Water Project 2012, Shirley Dwyer
Art Without Borders 2013
Idea to Exhibition
In the 30 years since Box Hill Community Arts Centre opened the gallery has been home to an array of diverse exhibitions sponsored by the Centre itself or by members of the community who have applied and been successful in hiring the space to exhibit their art work.
Many of the exhibitions organised by Box Hill Community Arts Centre are to celebrate milestones such as Sustainability Week and Naidoc Week. For several years beginning in 2011 the Centre sponsored an annual exhibition titled ‘Discarded’ where exhibitors were asked to produce art work using recycled materials. An exhibition is held every May to celebrate the sister city relations with Matsudo in Japan. Another annual exhibition led by the Centre is the Artist in Residence final show. This event showcases work made by artists in residence during their time at Box Hill Community Arts Centre. These shows have displayed ceramics, paintings, works on paper and one year an interactive Lego exhibition.
Another source of successful exhibitions are those generated by classes and activities held during the year. An outstanding example was ‘Art wihout Borders’ in 2013. This exhibition showcased the work of immigrant women and focused on their journeys to Australia. The textile work displayed in this exhibition was created in a series of classes at BHCAC facilitated by artist in residence Judy Leong. In 2007 the Centre started to run youth folio classes and each year ‘Idea to Exhibition’ displays the work of these students. They are responsible for not just creating the work but also for curating the exhibition. In recent years the students from the adult painting classes have exhibited their amazing work in the gallery and have attracted a wide viewing audience.
The Centre has also held several competitions including ‘Water, Water Everywhere’ and ‘Home’. These exhibitions offered a generous cash prize and attracted entries from across Australia. On occasion Box Hill Community Arts Centre has joined with other art centres to make work for an exhibition. ‘The Box Set’ was a cross council collaboration in 2017 creating an interactive exhibition held across councils and ‘The Water Project’ in 2016 showcased a series of lino prints by East Timorese artists.
The list of exhibitions held over the years is long and varied including tutors’ exhibitions, children’s exhibitions, Ikebana, brush painting, kimonos, artist books, the wonderful work of students with a disability from Alkira to name a few. The Centre is dedicated to showcasing community art and engaging with the community through these popular exhibitions. Box Hill Community Arts Centre is looking forward to reopening post Coved 19 Lockdown and hosting many more exhibitions in 2021 and beyond.
Emma Finch, Artist in Residence
Discarded Exhibition Poster 2012
The Box Set, Cross Council Collaboration 2017