I am pleased to follow on from my previous announcement earlier this month of ‘Blue Berg’ winning the 2011 Extreme Environment People’s Choice Award with the news that this photograph has also been selected to be hung at Montsalvat in Eltham as part of the 2011 Nillumbik Prize. This is the second year in a row my photography has been selected to be exhibited in this prestigious award and I am very pleased to have my work included. The exhibition opens on Thursday the 16th of June at 6pm and runs until Sunday the 31st of July. Unfortunately, I will be unable to attend the opening as I will be in New Zealand on a ten day Landscape shoot in the South Island. I will certainly be stopping past for a visit and coffee when I get back from New Zealand.
Montsalvat is one of my favourite locations for morning coffee and relaxing in the grounds and surrounding buildings – It is a wonderful location with three separate gallery areas, a restaurant / cafe (that makes a really good breakfast) and some fantastic backdrops for portrait photography amongst the old buildings.
The Nillumbik Prize exhibition encompasses all manner of art and craft (not just photography) and includes everything from photography, to painting and sculpture. The Nillumbik Prize is also one of the oldest community art shows in Victoria – the former Eltham Shire Council proudly sponsored the event back in the mid fifties when it was organised by the local arts community. Then as today it was and is a celebration of diversity and importance of art to this region.