Long-awaited exhibition brings three events, hundreds of breathtaking artworks
Kangaroo Island’s artists make a huge contribution to our community every year. Just spend some time traveling around the island and you’ll see the mark of our vibrant arts community all around you.
From eye-catching public sculptures to the artworks on sale in coffee shops, at cellar door restaurants, and some of the island’s best-loved festivals and events, art is a constant.
Every two years the island’s artists come together for the Kangaroo Island Easter Art Exhibition. Easily the largest single Art show in a community Arts calendar stacked with amazing events and exhibitions, the easter exhibition is staged at Penneshaw Town Hall. Produced by Kangaroo Island Artists Collective, and managed by a dedicated committee of artists and curators, this year’s exhibition has art lovers everywhere looking forward again to easter on Kangaroo Island!
All roads lead to Penneshaw for Opening and Awards Night
With preparations well underway at the venue, local residents are eager to hand over the entrance fee as anticipation builds to a crescendo.
The exodus to Penneshaw will begin for islanders late on Good Friday afternoon as they take the opportunity to attend the official Opening and Awards Night.
The evening begins at 6:30 pm with entertainment by Kangaroo Island favourite Scott Ellson, as wine and nibbles are served. Artists, sponsors, organisers and supporters will have the chance to mingle and view the works on display. Visitors can immerse themselves in the color and creativity of the exhibition, while soaking up the incredible feeling of Kangaroo Island community.
Entry price for Opening Night is $15 and includes return visits and free entry to the special events (see below).
Plan to spend some time
The 2018 Kangaroo Island Easter Art Exhibition is not an event you’ll want to browse quickly and move on from. You are going to need some time to do justice to the array of works on show here.
180 individual exhibits will be displayed in this breathtaking nine-day event, as budding artists – even the island’s children and youth – exhibit alongside professional and experienced artists, displaying their talents to a broad and avid audience.
With the exhibition featuring diverse media including painting, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture, photography and jewellery, entries have been received from more than 100 artists.
Competition immense in every category
While the easter art exhibition is in its thirty-third year, this year’s catalogue is chock-full of new, exciting and diverse works.
Competition for the coveted Peter Walker Award is fierce. Actually, with a massive $8,000 in prizes on the line across the entire exhibition, competition in every category is huge.
The number of entry categories has increased for this year’s exhibition, convenors proudly announcing several new prizes: the Dorothy Stubbs-Mills Young Artist Encouragement Award, The Ginny Grant Memorial Prize for Figurative Art and, the artristic™ Prize for Ingenuity and Innovation.
Judges task will not be easy
Exhibition judges face an unenviable job, but it is one they are well-equipped to handle.
The task of choosing winners falls to two eminent and experienced judges: Leigh Robb, Curator of Contemporary Art at the Art Gallery of SA; and Tony Kearney, photographer and director of Designmakers Pty Ltd.
Tony’s work as a photographer has long been celebrated. Most recently he was honoured to have his photographic portrait of London bombing survivor Gill Hicks acquired and hung by Canberra’s National Portrait Gallery.
Three events in one exhibition
This year will see the inclusion of two exciting sub-events as part of the exhibition proper, making it the ideal place to begin exploring the Kangaroo Island Art Trail in 2018. The first of these will be a ‘Meet the Judges’ at 10:30am on Saturday March 31st.
Artists and the public are invited to come together for an interactive and informative feedback session on the morning after the official opening.
Late night opening
Exhibition doors will remain open from 5–8pm on Wednesday April 4, allowing audiences to mingle with artists and talk about their work.
This special event allows members of the public to get closer to artists and their work, hear stories of inspiration, discuss techniques and discover the people behind the art. Local wines and I Love Vietnam hawker food will be available for purchase during the evening.
Open daily through the first week of April
The exhibition runs daily from 9.30am to 5pm (closing at 3pm Sunday April 8) and will be staffed by artists and our very own Fleur Peters (exhibition curator). Fine Art Kangaroo Island is proud once again to be involved in organising and curating the event.
An amazingly inexpensive easter outing for visitors and locals, Daily entry is just $4 for adults, with children under 16 free.
If you need to know more about the exhibition, feel free to drop into Fine Art Kangaroo Island for a chat, or use the contact form here to ask us a question.