ABOUT THE HILLS ART COLLECTIVE
As a group of artists, we started the Gawler Street Art Trail, Mount Barker in 2013 which ran until December 2015. During that time we did monthly changeovers to 30 businesses in Gawler Street, handling over 700 art pieces. It was very successful but very labour intensive yet we still felt we needed to do something to showcase all the talented Adelaide Hills artists.
After our Grand Exhibition in December 2015, we came up with the idea of holding biannual exhibitions in May and November and with that we created Hills Art Collective. We have had two very successful exhibitions, our last being November 2017 where we had over 600 visitors. As of now we have over a hundred Adelaide Hills artists on our email list which is amazing!!
We are a community, not for profit group and because of this we are able to come under the auspices of the Mount Barker Community Centre. They are amazing to work with and without them we quite simply would not be able to function. They pay our public liability insurance while giving us autonomy over all decisions relating to the Hills Art Collective ventures.
The District Council of Mount Barker has also been a strong support by providing us with the Town Hall for our exhibitions as well as The Den, our special place under the stage which we use as our base and for dropping off and picking up artworks. We have a wonderful team of supporters who volunteer their time to help put the exhibitions together.
Without all this support, we wouldn’t be able to offer Adelaide Hills artists the opportunity to showcase and sell their work. We charge no commission on any work sold, however, we do charge an entry fee to cover administration costs. It is free admission for the public to come and view the artworks in a leisurely, relaxed environment. We also give the public a chance to vote for their favourite piece of artwork with the People’s Choice Award which is very popular.
We are very fortunate to have the Mount Barker Rotary Club sponsor us. They provide $1500 for prize money and they also pay for our website which was designed by Bec Stevens. Our website will allow people to find information on our latest ventures and also enabling them to download entry forms.
A special point of interest for this years May Exhibition is the addition of a new category for people over the age of 15 with disabilities/special needs. Local businesses have been very generous in donating prizes for this new category. We will be listing the names of these businesses at the exhibition for public awareness and appreciation.
We look forward to a successful and productive 2018 for all involved.
Annie Franken (Head Co-ordinator)
Sharon Johinke ( Digital Media Co-ordinator)