First Solo Show of Birregurra Artist - Liz Braid

Liz invites you to join her at her first solo show

'Where are we going? Always Home.' - Novalis

In her first solo exhibition, 'In Search of Home', Elizabeth Braid investigates the philosophical search to understand and know home through a series of delicate watercolour, ink and embroidery pieces. Elizabeth explores the role of place and belonging in our globalised world as well as her own experience of seeking out the ever-elusive promise of a place called home.

Displaced 2014 Watercolour and Embroidery
That Freedom Feeling 2014 Ink
No Longer I, 2014 Watercolour and Ink
This portrait has been selected for the Tasmanian Portrait Prize 2014

An Italian day of culture

Round up of our NGV Winter Masterpieces Daytrip - Wed 30th July

Some think we're a little nuts to head out at the crack of dawn into the freezing cold to go and see some foreign paintings - but it's now our 2nd Winter Masterpieces daytrip and we're really getting to enjoy the frosty start.

It was a culture packed day which kicked off with some French pastries and the obligatory coffee followed by a casual stroll to our first stop, The Melbourne Arts Centre, where we spent some time ogling their fantastic in-house art collection including works by Charles Blackman, Inge King, Colin Lanceley, John Olsen (right) and Fred Williams.

Next was a guided tour through the extraordinary collection of Italian Masterpieces from Spain's Royal Court, Museo Del Prado. My personal favourite was a divine and captivating work by Caravaggio which superbly illustrated his unique and ground breaking light and shade technique called Caravaggism.

After enjoying a superb Italian lunch at La Camera, we wandered over to Ian Potter Gallery to admire Inge King's collection of post modern sculptures - a beautifully curated exhibition of her works since she arrived in Australia featuring the progression of scaled models that are a precursor to her enormous public pieces (see left) - not bad for a 98 year old women who is still hard at it.

A final stop at The Westin Hotel to check out some of Bill Henson's photograph was the perfect precursor to our wind down at Hardware Lane, and in keeping with the Italian theme of the day, a few glasses of red and aperativo. Phew! We were truly exhausted and cultured out, but no too tired to plot out our next day trip! Stay tuned!

Entries now open for Snapshots of Birregurra

Birregurra Arts Group invites you to take part in the inaugural “Snapshots of Birregurra” Amateur Photography Competition – an annual event coinciding with the Birregurra Weekend Festival.

Our tagline this year is “We know a picture tells a thousand words! What does your story of Birregurra look like?” Entry is free and all photos will be proudly displayed over the Birregurra Festival weekend. Awards will be based on creativity and uniqueness more so than technical ability. Entrants certainly don't have to live in Birregurra; photos just need to be a narrative of the area. Portraits or candid scenes are welcome, as are entertaining “set up” scenes – think The Beatles iconic cover art for Abbey Road.

Photo submissions should be mounted on A4 entry forms which will be exhibited during the weekend festival. There are two categories – Under 13s and Open. Each category has a first place prize of $100 and a runner up of $50. All entries also go into the running for the Len Robb People’s Choice Award ($100).

Click here to download your entry form.

The Details:

Entries close on 26 September 2014 and can be submitted at Birregurra General Store, Colac Library or Forrest Brewery.

Awards will judged by photographer Tim Lucas as well as three Birregurra community members. Awards for Under 13s and Open categories will be announced at the Birregurra Arts Show on Friday 10th October. Winners will also be contacted by phone or email. The Len Robb People’s Choice Award will be judged by the public on Saturday 11th October during Birregurra Festival and announced on the main stage on Sunday 12th October.

This fantastic new community arts initiative is bought to us by Birregurra Arts Group and supported by Birregurra Mail, Birregurra Festival and Birregurra Art Show. If you’d like any further information, email

Arts Atlas launches in South West Victoria is a new arts communications portal for the South West Victoria region and exists to build a community of people who like to share what they do with others and who also like to know what’s going on.  

Having been successfully rolled out in Ballarat and the Goldfields region, it has been developed with artists, organisations and cultural groups in mind, in response to the needs of this region. Its aim is to bring people together, to share what’s going on and to profile our region.  

It is not only a tool of sharing for artists and cultural services but also a useful resource for the whole community, businesses and organisations wishing to work with artists and events.  

Arts Atlas South West invites artists and art lovers to be part of this community, to share your events, and show what you do. You can subscribe to the monthly e-news or check in to see what’s happening on the calendar.

ArtsAtlas is supported by the Regional Arts Victoria Great South Coast partnership.