Kangaroo Island Easter Art Exhibition moves to 2021

SPECIAL EVENT: Kangaroo Island artist and ecologist Dr Peggy Rismiller and Jeff Bancan at the opening night of the 2018 Kangaroo Island Easter Art Exhibition.

SPECIAL EVENT: Kangaroo Island artist and ecologist Dr Peggy Rismiller and Jeff Bancan at the opening night of the 2018 Kangaroo Island Easter Art Exhibition.

The Kangaroo Island Easter Art Exhibition is back where it belongs, Easter, just a year later than planned.

The theme, On the Edge, is unchanged and remains relevant to artists and the wider community.

Artists contribute to daily life by beautifying public places, recording the things that matter, interpreting our natural world and enriching our culture.

Once every two years, the artists of Kangaroo Island come together in the biggest single celebration of the Island's creativity at the longstanding Easter Art Exhibition in Penneshaw Town Hall.

Matt Nettheim at 2018 'Meet the artist' session at the 2018 Kangaroo Island Easter Art Exhibition.

Matt Nettheim at 2018 'Meet the artist' session at the 2018 Kangaroo Island Easter Art Exhibition.

The 2020 event has been rescheduled twice, first due to the bushfires and then due to the COVID pandemic.

Organisers are pleased to announce the Kangaroo Island exhibition will return to its official opening on Good Friday, April 2, 2021.

There is now a revised edition of the official entry form, and completed forms are available on the Kangaroo Island Artworks website, due to project manager Fleur Peters no later than Sunday, February 28, 2021.

The rescheduled event in 2021 has been expanded to two weeks, including the first week of the school holidays.

It is an opportunity for budding artists, youth and children, professional and experienced artists to display their talents to a wide audience.

Extended opening hours on several evenings over the period will enable as many people as possible to see the exhibition, allowing for potentially changing restrictions to the numbers permitted in the hall.

"Such a major event, presented in a non-traditional art space, requires countless hours of planning and immense organisation. In 2020 this has been extra challenging," Fleur said.

"The show is convened by Artists Collective KI, a not-for-profit arts organisation, made possible by the generous support of members, benefactors and sponsors prepared to get involved in any way they can.

"Every effort counts and these contributions, big and small, are an investment in the life of the community.

"Sponsors and supporters are represented at opening night together with a usually significant gathering of the arts and wider community on Kangaroo Island.

"We are honoured to have the Art Gallery of South Australia's continued support of the exhibition."

The Sibleys and the Lurtons at the opening night of the 2018 Kangaroo Island Easter Art Exhibition.

The Sibleys and the Lurtons at the opening night of the 2018 Kangaroo Island Easter Art Exhibition.

Join judges Rhana Devenport, Director of AGSA, together with Emma Fey, Director of Guildhouse, for the awarding of a total prize pool of more than $10,000, culminating in the inaugural Diana Keir Art Award.

For that award, in honour of her late friend Diana, Alexandra McCarthy is building up a corpus of funds to support a substantial cash prize $5000 for the overall 2021 winner in the themed category for artwork produced in any medium.

The Easter Art Exhibition page of Kangaroo Island Artworks website has more information.

"Save the date now and commit your support to this much loved and anticipated community event, Good Friday, April 2 at 6.30pm, where you can meet exhibiting artists and supporters, view and taste their wares, and celebrate 2021 prize winners and everyone that makes this exhibition possible," Fleur said.

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