Ocean Shores Art Expo

Invitation to Artists to enter the 14th Ocean Shores Art Expo

WHEN: 25th – 27th August

WHERE: Ocean Shores Primary School, Shara Blvd, North Ocean Shores


ARTWORKS to be delivered on site 24th Aug.

2017 THEME: “Spirit of the Land”

$5200 PRIZE MONEY: SIX categories (see below)

INFO:  & Instagram @ocean_shores_art_expo

The Ocean Shores Art Expo is held on the last weekend in August 25th -27th   at the Ocean Shores Primary School. The exhibition is in its 14th year & is an established cultural event in the north of Byron Shire. Well over 1000 people visit annually.

The Art Expo is held in conjunction with the Ocean Shores Primary School’s Festival of the Imagination, a Saturday event attracting strong community support that draws visitors to the exhibition.  A new feature this year will be performances by the Dangerously Poetic writers on Sunday 25th from 1pm -3pm.

The theme for 2017 artworks is “Spirit of the Land”. Artists are invited to complete their online entry by Monday July 24th. Conditions of entry are posted on the website

The major prize is the $1000 Expo Award. Artworks are invited in the following six categories, with each having prize money of $700. They are: Oil & Acrylic; Printmaking, Drawing & Pastel;Mixed Media;Sculpture; Watercolour & Gouache; Photographic & Digital Art.

The Art Expo also includes work by over 400 Byron Shire students from Kindergarten to Year 12, a fascinating dimension revealing how young artists interpret the theme. Entry is via local schools, or local students being home schooled can find details on the website.

Regular emails are sent to artists about the exhibition and information is available on the website  on Instagram @ocean_shores_art_expo & facebook. Artists interested in receiving this information can sign up to the mailing list.

My winning entry from the Multi Media Section at the 2016 Ocean Shores Art Expo



Bentley Art Prize

The 2017 Bentley Art Prize entry form will be available for download in May on the website at

The Bentley Art Prize is a community event that gives little known artists the opportunity to display their work.

The Bentley Art Prize began in 1985 in the Bentley Public Hall. The Prize was held during the Bentley Hall’s 50thanniversary. Reg and Phyllis Hartley were the driving force behind the Hall Committee. They were co-ordinators for 21 years. Sadly Phyllis passed away in January 2009 and Reg passed away in January 2012. Both are remembered as steadfast visionaries by the Bentley Community.

Once you have filled in the entry form you can either post it back to me at the following address:

Helen Trustum,
Bentley Art Prize Coordinator
Bentley Downs
835 Manifold Road
Bentley   NSW   2480

Or alternatively scan completed form and email back as an attachment to:


Tursa Art Prize

The 2017 Tursa Art Prize entry forms are available at the shop.

The Tursa Art Prize features over $3000 in Prize Money including a $1,000 Acquisitive Prize and a $500 Grand Champion Prize. The Tursa Art Prize is held in conjunction with the North Coast National Exhibition (Lismore Show), one of the largest regional agricultural shows in NSW.

The 2016 Grand Champion was awarded to “Trapped Soul” painted by Emily Ferguson, while the Tursa $1,000 Acquisitive Prize was awarded to Dellene Strong for “Native Iris” which featured in the Still Life section and the Lismore Art Club People’s Popular Choice going to “Shelley Beach” also by Dellene Strong from the Waterscape section.

More than three thousand people visited the Art Exhibition in 2016 with visitor numbers to the Art Prize growing each year.

The Tursa Art Prize will return 19th – 21st October 2017; featuring a special category and our theme,  “Celebrating Country Life”.  Entries closing date TBA.

2017 Tursa Art Schedule

Download the 2017 Tursa Art Prize Entry Form here

Tursa Acquisitive Prize – “Native Iris” by Dellene Strong


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