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by Gary Brown (subscribe)
I am a freelance writer and photographer from Sydney who has now had five books published on fishing. I also write for the NSW Fishing Monthly, Visit the Shire, Fisho App & Tackle Tactics. I also like to travel and experience new things to do.
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A Festival of Art that is not to be missed
The Hunters Hill Art Exhibition is back again in 2016 and once again will bring together the beauty of art and history to their community and beyond. This Exhibition offers a diverse array of artists and styles and there will be a display of 350 artworks.

Poppy by Simon Barlow. Image courtesy of the HHAE organiser and Simon Barlow.

It all starts off with the not to be missed opening night on Friday the 6th of May, and will continue right through until Sunday the 15th of May.

The artwork will be displayed in three historic venues. Click on each venue to find out where they are located:

• Hunters Hill Town Hall.

• Vienna Cottage

• Hunters Hill Congregational Church.

If the quality of last year's entrants is anything to go on, you can expect to see an astonishing array of artwork the will surely blow you away.

Some of the 2015 winners were as follows:

Hunters Hill 2015 Winner -Bass Strait by Ian Hansen.

Bass Strait by Ian Hansen. Image courtesy of the HHAE organiser and Ian Hansen.

Hunters Hill Regional Art Winner – The Marina at White Horse Point by Paul McCarthy.

The Marina at White Horse Point by Paul McCarthy. Image courtesy of the HHAE organiser and Paul McCarthy.

Water Colour Prize Highly Commended – At the Cafι by Gerhard Ullmann.

At the Cafe by Gerhard Ullmann. Image courtesy of the HHAE organiser and Gerhard Ullmann.

Committee Award – Liminality 2 by Deborah Marks.

Liminality 2 by Deborah Marks. Image courtesy of the HHAE organiser and Deborah Marks.

In 2016, the artists will be vying for the following prizes and awards:

• Hunters Hill Art Prize – $8,000. Open to all entries – a painting, drawing, sculpture or similar in any medium.

• Hunters Hill Art Prize (Runner Up) – $2,000.

• Hunters Hill Sculpture Prize – $5,000. Open to all sculpture.

• Hunters Hill Regional Art Prize – $5,000. Painting, drawing or similar from a resident of Hunters Hill, Lane Cove, Ryde & Canada Bay Municipalities.

• Hunters Hill Water Colour Prize – $2,000. Open to a painting in water colour.

• Hunters Hill Pop-Up Art Prize – $2,000. Best art work displayed in a Pop-Up gallery.

• Hunters Hill Smaller Works Prize – $1,000. Painting, drawing or similar up to and no larger than A 4, or 29.7 x 21 cm (Painted Area – frames may be larger).

• Nora Heysen Award – $1000 Weekend artist retreat to Hahndorf S.A. Open to female artists who are residents of Hunters Hill Municipality only.

• HHAE People's Choice Award – $1,000.

• HHAE Kids' Choice Award- $500. Designed to engage children in the art on display.

To get a bit of a head start in purchasing that piece of artwork, you could get yourself and a friend a Buyer Preview ticket for $25 to the opening night festivities (includes great wine, beer, canapιs and live music) and get yourselves in before everyone else at 6pm.

Take the opportunity to go along on openning night. Image courtesy of the HHAE organiser.

If you can't make 6pm, you can always buy a general admission ticket to the opening night for $20 to check out the 350 beautifully curated art works and possibly meet some of the artists who will be waiting with baited breath to see who wins and takes home part of the $28,000 in Prizes in the Hunters Hill Art Exhibition.

For more information on how to get your tickets for Opening Night click here.

Now, if you can't make Opening Night and you would still like to come along a view the art, it will only cost you $5 per person.

Throughout the 10 days in May, you will be able take the Art Walk in Hunters Hill to discover a world of Australian art and sculpture. There will be over 15 pop up venues that are situated in the leafy suburb of Hunters Hill. Some of which are listed below and to find out more just click on each business:

• The Hunters Hill Medical Practice.

• Three Beans.

• Stain Cafι.

• Hunters Hill Hair Strand.

• Locantro Fine Foods.

• See The Dentist.

• Hunters Hill Club.

• Hunters Hill Optical.

• McGrath Estate Agents.

• Ottimo.

• Le Village.

• Ironwood Cafι.

• Honey Ant Gallery.

• Pop up bar by the Woolwich Pier Hotel.

To help you out to plan your day or days walking the lovely streets of Hunters Hill, the HHAE have put together a map of the places to go throughout the exhibition.

Click here for the map.

Personally I think that you are going to need more than one day to see all the art that is on display at these various places, so maybe you could organise yourself a few trips to Hunters Hill.

