BREAKING NEWS - ARTfest Gets a Facelift!
After some discussion, the ARTfest committee have decided that from 2015 the festival will undergo a major structural change. The festival will now be celebrated across two years - one year will be festival, basically as we've come to know it, with the alternate years showcasing several major art prizes. 2015 remains as a major festival year... 2017 will be the next 'festival'.
2016 will see SOAP (Shoalhaven Open Art Prize), Short Story and Poetry competitions, all of which show the promise of becoming major arts prizes outside of the local area. Hence, the decision has been made in an effort to really grow these events, whilst at the same time allowing those that remain within the festival such as RIPE: Sculpture at Cupitt's Winery, 8x8 Canvas Prize, Digital Art, Postcard Art, ARTfest Archies, Tallwood Photography and The Milton Voice (to name just a few) to benefit from increased exposure and support.
The theme of the festival will be applied to the following year's arts prizes... so those that are already working on their entries for SOAP, poetry or short story simply have another year to complete them!