Arts & Culture

Moruya’s grand new arts space just 100 days out from opening

By Ian Campbell 15 November 2018
'The Bas' will be officially opened on February 21 2019. Photo: ESC.

‘The Bas’ will be officially opened on February 21, 2019. Photo: ESC.

The frame is up and walls are going in at the new Basil Sellers Exhibition Centre, under construction next to Moruya Library.

With just 100 days to go until the official opening, the centre affectionately known as ‘the Bas’ is taking shape.

Outside the building works, the heart and soul of the place is ready to bloom.

Eurobodalla Shire Council’s Creative Arts Coordinator, Indi Carmichael says the centre’s annual program will offer something for everyone.

“We’ve lined up a fantastic program that features a great mix of home-grown talent, visitor exhibitions, and returning favourites,” she says.

“We’ll see the return of the popular ReVive Art Prize in 2019, and best of all the opening exhibition will be the prestigious Basil Sellers Art Prize.

“We have received a record number of entries from across NSW and we’re really excited to host the exhibition at the Bas’s official opening in February.”

The Basil Sellers Art Prize is now in its eighth year, boasting a major prize of $20,000, $5,000 for a Eurobodalla artist award sponsored by Council, as well as a $500 people’s choice award.

A look at the future. A concept design of the Basil Sellers Exhibition Centre, being built next to the Moruya Library. Photo: ESC

A look at the future. A concept design of the Basil Sellers Exhibition Centre, being built next to the Moruya Library. Photo: ESC.

The Bas Exhibition Centre will serve as a major platform for local artists and touring shows, with a professional standard 100 m2 exhibition space featuring sound-rated moveable walls, as well as video conferencing, kitchen facilities, and additional parking.

Locals and visitors keen to keep abreast of all things to do with ‘the Bas’ can sign on to be members of the centre and receive exclusive offers, discounts, and events.

The Bas has been named after Basil Sellers AM in recognition of his significant contribution to the arts in Eurobodalla. Mr Sellers also provided a significant donation towards the building project and has a passionate commitment to developing the community’s perception, understanding of, and engagement in art.

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