Basil Sellers Exhibition Centre
Council is in the process of constructing the Basil Sellers Exhibition Centre (the Bas), a professional-standard exhibition space adjoining the Moruya Library. The Bas is made possible through grant funding and donations.
The exhibition centre has been named after Basil Sellers AM for his significant contribution to the arts in Eurobodalla. Mr Sellers provided a significant donation for the exhibition centre, and has a passionate commitment to the perpetual growth of the community’s perception, understanding of, and engagement in art. Basil Sellers is also the patron to Council’s Basil Sellers Art Prize and Little Sellers Art Prize.
The Bas will celebrate local and national visual art and contemporary culture for the enjoyment and benefit of all who live and work in Eurobodalla or visit the areas. It will be set in Moruya, within the heart of Eurobodalla on the NSW South Coast.
The official Bas website is currently under construction, and will be launched closer to the grand opening. Watch this space!
For more information about the construction of the Basil Sellers Exhibition Centre and the Moruya Library extension, visit our major projects and works page.
What to expect
After years in the works, the much anticipated opening of the Bas will be celebrated on Thursday 21 February 2019.
Celebrations will include the official opening itself, and the announcement of the Basil Sellers Art Prize winners. The Basil Sellers Art Prize is now in its 8th year, and has a major prize of $20,000, a $5,000 Eurobodalla artist award sponsored by Council, and a $500 people's choice award that exhibition visitors can vote in. This is a not-to-be-missed event!
Throughout the rest of the calendar year, the Bas will showcase a wealth of local talent, including:
- Shirley Goodhew
- Jennifer Hawkins
- Cheryl Davison
- Keedah Throssell and Lesley Whale
- Mark Ward and Mirabel Fitzgerald
- Vida Sobottka.
In addition, we will be bringing back some favourites, such as The Revive Art Prize, and working with:
- The Shoalhaven Regional Gallery
- The Eurobodalla River of Art
- The Eurobodalla Writers.
Basil Sellers Art Prize entries
Entries have now closed for the Basil Sellers Art Prize 2018. We want to take this opportunity to thank all entrants.
We had an overwhelming response this year, and look forward to announcing the finalists in mid-December 2018, and announcing the winners at the official opening of the Bas in February 2019.
Expressions of interest
Expressions of Interest for the Bas 2019 exhibition program have now closed.
EOIs will open again in March 2019 for possible inclusion in the Bas 2020 exhibition program. We accept EOIs from solo artists, curators, group exhibitions, organisations and institutions.
The BAS - become a member!
Now is your chance to sign up as a foundation member.
With the grand opening scheduled for late February 2019, the normal fee of $25 a year will be waived until December 2018. Membership includes access to exclusive events and parties, discounts on selected events, programs and prize entry fees and subscription to the Basil Sellers Exhibition Centre quarterly newsletter – and there’s much more in the pipeline.
The Bas - volunteer call out
The Bas is now seeking volunteers to be involved in the new exhibition centre. Volunteers are invaluable support to the daily operation of a gallery space. Our volunteers will provide essential support in a wide variety of roles including day to day assistance with gallery duties, public programs and special events.
The hallmark of a great volunteer consists of excellent customer service skills, a passion for the arts and culture and a willingness to share local knowledge. If you have 2 - 4 hours a week to give and are looking to connect with a vibrant local arts community, volunteering might be the role for you.
Benefits of volunteering
- meet artists and locals with a shared interest in the arts
- gain new skills and knowledge
- connect with your local community and receive invitations to events such as artist talks, panel discussions, performances
- join programs specifically for our volunteer team, such as gallery visits, artist studio visits, floor talks with exhibiting artists, morning tea events and preview openings.
For more information please contact Council's Coordinator Creative Arts Development, Indi Carmichael:
- T: 02 4474 1061
- E: Indira Carmichael
You can also contact our Creative Arts Officer, Liz McCrystal:
- T: 02 4474 7355
- E: Elizabeth McCrystal