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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 Friday 22 February 2019. Festivities for the grand opening will include the opening and winners announcement of the Basil Sellers Art Prize, which is now proudly in its 8 year, with a major prize of $20,000, a Eurobodalla artist award sponsored by Council of $5,000 and a $500 people’s choice award. This is a not-to-be-missed event!

The remaining of the calendar year 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 also be working with:

  • The Shoalhaven Regional Gallery
  • River of Art
  • The Eurobodalla Writers
  • and bringing back some favourites such as The Revive Art Prize.

Basil Sellers Art Prize

With a $20,000 major prize and a $5,000 Eurobodalla award up for grabs, this is not only a significant prize for Eurobodalla, but a significant state-wide award. A huge congratulations to this year’s finalists, and a massive thank you to all the entrants.

Suzanne Shelley
Gillian Wilde
Tim Moorhead
Lucila Zentner
Graeme Krake
Janet Isobel Jones
Joe Bollen
Max Berry
Janece Huntley
Madeleine Kelly
Anh Nguyen
David Whitfield
Nicole Grimm-Hewitt
David Ramsland
Stuart Whitelaw
Zuza Zochowski
Jane de la Vega
Heather Burness
Mirabel FitzGerald
Amanda Fuller
Andrew Smith
Marian Webb
Raewyn Lawrence
Nicolette Eisdell
Grace Paleg
Stephanie McClory
Suzannah Jones

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 waved 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.

More information

For more information please contact Council’s Coordinator Creative Arts Development, Indi Carmichael:

You can also contact our Creative Arts Officer, Liz McCrystal:

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