Bass Coast,

Your Art Collection on show



The Your Art Collection exhibition for this year’s Bass Coast Shire Council acquisitive art program will open at the Cowes Cultural Centre on Friday, 22 September. The exhibition will be open daily from Saturday, 23 September running through to Sunday, 1 October.

The exhibition will feature four art works each from the four finalists, local artists Diana Edwards, Jill Rogers, Tom Tyrrell and Diana Wilson. The nominated artworks will be judged with the winning piece joining Council’s prestigious art collection.   

Bass Coast Shire Mayor, Cr Pamela Rothfield congratulates the artists and explains the value of the Your Art Collection awards and exhibition.

“Council’s acquisitive art program has run since 1994 and plays a significant role in maintaining a healthy, vibrant and strong arts community in Bass Coast,” Cr Rothfield said.

“The format promotes five Your Art Collection awards received at community art shows throughout the year. Part of the award is an invitation to exhibit and be in the running for the major prize. The awards program delivers multiple opportunities for artists to exhibit and for the community to enjoy and celebrate artworks often with a local theme.”  

 “I strongly encourage people to attend the exhibition where they will see some magical representations of our shire and community.”

On the opening night each artist is presented with a $1,000 prize for their YAC award. The judges will announce the winning work from the sixteen art works displayed and that artist will win $6,000 prize money, with their art work becoming part of the Council Art Collection.  

This year, artist Diana Edwards received two YAC awards, at the Artists’ Society of Phillip Island and Bass Coast Artists’ Society exhibitions, making the final exhibition a showcase of four artists.

Diana lives in Cowes and has been painting and drawing for more than forty years. She joins self-taught watercolour artist Tom Tyrrell of San Remo, fine art teacher and artist Jill Rogers of Rhyll, and portrait artist Diana Wilson of Bass. These finalists are all skilled and passionate artists with decades of experience and practice.  

Their artworks will be judged by an independent panel of experienced curators and art experts: Juliette Hanson, Rodney James and Raylene Sharp.  

Each year the YAC exhibition is hosted by one of Bass Coast’s community art committees. This year the Artists Society of Phillip Island have volunteered to support the exhibition providing assistance in hanging the works, manning the exhibition and hosting the opening night.

The artworks will be on display at the Cowes Cultural Centre, 91-97 Thompson Avenue, Cowes, from Saturday, 23 September to Sunday 1 October, open daily from 10.00am to 4.00pm