Creative Mountain Arts Exhibition 2017

The annual Creative Mountain Arts Exhibition is on again!

10 AM – 5 PM, Thursday 13 to Sunday 23 April 2017

Opening Night: 7.30 PM, Wednesday 12 April

Dorrigo Community Hall, Hickory Street, Dorrigo

Artists’ entry forms must be received by 31 March.

Organized by the Arts Council of The Dorrigo, the CMAE is a showcase for the outstanding artworks made by our gifted artists and artisans living on the Dorrigo Plateau (2453 post code). The exhibition includes: painting and drawing, sculpture, ceramics, glassware, etchings, woodwork, textiles, jewellery, and photography.

For 2017, the theme is Ahead in the Clouds. Artists, please note we’re looking for innovative responses to the theme, not pictures of heads amidst fluffy white clouds. Envisage what’s ahead for us on the Plateau, or show us what you especially love (or dislike) about living here: imagine our future and paint where we’re heading, or show us how the Plateau is ahead of the game, or lose yourself in a Dorrigo mist, or reach for a starry nebula. How you interpret the words of the theme can be as creative as your imagination!

There will also be a Youth Art Exhibition, open to all artists aged between 15 and 21 living in the 2453 postcode. Two one-day workshops with Pamela Denise, supported by a grant from Bellingen Shire, will be held to encourage any interested youth to develop work for the Youth Art Exhibition (whether working collaboratively or individually). Please check the Arts Council’s website for more information.

Another feature of the 2017 exhibition will be the popular Shoebox Sculpture competition. Everyone is encouraged to produce a sculpture of a size that will fit into a shoebox, and the quirkier the sculpture the better! The sculptures can be made from any materials: whatever inspires your imagination. The purpose is to have fun and to let your creative juices flow. The judging will be by People’s Choice, and a $100 prize will be awarded at the end of the exhibition.

CLICK HERE for the CMAE and Youth Art Workshops Entry Forms for 2017.

Entries close on Friday 31 March, 2017.

Opening Night is Wednesday, 12 April at 7.30 PM. Entry $2. Refreshments will be available.

Tickets for the annual CMAE raffle are now on sale at Gallery 2453. Tickets are $2 each, or $5 for three. Drop in to Gallery 2453 to see the raffle prizes on display.

Please contact the Convenor, Sandra Pitkin for more information, either on 0409 515 226 or by email to; or go to the Arts Council’s website at


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