Bass Coast,

Your Art Collection (YAC) Awards

The tradition of presenting art to the winners of Council’s most prestigious art competition continues.  The Your Art Collection or YAC Awards, previously known as the Bass Coast Acquisitive Art Award, will be created this year by local artist, Marlene Abela. Marlene works in fused slumped glass from the Artfusion gallery in Anderson.

Bass Coast Mayor, Cr Clare Le Serve, said Council was excited by the concept Marlene presented for each award to be a small work of art.

“We called for expressions of interest from artists to create the actual awards and Marlene’s concept was really unique,” said Cr Le Serve.

“These awards are an important part of Council’s commitment to the local arts community.  The Acquisitive Art program has been running for nine years and in 2010 it was revitalised, to provide more support for the artists and more opportunities for the community to see the great artwork produced in our area.”

The Mayor said the new name reflected the spirit and intent behind the program.

“This program has yielded an impressive art collection for everyone in the Shire to enjoy,” said Cr Le Serve.

“It is really is Your Art Collection and I hope that support for the artists, the collection and the award continues to grow.  It is something we can all be very proud of.”

The YAC Award – get involved

Artists are encouraged to enter one of these local art shows and be in the running for the YAC award.

Five local art shows are taking part in the YAC Awards program this year:  Inverloch Art Show and San Remo Art and Photographic Show on the Labour Day Weekend, Bass Coast Artist’s Society Easter exhibition, the Corinella and District Community Centre Traditional Art show on the Queen’s Birthday Weekend and the Artist’s Society of Phillip Island Cup Weekend exhibition.

One artist is selected from each show and invited to exhibit at the YAC Exhibition in September.  Each artist receives $1000 prize money.  At the Exhibition, one piece will be chosen for the Council Art Collection and the artist will receive a further $5000.  If you are a community group running an art show, you can also register for the award.

For information on how to enter, visit  Details are also in our ARTS (Arts Round The Shire) brochure available from Customer Service and Visitor Information Centres and our website at