“My extended family have lived in Queenscliff since the 1850’s and as a child I spent all my holidays fishing with my grandfather who, like his father and grandfather, were professional fishermen. The Queenscliff Pier was a big fixture in my childhood and after a long career publishing glossy magazine with my brother Adam, the idea dawned upon me that the pier, once a very busy place when the paddle steamers and the passenger ferries were in service, would make an ideal art gallery, especially as the pier is so connected to the centre of the town.” We hear from art enthusiast Chris MacLeod.
“The Queenscliff Art Prize exhibition is a unique celebration of Australian art, where the works from artists from across Australia are exhibited outside on the historic Queenscliff Pier against the exciting back drop of Port Phillip Bay, in Victoria.
“As Adam and I had years of experience in the graphics industry we found it relatively easy to craft a design for the exhibition panels that ensured they truly looked like art, withstood the weather and had sufficient continuity to create an exhibition of works.
“It’s a great location being outdoors and covid safe. Queenscliff is a much-gentrified town and we both took great pride to create this unique celebration of Australian art in a town where we had both spent much of our youth.
“Over 100 original artworks will be photographed and these unique images will be transferred onto weatherproof aluminium panels, and these large format panels will be installed on the Queenscliff Pier. The forthcoming Queenscliff Art Prize exhibition will also feature 15 artworks from QArt Gallery, a studio that supports artists with an intellectual disability.”
The Queenscliff Art prize exhibition will run from the 1st of November till the end of April and this free covid safe attraction is arguably the biggest outdoor art exhibition in Australia. It is the latest addition to the Australian Art Trail and a must-see attraction for all.