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Local artists weave their magic

The 18th annual City of Whittlesea art exhibition saw 97 local artists showcase an inspiring collection that responded to the theme The Webs We Weave.

The exhibition started as a community-driven initiative by local artist Suzi Duncan in 2005. It has since become a much-loved tradition. It offers a platform for artists who live or work in the City of Whittlesea to share their creativity with the community.

A judging panel comprising Suzi Duncan, City of Whittlesea Chair Administrator Lydia Wilson and Director Community Wellbeing at City of Whittlesea Agata Chmielewski, had the difficult task of selecting nine from all the impressive artworks for recognition.

Lydia said the award recipients stood out for using materials in innovative ways and interpreting the theme in a creative manner.

“The entries into this year’s exhibition were outstanding, making judging incredible difficult,” she said.

“This exhibition made me feel supported and connected to other local artists whose work and company I found inspiring,” said winning artist Jacquelyn Harverson. You can view the artworks online at

2023 Award winners:

  • City of Whittlesea Annual Art Award: Jacquelyn Haverson
  • Award of Excellence –Innovative use of materials: Iaki Vallejo
  • Award of Excellence –Creative expression: Soo Chua
  • Youth Award: Renita, age 9
  • Ilma Duncan Award of Excellence: Sulekha Rani
  • People’s choice award: Ron Driscoll