Queenscliff’s unique outdoor art and photography exhibition to return, illuminating the pier with art

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Queenscliff’s unique outdoor art and photography exhibition to return, illuminating the pier with art

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The Queenscliff Art Prize is a unique outdoor art and photography exhibition where over one hundred works by Australian artists and photographers are exhibited along the historic Queenscliff Pier.

Bringing the Bellarine Peninsula into the spotlight as a cultural destination for summer, the Queenscliff Art Prize exhibition will return to the historic Queenscliff pier this Summer with works to receive the ultimate glow-up for 2022/23.

Further adding the unique and immersive art experience, this year will see solar-powered LED lights illuminate the artworks on the pier, elevating the appeal of the exhibition and giving locals and tourists alike a new excuse to explore Queenscliff at night.

Stay up to date with what’s happening within the region’s art scene here

Arguably the biggest outdoor art show in Australia, the renowned free local exhibition was launched by Chris and Adam Macleod on the historic Queenscliff pier in November last year (2021), comprising over 100 works of fine art and 30 works of digital art and photographic images, entered by creatives from across Australia.


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In order to be able to exhibit the artworks in this unique outdoor environment, the artists supplied a high-quality digital file of their own unique artwork, and these images were then carefully reproduced onto specialised aluminium exhibition panels, and the panels were then installed along the pier where they enjoyed the dramatic and ever-changing backdrop of Port Phillip Bay.

As part of the event, awards were given to particular artists across categories including the Overall Winner, Print Award, Indigenous Art Award, People’s Choice Indigenous Art Award, 360Q Award, Digital Art Award and Photographic Portrait Award.

This stunning outdoor event ran for six months, until the end of April and now it’s gearing up to happen all over again.

Due to return to the Pier in November, already artists from as far afield as Weipa in FNQ and Port Pirie in SA have entered along with many great local artists from greater Geelong and across Melbourne, with an array of photographs, paintings, and drawings submitted. This year it’s expected that the exhibit will host 150 artworks in total, which is a clear indication of the exhibitions success and widespread appeal.

The exhibition is a free open air covid safe event and the addition of the aforementioned LED lighting will create a spectacular and unique “gallery atmosphere” that will attract many thousands of additional visitors that will wish to enjoy the art during the day and then again in the evening.


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Working with the QArt/Endeavour Foundation, the Queenscliff Art Prize will also include a “gallery” of art from artists with an intellectual disability, and all entry fees will help support this worthy cause.

The Queenscliff Arts Prize begins on November 1 and runs until April 30.

To enter or to view art submissions so far, head to the website here