Topics:  anna bligh, autism, commonwealth games, robbie stephenson

Artist's mind bubbling over Games

Queensland Premier Anna Bligh at Rockhampton Art Gallery with local artist Robbie Stephenson talking about his past, current and future artworks.
Queensland Premier Anna Bligh at Rockhampton Art Gallery with local artist Robbie Stephenson talking about his past, current and future artworks. Sharyn Oneill Roksart

PRESENTING any VIP with your artworks is an exciting moment in any artist's life, but for Rockhampton's Robbie Stephenson, the opportunity was even better.

The 25-year-old Central Queensland Institute of TAFE art student, who has autism, presented Queensland Premier Anna Bligh with artworks he created to commemorate last summer's disasters.

He used the opportunity to share his ideas for the Gold Coast's Commonwealth Games artworks and images.

The announcement of the successful bid was made not even one month ago, but Robbie's mind has already been busy coming up with a wind-proof artistic design for the torch for the Queens Baton Relay and mascot names for south east Queensland regions.

Robbie also took the chance to tell Ms Bligh about previous artistic feats, including when he came fourth in a regional school-based art competition, just missing out on going to the state final.

"The artwork I did was the story of my life," he said. Robbie said it included the world seen and heard by someone with autism.


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