Santos Tour Down Under 2019

Each year, the Santos Tour Down Under is held in my beautiful state of South Australia. The event attracts thousands of international visitors vying to watch as the world's best cyclists race through many of South Australia's most beautiful locations.

This year, the final stage, Be Safe Be Seen MAC Stage 6, was hosted by my local council, the City of Onkaparinga. We are lucky enough to have some amazing scenery, including world class wineries, beaches and a surf reserve. The event concluded with two gruelling trecks up the infamous Willunga Hill.

Richie Porte takes out the 2019 Stage 6 prize

Photo: Peter Mundy Photography

As a local hobby artist I was stunned to be asked to create the artwork for the Stage 6 prize for this year's Tour Down Under. Working with the Onkaparinga Council, I produced a piece that incorporated the iconic Hills, Vines and Sea that is representative of the Onkaparinga Council region. There is a culture of surf ingrained in many residents of the Onkaparinga Region, so it was only fitting that the stage prize would be a surfboard! (The board is a 5'10" FireWire Creeper in Timbertek construction)

On Sunday 20th January 2019, I had the pleasure of being backstage while the board was presented to the six time stage winner, Australian, Richie Porte! To see my artwork on display to the world in such a public arena was an incredibly humbling experience.

I would like to extend my thanks to the City of Onkaparinga Council for putting their trust in me to produce this piece.

Read for more: https://www.onkaparinganow.com/summer-2019/richies-trophy

Anna Meares

Kayty Ferguson

Onkaparinga Surf Art Exhibition 2018/19
In December each year, the City of Onkaparinga Council runs a Surf Art Exhibition, at the Port Noarlunga Arts Centre.

This years exhibition was a show case of so many different mediums, from photography, to scupture, to textiles and more. I entered some of my work for the first time, and was thrilled to have it accepted for display for the durations of the exhibition.

Each year, a poll opens to visitors of the exhibition. The votes count towards the 'People's Choice Award'. This year's People's Choice prize was a new FireWire surfboard and board bag.
At the end of January, the votes were counted and I was told that I had won the People's Choice Award! I am so excited to have taken out this award, given the longstanding history of the Surf Art Exhibition and the quality of artists that it attracts.

A huge thank you to everyone that voted for me, and to the Onkaparinga Council for once again, supporting local artists with this great exhibition.