Calling all local artists: exhibit and sell your work at WPCC



As part of its commitment to implement the cultural development plan, the Dubbo Regional Council (DRC) is launching the first Dubbo Art Fair (DAF), held at the Western Plains Cultural Center (WPCC) to celebrate and present the best of the visual arts in our community. Now, DRC’s cultural development team is looking for local artists to exhibit at the fair, which will take place on the weekend of August 6-8, 2021.

“We are appealing to artists to show their interest in exhibiting. This is the first time that we have done something like this, and will offer artists in the Dubbo area to present their work to the community over an art-rich weekend, providing the community with the opportunity to buying works directly from the artist and ensuring every purchase supports the work of regional visual artists and encourages a vibrant creative sector, ”said Jessica Moore, DRC Cultural Development Coordinator.

Registrations are due by Monday July 5, and anyone living in the Dubbo Regional Council LGA is encouraged to express interest. An exhibition stand consists of 2m x 2m stand allowances, a clearly defined area with a wall to hang on, staff advice on display and installation, and standard vinyl signage on the wall of the stand. DAF will provide exhibitors with advice on all display elements, provide an online listing on the WPCC website, and digital resources to promote exhibitors at DAF.

“In addition to the incredible opportunity to view and purchase original artwork, the DAF will also feature performances by local musicians, networking events, and great regional food and drink. The WPCC will open up its entire gallery space to individual or collective artists to create a book that will be open to the public for viewing and sale and present a new opportunity for artists to connect with new audiences and network with artists and artists. businesses, ”Ms. Moore said.

For three days, artists will be able to promote and sell their work, and with no participation or stand fees, all sales go directly to the artists – a big boost after a few tough years with drought and COVID-19 making it difficult to sell it off. art. The hosting of the Dubbo Art Fair is a result of the cultural development plan, to give local artists more opportunities to sell their art – after it has been identified as a key desire and area for development by the community. local artistic.

“We hope the success of this event could mark the start of an annual event that could become NSW’s largest regional art fair. We welcome creators who paint, print, sculpt, design, photograph and sculpt to come and show their work, meet other creators, sell to the public and show the community the diversity of artistic practices in the region, ”said Ms. Moore .

Dubbo area mayor Stephen Lawrence said DAF’s goal is to show the community the benefits of buying original creative artwork.

“The unique addition he makes to your home and the support he offers to local practitioners who reflect our region and community is heartwarming. Buying local original artwork creates a very vibrant creative economy that benefits everyone, ”said Councilor Lawrence.

Artists are encouraged to express their interest in participating through the online portal at https://www.westernplainsculturalcentre.org/ by Monday, July 5, 2021.

Image caption: Jessica Moore with some local artists at the Fresh Arts 2020 exhibit.

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