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MEDIA RELEASE 11 August 2010

Local artist wins 1st place at EKKA
Linton mouth painting artist Pam Farey has been awarded first prize for her 'Animal Business' painting at this year's Royal Queensland Show (EKKA). The show runs from 6 to 14 August 2010 at the RNA showgrounds in Brisbane.

EKKA is held annually and features the work of fellow Australian and New Zealand Mouth and Foot Painting Artists (MFPA) members, with a category in the art exhibition exclusive to them.

Pam entered two oil paintings into the EKKA art competition this year. Her painting 'Woady Yaloak Suffragist Choir' is of the choir she sang in at the Victorian Parliament House Gardens in 2008 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Victorian women's voting rights. Her winning painting, 'Animal Business' was painted in an impressionistic style. It pictures a garden setting with a large beautiful tree with herself and her dog Bessie (now deceased) standing under it.

Due to a rare neurological disease known as polyneuropathy which has resulted in a loss of movement of her arms and legs, Pam learnt to paint with a brush held in her mouth and became a student member of the MFPA in 1989.

"Bessie, depicted in my painting was my loyal companion for 17 years, l still miss her presence and beautiful face which provided inspiration for this painting," said Pam.

Pam has entered the Brisbane EKKA art competition on several occasions, previously receiving commended, second and third places in the MFPA section. Yet up until this year, she had never received first place.

"I never imagined that I would receive first place, it is such an honour to be awarded for something that I love doing," said Pam.

Founded in 1956 by a group of European artists, the MFPA is a self-help organisation which gives people with disabilities the opportunity to fulfil their creative ambitions while still maintaining financial independence by selectively selling their artworks.

The MFPA was established in Australia in 1971 and currently has 17 members around the country.

To become a student member, an artist must qualify by painting using a brush held in either their mouth or foot, having lost the use of their hands through an illness or accident. Student members receive scholarships for art supplies and tuition. Once an artist becomes a full member or associate they are guaranteed a salary for life, even if they are unable to continue painting.

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