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Home > News > 2018 > July > Meet the guest presenters of our Art Awards and Literary Competition

Meet the guest presenters of our Art Awards and Literary Competition

Kylie_and_Eileen.jpgWith the deadline for our union’s annual Excellence in Art Design awards and Literary Competition fast approaching (Friday, 27 July), our guest presenters have been announced.   


Excellence in Art Design Awards

Kylie Farrelly will present the 2018 Awards for Excellence in Art Design at the ceremony on 5 September 2018.

PHOTO: Excellence in Art Design Awards guest presenter Kylie Farrelly (left) and Literary Competition guest presenter Eileen O'Hely (right). 


Kylie has a Diploma of Education - Secondary Art and Bachelor of Education.


She taught for 8 years, but found her true passion after having children and finding the time to follow her dreams and create art full time.


She has been painting professionally for 15 years and exhibiting regularly in that time.


Kylie is well known for challenging the viewer’s point of reference, especially with her aerial cityscapes.


“Brisbane has a sense of never ending energy and activity.


“Capturing this in a painting is what I love to do,” Kylie said.


She continues to teach art to all ages from 5 to 85 and is always inspired by what her students create and the energy and enthusiasm they have to learn and find their own artistic path.


Literary competition

Eileen O'Hely will present the 2018 Literary Competition Awards at the ceremony on 17 October 2018.


Eileen is a former astrophysicist, journalist, teacher and barrista who writes for children and young adults.


Like many authors, Eileen started her writing career in a fairly roundabout way.


She studied Italian, Japanese and Physics at university, and went on to do a PhD in Astrophysics - looking at how galaxies evolve.


“At the same time I started reading Harry Potter and decided that instead of being an astrophysicist, I wanted to be J.K. Rowling," Eileen said. 


“To be able to make so many people happy from a story I’d invented seemed like a really cool thing to do."


Her work has been shortlisted for and won several awards, and is published all over the world including in Ireland, Korea, Turkey and China.


Entries close on Friday 27 July. Entries are open to members and students. Click here for more information.

Authorised by Terry Burke, Independent Education Union of Australia – Queensland & Northern Territory Branch, Brisbane.