Jervis Bay Arts Festival
We are currently having a rest
We are currently taking a break
SeeChange and Jervis Bay and Basin Arts – the community group of volunteers that organises and presents the festival – are taking a break until further notice, to recover and regroup after the impacts of the summer 2019/2020 bushfires in the Shoalhaven and Covid-19.
We are confident that, after 20 years serving the arts in the Shoalhaven, this is an opportunity for renewal, regeneration and for our community arts association to be reformed with a structure and constitution that reflects the times.
SeeChange 2020 Making Community Exhibition
Although this year we were not able to stage a physical version of the SeeChange Festival due to COVID-19, Jervis Bay and Basin Arts was pleased it was able to create an online gallery to exhibit and sell work by local artists and makers.
The Making Community Exhibition presents work by local artists and makers who were members of Jervis Bay and Basin Arts Inc. in 2020 – from experienced artists and makers right through to those new to creative practice who were exhibiting for the ﬁrst time.
We have left the exhibition open for your viewing pleasure. Online sales are closed but if a piece of visual art, small sculpture or a crafted object catches your eye you are welcome to inquire if an artwork is still available to buy.
MG Dingle + GB Hughes Collection
Jervis Bay and Basin Arts thanks curator, artist and writer, Max Dingle, for donating his time, experience and skills to support the SeeChange 2020 Online Making Community Exhibition.
In January 2020 Max was awarded the Order of Australia Medal in well-deserved recognition of his outstanding service to culture and arts in the Shoalhaven.
SeeChange 2020 being online gave Jervis Bay and Basin Arts an unexpected opportunity to acknowledge a particular dimension of Max’s contribution to our city, the MG Dingle + GB Hughes Collection. This significant art collection and archive was assembled by Max and his partner, the late Gavin Hughes, over a period of 50 years. It was gifted to the Shoalhaven City Art Collection in June 2008 to help further the reputation of the collection and provide opportunities for residents of the Shoalhaven to view works by leading contemporary Australian artists.
Dr Natalie McDonagh, President of Jervis Bay and Basin Arts and SeeChange Festival Director, selected 40 of some 400 works to present as an introduction to this rich and generous gift to our community.
Jervis Bay and Basin Arts
Our not-for-profit community association – run by dedicated volunteers – has been fostering the arts in our region for more than 20 years to enrich the culture, vibrancy and well-being of our communities.
Staging the SeeChange Jervis Bay Arts Festival since 2000 has been at the heart of the association’s purpose. In 2018, the festival became an annual event, strengthening its presence as a cultural beacon in the Shoalhaven.
Although Jervis Bay and Basin Arts and SeeChange are currently in recess we are looking forward to new beginnings when conditions are more favourable for physical events where artists and performers can exhibit and perform, and the community can gather in person to be enriched by arts experiences.