Living & Learning Nillumbik's annual art and craft exhibition
About the exhibition
How to enter
Making your work ready for exhibition
Installation date and details
Term and conditions of entry
Guidelines for selling exhibited works
About the Exhibition
Each year we hold an exhibition at the Eltham Library Community Gallery which showcases the work of our current participants and tutors and celebrates the diversity of activities, abilities and people who come together to share, learn and connect at Living & Learning Nillumbik.
The exhibition is organised by a team of volunteers.
We have averaged 70 individual entries each year in this event.
"Presenting art to the community at the sparkly end of the year feels humbling, generous and empowering! The exhibition is a nice way to round off the year."
"Seeing our collective efforts on display makes me feel a little bit proud of our creative spirit as well as thankful for our wonderful local facilities."
When: Thursday 22 November to Monday 10 December.
Where: Eltham Library Community Gallery, Panther Place, Eltham
Opening hours: Monday to Thursday 10am-8.30pm, Friday to Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 1-5pm.
Exhibition Opening: Saturday 24 November, 2pm-4pm
Announcement of award winners: Thursday 6 December
How to enter
Entries open 21 August. Deadline for entries: 15 October.
Anyone who has participated or tutored in a Living & Learning Nillumbik visual arts, textiles or crafts course, co-op or MakerSpace in 2018 can enter.
Work can be entered that you have primarily created at one of the Living & Learning Nillumbik centres, or that has been inspired or informed by a course you have participated in during 2018.
There are limited spaces and limitations on the size of work. Read the terms and conditions of entry for further details.
Entry forms can be collected and returned completed with payment at any of the three Living & Learning Centres. The entry fee is $12 per individual artist or $24 for a collective or group entry. This entry fee helps us to cover the costs associated with the coordination of the exhibition during the year and includes the cost of venue hire, facilities, resources, administration, promotional materials and the opening celebration catering and room hire.
Exhibitors gain exhibition experience, including the expertise of a professional curator, as well as having the opportunity to display their work to the wider community. The exhibition is held in a public gallery space and is curated by local artist Isobel Clement.
Please note: Entries may close early if all display spaces are allocated prior to the official closing date.
Each artist may provide a statement to be displayed with their work.
The statement should describe what inspired you to produce the piece of work you are submitting to the exhibition.
Your artist's statement:
- Must be no more than 150 words
- Must be provided as a Word document or in an email
We reserve the right to edit the artist's statement in consultation with the artist, if necessary.
Making your art work ready for exhibition
You are responsible for ensuring that artworks are ready to be installed:
- Ensure the title, your name and contact phone number is on your art work.
- 2D works:
- Have a look at the hanging system at the Gallery prior to installation and ensure your hanging wires are suitable.
- D rings and suitable hanging wire (NOT cord) must be attached to framed works and canvasses.
- Hanging wires must be suitable for the weight of the artwork.
- Works on paper must be framed or have window mounts and must also have D rings and suitable hanging wire attached.
Installation date and details
- Installation is on Wednesday 21 November.
- Bring your art work to the Eltham Library Community Gallery between 10.30am and 11.30am. It is very important that we have received all art works by 11.30am
- If you cannot personally bring your artwork, please organise someone else to deliver it. If you are absolutely unable to find anyone to deliver your artwork, please contact Sue Hawthorne.
What to expect when you arrive at the Gallery:
- You will need to check-in your work at the check-in desk. Volunteers will check that your work is correctly prepared for exhibition (see instructions above) and mark your work as received.
- Please be patient, as there are a large number of exhibitors.
- If you are not on the Curator's Teams, we would appreciate that you stay clear of the exhibition area, once you have checked-in your art work.
- The volunteer Curator's Teams will work with Isobel on the installation of the exhibition. This takes several hours.
Terms and conditions of entry
- Deadlines must be adhered to.
- The application form must be accompanied by payment of $12 per person (non-refundable).
- There is a limit of one work per person. Size restrictions and space limitations apply:
- A 3D work may consist of multiple items, or be a set, but must be able to be displayed as a single work.
- The maximum size for 2D works is 1 metre square. After the maximum of forty 2D works has been reached no other applications for 2D works will be accepted.
- Works will be accepted in order of receipt of entry forms. Every effort will be made to accommodate everyone where possible, but space is limited - see above point.
- You will be expected to:
- Provide information for the catalogue by the deadline
- Ensure your artwork is ready for installation (see above Installation of art works)
- Deliver your art work to the gallery at the specified time
- Follow installation guidelines
- Promote the exhibition
- Collect your art work at the specified time.
- Work sold during the exhibition is expected to remain on display in the gallery for the duration of the exhibition.
- Work is exhibited at your own risk.
- Please notify the office immediately if you intend to withdraw from the exhibition, as this may give others the opportunity to exhibit.
- Art work is not covered by Council’s insurance and Council takes no responsibility for any theft, loss or damage to artwork during transportation or display at the Gallery.
- Council is not liable for expenses incurred by exhibitors.
- Council does not undertake comprehensive qualitative assessments of works exhibited by individuals or groups at the Gallery. However, Council expects at minimum that exhibitors are lawful at all times and accordingly consider issues of copyright, decency, slander and racism.
- Council takes no responsibility for the content presented, and has the final say about whether or not works are displayed.
- The Gallery is not the responsibility of the Library staff. Please discuss any issues with exhibition installation, dismantling and openings with the Exhibitions Officer.
- By entering this exhibition you are agreeing to images of your work being used for promotional material, including digital, to promote the diversARTy exhibition and Living & Learning Nillumbik.
- In the event your work wins one of the People's Choice Awards, an image of your work will be used as part of the fund raising activities for diversARTy and for promotional purposes.
Guideline for selling exhibited works
Sales of work during the exhibition are the responsibility of the artist.
Exhibited pieces must remain in the gallery for the duration of the exhibition.
Some tips on how to successfully complete a sale:
- Give the buyer your contact details
- Take the buyer’s contact details
- The sale is a negotiation between you and the buyer.
- Give the buyer an invoice (proof of sale), with your terms and conditions, e.g. upfront full payment (usually expected for less expensive pieces) or payment of a deposit and full payment on handover of the artwork (common practice for more expensive pieces), title, and description of the piece sold, date, delivery or pick up conditions and amount owing.
- You could also add information about artist’s rights, such as copyright, the right to re-exhibit or the right to information regarding the re-sale of works. See the Copyright Agency Limited website or the National Association for the Visual Arts’ website
- Give the buyer a receipt for any money received (title of work, date and amount received).
- Art works cannot be installed on the mantel piece, seat, front or side walls of the fireplace, nor on any of the pillars.
- Any use or installation of additional equipment must be discussed with Council prior to installation – talk to Karyn first.
- Use of internal walls, pillars or display boards are not allowed.
- Use of banners, drapes, tables and other furniture must first be discussed with Council and will only be allowed with prior agreement – talk to Karyn first.
- Only Council produced labels can be used. These will be prepared using the information you have provided on your catalogue form.
- Only Whitetac may be used to affix labels and mounted catalogues. This should be rolled off to prevent the painted surface from tearing off the mud brick wall. Do not place Bluetac, stickers or tape on the mud brick walls as this will cause damage.
- If using Council plinths, two people must move each plinth. Plinths should not be dragged on a visible face. Plinths should be cleaned before and after use, and touched up with paint if required.
The Exhibitions Officer, Isobel Clement, will be present at the installation. She is responsible for the safety and integrity of the installation of the exhibition art works and will make the final decision regarding display of artworks. Should any queries or debate arise as to installation of works, the Exhibitions Officer’s decision is final.