ABOUT THE HILLS ART COLLECTIVE
Hi to all Hills Art Collective artists.
As you are all very aware, COVID-19 has disrupted life for so many Australians and folk all around the world. It has also had an impact on our exhibitions.
There will be no November exhibition, for obvious reasons. As a result, we have had to re-evaluate our future. Our decision is as follows:
We have been given a wonderful opportunity to join up with Mt Barker Rotary, becoming the “Mt Barker Rotary & Hills Art Collective” art exhibition.
We have accepted this offer, which is a great merger and a major asset to Hills Art Collective. We leave behind a great legacy, after seven successful years.
Another factor in reaching this decision is that Sharon, our digital media co-ordinator, is very ill after the failure of her stem-cell transplant. Currently in hospital, she is a very brave and amazing woman.
In closing, our first joint exhibition will be in November 2021. It will be fantastic to be part of the Rotary Art Exhibitions. We look forward to your participation in this exciting new venture.
Annie and Sharon
Hills Art Collective is a community focused, not for profit group who hold bi-annual exhibitions at the Mount Barker Town Hall. It was established so Adelaide Hills artists would have an outlet to exhibit their work. It is run by Annie Franken and Sharon Johinke along with a wonderful team of volunteers to help at exhibition time. We have extended our May exhibition to include artists with special needs/disabilities and artists in residential care to make it all inclusive and a true community event.
We come under the auspices of the Mount Barker Community Centre. They support us greatly while giving us autonomy over all decisions relating to Hills Art Collective ventures.
The District Council of Mount Barker are also a strong support by providing us with the Town Hall and helping with expenses through their grants program. They also provide us with a room to use as a base for drop off and collection of artwork.
We are fortunate to have sponsorship from Mount Barker Rotary Club who provide cash prizes for the artists. We also get donations from a myriad of Adelaide Hills Businesses.
Without this support, we wouldn’t be able to offer Adelaide Hills artists the opportunity to showcase and sell their artwork. We do not take any commission on any artwork sold and charge an entry fee to cover administration costs. It is free admission to the public to come and view the artwork in a leisurely, relaxed environment. We also give the public a chance to vote for their favourite piece with the People’s Choice Award.
We always have a celebratory opening night for all our artists, family and friends with Mayor Ann Ferguson OAM officially opening the exhibition. Drinks and nibbles are included in the artists entry fee so there is no further costs.
Hills Art Collective is growing each year and we look forward to many more successful exhibitions.
Annie Franken - Head Co-ordinator
Sharon Johinke - Digital Media Co-ordinator