A4 Art Australia 2024

National Exhibition

We would like to invite you and your fellow artists, members, and students (over 18) to participate in our 11th annual A4 Art Australia exhibition – showing from 2 March to 1 April 2024.

The exciting news is that the exhibition will be open to the public at the Herring Island Art Gallery for a period of 5 weekends including Labour Day 11 March, Good Friday, 29 March and Easter Monday, 1 April in 2024.

Each year this exhibition has grown and proven to be popular with the public, with high visitor numbers over the exhibition duration and many sales. This year we will again have an online ‘e-shop’ for artwork sales, making it even easier for art-lovers to buy your work! Artworks will be held by us and available for online sales after the end of the physical exhibition (1 April) and available online to purchase until the 30 June 2024. All unsold artworks will be returned after this time.

The exhibition is widely promoted with a downloadable e-invitation, advertisements in Art Almanac, and other publications, as well as public signboards and social media – FacebookInstagram & Twitter. This Annual Exhibition is popular with the public, and our 2022 exhibition had record artwork sales, selling over 220 individual artworks, or one in every 3.5 artworks on show selling! We also offer to post (2D artworks) anywhere in Australia for the catalogue price (unframed) This is also popular. Whilst we can’t guarantee everyone will sell, we try our best to assist in sales!

What is A4 Art Australia? 

A4 Art Australia is an exhibition of A4-sized artworks, hence the title. This exhibition showcases A4-sized artworks by both established and emerging contemporary artists and offers all participating artists the opportunity gain exposure for their art at low entry cost. By having a theme of A4 sized artworks, artists from all over Australia have an opportunity to submit works via Australia Post. All 2D artworks will be framed for the exhibition (see conditions) and entry is only $15 per artwork. All exhibited artworks will be photographed and exhibited on the CAS website.

Contemporary artists are invited to submit up to four (4) A4-sized artworks for the exhibition.

Note: Both 2D & 3D works may be submitted.

See our website for ALL DETAILS, conditions of entry & ONLINE ENTRY-FORM.

NOTEDeadline for receipt of entries and Artworks: Friday 16 February 2024.

Please pass on this information to any other artists you know who might be interested in participating.

Kind regards,

Cressida Fox

Secretary, Contemporary Art Society of Victoria Inc.

Phone: (03) 9428 0568

email: mail@contemporaryartsociety.org.au

web:  www.contemporaryartsociety.org.au


More info about A4 Art Australia

A4 Art Australia is run by the Contemporary Art Society of Victoria Inc. The Society is a non-profit organization, run on a voluntary basis by artists for the benefit of artists and those interested in the arts. It is based in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, and was founded in 1938.

A4 Art Australia will be held in the Gallery on Herring Island (Richmond) as part of the Herring Island Summer Arts Festival 2024 in Melbourne. Herring Island is a unique island in the middle of the Yarra River, between Richmond and South Yarra, only 3.5km from the Melbourne CBD.

The exhibition (and gallery) will be open to the public 11.00am – 4.30pm on the following dates: 2, 3, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 23, 24, 29, 30, 31 MARCH & 1 APRIL 2024.

Entry cost: Entry is AU$15 per work…

Plus a fixed $10 postage, packaging & parcel tracking (by Australia Post) charge for return of your unsold 2-D works.

Additional size/weight-related postage charges apply for 3D works.

Note: Entry fees can be paid by Credit Card (via PayPal), or Bank transfer (EFT). 

How to enter:ENTER ONLINE via our website.

All 2D entries and entry payments must be received by us by Friday 16 February 2024.

Are you a member of the Contemporary Art Society of Victoria?

CAS exhibiting members receive 3 FREE entries (worth $45). CAS Membership is $60 per financial year (1st July 2023 to 30th June 2024) with many other benefits. If you are interested in becoming a member, see HERE for more information.

Any further questions?

See the CAS website www.contemporaryartsociety.org.au for the FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions), or email us at mail@contemporaryartsociety.org.au

Bea Roche

We will all remember Bea Roche who sadly passed away last week in our own ways. She was an outstanding member of the Art Society for more years than many of us can recall.

I have asked Tony Prince, a Society Life Member as was Bea, to give us some recollections of Bea, and I post these thoughts here:

Bea Roche. One can’t help thinking that Bea & The Hornsby Art Society are synonymous. I can’t remember a time when she was not a participating member. Prolific, determined, adventurous are just three of the terms I would use to describe Bea, but there are many more, such as cheeky, innovative, energetic, giving & enthusiastic. Bea also had a talent for getting herself involved in funny situations & it is my privilege to mention just a few.

