Open Art

Thank you for your patience. Entries are now open for the 2021 Open Art Exhibition.

Open Art Exhibition 2021

Last year there was so much uncertainty around whether the festival would be able to get off the ground so we did things a little differently. The limitations due to COVID regulations. meant that we had to work at a vastly reduced capacity

In the end, although there were fewer pieces, everyone agreed it looked so much better without the dividers though the room. This year we are going to try to replicate that but will also be using the Lesser Hall to display a few more pieces! We are especially interested in encouraging smaller works that would work on plinths.


As per previous years there are four categories:

  • Painting
  • Drawing, Mixed Media and Printmaking
  • Photography and Digital Art and
  • 3-Dimensional Art.

Artists will be able to enter up to four items across two categories, with a maximum of three in any one category.

Entry Fee

We are introducing an Early Bird entry fee of $32 which we hope will encourage artists to enter their work early. It helps us in our planning for the event to get entries in sooner!

The cost will increase to $35 per category from 27 September 2021

Entry into the exhibition will include free exclusive right to submit items for sale in the Artists Shop

Artist’s Shop (NEW)

We have increased the entry fee a little to cover our increasing costs, but we are adding extra value to artists with the Artists Shop which will be located in part of the Lesser Hall. Artists that enter work into either the Sculpture on the Scarp or the Open Art Exhibitions will be invited to enter some pieces into the shop.

Unlike sold exhibition items which can only be collected when the Festival has closed, shop items can be purchased and taken away by festival visitors throughout the weekend. This would especially suit unframed prints, and original artworks, maquettes, jewellery pottery, clothing and other merchandise. In the lead up to Christmas, we anticipate that this will be popular with visitors.


Four prizes of $1,000 and four prizes of $250

Each category will have an award of $1,000 for the entry chosen by the panel of judges

Entry Form

We have kept the same category, quantity and size restrictions as per previous years. See the below graphic that helps to explain these. You should also refer to the Terms of Entry and the Entry Form for number and size restrictions in each Category.

Looking back at 2020

Introspective Exhibition

in 2020 we held an an Art Introspective. During these Covid-times some thoughtful reflection seemed right. We felt it was important to support our local and longstanding artists by inviting them to exhibit some of their work. There were no prizes last year, just great art, available for purchase or to just enjoy seeing. Your favorites were there, Gus Skene, Vince Austin, Ric Burkitt, Amanda Smith, Noreen Burrow, Jo Meredith, Alastair Taylor, Una Bell, Neil Elliot and so many more!

L-R Janet Day, Kristy Scadden, Jan Pittman, Ian Kay, Paul Kendall, Amanda Smith, Neil Elliot, Alison Lindsay

The Early Years

We also had on display some works by some of the early festival greats – including Robert Juniper in our Early Years Exhibition in the Lesser Hall.

Open Art Exhibition 2018

Thank you to all of the visitors and the artists that took part in the 2018 Open Art Exhibition

Every year we are amazed by the diversity and the quality of the artwork.  Last year really was the best ever (according to feedback from visitors).

‘Fabulous artwork,  excellently curated’

Below are some of the winning artworks from 2018


1st  |  Dimity Gregson No 88  – Welcome Home

Winner | Open Art 2018 | Painting | Dimity Gregson – Welcome Home

Judges Comment:  The spontaneous circle in the square perfectly frames the complete simplicity of the flowers.


Highly commended  | Amanda Smith No 112 – Hound on Rug

Highly Commended | Open Art 2018 – Painting | Amanda Smith – Hound on Rug – Detail
Highly Commended | Open Art 2018 – Painting | Amanda Smith – Hound on Rug

Printmaking | Drawing

1st  |  Noreen Burrow No 58 – This Could Be Awkward

Image: Not provided.

Judges comment: The delicate simplicity of the drawing captures the unique Australian environment.


Highly commended |  Moira Court  – No 100 – The Crow and the Pitcher

The Crow and The Pitcher (concertina artist’s book). Woodcut and lino print on Awagami bamboo paper with screen printed linen cover.


1st  |  Ron Dullard – No 31 – Madeleine Clear

Judges comment:   A classic portrait photograph with great empathy for the subject.


Highly commended  |  Kevin Wilson No 32

The Bankers


1st  |  Joanne Francis –  No 21 – Vessel Spanning the Isle

Basketry in all natural fibres

Judges comment:   Material from nature combined with hand weaving that intuitively connects the viewer.


Highly commended  |   Jane Button No 25 – Voyager (Image not provided)

Mixed media – drypoint etching, wood

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