It’s time for visual artists in regional Victoria to get creative for a good cause.

The Country Awareness Network (CAN), rural and regional Victoria’s peak sexual health body, will host its second annual Red Ribbon Art Competition at the end of the month.

Run as part of AIDS Awareness Week, CAN executive officer Adam Wright said the event is becoming an important part of the CAN calendar with many artists contributing some or all money made from the sale of their art to the Red Ribbon Appeal.

“Last year’s exhibition was   tremendous, with more than 15 artists participating and we’re looking forward to building the collection of talent exhibited this year,” Wright said.

Rural and regional artists — or anyone with a connection to regional areas — can submit works in a range of media, including photography, sculpture, drawing or digital works.

The only criterion for artists is that they must include a red ribbon — the international symbol of HIV/AIDS awareness — in the work.
Cash prizes of $500, $300 and $200 will be awarded to winning entries and the exhibition will be held at BRIT Gallery B, Bendigo from opening night on November 20 to December 1.

The event is being run to help promote World AIDS Day on December 1.

Entries for the competition close November 13 at 5pm.

info: Interested artists can contact CAN on 5443 8355, email [email protected] or visit to download an information pack and expression of interest form.

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