VISUAL ARTS IN THE VALLEY
In early 2020, the unprecedented 74-day Currowan bushfire smashed the southern flank of Kangaroo Valley, followed by torrential floods. Then Covid-19 hit local businesses.
The community united and rebounded, a part of which was Visual Arts in the Valley 2020, a celebration of the visual arts and now one of the richer prizes in Australian art. 1,300 people visited the Kangaroo Valley Community Hall transformed into a professional gallery and four other venues in the Valley.
Curated by Jane Cush from Mittagong NSW and judged by major Sydney gallerists Brenda May and Damien Minton, finalists were from Sydney and throughout NSW, Canberra and Melbourne including 15% from interstate.All prize money – $18,350 in total – was donated by local Kangaroo Valley residents.$100,000 in artworks were sold (32% of hung finalists), including $33,000 by local artists – unheard of for any previous visual arts event in the surrounding regions – and great for artists.
Our hope is for to continue to emerge as a national arts event while retaining its local and regional flavour.
Please join us for in October 2022.
COVID Safety Plan
At Arts in the Valley, we can assure you that to the best of our abilities we will be Covid safe. We have a Covid-19 Response Team including a respiratory physician. To protect the health of visitors and staff, we are following all NSW regulations and guidelines for Galleries and Community Halls, including numbers, record keeping, physical distancing and hygiene and cleaning. Our Covid-19 Response Team has developed a detailed Covid-19 Safety Plan registered with NSW Health so we are a Covid-Safe Event. We just wanted you to know. For more information on what we’re doing and what we’d like you to do, please click here. In the meantime, stay safe everyone. We look forward to seeing you over the October long-weekend in Australia’s most beautiful valley.