Australian artists forced to stay home in 2020 because of the COVID pandemic will help Dunedoo's Art Unlimited make a "spectacular" return later this month.
The regional art competition and exhibition was cancelled in 2020 because of the pandemic but Art Unlimited event manager Penny Stevens reports of a "silver lining".
"The cancellation of the exhibition last year was disappointing but unavoidable," she said.
"However there has been a silver lining to what has been a challenging year for everyone, particularly those in the arts world.
"The imposed quiet time that many artists, photographers and ceramicists have been able to spend working at their practice has produced positive and exciting results.
"This year's show promises to be spectacular with art works, photography and ceramics from a large number of new entrants, supplementing work by regular Art Unlimited exhibitors."
The cancellation of the exhibition last year was disappointing but unavoidable. However there has been a silver lining to what has been a challenging year for everyone, particularly those in the arts world.Art Unlimited event manager Penny Stevens
Ms Stevens has counted an "impressive" 333 entries from every state in Australia in the competition offering "more than $11,000 worth of prizes".
Winners will be announced on the evening of May 21 at Dunedoo Central School Hall where federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton will officially open the Art Unlimited exhibition, presented by Dunedoo Lions Club.
Food technology students from the school will cater for the event and wines from Burnbrae Winery, Mudgee, will be served.
Tickets for the opening night are $35 and must be pre-booked online at www.artunlimitednsw.com.au.
The exhibition will be open to the public on the weekends of May 22 and 23, and May 29 and 30.
Ms Stevens said the exhibition provided artists with a "significant audience".
"For audiences who attend the exhibition it provides inspiration, enrichment and pleasure," she said.
"For the community of Dunedoo it brings a sense of pride in an event of quality, style and imagination that demonstrates the vision, commitment and co-operation of the team of volunteers involved."
Running since 2008, Art Unlimited was also cancelled in 2017 because of the catastrophic Sir Ivan bushfire.
The Lions club opted to run the Sir Ivan Bushfire Appeal instead.
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