Annual Art Exhibition 2021 – open for entries!

EAS Annual Art Exhibition. Cup Weekend 2021. Open for Entries now until October 14th!CALLING ALL ARTISTS! The Emerald Arts Society Annual Art Exhibition will be held 30 Oct – 1 Nov 2021 (Cup Weekend). There is over $4000 in Prizes to be won!

Best in Show Awards for: Adults ($1000) and NextGen Awards for Under 20, Under 15 and Under 10 years ($400 each). Plus prizes for best artworks in the categories of Oil/Acrylics, Watercolour, Photography, Printmaking, Drawing, Pastels, and Other Media!

The exhibition will be hosted in our venue if we can, or will be made available online if COVID restrictions are in place at the time.

Entries close 14th October 2021!

Thanks to our Major Sponsor: The Cardinia Shire

If you would like to enter the exhibition you need to become a member of the Emerald Arts Society. For just $35 membership fee ($50 for a family) you are eligible to enter the exhibition. Membership and Entry forms are available online.

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Images from previous exhibitions…

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2019 - Gina Miller Best Adult artwork 'Turmoil'

Annual Art Exhibition 2019

Images from our annual exhibition.

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EAS Art Exhibition 2018

EAS Annual Art Exhibition 2019 – Details and Entry Form

Over $4000 in prizes! Our Annual Art Exhibition 2019 is open to Adult Members and NextGen (under 20) Artists.

Major Prizes:

Adult Members — First Prize $1000, Seven (7) $250 prizes awarded to the best artwork in each of the following categories: Oils/Acrylics, Watercolour, Photography, Printmaking, Drawing, Pastels, Other Media.

NextGen (under 20 years of age) — First Prize $500, Three (3) $200 prizes awarded to the best artwork in each of the following age groups: Under 19, Under 15 and Under 10.

Major Sponsor: The Shire of Cardinia

Friday 11th October, 5pm — Entries close
Thursday 31st October, 3pm-6pm — Deliver artworks to Emerald Arts Society, Cnr Church & Anne Sts, Emerald
Saturday 2nd November, 12 noon — OFFICIAL OPENING, Emerald Arts Society. Open until 4pm.
Sunday 3rd & Monday 4th November — Exhibition open 10am–4pm
Monday 4th November — Collection of Artworks 4pm–6pm

>> DOWNLOAD the Entry Form (PDF)

*All adult entrants must be current members of the Emerald Arts Society
*All exhibits must be the original work of the exhibitor.
*All works must be for sale, except artwork from NextGen (under 20) artists.
*All works must remain on display for the duration of the exhibition.
*All works are displayed at the discretion of the Emerald Arts Society Committee, which reserves the right not to hang exhibits if they are deemed inappropriate.
***All artworks must be secure and ready to hang, Flat screws are to be inserted in the back with wire or strong cord sufficient to support the weight of the artwork. No protruding screws.
*Name of entrant, telephone number, title of work, medium and price must be displayed on the back of each work. (Labels are attached)
*For Adults the total number of entries is limited to SIX (6) per entrant, with a maximum of FOUR (4) artworks in any one medium. For NextGen total number of works is limited to Four (4)
*The decision of the judges is final and no correspondence regarding judging or awards will be entered into.
*The judge does not have to make an award if it is deemed that art work is not up to standard.
*The Emerald Arts Society will exercise reasonable care with exhibits but it is not responsible for loss or damage to works while they are in transit or during the exhibition.
*The entry fee per work is $6.00. Pairs are treated as separate entries.
*Payment can be made by Cheque, Cash, or EFT. Please specify type of payment on your entry form.
*Maximum size of exhibits: No work to exceed one (1) metre along any one side.
*The Emerald Arts Society will deduct 25% commission for all works sold during or as a result of the exhibition.
*No substitutes will be accepted after the closing date.
*All entered artworks are to be delivered to the exhibition venue, the EAS Studio, corner of Anne & Church
*Streets, Emerald on Thursday 31st October 2019 between 3.00 and 6.00pm.
*Unsold artworks must be collected from the exhibition venue on Monday 4th of November between 4.00 pm and 6.00 pm. Artworks not collected by 30th November 2019 become the property of Emerald Arts Society
and may be sold.
*These conditions are subject to change without notice at the discretion of the Emerald Arts Society Committee.

If you have any queries you may contact the organisers via email
or by phone on 0408 553 325 (Wendy)


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Mayor Councillor Collin Ross, Deputy Mayor Cr. Brett Owen and Cr. Jeff Springfield with all the prize winners 2018 Annual Art Exhibition.

