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A unique arts space for a unique region

Monday 4 February 2019

With just weeks until the region’s first purpose-built art space opens its doors, the Basil Sellers Exhibition Centre’s main benefactor has toured the facility saying he is “thrilled’ with the result.

Basil Sellers visited Moruya last week to check on progress at the worksite, saying the centre would be so much more than just another regional gallery.

“I want to see it become something unique, because this region is unique,” Mr Sellers said.

“I am delighted in the direction that the team at Council are steering this facility.”

Eurobodalla Shire Mayor Liz Innes said the Bas would meet the differing needs of the shire’s arts community.

“It will be a reactive space,” Clr Innes said. “Yes, we’ll have the art shows but there’s potential for so much more. It will be perfect for floor talks, long-table dinner events, touring shows, and workshops. It could even lend itself to special events, like functions and boutique weddings.”

Clr Innes said the Friday 22 February grand opening was not to be missed.

“We’ll be announcing the winners of the Basil Sellers Art Prize, which is now in its eighth year. The major-prize winner takes home a tidy $20,000,” Clr Innes said.

“That’s thanks to the ongoing generosity of Mr Sellers; and it’s so exciting we’ve had record entries for the prize with artists across NSW and the ACT.

“In response to the prize going state-wide this year, Council has introduced the Eurobodalla Prize – that’s $5,000 for a local artist – as well as supporting the $500 people’s choice award.”

Council’s arts coordinator Indi Carmichael said the Bas program had something for everyone.

“The exhibition centre is a major platform for home-grown talent, but plenty of visiting exhibitions and returning favourites too,” she said.

“It’s a professional-standard space with sound-rated moveable walls, video-conferencing, and heaps of parking just outside.”

Ms Carmichael said it was easy for the community to get involved.

“Why not become a member of the Bas? Members receive exclusive offers, discounts and events – this year membership is free,” she said.

“We’re also looking for volunteers to help us with gallery duties, public programs and special events. It’s a terrific way to connect with our vibrant arts community here in the shire for a few hours each week.

For more information on the Basil Sellers Art Centre, including opening night details, and how to become a member or volunteer, visit www.thebas.com.au