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Art exhibitions

Art exhibitions

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

Apply for our Annual Art Exhibition

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

This year's exhibition is titled SOS and will showcase the work of local artists of all ages, abilities and cultural backgrounds.

The theme recognises the impact of climate change and the real threat to our planet and all who live here with oceans full of plastic and increasing severity of natural disasters. SOS is a symbol used to call for help in an emergency. Artists may attribute other meanings to SOS but they should respond to the climate emergency facing us.

You can apply through the link below from Wednesday 26 June.

Important dates

  • Entries close - Monday 7 October at 5pm
  • Successful application announced - Monday 28 October
  • Delivery of artworks - Monday 18 November between 10am and 2pm, and 3pm and 6pm
  • Opening night - Thursday 21 November from 7pm to 8.30pm
  • Exhibition ends - Wednesday 18 December
  • Collection of artworks - Thursday 19 December between 10am and 2pm, and 3pm and 6pm.

The Art of John Borrack

Celebrating The John and Gillian Borrack Federation Bequest

I see my painting as a celebration of the natural world and its wonders that are all around us. The beauty of nature has always been a catalyst for my work, as have the great masters of painting. In all of this, I see a spiritual significance – a sort of tuning in or communion with a Higher Order.

John Borrack, In Praise of Landscape: The Art of John Borrack by Lucy Grace Ellem, p. 239.

 

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.

Learn more about John Borrack.

Artwork: John BORRACK

Cravens Road, Mernda

1987 Mernda, Melbourne