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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.

New Futures: Annual Art Exhibition

The 2020 exhibition, New Futures, invited artists to reflect on changes brought by COVID-19 to our community, our country and our planet. Applications for this, the City of Whittlesea’s annual art exhibition, are now closed.

We have over 100 wonderful artworks to share but due to covid restrictions this will not be possible in 2020. The exhibition has been rescheduled and will take place in 2021.

Artworks will be exhibited in The Great Hall, Council Offices, South Morang from 10-4pm (weekdays) from Thursday 21 January – 18 February 2021.

There will be no public launch but the exhibition will be free for anyone to view over these four weeks. Covid plans will be in place to keep us all safe and a gallery attendant will ensure visitor numbers are limited to allowable levels at all times.

Artists have reimagined our shared new futures in many ingenious ways so this is an exhibition well worth seeing!

For more information or for participating artists seeking more information, please email: or call/ text 0408 511 863

Important dates for participating artists

Delivery of artworks: Friday 15 January 2021 between 10.00am-2.00pm and 3.00pm-6.00pm
Exhibition closes: 4.00pm Thursday 18 February 2021
Collection of artworks: Friday 19 February 2021 between 10.00am-2.00pm and 3.00pm-6.00pm

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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