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Call out for artists to enter the Zig Zag Steam Art Prize

In October 2019 Gang Gang Gallery will be holding an exhibition, The Zig Zag Steam Art Prize, to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the first steam train to traverse the Great Zig Zag Railway and arrive in Bowenfels. Artists residing in NSW are invited to enter up to three artworks for consideration in the exhibition. A prize of $1500  will be awarded to the most outstanding artwork along with a $500 People’s Choice Award.

On the 18th October 1869 the first steam train traversed the Great Zig Zag Railway from Clarence to Bowenfels. Built to transport farming and mining goods from the Central West across the Blue Mountains to Sydney, the The Great Zig Zag was the first of its kind ever built and was regarded as one of the engineering wonders of the Victorian age. In 1910 the Ten Tunnels Deviation was built and the Great Zig Zag reverted to bushland. Then in 1975 the railway was reopened as a tourist destination. There are endless wonderful stories regarding the construction and running of the Great Zig Zag Railway many of which will be told over the coming months as the 150th anniversary approaches. The Zig Zag Steam Art Prize aims to tell these stories through visual mediums.

Artists are encouraged to explore the theme of the The Great Zig Zag Railway through their favourite medium for their entries in this exhibition. There are many aspects of the railway to consider including: its construction, the trains run on the line, the viaducts and stations, passengers, train staff, the environment, construction, crashes and its time as a tourist endeavour. Realistic and abstract interpretations are both encouraged.

All art mediums will be considered including but not limited to: painting, works on paper, photography and sculpture. Please contact the gallery if you have any questions about your medium and its suitability to the space.

Artists will need to provide an Entry Form and image of their artwork to the gallery by Monday 9 September, 6pm to be considered for the exhibition. Entry Forms and images can be submitted to Gang Gang Gallery via our Website ( ) or a printed copy with a printed photo can be dropped off to the gallery or mailed to Gang Gang Gallery 206 Main Street, Lithgow NSW 2790. Artworks selected for the exhibition will be chosen from the information on the Entry Form and image submitted. Artists will be notified by Monday 16 September if their artwork has been selected and artworks will need to be dropped off on Tuesday 1 October from 12 – 6pm.

The exhibition will run from 4 – 28 October with an official opening, including a costume competition, on Saturday 5 October.

For more details please contact Gang Gang Gallery or email