Wish You Were Here - Postcard Art Prize

Creative Otways is a new community group on a mission to support and promote artists and the arts. Now up and running, they have their first project ready to go. 

The Wish You Were Here postcard art prize is the first art event to happen simultaneously across the Shire. Creative Otways has partnered with Red Rock Regional Theatre & Gallery, Apollo Bay Arts and COPACC in its first venture which is sponsored by Star Printing, Cape Otway Lightstation and Colac Otway Shire.

The prize is designed to celebrate the diverse landscapes of our region which inspire locals, artists, holidaymakers from around the world, sea-changers and tree-changers. The prize is open to young, emerging, aspiring or established artists which will culminate in exhibitions, in May 2014, at Red Rock Regional Theatre & Gallery, Colac Otway Performing Arts & Cultural Centre, and the Apollo Bay Arts Gallery.

There are three categories to this landscape art prize.
  1. Coasting entries going on show at the Apollo Bay Arts Inc. Gallery
  2. Hinterland works will be exhibited at COPACC
  3. Lakes, Craters and Rural Life entries being exhibited at RRRTAG

What's in it for you?

This series of exhibitions will be open for the month of May in all three gallery spaces and the winners of each category will receive printed postcards of their work which they can choose to sell or use as a tool to market and promote their work.

The ultimate prize is a weekend artist’s retreat for two at the Lightstation.

Plein Air Workshops - To get you in the mood

To encourage as many entries as possible Creative Otways has invited art teacher Salvina Conti to lead three en plein air workshops in connection with Wish You Were Here.

They are at:
  1. Sunday, March 2: Stevensons Falls from 10am-2pm
  2. Sunday, March 9: Cape Otway Lightstation from 10am -2pm (free entry plus a barbeque lunch courtesy of the Lightstation)
  3. Sunday, March 16: Red Rock from 2pm-6pm
The workshops are suitable for beginners and experienced artists.

What to bring to the workshops:
A pallet                            Brushes
Paints/pastels                   A lightweight portable stool
Rags                                 2 jars

Cost for participating in the workshops will be $10 for Students, $20 Adults and $25 Family with an extra $5 for each additional entry. A parent or carer must accompany children under 13 years of age.
The entry fee and other information for Wish You Were is detailed in the attachment.
Please RSVP for the workshops by calling 5232 9418.

Find the Creative Otways page on the COPACC website with more information.