For example….Calling on the Hanging Team to help her re-hang curtains in her lounge room; but not just anywhere. Try over the staircase leading to her downstairs area: no way could we use a ladder to reach the curtain rod, so Paul Bicknell, a HT stalwart, had to stand on the banister handrail with one foot & step across a meter or so of unforgiving stairs to put the other on the windowsill while stretching up as far as he could to replace the curtain rod. Meanwhile, Bea was giving instructions not to fall!

Another memory : A demo night at the ‘old’ gallery with well known artist Julie Simmons painting a lovely townscape & showing us how to do telephone wires with one sweep of the brush. Bea, of course made sure she didn’t miss anything by sitting so close to the artist she was almost on her lap!

Or a visit to a glass work artist’s studio in Glenorie organised by Jan Martin, to watch glass slumping in progress. I had been instructed to smash a large sheet of glass with a sledgehammer to create all the bits needed for the next stage of the process. Bea proceeded to scramble around to pick up the left-overs for her jewellery pieces, saying “she won’t mind if I take a few bits, will she?”

Adventurous & enthusiastic? Yes indeed! Watercolourist, Yupo paper user, prolific card producer & jewellery maker (dare I mention muffin cook & fudge creator!). Trish & I enjoyed helping Bea set up her exhibits at several ‘Wheel & Weft’ exhibitions in recent years; the last one being only a couple of weeks ago where she sold one hundred & fifty cards & two paintings: not bad for a Lady of almost 99 years (and yes; she handed out delicious cinnamon muffins as a thank you!)

On a more formal note, Bea, who was a Life Member served on the HAS Committee for some years & was a regular participant in a painting group on Tuesday mornings. Until the last couple of years Bea rarely missed an HAS exhibition opening night, but mobility issues became a problem as they inevitably do for many of us who grace this earth for so many years. Our loss might be St. Peter’s gain, but on the plus side there are so many memories of this truly wonderful Lady & we are all richer for having them to draw on.

Happy painting Bea!

Arts and Cultural Survey

Hornsby Council are undertaking a survey of the arts community, run by a consultancy who are developing a plan for the future of the arts in the council area.

This message came from the Council and has details of the survey, and where you can attend briefings:

Dear Arts Group Member

As per my previous emails recognising the importance of creative pursuits in the health and wellbeing of our community and as such, we are developing an Arts and Cultural Plan for the Shire.

The draft Plan will link to our Community Strategic Plan, to Healthy Ageing Hornsby, and to our Community and Cultural Facilities Strategic Plan.

As discussed, the aim is that it will address, amongst other issues, community participation, learning, facilities for making and presenting, and support for our creative practitioners.

The survey closes on October 22nd and we ask that you review and complete it before then

Survey Link .

We are also running four face-to-face chats with our consultant as the dates and times below. Could you pass these onto your contacts within the Shire so we can get the message out.

Thank you in advance.

Monday 9 October 2023 05:00 pm – 06:00 pm

Galston Community Centre

37 Arcadia Road, Galston

Tuesday 10 October 2023 05:30 pm – 06:30 pm

Storey Park Community Centre, Hornsby

12 Old Berowra Road, Hornsby

Wednesday 11 October 2023 05:30 pm – 06:30 pm

Hornsby Library

28-44 George St, Hornsby

Thursday 12 October 2023 10:00 am – 12:30 pm (A CALD community event)

Hornsby Mall

Thursday 12 October 2023 04:30 pm – 05:30 pm

Pennant Hills Community Centre

Ramsey Rd Pennant Hill

Plein Air – the past year

In September we will have been holding plein air groups for one year.

We have had lovely days, and some wet days and some cold and wet days, but we haven’t had to cancel a meeting yet. And every time has been marvelous to get out in this lovely shire and spend some hours sketching, painting, looking, talking.

And not all have resulted in finished paintings but some have, and have been shown in exhibitions.

Here is a collection of some photos from the spots, and some sketches and paintings based on the day’s work.

Portrait Group

We are considering starting a portraiture group for HAS members.

At this stage it would be one day a month, in Beatrice Taylor Hall and the suggestion is the Third Wednesday of the month, in the afternoon as it looks like this time is free. There will be charge for the hire and the model, but no tutor. Just discussion.

It depends on interest and ability to make the group, so we have a simple survey here to gauge numbers and collect feedback and suggestions.

The survey is now closed and the results are being considered.

We will advise on the decision and details soon.