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Teacher finalist in top art prize with work created in COVID-19

Tamara Beale

​Wellington Point State School art teacher, Tamara Beale, is a finalist for a $20,000 art prize.

Wellington Point State High School art teacher Tamara Beale has been named a finalist in the prestigious Lethbridge 20,000 Art Award.

Mrs Beale, who has taught at Wellington Point State High School for 10 years, said she was humbled by the accolade.

Her painting, titled 'Three Yards Meet', depicts the corner of her yard where she would talk to neighbours over the fence and was completed during the COVID-19 restrictions.

'I have explored many modes of art but find myself always coming back to painting where I draw inspiration from my observations of everyday life and my love of colour,' Mrs Beale said.

'My aunt lived next door to an artist when I was younger and I was always in awe of the process.

'Later on, I learned from my high school art teacher who was an exhibiting artist.

'I chose to surround myself with people who loved making art who were happy to share ideas and techniques with me, so it was no great surprise when I decided to study to become an art teacher myself.

'It is a real privilege to work at Wellington Point State High School, a school that fosters all disciplines of art and understands the importance of the arts curriculum.

'My goal is to inspire and pass on my love of art to my students.'

'Three Yards Meet' will shortly feature in the Lethbridge 20,000 art exhibition at the Lethbridge Gallery in Paddington, Brisbane.

The winning artwork will be announced tomorrow at the opening night on June 20, with the winning artist receiving $20,000.

We'll be cheering for you Tamara!

Wellington Point State High School offers the Encore Arts Excellence Program for qualifying students who excel or display strong potential in the arts.

Tamara Beale Artwork
The selected work, 'Three Yards Meet' shows the corner of her garden where she would chat to neighbours over the fence.
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Last updated
19 June 2020