It is our sincere pleasure to welcome you to the Prometheus Visual Arts Award.

The Prometheus Visual Arts Award was dreamed into existence in 2003 through an awareness of the importance of developing artistic confi dence, expertise and appreciation amongst our nation's artists and our nation's children. It has been designed to inspire emerging artists to see, refl ect upon and interpret our world in fresh, idiosyncratic and challenging ways, and to provide school students throughout the South East Queensland region with a platform to experience fi rst hand professional artists 'at work'.

It is our belief that the Visual Arts provide a dynamic and necessary vehicle through which our young people can explore their creative identities. Prometheus disobeyed Zeus by stealing fi re, that most precious of gifts, from Mount Olympus to give to the fl edgling human race. He has since been represented in art and literature as a rebellious hero, and the spark that gave rise to western civilization. The Visual Arts also has a role to play in challenging some of the assumptions from which we operate as a society, and in helping us to look at ourselves and others in new and exciting ways.

Prometheus disobeyed Zeus by stealing fire, that most precious of gifts, from Mount Olympus to give to the fledgling human race. He has since been represented in art and literature as a rebellious hero, and the spark that gave rise to western civilization. The Visual Arts also has a role to play in challenging some of the assumptions from which we operate as a society, and in helping us to look at ourselves and others in new and exciting ways.

In bringing together the works of some of our nation's leading artists it is our hope that their genius might inspire all of us to fi nd new ways of expressing what is in our hearts and minds.