQU-ADFAS Visual Art Student Prize winner.  Image courtesy of CQUniversity.

Kimberley Evans-Barlow was selected as the first CQU-ADFAS Visual Art Student Prize winner.  Image courtesy of CQUniversity.

Kimberley Evans-Barlow has won the first bi-annual CQU-ADFAS Visual Art Student Prize.  The $150 prize is sponsored by Rocky's Australian Decorative and Fine Arts Society, and recognises dedication and potential of current CQU visual art students.

"Receiving the award feels good because it’s good to know that someone acknowledges my work and makes me realise that I can do more with it,” Kimberley says.

“My mum was talented at art and I was quite inspired by her. I’m quite passionate about art because I enjoy how all the materials come together.”

Specul8 Publishing has announced a cast of thousands contributing to this year's Christmas release, the time travel-themed Temporal Fractures.  Keep an eye out for all-new stories from Mike Adamson, Taine Andrews, S. John Davis, Mark English, Bryce Euston, Maureen Flynn, Scott G. Gibson, LJ McLeod, Rachel Nightingale, TC Phillips, Grant Stone, Paulene Turner, and B.M. Whitton.

Debut novelist MC Melton is launching her new book A Watch In The Night at the Yeppoon Library on Saturday, May 26.  (Details here.)  The book combines castles, folklore and fantasy with psychology and symbolism, and threads from the author's own experiences.  Find out more about the author and the book here.

 The InspirexArt art bull, pre-vandalism.

The InspirexArt art bull, pre-vandalism.

The Beef Week art bull dramas didn't end with North Rocky High's censored artwork, with InspirexArt's bull vandalised on the final day of the event.  The independent gallery's contribution was a bright green bull decorated with local landmarks painted by their adult art students, part of a herd of colourful cattle decorated by schools and organisations across the city.  Give InspirexArt some love by checking out their upcoming events and classes.

Rockhampton Musical Union have announced Emma Girle and Tony Belz in the title roles in their production of Mack & Mabel, coming to the RMU Choir Hall in Denison St on August 3-5.

 Capricorn Film Festival, Livingstone Shire Council and Keppel Coast Arts have teamed up to move the festival to Yeppoon in 2018.  Image courtesy Capricorn Film Festival website.

Capricorn Film Festival, Livingstone Shire Council and Keppel Coast Arts have teamed up to move the festival to Yeppoon in 2018.  Image courtesy Capricorn Film Festival website.

The Capricorn Film Festival now offers equipment hire for local filmmakers.  Gear available includes cameras, lenses, grips, and lighting and sound equipment, and there are discounts for filmmakers hiring gear to work on festival entries.

"We understand that creating content is quite an expensive process and if we can assist our artists in creating theirs at an affordable price, we have done our job,” says festival director and founder Luke Graham. 

Check out the gear available and how to get in on it here.

Speaking of the Capricorn Film Festival, entries are open now with categories from feature film to juniors.  Suss it out here.

This year the festival is heading up the road from Gladstone to Yeppoon, thanks to a deal with the Livingstone Shire Council and Keppel Coast Arts.

“Though we have had great success in our previous location, with the continued growth of the festival, and plans to expand into a long form destination event for the region, we were on the look out for the right fit for our needs and found that with Livingstone Shire Council and affiliate, Keppel Coast Arts,” Luke Graham says.