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Starting on October 20 and running till the end of November, Hornsby's Festival of the Arts is a cultural event that celebrates the shire's visual, performing and literary talent. The heart of the festival is its series of exhibitions, but there's still quite a lot to see, and events are spread all around the shire.

Kicking off the festival will be the Hornsby Art Prize Award Night. The prize is held annually, along with an exhibition of its finialists (this year running from October 17 to October 28), and awards are given in a variety of categories, including painting, drawing, printmaking, 3D works and digital art stills. The award is in its ninth year and is organised by Hornsby Shire Council and Hornsby Art Society. You will find it at the Wallarobba Arts and Cultural Centre,

Other exhibitions at Wollahroba will also run throughout the festival. Lyndall Beck, last year's winner of the Wallarobba Outstanding Local Artist Award, will exhibit her work from October 30 to November 4, and Samantha Wiltshire, winner of last year's Hornsby Shire Emerging Artist Award, will exhibit from November 27 to December 2. An ANZAC-themed exhibition will run November 6 to November 11, and a fibre art exhibition from November 13 to November 25. The centre's print studio will be open on Fridays throughout the festival too (as it is during the rest of the year).

Other venues that will be hosting exhibitions include Hornsby Library, which will showcase the works of Hornsby Heights Photography Club between November 2 and November 15. The Ferry Artists Gallery in Wiseman's Ferry will showcase local artists in Wisemans Ferry between November 24 and November 30.

Not all the events will be exhibitions though. If music is more your taste, you'll find Robert Harris (viola) and Tonya Lemoh (piano) performing at Hornsby Uniting Church on October 22, while Lanyon Trio & Friends will perform at Galston Uniting Church on November 18. There will be writing workshops run by Keith Whelan at Hornsby library on November 10, and artists trail will run throughout Arcadia on November 10 and November 11. From November 23 to November 25, North Shore Craft Group will exhibit and sell their creations at Thornleigh Community Centre.

According to Hornsby's Mayor Philip Ruddock, "Festival of the Arts is not only showcasing some of the works of our Shire's finest artists, it also provides wonderful opportunities to bring our shire together, connect different art forms and ideas, and inspire, provoke and engage our community on so many levels. This year's program offers a whole palette of events inviting you all to watch, see and do. There are also plenty of opportunities to join in."

For more information on times, prices (some events are free, some aren't) and everything else you need to know, visit the festival's website here.
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Why? Celebrate the talent of the Hornsby community
When: October 20 to November 30
Phone: 9847 6572
Website: fota.com.au
Where: Locations around Hornsby Shire
Cost: Varies
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