Skip to main content

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

About the exhibition

Council is calling for EOI’s for our annual art exhibition and we hope you are interested to apply.

The exhibition showcases and celebrates the work of artists who live, work or are connected to the City of Whittlesea. It 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: New Futures

New Futures - This theme recognises the changes wrought by covid19 on our community, our country and our planet. For some, isolation offered an opportunity to slow down and reconnect with or their families. For others it was a stressful time. For some the economic impact of Cv19 destroyed their lifestyles. Others, forced to face down consumerism, found a more sustainable lifestyle enriching. The planet appeared to benefit from a reduction in pollution with the canals of Venice clear and endangered dolphins returning to Port Phillip Bay, yet climate change is still not prioritised by politicians, so have we learned anything? As restrictions lift and we emerge, we have the opportunity to reset our priorities, refocus our intentions and re-design the world we want to live in.

Artists are innovators capable of imagining a whole new world. This is an opportunity for artists to formulate their creative ideas about prioritising and reimagining our new shared futures.

The exhibition will be held weekdays from Thursday 26 November until Monday 21 December 2020 in: The Great Hall, Council Offices in the Great Hall, 25 Ferres Boulevard, South Morang


Important dates

Entries close: 5pm Monday 5 October 2020
Notification of successful applications: Monday 26 October 2020
Delivery of artworks: Friday 20 November 2020 between 10am-2pm and 3pm-6pm
Exhibition ends: 5pm Monday 21 December 2020
Collection time: Tuesday 22 December 2020 between 10am-2pm and 3pm-6pm


How to apply

Create and submit your 2020 Art Exhibition - New Futures application here.

Please Note: If you would like a hard copy of the application form to be sent to you, or for more information please call 9217 2174 or email:

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

Find out about