Winner - Libby Derham

Congratulations to the main prize winner, Libby Derham, with her artwork Clipped Wings.

Libby Derham is the winner of:

  • $1000
  • Apple 9.7” iPad Wi-Fi 128GB (6th Gen), RRP $499
  • The artwork will be printed on 5,000 free bookmarks to be distributed across the Sunshine Coast Library network
  • The artist will be profiled and promoted by both Libraries and Horizon Festival


Libby Derham | â€‹Clipped Wings

Artist statement

As a landscape artist I am deeply connected to the outdoor environment and when weekly plein air painting sessions were stopped during Covid it felt like a jail sentence. The masked lines in my work represent this restriction and this view captures a scene from my back deck of Mt. Coolum at sunset; one I am lucky to have. For many, this restriction in travel felt like a clipping of wings and the Black Cockatoos, who fly over home, represent my cancelled travel to Japan for my 40th this year. Like millions of others around the world my children and I created rainbows to place in our window to show support for the health workers. Painted in watercolour, part of my practice sees the reuse of recycled envelopes as substrate; this one bears the postmark relating to COVID reminding people to stay safe. Like many, I am so thankful to be living in the best place during this time, the Sunshine Coast.