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South East Arts | New Basil Sellers Exhibition Centre Opening in Moruya

After years of planning, the much-anticipated new Basil Sellers Exhibition Centre is due to open in Moruya on 22 February.

The $2.9m facility, affectionately known as “The Bas”, is the first purpose built gallery facility in the Eurobodalla Shire and spans 100m2 of climate-controlled exhibition space that will be used to showcase artworks from local artists, host workshops and  talks, and more.

The centre is named after Basil Sellers, AM, the noted business and arts philanthropist, whose significant private donation to the project, along with funding received from the New South Wales and Australian Governments, was instrumental in securing the centre’s construction.

Eurobodalla Shire Council hopes The Bas will become a landmark destination that will facilitate a richer engagement with the arts within the region, as well as provide new opportunities for local, state and international artists. Partnerships have already been established with The Shoalhaven Regional Gallery, the River of Art festival, and The Eurobodalla Writers for new exhibitions and events. In addition, there are early plans for “The Bas About Town”, a new initiative aimed at integrating art into the local community outside of the centre, such as via commissions for public art and for exhibitions to be held in local shopfronts.

The Bas’ climate-controlled exhibition space will also be key in helping the centre forge new partnerships with overseas galleries and artists that would potentially see international works toured to Moruya, while allowing local artists to exhibit their works around the world.

To celebrate The Bas’ opening on 22 February, the centre will be announcing the winner of the biennial Basil Sellers Art Prize, now in its ninth year. Privately funded by Basil Sellers, AM, for the 2019 the acquisitive prize has been increased to $20,000 and extended outside the local region for the first time to consider artists from around NSW and the ACT. Eurobodalla Shire Council will also be announcing the winners of its own $5,000 Eurobodalla Artist Award at the centre’s opening, while exhibition visitors will be able to vote for the winner of a $500 People’s Choice Award.

Exhibits planned for the rest of the year at The Bas include works by talented local artists including Shirley Goodwin, Cheryl Davison, and Mark Ward and Mirabelle Fitzgerald. The Council will also be holding its popular annual ReVive Art Prize, where artworks created primarily from waste materials will compete for a $4,000 award.

For more information, contact South East Arts on (02) 6492 0711, visit the Eurobodalla Shire Council website or follow @thebascentre on Instagram.

Image credit: Basil Sellers AM provided by Eurobodalla Shire Council