Art in Time of COVID-19 exhibition set to open

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A major new exhibition at Montsalvat in Eltham is set to put the arts community’s pandemic experience in the frame.

Proudly presented by Nillumbik Shire Council, Art in the Time of COVID-19, which opens on February 5, explores what has been an extraordinary and difficult year.

In 2020, Nillumbik Shire Council invited artists from across the Shire and the nation to create works through the Art in the Time of COVID-19 program.

The call-out has resulted in a wonderful and diverse exhibition of 40 commissioned works, capturing the artists’ experiences of the time.

The works, both experimental and reflective, are in a variety of mediums including painting, printmaking, photography, drawing, mixed media, sculpture, installation, textile and video.

The arts community, like many others, has been hit particularly hard by the pandemic. When COVID-19 arrived on our shores, galleries, theatres and other cultural venues were forced to close their doors almost overnight as we entered an extended period of lockdown.

Nillumbik Mayor Peter Perkins said Council was proud to support the Shire’s vibrant arts community through such an important project.

“History has shown that adversity brings out the very best in communities and this response from the arts community has been no different,” Cr Perkins said.

“The pandemic has touched us all in one way or another and these works are a reflection and reminder of life during 2020 and the struggles, challenges and uncertainties we all continue to face.”

Art in the Time of COVID-19 Proudly presented by Nillumbik Shire Council and sponsored by the Diamond Creek, Hurstbridge and Eltham Community Bank Branches of the Bendigo Bank.

When: Friday 5 February – Monday 5 April 2021

Where: Montsalvat, 7 Hillcrest Ave, Eltham

Entry fee: Adults $14, Concession $10, Children 5-12 $8, Children under five free, Families $35 (two adults and up to three children under 13), Group (10-20) $12 per person, Group (20+) $10 per person. Proceeds to Montsalvat.

Tickets can be booked through the Nillumbik Shire Council website nillumbik.vic.gov.au/covid-art

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