It’s all about animals with this Youth Art Project

Prep and Preen by Fiona Groom.

Mary Valley Artslink’s annual event, the Mary Valley Art Festival, is playing host to a very special project for young people in 2022.

The Youth Art Project invites high school age youth to take part in a series of four mural paintings led by the award-winning artist Fiona Groom.

It’s all about animals in Fiona’s world, with her art capturing the humour and quirkiness of animals.

Some of us have special memories of favourite pets that make us smile and feel special inside. Or maybe it’s wild creatures that stir you, with their majesty and beauty.

Well, now is your chance to capture this experience in your writing.

Participants are requested to submit stories or poems in any form, for example rhyme, free verse, limerick, or haiku themed on animals, pets or fauna to approximately 100 words in length.

Whether you submit written work or not, young people can then be involved in painting the animal-themed murals which will be on display in Imbil during the festival.

For more information and key dates, contact Jo Buchanan on 0408 881 256.

Written submissions close on 27 May. You can find out more about the artist at

The festival runs from 21 to 24 July at the Imbil Public Hall from 10am to 3pm daily.

Celebrated festival partners include Ron Jeffery Realty, Gympie and District Bendigo Bank, Mary Valley Chamber of Commerce, Twin Bunya Park, Thunderbird Demolition and Lady Penelope.

To find out more about the festival go to

This project is supported by the Regional Arts Development Fund, a partnership between the Queensland Government and Gympie Regional Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland.