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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 2023: The Webs We Weave

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

Expressions of Interest have opened for this year’s Annual Art Exhibition.

The is a fully accessible exhibition providing a space for local artists to exhibit and promote their work. 

Artworks will be exhibited from Friday 17 November until Friday 15 December 2023 in The Great Hall, Council Offices, 25 Ferres Boulevard, South Morang.

This year’s theme is The Webs We Weave.

The Webs We Weave, delves into the fascinating interplay of local and personal connections, cultural and global influences, and the diverse ways in which these connections manifest.

It provides a platform for artists to reflect upon the tangible and intangible threads that bind us together, The Webs We Weave invites a thought-provoking dialogue on the subject.

Artists are encouraged draw inspiration from various sources of connections, ranging from the delicate yet resilient threads that form a spider's web in physical space to the rich tapestry of social and professional networks, intergenerational and interpersonal relationships, spiritual bonds, and emotional ties that weave the fabric of our lives.

All art mediums, materials, processes, practices and interpretations are welcome.


Artwork creation and Entries open: Now

Entries close: 5pm, Monday 18 September 2023

Notification of successful applications: Monday 2 October 2023

Delivery of artworks: 10am-2pm and 3pm-6pm, Monday 13 November 2023

Exhibition opens: Friday 17 November 2023

Exhibition ends: 4pm, Friday 15 December 2023

Collection time: 10am-2pm and 3pm-6pm, Monday 18 December 2023

How to apply

Artists of all ages, all abilities and all cultural backgrounds are encouraged to apply but they must live, work or be otherwise connected to communities within the City of Whittlesea.

Whittlesea Arts website

Whittlesea Arts is an interactive hub showcasing the very best of the City’s visual art, civic history and public art collections.

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

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