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Art exhibitions

We support local artists by regularly exhibiting their artwork at community facilities and offering art programs through local neighbourhood and community houses.

Connections: Annual Art Exhibition

Each year Council holds an art exhibition to showcase and celebrate the work of artists who live, work or are connected to the City of Whittlesea.

This is a fully accessible exhibition providing a space for local artists to exhibit and promote their work.  The theme for this year’s exhibition is Connections.


After a year of separation, let’s notice, build and celebrate our connections. Artists may choose to focus on connections that exist and support them, or those that they wish to call into their lives or world. They may wish to appreciate their connections to: nature or each other, people or places in the external world or those that exist within, to ideas, knowledge, skills, practices and objects. There are many ways that we can, and/ or do connect both individually and collectively. This exhibition reminds us that we are all social animals and for wellness we need to connect with each other and nature.

Please note due to the extended lockdown and restrictions that are likely to follow, we will probably move the exhibition dates into 2022 – TBC. We will keep you updated about this and all other dates as soon as possible.

Important dates

Entries close: 5pm Monday 15 November 2021

How to apply

Artists of all ages, all abilities and all cultural backgrounds are encouraged to apply but they must live, work or be otherwise connected to communities within the City of Whittlesea.

Whittlesea Arts website

Whittlesea Arts is an interactive hub showcasing the very best of the City’s visual art, civic history and public art collections.

The Art of John Borrack

Celebrating The John and Gillian Borrack Federation Bequest.

One of Australia’s finest landscape artists, John Borrack invites us to look at and reflect on the history and transformation of our ancient land, the Australian landscape. On one level, this significant collection of paintings is a record of human intervention in the Plenty Valley region; on another, it represents an insight into the artist’s stylistic development through forty paintings created over a period of forty years, from 1961 to 2000. This collection is also about a narrative, a human story of an artist who dedicated his life to observing the landscape and interpreting it.  Borrack’s paintings depict his affinity with the land, painted in watercolour and gouache en plein air (meaning ‘painted outdoors’) - they capture the moods of nature.

John Borrack’s deep connection to the Plenty Valley region stems from his ancestral roots. His mother, Augusta Caroline Borrack, was a descendant of the Ziebell family, pioneers who established the Ziebell Farmhouse in Thomastown in the 1850’s. The artist’s childhood experiences of country life and exposure to the beauty of the land were firmly imprinted in his memories and visual sensibilities, providing him with a lifetime of rich subject matter to explore in his art.

  • You can view some of John Borrack's works at Council's Civic Centre in the foyer and outside the Council Chambers.

Learn more about John Borrack.

Artwork: John BORRACK

Cravens Road, Mernda

1987 Mernda, Melbourne

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