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Paint the Port returns in 2021

GPC is encouraging locals to pick up a paintbrush and release their inner Picasso for this year’s Paint the Port art competition.

The competition, which first began in 2007, attracts artists from our port areas of Gladstone, Rockhampton and Bundaberg.

The competition is designed to capture and celebrate GPC’s port and its different facets including the natural deep-water harbour, coal-handling facilities, port development and beautiful marina parklands.

Executive General Manager People and Community Rowen Winsor said the region was home to creative talent.

“Over the past few years, we’ve seen some amazing artworks produced for this competition and I know Gladstone is home to a lot of talented artists,” Ms Winsor said.

“From our harbour home to turtles and dolphins to our marina or our wharves, there’s plenty of places that will inspire this year’s entrants and I’m excited to see what they come up with.”

There are four prize categories including the Open Category of $1,000 acquisitive cash prize, the High School Category of a $350 cash prize, Upper Primary School Category (year 4 to 6) $75 cash prize and the Lower Primary School Category of $75.

Last year the competition went online due to the impacts of COVID, with more than 60 entrants across the four categories.

This year, ARTmatters at Creative Gladstone Region will host the exhibition of artwork from Wednesday 24 March to Friday 16 April.

To help get the creative juices flowing ARTmatters will also be hosting a ‘bubbles and brushes’ class for adults as well as children’s art classes.

The Paint the Port Art competition is just one of many events proudly supported by GPC this year and follows GPC becoming the official naming right to Queensland’s historic Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race.

Registrations close 4pm on Friday 5 March 2021.

Artists are required to submit their artwork with the supplied artwork label attached to the back of their art between 10am – 2pm on Friday 12 March 2021 at ARTmatters Gallery – 3 Pitt Street, Gladstone.

For more information and to register for the 2021 Paint the Port art competition, visit

Last year's winning piece


Last year's winning piece