Bellarine Arts Trail 2017

Thursday, 28 September 2017

The team at the Barwon Heads Arts Council (BHAC) is very excited to bring to the public the second Bellarine Arts Trail event, to be held across Barwon Heads, Ocean Grove, Point Lonsdale and Queenscliff over the Melbourne Cup long weekend on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 November 2017.

The Bellarine Arts Trail features local artistic talent including painters, sculptures, photographers, jewellers, illustrators and more. During the two day event, artist studios, artist collectives and local galleries will open their doors to art lovers. There are 40 venues to visit across the four towns and more than 100 artists to meet. The Trail gives visitors the opportunity to talk to the artists who make the local art scene tick, admire their work and even take some home.

The 2017 event has more than doubled in size, thanks in part to the support of the Borough of Queenscliffe. This has enabled the Trail to include Point Lonsdale and Queenscliff, resulting in a fantastic and diverse range of talented artists participating across the two towns in home studios, local galleries, the Queenscliffe and District Neighbourhood House and other group venues.

The expansion has also enabled the inclusion of The Ocean Grove Rotary Art Show at Point Lonsdale. This event is well known and loved in the region and includes many local artists as well.

A Trail highlight this year is the inclusion of world renowned artist Robert Ingpen, who will be exhibiting at Salt Gallery during the event. For over 60 years Robert has collected objects from beaches and tidal pools. Robert’s exhibition ‘In the Marginal World’ features paintings inspired by a curious object he found in Queenscliff in 2015. Refer to the Trail map or Salt Gallery for details of the exhibition.

Other local artists participating in the Bellarine Arts Trail include:

  • Carolyn McKinnon with sculpture, silver jewellery and photographic works at the venue she shares with Meryl Hodgson in Point Lonsdale
  • Photographer Tom Rayner at Belsize Cafe
  • Helen Martin, Vicki Clissold and Kelly Koumalatsos at St Georges Old School Hall
  • Eight diverse and talented artists at the Queenscliff Uniting Church
  • Darin Frankpitt and Jane Flowers at the Marina in venues 39 and 40
  • Botanical artist Lavinia Cuming at her studio in Pt Lonsdale
  • Textile artist Cheryl Toth and many artists and art students at the vibrant and exciting Queenscliffe and District Neighbourhood House
  • Renowned glass artist David Hobday will be in his studio and represented at Seaview Gallery

Queenscliff Gallery and Workshop will showcase the works of local artists Joel Wolter, Amanda Firenze and Andrew Gunnell. Artists will be demonstrating printmaking during this event.

In Point Lonsdale, Tussock Upstairs Gallery will show an exhibition of ‘small works’ – paintings, prints, jewellery and ceramics by local and regional artists. BHAC also welcomes new group Lighthouse Arts Collective in Point Lonsdale. This group, led by Suzie Wyllie, will showcase a range of artistic endeavours including painting, music, performance and poetry.

There really will be a huge range of art on show and for sale during the event, and BHAC are thrilled to be able to showcase local talent over what promises to be an action-packed weekend.

Trail maps are available at the Borough of Queenscliffe Council offices at 50 Learmonth Street, the Queenscliffe Visitor Information Centre at 55 Hesse Street, Salt Gallery, Tussock Upstairs Gallery, Seaview Gallery, Queenscliff Gallery and Workshop and the Queenscliffe and District Neighbourhood House. Maps can also be obtained from the BHAC website here, or by contacting Bellarine Arts Trail Coordinator Karen Shirley on 0437 032 647.

Artists and organisers are available for interviews. Please contact Karen Shirley for further details.