d’Arcy Doyle Art Awards‘ Event Director of 15 years, Earle Hinschen has approached Gillian Grove of Artable to take over his role. Grove says she is delighted with Earle’s offer and will step into the role in 2020.

Grove brings a wealth of business experience and a passion for supporting the arts community. Combining her fresh new approach with Hinschen’s mentoring will ensure the event continues to grow as one of the nation’s  richest and most popular events for creatives, she said. Artable’s success has been unrivalled in Australia, according to Grove, and last year took out its third business award. “As the owner of Artable for over 10 years, I’ve had the absolute honour of creating and serving Australia’s fastest-growing arts community.”

Grove says one of the most important aspects of ‘the Doyles’ is the local involvement. “I’ve been blown away at the level of commitment from the entire community – from sponsors to volunteers to artists. This is truly an event by the people for the people – an iconic Gold Coast cultural event that I will be proud to nurture and preserve into the future. I’ve always loved working to enable artists to develop their skills, and to celebrate their creative breakthroughs alongside them. For me, the Awards are a way to give back to the arts community that has given me so much over the years,” Grove said. She is a big advocate for the arts being accessible to all members of the community.

Grove, Hinschen and the new committee are urging artists to enter the 2020 prize. ‘The Doyles’ as the award is colloquially known, was established in 2004. It became an independent organisation in 2012 and a nationally recognised event. The prize money now totals more than $20,000.  The Awards attract artists from throughout Australia and now even international entries are being received.

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