Bruny Bird Festival - Art Exhibition

The winner of the People's Choice Prize 2018 - Wendy Balding with her painting "Winter Forage - Grey Currajongs"

Wendy Balding - Grey Currajongs - Bruny Island Bird Festival

Congratulations to Wendy and thank you to everyone who came to the exhibition over the four days, who voted for the people's choice and who purchased many of the fantastic works of art.

Thank you to Kerry, Victoria and all the other wonderful volunteers who worked so hard to make the exhibition such a fantastic success and an enormous thank you to the hilarious and inspiring First Dog On The Moon for officially opening the Festival exhibition.

If you felt energised to start getting creative yourself, it is never to early to start thinking about your entries to the 2020 Festival.");">😃

We are thrilled to announce the Festival Art Exnibition will be officially opened by First Dog On The Moon on Saturday 20th at 2pm.

NationaltreasureMoi - First Dog On The Moon - Bruny Island Bird FestivalBrenda The Disobedience Penguin - Bruny Island Bird Festival - First Do On The MoonWalkley award winning, Guardian cartoonist First Dog on the Moon  will be officially opening the Bruny Island Bird Festival Art Exhibition.   First Dog has championed many Australian conservation projects including bringing attention to the plight of the Swift Parrot and the Orange Bellied Parrots and has done so with joyful marsupial art, satirical humour and heart breaking pathos.  

Having recently moved South and become a Tasmanian, we are so delighted to have First Dog as part of our festival.  Some of his fantastic and hilarious bird-themed artwork will be on display at the Art Exhibition and he shall be officially opening the Exhibition after he has presented a short lecture as part of the speaker series.  

We are hoping that Brenda the Civil Disobedience Penguin may also be able to join us, but she may have multiple rallies to attend that day.

Join us for the opening, meet the man behind the dog, enjoy the wonderful selection of Tasmanian artworks on display and partake of some delicious drinks and nibbles provided by festival sponsors Hotel Bruny and Bruny Cider.

Artist In Residence - Katherine Cooper

Katherine Cooper - artist in residence - Bruny Island Bird FestivalFriday 19th, Saturday 20th, Sunday 21st, 9:30am - 4:00pmAlbatross Katherine Cooper  - Bruny Island Bird Festival
Location: Bruny Cruises Building - Adventure Bay

International award-winning nature artist and passionate environmentalist Katherine Cooper will be Artist-in-residence throughout the festival.  Watch as she creates a wildlife painting live and if she isn't too absorbed in her work, you can ask her questions about her work and her craft. This is a fantastic opportunity to meet one of Tasmania's leading artists and watch the magic happen.  On the walls around the building of Festival sponsor Bruny Cruises, you can see other examples of her beautiful and atmospheric work.

Free entry, donations appreciated, no booking required

 Enter the Art Exhibition!

Artery logoAll art mediums are welcome "Sculpture, Photography, Print, Drawing, Painting, Collage, Mixed Media ......... as long as it reflect the theme of Bruny Island birds and all birds depicted are those that can be seen on Bruny Island

The Art exhibitions at the previous festivals have been a visual delight and a popular feature of the festival. 

In 2018 the exhibition returns to the Adventure Bay Hall. Doors will open 10am to 5pm

People's Choice Award

Once again there will be a (hotly contested) people's choice award with a prize now of $300 value. 
Thank you to Artery for generously contributing to the prize voucher

Rod Hartvigsen - winner of 2016 People's Choice Award for 'Wave Rider" - photograph on canvas.

Art Exhibition Poster Bruny Island Bird FestivalHOW TO ENTER:
Entries for the 2018 Art Exhibition are now closed, thank you for all your wonderful entries

Enquiries to the Bird Festival Art Exhibition Coordinator
Kerry Marvell  email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Available as pdf downloads are the Bruny Island birdlist and the print list form should exhibitors wish to supply prints for sale at the front desk.


Wednesday 19 September - Entry form and print list due

Saturday 13 October - Deliver artworks to Adventure Bay Hall between 10:30am and 3pm

Sunday 14 October - Off Island exhibitors deliver works to Bruny Island Gateway Cafe at Kettering.

Friday 19 October -  Exhibition opens 10 am

Saturday 20 October -  Official Exhibition opening by "First Dog on the Moon" @ 2 PM

Tuesday 23 October - Artists must pick up unsold artworks between 1pm and 4pm

We are looking forward to your entries for another great Bird Festival Exhibition!


.Images and art works must reflect the theme of Bruny Island birds and all birds depicted must be those that can be seen on Bruny Island. (A comprehensive bird list can be accessed here )
. Entry is open but the number of framed artworks and sculptures is restricted to four per person
. Other items may be submitted to replace any sold
. A 10% commission will be charged on the sale of artwork
. The entry fee is $20 for up to 4 items
. Exhibiting artists living on Bruny Island are asked to participate in staffing the exhibition
. Photographic images must be a minimum A5 (15x20cm) and framed or mounted on stiff board with name, title and price provided on reverse
. All framed and heavier items must be fitted with hooks and wire ready for hanging and labeled
. Sculptures must be able to fit on a small plinth, or be free standing and be labeled
. A retail space will be available for the sale of unframed artworks (min A4 -max A3 size) FOR EXHIBITORS ONLY
. Each piece must be provided in a clear protective sleeve & clearly priced and labeled
. Please include an itemised list of prints. This form can be downloaded above
. Works, sold and paid for, may be taken during the Exhibition if necessary
. All works submitted must be CLEARLY labeled on the reverse side and include artist's name, title, selling price, and print edition (if relevant)
. All wrapping must be clearly labelled for repackaging of artworks
. The exhibition committee endeavours to show all works during the exhibition, however, due to possible limited space, work will be selected with the criteria of the over all exhibition in mind
. Work will be arranged and hung by the exhibition committee
. Each exhibitor will be allocated exhibition space that in the opinion of the exhibition committee is appropriate to the individual work and to the presentation of the overall exhibition
. The exhibition committee reserves the right to withhold from exhibiting any work that it deems to be in their opinion unsuitable in subject or quality
. The exhibition committee will exercise all reasonable care when handling art works but cannot be responsible for the loss or damage of any works whilst in their custody. Exhibitors are responsible for insuring their works against loss or damage when in care of the committee or in transit
. Children’s work will be happily accepted provided conditions of entry are met. No entry fee is required for their submissions.