GREAT DEBATE: The 2016 debating teams (back) Karen Blackburn, Bruce Devereaux, MC Cr Daryl Dodt, Warren Read and (front) Ian Mackay, Janet Lee and Audrey Plate.
GREAT DEBATE: The 2016 debating teams (back) Karen Blackburn, Bruce Devereaux, MC Cr Daryl Dodt, Warren Read and (front) Ian Mackay, Janet Lee and Audrey Plate.

Gympie asks: is art sexier than chocolate?

WITH the topic of Art is Sexier than Chocolate you would expect lots of bad jokes and innuendos from the debaters at the Gympie Regional Gallery's Great Art Debate last Wednesday night. And expectations were met with that and much more hilarity as six debaters battled it out to wow the audiences.

It was probably a given that the positive team would be a winner, especially when contested amongst a gallery brimming with artworks from the Rush Art Competition.

The positive team made up of Bruce Devereaux (the newest on the debating team), Karen Blackburn, alias Wilhelmina Wonker from the Chocolate Factory fame, and Warren Read had no problems backing up their case, which included audience interaction, bribery and projected images of swirling chocolate.

Their rivals on the negative side, Ian Mackay, Audrey Plate and Janet Lee, also put forth some great arguments, backed with great research, costumes, images and role playing. In fact I think some would say their case was sounder, with some brilliant word-smithing and pollywaffle, especially from the bush poet amongst them.

The entertainment was ably held together by the adjudicator/MC Cr Darryl Dodt, who was one of the first debaters many years back.

The evening, held annually, is part of the Rush Festival and the public programming for the Gympie Regional Gallery during the Rush Art Competition.

Gympie Times


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