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Art exhibitions

Art exhibitions

We support local artists by regularly exhibiting their artwork at community facilities and offering art programs through local neighbourhood and community houses.

Annual Art Exhibition

Each year we hold an art exhibition to showcase and celebrate the work of artists who live, work or are connected to the City of Whittlesea.

This year's exhibition is titled SOS and will showcase the work of local artists of all ages, abilities and cultural backgrounds.

The theme recognises the impact of climate change and the real threat to our planet and all who live here with oceans full of plastic and increasing severity of natural disasters. SOS is a symbol used to call for help in an emergency. Artists may attribute other meanings to SOS but they should respond to the climate emergency facing us.

Award recipients



Mayoral award

Daniela Calcagno

Sisters of Synergy

Award of Excellence: Response to the Theme (‘SOS’)

Greg O’Connor

Night Shift

Award of Excellence: Creative Expression

Catherine Blakey

A leaf out of every book

Award of Excellence: Innovative Use of Materials

Manuel Joseph

Save the Earth

Highly Commended

Maxwell Welch

Save my seat

Highly Commended

Ayat Al Qassim


Ilma Duncan Memorial Award

Hayden McLean

Heart shaped face

The People’s Choice Award will be announced after the exhibition concludes.


Important dates

  • Entries close - Monday 7 October at 5pm
  • Successful application announced - Monday 28 October
  • Delivery of artworks - Monday 18 November between 10am and 2pm, and 3pm and 6pm
  • Exhibition open Friday 22 November - Wednesday 18 December from 9.30am to 4.30pm.
  • Collection of artworks - Thursday 19 December between 10am and 2pm, and 3pm and 6pm.

The Art of John Borrack

Celebrating The John and Gillian Borrack Federation Bequest.

One of Australia’s finest landscape artists, John Borrack invites us to look at and reflect on the history and transformation of our ancient land, the Australian landscape. On one level, this significant collection of paintings is a record of human intervention in the Plenty Valley region; on another, it represents an insight into the artist’s stylistic development through forty paintings created over a period of forty years, from 1961 to 2000. This collection is also about a narrative, a human story of an artist who dedicated his life to observing the landscape and interpreting it.  Borrack’s paintings depict his affinity with the land, painted in watercolour and gouache en plein air (meaning ‘painted outdoors’) - they capture the moods of nature.

John Borrack’s deep connection to the Plenty Valley region stems from his ancestral roots. His mother, Augusta Caroline Borrack, was a descendant of the Ziebell family, pioneers who established the Ziebell Farmhouse in Thomastown in the 1850’s. The artist’s childhood experiences of country life and exposure to the beauty of the land were firmly imprinted in his memories and visual sensibilities, providing him with a lifetime of rich subject matter to explore in his art.

  • You can view some of John Borrack's works at Council's Civic Centre in the foyer and outside the Council Chambers.

Learn more about John Borrack.

Artwork: John BORRACK

Cravens Road, Mernda

1987 Mernda, Melbourne