I am sure that they wouldn't mind you popping in, but I would do the right thing and check with then first as they have graciously opened their doors to display this brilliant artwork.

And if that is not enough to inspire you to make the trip to Hunters Hill, you will also be able to join in the Festival of Art Weekend on the 14th and 15th of May where the weekends festivities will feature:

• The Hunters Hill Art Exhibition.

• A street festival includes food, wine, music and entertainment.

Music in the courtyard. Image courtesy of the HHAE organiser.

• Free art classes.

Try one of the free art classes and bring out the artist in you. Image courtesy of the HHAE organiser.

To learn more about the classes just click here.

• Art & history tours.

• For the Kids - Fun and Games - Giant Connect Four and rooving characters add to a fun filled Festival of Art weekend (14 and 15 May), Children's Sculpture Classes Festival of Art weekend (14 and 15 May) RSL Hall, Corner Alexandra St & Ady St 10.30am - 3.30pm FREE, Hunters Hill Art Gallery Children's Painting from 10am Sunday 15 May – Garibaldi Square FREE

You kids can try out the kids workshops while you are there. Image courtesy of the HHAE organiser.

• LIVEart – Group Creation and Charity Fundraiser for Chris O'Brien Lifehouse where 6 prominent and accomplished Sydney Artists (Ian Hansen, Robyn Ross, Mertim Goklap, Loribelle Spirovski, Werner Filipich, Nafisa and Louise Beck) will take centre stage at the street Festival to paint a shared vision – LIVE! This painting will be auctioned for Chris O'Brien Lifehouse to help the 57,000 patients who visit Lifehouse each year.

To think that this locally run event in the small community of Hunters Hill that spans over 10 days started way back in 1955 and was original known as the 'Loan Exhibition' of paintings from private homes. Artists and art-loving locals such as Nora Heysen and Hal Missingham, then director of the AGNSW, among others were the visionaries behind the longest running NSW Art Exhibition event.

Back then the catalogue cost 1 shilling and the exhibition attracted over 3,000 people. The success of the first Exhibition encouraged council to continue the exhibition in 1956, opening it up to a broader group of artists and, over the years, sculptors and ceramicists. In 1956 the exhibition was judged by none other than Lloyd Rees, the great Australian landscape painter who twice won the Wynne Prize.

But wait! There's more.

From the 7th to the 15th of May the Honey Ant Gallery is proud to showcase superb quality Aboriginal artworks from Central and Western Desert Australia. All works are hand selected from remote community art centres. Enjoy perusing artworks of varying size and style, with many affordable paintings and highly collectable.

On Saturday the 14th you can join the Discover Hunters Hill Tour that will take you from the Town Hall to the Garibaldi building or on Sunday the 15th tour that will take you from the Town Hall to Mapledoram's Corner.

"Pop Up art" will be seen both in local cafes and businesses along our route. Enjoy hearing about our rich Hunters Hill Heritage from local historians, as well as take in the specially selected artworks on display.

Tour times: 10:30am -11:15am approx.

Capacity: 50 people per tour.

Cost: $15 per person.

(Includes entry in to the Hunters Hill Art Exhibition & tea, coffee, cool drink)

Over the years the Hunters Hill Exhibition has a history of well recognised artists being displayed, these include Tim Storrier, John Coburn, Margaret Preston, William Dobell, Sidney Long, Sidney Nolan, Henry Moore, Roland Wakelin, Desiderius Orban and even Sir Charles Lloyd Jones.

As I have 3 art pieces hanging in our home and over the years I found that there is nothing is better, as the pieces not only brighten up the walls, they provide a place where you can lose yourself in. If you are looking for a piece of artwork to adorn your walls or take pride and place in your home, you shouldn't pass up this great opportunity to acquire something unique and collectable for your home or office.

Why not take the opportunity to come along to the Hunters Hill Art Exhibition. Image courtesy of the HHAE organiser.

This Art Show only comes around once a year and if you have never ventured over the Hunters Hill peninsula you should do yourself a favour and go. Not only will you be able to take in all the artwork, but you will be able to walk around the beautiful peninsula suburb with leafy streets and heritage sandstone houses and while you are at it, you could dine in one of the restaurants and cafes or do some boutique shopping.

Image courtesy of the HHAE organiser.

You never know you may find that piece of Australian artwork you have been looking for to hang either in your house or your place of work.

You can always keep up to-date by liking and following the HHAE Facebook page.

Hope to see you there.
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Why? An exhibition not to be missed.
When: Various times. You will need to check on the web site.
Phone: (02) 9879 9400
Where: Hunters Hill
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