WELL DESERVED: Pictured is a small selection of a huge team of volunteers and community members who have contributed to the success of Art Works.
WELL DESERVED: Pictured is a small selection of a huge team of volunteers and community members who have contributed to the success of Art Works. Ella Archibald-Binge

Creative space wins Qld award

THE Art Works philosophy has always been to create, relate and celebrate but now there is even more reason to uphold this third directive, as the organisation has been recognised as the state's foremost creative hub.

Heralded by one volunteer as "the heartbeat of the community", the venture won the category for Creative Spaces and Places at the Arts Queensland Regional Arts and Culture Awards 2013 in Rockhampton last week.

Art Works on Davadi spokeswoman Therese Crisp described the centre as a baby that was now starting to crawl.

"The ethos of why Art Works started is still there but it does seem to be progressing," she said.

"It's definitely been about three steps - breaking down barriers, accepting differences and connecting community.

"It really is an honour to receive this award."

Arts Queensland was inundated with entries for the awards, subjecting the local group's application to a rigorous assessment process before shortlisting it among the top five contenders.

In the end it was the innovation of Art Works, and its unique quality to connect and affect the entire community, that clinched the title.

"The hard work from volunteers and the way the community has embraced us has made it all the more special," Mrs Crisp said.

On behalf of the sub-committee, she thanked everyone involved with Art Works since its 2011 launch, including landlord James Massey and Friends of Art Works members.

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