2017 Art Show and 2016 report




Seymour St., off Shepherds Hill Rd.

Thurs 13th July 2017 to Sun 16th July 2017 10am to 4pm

Thurs 20th July 2017 to Sat 22nd July 2017 10am to 4pm

Sun 23rd July 2017                                          10am to 3pm

For 34 Years the Rotary Club of Blackwood has run the Blackwood Art Show at the Blackwood High School.

The art show raises funds for the many local and overseas projects that the Club supports.

It also provides an opportunity for local artists and photographers to exhibit and sell their works.

It is part of Blackwood Rotary's efforts to engage and support the community.

2017 Art Show flyer

2017 Art Show details

2017 Art Show Entry Form

2017 Art Show Conditions of Entry

2017 Art Show GST Statement



Bernie Morgan

 Given the trend to decorate "McMansions" with prints found on the internet or mass produced prints, together with the current economic focus of our community, Rotary Art Shows supporting local artists are in a challenging environment. This year we achieved a very good result by increased sponsorship and advertising and minimising costs. New room sponsorship came from Westfield Marion (thanks to Graham Lough) wine glasses were provided for the opening night by the Blackwood Winemakers and Brewers Club and printing of the catalogue was donated by Fuji Xerox (thanks Peter Geer}. Without the ongoing amazing support (increased this year} by our major sponsor (Blackwood Park and Lael Mayer) and all our other advertisers and sponsors, we could not make money from the sale of works. It would assist greatly if Rotarians and their partners acknowledged the support of these businesses for our Art Show when shopping. We provided Rotary stickers to those businesses that assisted us this year to enable them to proudly show their support for our Club to all their customers.

Another strategy trialed this year was to join the People's Choice Credit Union lottery rather than running our own raffle. Despite the generous support of Gerald Morris and some Club members in supplying prizes for our raffle, the return on effort was not great and Neil White led the way to the Credit Union lottery. The success of this has resulted in the Club participating in this lottery again and not directly aligning it to the Art Show.

In my second year of chairing the Art Show, I would like to particularly thank the Committee members who have worked tirelessly for many years. It was only with the continued work of those members that the Show achieved the success it did, and made it the pleasure it was to Chair. My sincere thanks to the art show committee for 2016-17.

The committee was, in no particular order:

• Neil White (with help from Terry Tierney) – catalogue advertising and sponsorships

• Bruce Cole- operations logistics

• Barry Sheridan and Neil White- raffle and opening night drinks

• Sue Wymond - artist liaison and (with help from Helen Henbest) student art arrangements

• Naz Dastoor - printing and entry form data entry

• Ken Roscrow -data management, and entry form, catalogue and promotional flyer production, in addition to being Chair advisor and doing of anything asked.

• Natalie Morgan - secretary, promotions, advertising and intelligence gathering.

• Peter Geer- BREC and catalogue printing liaison.


Although not officially on the committee I would like to sincerely thank the special sub-committees of:

• Hilary Flynn (catering)

• Heather Jackson (black frame covers)

• Graham Lough, Richard Dix and Trevor Abbott (they assisted to get many of the tasks underway or finished).


The Art Show could not be conducted without the support of all the Rotarians who set up, pack up and staff the exhibition. The willingness of members' partners to produce finger food and work on the Opening Night (and at other times) is also greatly appreciated. This year minimal support came from members of 3 local Probus Clubs for weekday openings. Staffing the opening hours of the Show is another challenge for our Club.

I cannot speak highly enough of the continued support of The Adelaide Development Company (Blackwood Park), through Project Manager Lael Mayer. A.D.C. have been sponsors of many of our Club's activities since the first Blackwood Rotary Music Fest many years ago. As major sponsors again this year, they provided an even bigger foundation for us to build on. They led the invaluable support of the many local businesses who were sponsors and advertisers. The physical work of Past President Michael McClaren and the sponsorship of his company (Bentleys SA Accountants) are also greatly valued by the Committee.

The Blackwood High School was the venue again this year. The willing help and understanding of their Principal, teaching staff and groundsmen, as well as the facilities they offer, make it difficult to find a better alternative venue. Advertising on their new electronic board on Shepherds Hill Road was again an added bonus.

Once again we attempted to conduct competitions for secondary and primary schools in the area. There was no response from primary schools, and only the private sector secondary schools were involved. This further demonstrates the challenges of producing and selling art in these times.

Despite the pleasing outcome from the work of many, and the increase in profit, my desire to tour the desert areas of the country during winter has resulted in my handing over Chair the Art show to Neil White for 2017/8. I ask that all Club members support Neil and his team to meet the challenges facing the Art Show.

Bernie Morgan

Art Show Chair