‘Very disappointing outcome’: Nearly 500 solar lights stolen from art exhibition on Queenscliff Pier

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‘Very disappointing outcome’: Nearly 500 solar lights stolen from art exhibition on Queenscliff Pier

The lights were part of the Queenscliff Art Prize, Australia’s biggest outdoor art event, with 220+ artworks and photographic images exhibited on the Queenscliff Pier.

In some truly devastating news for the local arts scene, nearly 500 solar lights have been stolen from the Queenscliff Pier which were part of the public Queenscliff Art Prize exhibition.

In an aim to deliver a unique and immersive art experience, last year solar-powered LED lights were installed to 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.

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“Over 230 artworks were installed on the Queenscliff pier in November 2022, and on these, we had installed two solar lights, with three on some of the bigger artworks at the street end,” Queenscliff Art Prize shared to social media this week.

“Shortly after the artworks had been installed, many of the solar lights were stolen, now with just over a month till the end of this unique outdoor art exhibition, I am saddened to announce that all but a handful of the 500 lights have been stolen.

“A very disappointing outcome, for those that did not see the exhibition lit up at night, it was a truly beautiful sight.”


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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 2021, comprising over 100 works of fine art and 30 works of digital art and photographic images, entered by creatives from across Australia.

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.

Returning in November last year, the exhibition currently features over 230 unique art and photographic works on display along the historic Queenscliff pier.

All artworks will remain on the pier until the end of April, so it’s well worth a visit to the historic Queenscliff pier during daylight hours.

Head here to find out more information about the exhibition.