The Hunter’s Hill Art Exhibition is NSW longest continuous running art Exhibition. Below you will find a link to the archive of the Exhibition, detailing the winners and judges etc.
In 1955 the Hunter’s Hill Council held a ‘Loan Exhibition’ of paintings from private homes. Artists and art-loving locals such as Nora Heysen and Hal Missingham, then director of the AGNSW, among others were the visionaries behind the event. The catalogue cost 1 shilling. The inaugural Exhibition attracted over 3,000 people.
The success of the first Exhibition encouraged Council to continue the Exhibition in 1956, opening it up to a broader group of artists and, over the years, sculptors and ceramicists. In 1956 the Exhibition was judged by none other than Lloyd Rees, the great Australian landscape painter who twice won the Wynne Prize.
The Hunters Hill Exhibition has a history of well recognised artists being displayed; these include Tim Storrier, John Coburn, Margaret Preston, William Dobell, Sidney Long, Sidney Nolan, Henry Moore, Roland Wakelin, Desiderius Orban and even Sir Charles Lloyd Jones.
Other Judges have included James Gleeson, Judy Cassab and Jeffrey Smart. It is interesting to discover that Jeffrey Smart was the judge of the children’s section. His highly stylised urban landscapes, with aspects of technology and architecture are now recognised as a view of Australian culture and highly prized by collectors.
Later artists such as Tim Storrier and John Coburn were judged by the likes of James Gleeson, Judy Cassab and Elizabeth Mac-Gregor.
Looking at the archives of earlier days is to be amazed at the names that jump off the page. It is a ‘who’s who’ of Australian art and society.
The 21 Century sees the Exhibition continue to develop and include an ‘Art Walk’ with multiple venues displaying art, from the Town Hall to the Congregational Church and the Hunters Hill Club and now more recently the Vienna Cottage; As well as pop-up galleries in local businesses throughout Hunters Hill and Woolwich.
With over 60 years of history the Exhibition continues to be a celebration of creativity and vision. We hope to continue to be an ever evolving tradition while maintaining the core values and outcomes of this event, namely supporting the arts and culture, encouraging creativity and to be a vibrant and fun meeting place that fosters community spirt.
We certainly hope you enjoy this year’s art experience in Hunters Hill.
Please find linked below the Hunters Hill Art Exhibition archive, detailing the prizes, winners and judges. There is some information missing from certain years – if you have this information please feel free to contact:
Adrian Black – firstname.lastname@example.org