Chiltern Art Prize 2019
7th - 10th June, 2019
Chiltern is a beautifully preserved gold rush-era town nestled in the hills of the Chiltern-Mt Pilot National Park. With its plethora of antique stores, scenic bush walks and a growing number of working artist’s studios, in all it’s a perfect June long weekend getaway for those seeking some creative immersion.
The Chiltern Art Prize is cementing its name as North East Victoria’s leading annual art event, with a 4-day exhibition over the June long weekend. The event will officially launch with the Award Night on June 7, which promises a rollicking good time with locally crafted beer, wine, canapés and local music.
Art Prize exhibition 2018
The Chiltern Art Prize is professionally curated and eschews the traditional ‘country art show’ vibe to showcase an innovative celebration of the local creative scene.
Art Prize co-ordinator Kirrily Anderson
The Chiltern Art Prize is professionally curated and eschews the traditional ‘country art show’ vibe to showcase an innovative celebration of the local creative scene. The initiative, which underwent a highly successful rebrand in 2018, is helmed by a formidable team of experts – notably, curator Beth Peters, a former gallery owner; alongside co-ordinator Kirrily Anderson, who hails from the creative hub of Collingwood in Melbourne and has curated exhibitions here and internationally.
Art lovers can get up-close and personal to local creatives and makers at the Chiltern Art Prize.
This year, artist in residence Taro Iiyama, a Japanese-born artist who lives and works locally in Wangaratta, will set up a pop-up studio alongside the Art Prize. The team have also commissioned projection artist Helen Newman to create a moving image projection themed on the Chiltern Mt-Pilot National Park for the event. To round out the program an art workshop will be facilitated by local artist Lisa Bishop.
While it’s dark, be sure to check out the projected moving image themed on the Chiltern Mt-Pilot National Park on the corner of Conness and Main Streets
Art Prize artist in residence Taro Iiyama
Tony Thornhill Cole winning exhibit from 2018
This 2019 Chiltern Art Prize will be accompanied by a retrospective of the Prize’s 2018 winner Tony Thornhill Cole. Tony, a prolific and accomplished local artist, sadly passed away, aged 92, just months after his win. A collection of his work will be exhibited and a celebration of his life will be held at the exhibition on June 8.
Art lovers can get up-close and personal to local creatives and makers at the Chiltern Art Prize, and even add to (or kick off) their personal collections with the opportunity to purchase from an incredible mix of traditional and contemporary two- and three-dimensional pieces.
Oh, and there will be wine. Lots of wine..
• Chiltern Art Prize Award Night: June 7, 6pm, Chiltern Memorial Hall
• Chiltern Art Prize Exhibition: June 8-10, 10am-4pm, Chiltern Memorial Hall
• Tony Thornhill Cole retrospective: June 8-10, 10am-4pm, Chiltern Senior Citizens Hall
• Lisa Bishop Art Workshop: June 8, Lisa Bishop Studio & Art Store