Tribute to OG Tricia Bradford (Phillips) Class of 1954

We are saddened to hear of the recent passing of OG Patricia (Tricia) Bradford (Phillips) Class of 1954. 

With the permission of Tricia's family, we are able to share a beautiful video tribute by Tricia's close friend of 20 years Gabi Dick. Tricia, a self described "imaginative artist, author and art teacher" created the first Sunshine Coast Open Studios and was a founding member of "Noosa Open Studios".  She was instrumental in organising "Art in the Park", "Art After Dark", the Annual Artastic Sale in January, and the pop up gallery in Cooroy Butter Factory Art Centre.  As an artist she worked with a variety of media including acrylic, oils, watercolour, pastels, porcelain, glass, silk, clay and paper. She also published eight books on porcelin and onglaze art and decoration. While Tricia herself frequently exhibited her own work she also lectured and conducted workshops nationally and internationally, with her works featuring in many galleries.  Apart from her enormous contributions to the art community Tricia was very active as a volunteer for numerous organisations including Red Cross and the Disaster Relief and Noosa Hospital Oncology as well as generous in her time to numerous community projects. 

Tricia was the recipient of the 2016 Queensland Award for Contribution to The Arts and in 2018 was awarded Life Member at Noosa Shire Arts and Craft. She was dedicated to finding new ways to showcase the Noosa Shire artists and even in her darkest moments thought to bring together artists virtually by organising "Virtual Artists at Home Exhibition" as pictured above in conjunction with Noosa Shire Arts and Craft. 

Our thoughts are with Tricia's family and friends at this difficult time. 

Please see the video tribute to Patricia Bradford (Phillips) in the attachment below. 

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