2018 EAS Art Exhibition – review

The Emerald Arts Society 49th Annual Art Exhibition had its opening on Saturday 3rd of November and it was a packed house when the awards were announced.

As well as representatives from Cardinia Shire, the Mayor, Cr. Collin Ross, Deputy Mayor Cr. Brett Owen and Cr. Jeff Springfield, there were teachers from the local schools, representatives from local groups and businesses within the community, and, of course, artists with their family and friends.

With over $4000 in prizes there were plenty of awards on offer, the most prestigious being Best in Show for Adults and Best NextGen Artist (under 20 yrs). Our congratulations go to Maxwell Wilks and Mitchell Edwards respectively.

There were also 7 best category awards for the Adults, which were awarded to Chris Britton (Printmaking), Judi Roberts (Pastel), Aldo Bellemo (Drawing), Barbara Thomas (Photography), Annette Slattery (Other Media), Sue Jarvis (Oils/Acrylics) and Kay Craig 

In the NextGen section there were there were winners in 3 categories, Poppy Rumoller in the U10’s, Noah Charters (U15) and Shana O’Brien (U20).

Our judge for this year was professional artist, Peter Smales who was impressed with the high standard and the wonderful diversity in style and medium. 
Our congratulations go to all those who won awards as well as everyone who entered the exhibition, helping to make it such a wonderful display.

The arts society is very grateful to the Shire of Cardinia for its support as well as all the businesses and groups that regularly contribute to our art exhibition. This year we had 8 Gold Sponsors who each donated $250. Together with all the other donations we receive, large or small, we are able to offer multiple prizes and reward as many artists as possible for their efforts.

We are looking forward to 2019 when we will be celebrating our 50th year as an arts society in your community!

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2018 EAS Art Exhibition — prize winners

Congratulations to all of the prize winners and participants at the 2018 EAS Art Exhibition!

Maxwell Wilks — Emerald Arts Society prize for Best In Show

Kay Craig — Falcone & Adams prize for Best Watercolour

Sue Jarvis — Draffin Super prize for Best Oil/Acrylic

Aldo Belleno — Shakespeare Solutions prize for Best Drawing

Judi Roberts — Stockdale & Leggo prize for Best Pastel

Barb Thomas — Efficient Air prize for Best Photograph

Annette Slattery — Zaftech Lighting prize for Best Other Media

Chris Britton — Emerald Community House prize for Best Printmaking

June Barnett — Bendigo Bank Highly Commended

Graeme Packer — Emerald & District Co-op Highly Commended

Shirley Henderson — Emerald Village Committe Commended

Geoff Seargent — Bendigo Bank Commended

Mitchell Edwards — Emerald Arts Society NextGen Best In Show

Shana O’Brien — Rotary Club of Emerald NextGen Best U20

Noah Charters — Emerald & District Co-op NextGen Best U15

Poppy Rumoller — Emerald Arts Society NextGen Best U10

River Carter — NextGen Encouragement Award

Rebekah Remminga — NextGen Highly Commended

Archie Trundle — NextGen Highly Commended

Emmerson Bechaz — NextGen Highly Commended

Ben Conry — People’s Choice Award


EAS Annual Art Exhibition 2017

Cup Weekend 4 – 7 November 2017.

Open to Adult Members and NextGen (under 19) Artists

Download the 2017 entry form here.

Adult Members : over $3000 in Prizes

  • First Prize $1000
  • Seven(7) $250 prizes awarded to the best artwork in each of the following categories. Oils/Acrylics, Watercolour, Photography, Printmaking, Drawing, Pastels, Other Media.
  • Two (2) $100 Highly Commended Awards
  • Two (2) $50 Commended Awards

NextGen (under 19) Artists : $1200 in Prizes

  • First Prize $500
  • $150 to the best artwork in each of these 3 ages groups: Under 19, Under 15 and Under 10
  • Two (2) $75 Encouragement Awards
  • Two (2) $50 Highly Commended Awards

Each year the Annual Art Exhibition is held over the 4 days of the Melbourne Cup Weekend. It is open from 10am –4pm from the Saturday to the Tuesday (inclusive). It is held at our Studio, corner Church and Anne Streets, Emerald (Melways reference Page 127 D4).

The exhibition is supported by the Shire of Cardinia and local businesses. In 2014 we introduced the “NextGen Awards”. This was specifically aimed at encouraging arts participation from aspiring young artists.

The winners are judged by a different artist of note each year.


All work in the “Adult” section is contributed by current Arts Society members. Most of the art exhibited is available for sale with a commission payable to the Arts Society.

The Annual exhibition is well attended by locals and art enthusiasts from greater Melbourne who come to purchase artworks.