Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Rotary art show moves to Caulfield

THE Camberwell Rotary Art Show is moving to Caulfield after outgrowing its home of 45 years.
Caulfield Racecourse will host the May 27-30 event, which has swelled from exhibiting 1800 paintings last year to about 3000 this year.
Art show judge and former chairman John Oppy said space at Camberwell’s Civic Centre had been shrinking over the years, with the centre now earmarked for a $17.4 million library and office transformation.
“In the past you could hang about 2200 paintings, then they converted one area for offices, so we lost 200 spots, then last year they cut back another area and we were just losing too much space,” he said.
“We have a very good relationship with the council. They’re trying to help us, but unfortunately we had to make a very difficult decision and go.”
Mr Oppy said due to expensive running costs at Caulfield, the show would now run for four days, rather than the usual 10.
“But there are other advantages at Caulfield, with more parking and public transport. And we have some new, really outstanding artists exhibiting this year.”
Boroondara Mayor Jack Wegman said he wished Rotary every success at Caulfield “but in the end it ... will always be the Camberwell Art Show”.
Artists will vie for their share of $37,500 of prizemoney. Ticket proceeds will go to towards Rotary-supported charities.

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