The Bas is temporarily closed
Following recent announcements around COVID-19 by state and federal health authorities, the Basil Sellers Exhibition Centre is closed from Thursday 26 March until June 2020.
Council will continue to monitor advice from government health authorities and we will review our operations in line with that evolving advice.
- Most public facilities and customer service areas are closed or will close this week.
- See closure updates and Council services that are available online or over the phone.
- For the latest information and advice about the coronavirus pandemic:
About the Bas
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 celebrates 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.
- Visit the official Bas website.
Basil Sellers Art Prize Exhibition
The Basil Sellers Art Prize, which is now proudly in its 8 year, has a major prize of $20,000, a Eurobodalla artist award sponsored by Council of $5,000 and a $500 people’s choice award.
Congratulations to this year's winners who were announced at the grand opening of the Basil Sellers Exhibition Centre on Friday 22 February:
- Anh Nguyen - winner of the Basil Sellers Art Prize for her work Jamboree Morning
- Stephani McClory - winner of the Eurobodalla Prize for her acrylic on canvas piece Some days are Rough
The Basil Sellers Art Prize will return in 2020. Visit www.thebas.com.au to keep up to date with competition and event details.
See you at the Bas
The remainder of the calendar year will showcase a wealth of local talent, including:
- Shirley Goodhew
- Jennifer Hawkins
- Lachie Hinton
- Keedah Throssell and Lesley Whale
- Mark Ward and Mirabel Fitzgerald
- Vida Sobottka.
In addition, we will be working with:
- The Shoalhaven Regional Gallery
- River of Art
- The Eurobodalla Writers
- and bringing back some favourites, such as the Revive Art Prize
We will soon call for expressions of interest for possible inclusion in the Bas 2020 exhibition program. We accept EOIs from solo artists, curators, group exhibitions, organisations and institutions. Sign up to be a member of the Bas for updates.
The BAS - become a member!
Now is your chance to sign up as a foundation member.
To celebrate the successful grand opening, for a limited time the normal fee of $25 a year for Bas members will be waived. 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.
Apply to exhibit your work at the Bas in 2021
The Basil Sellers Exhibition Centre is calling for expressions of interest from artists to participate in the 2021 exhibition program.
Applications are open to individuals, groups, organisations and institutions, however priority will be given to submissions from Eurobodalla artists.
Key selection criteria
The Creative Arts Development team will be looking for work that demonstrates:
- excellence in execution, articulation of concept and innovation
- originality and unique ideas, or a fresh approach to established themes
- diversity, contributing variety to the annual program
- respect for our region's cultural and social sensibilities
- compatibility with the overall program
- accessibility to all members of the community
Submit your expression of interest application in two steps:
Applications close Friday 8 May, 2020 at 4pm.
For more information
To find out more about this opportunity to exhibit your work at the Bas, please contact Coordinator of Creative Arts Development, Indira Carmichael:
Volunteer at the Bas
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
- meeting artists and locals with a shared interest in the arts
- gaining new skills and knowledge
- connecting with your local community and receive invitations to events such as artist talks, panel discussions, performances
- joining programs specifically for our volunteer team, such as gallery visits, artist studio visits, floor talks with exhibiting artists, morning tea events and preview openings.
To find out more 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