Only 12 days to go until the 41st Apollo Bay Art Show OPENS!

Mark your calendars December 29th – January 3rd.

See you there!



41st Apollo Bay Art Show

29th December 2017 – 3rd January 2018

Local Artists encouraged to Enter

Painting, Drawing, Mixed and New Media, Photography, 3D Sculpture

Entry Forms Available in Apollo Bay From:

Bendigo Bank, Arts Inc. Gallery & Visitor Info Centre

To Download The Online Entry Form,

Click Here



0402 332 571

Entries Close:

Friday 1st December 2017


Friday, 28th July | Saturday, 29th July | Sunday, 30th July

Friday, 28th July

Locals Debate: There is no justice any more

Team Captains: Ray Nichols & Scotty McAllester

Venue: Mech Hall
Time: 7-9pm, Friday, 28th July
Price: $10 + booking fee
Buy tickets here

Friday, 28th July | Saturday, 29th July | Sunday, 30th July

Saturday, 29th July

Roomers Around Town

Writers from Roomers magazine will be giving spoken word performances at various times along the main drag and down at the Harbour. They will be appearing at the awards presentation for the Children & Youth categories of the ABWF 2017 Writing Competition.

Venue: Great Ocean Road shops and Apollo Bay Harbour
Time: Various
Price: FREE

Children & Youth Category Writing Competition Awards

Isobelle Carmody will announce the winners of the Children’s and Youth’s categories for the ABWF 2017 Writing Competition.

Venue: Foreshore Market (weather permitting)
Time: 9:45am, Saturday, 29th July
Price: FREE

Isobelle Carmody Reads

Isobelle will read from her new book, The Ice Maze, which is the third book in The Kingdom of Lost series.

Venue: Apollo Bay Library, 6 Pengilley Ave
Time: 10:30am, Saturday, 29th July
Price: FREE

Isobelle Carmody Book Signing

Isobelle will be appearing at Galapagos Book Store to sign her books.

Venue: Galapagos Book Store, 77 Great Ocean Rd
Time: 11:30am, Saturday, 29th July
Price: Free

The Saturday Sit-in

Including: keynote address by Clementine Ford; Michael Leunig in-conversation; and Q&A Discussion panel with Clementine Ford, Arnold Zable, Alice Pung, Charlie Ward, and desh Balasubramaniam talk about writing for social justice.

Venue: Mech Hall
Time: 1pm-8:30pm, Saturday, 29th July
Price: $80 + booking fee
Buy tickets here

Friday, 28th July | Saturday, 29th July | Sunday, 30th July

Sunday, 30th July

Sunday Soldiers

Including: Refugee Voices with desh Balasubramaniam, Paheer Para and Alison Corke; Warm Winter Words with Clementine Ford, Susan Carland and Charlie Ward; Les Twentyman and Arnold Zable in-conversation; and Spoken Word Open Mic hosted by Emilie Zoey Baker.

Venue: Mech Hall
Time: 11am-9pm, Sunday, 30th July
Price: $60 + booking fee
Buy tickets here

Writing Social Justice (Writers Victoria workshop)

Story has the power to humanise, and to create empathy. A well-crafted story takes the reader into other worlds, whether your own or that of others. Presented by Arnold Zable, the workshop will explore the art of story across genres, and will include discussion, writing exercises, feedback on your projects. Presented in association with Apollo Bay Arts Inc. and the Grace Marion Wilson Trust.

Read more

Venue: TBA (Apollo Bay)
Time: 10am-4pm, Sunday, 30th July
Tickets: via Writers Victoria see website for full details

Annual Art Show Committee has re-established for the 2017-18 Show with a revised format

The annual Apollo Bay Art Show is held at the height of the summer tourist season and showcases the work/s of both local and regional artists. The Show is run by Apollo Bay Arts Inc who  re-invests proceeds into a variety of arts projects in the community.

The Shows’ success is supported by many volunteers, Arts Inc & Art Show Committees and has re-visited the roles to create 5 Honorarium positions.

We meet monthly on the 3rd Monday at the Neighbourhood House in Apollo Bay from 7pm

Please email, attn.: Maryanne for more details

Apollo Bay Art Show – 26 Dec 2016 to 4 Jan 2017

This summer is our 40th Art Show. To celebrate there will be two venues plus the inclusion of photography and sculpture.

CALL FOR ENTRIES. All art forms are welcome in this years show. See our entry form for terms and conditions. Entries close Wednesday November 23.
2016-17 Art Show Entry Form
2016-17 Art Show Entry Form_FILLABLE
The Apollo Bay Annual Summer Art Show is all about showcasing the work of  local and regional artists. Established and successfully managed for 33 years by the Apollo Bay & District Historical Society, the 34th Art Show was hosted, for the first time, by Apollo Bay Arts Inc. Few changes have been made to the successful format of the show apart from a greater emphasis on encouraging entries from local artists.
Both traditional and contemporary styles are featured. Mediums include: oil, acrylic, water colour, pastel, charcoal, pencil and printmaking. All works are for sale.
For all enquiries email

The Inaugural Apollo Bay Writers Festival (2016)

For more information, visit the Apollo Bay Writers Festival website here.

After more than twenty years of Apollo Bay’s Warm Winter Words literary event, the ante has been upped to create the inaugural Apollo Bay Writers Festival. This year’s theme, ‘everyone has a story’, is kicked off with a Life Writing workshop facilitated by the wonderful Lee Kofman and sponsored by Writers Victoria (SOLD OUT). Then, boosted by the Brexit vote, Apollo Bay debates the option to secede from Australia—hosted by Isobelle Carmody. Sunday morning there are limited places for a spoken word workshop run by Hip Hop artist, Morganics. In the afternoon the well known and loved Warm Winter Words featuring Emilie Zoey Baker, Lee Kofman and Robynne Nelson. The weekend closes with Ab Slam, Apollo Bay’s first poetry slam, hosted by the international prize winning Emilie Zoey Baker. To book, visit the Apollo Bay Writers Festival website. Proudly presented by Apollo Bay Arts Inc.

Visit for more information on the Arts Inc Gallery.

90 Stitches by Jo Maxwell

Queen’s birthday weekend – June 11, 12 & 13, 2016

Textile artist Jo Maxwell loves nothing more than the challenge of transforming an idea or a basic sketch into a 3D creation to adorn the homes of local and international clients.

Don’t miss the chance to catch up with Jo at her forthcoming textile exhibition ‘90 Stitches’ in Apollo Bay over the long weekend in June.

While much of her inspiration comes from her quirky way of seeing the world and, in particular, the people in her life, Jo also turns to the past to find something new. Her fresh approach to traditional embroidery embraces techniques from a range of accumulated skills over a long career in design, dressmaking and more recently in creative surface stitchery.

Jo, who has lived much of her life in country Victoria, brings her love of nature and natural fibres to her creative work.

“I love working with natural products – cotton, silk, timber and I particularly enjoy creating pieces with linen. I like to collect, recycle and renew materials and transform them into my vision.”

For more information contact Jo Maxwell on 04089228 or email

Arts Inc Gallery, 21 Great Ocean Rd (Mechanics Hall) Apollo Bay

House of Nomad – Photographic Portraits

Arts Inc Gallery, 21 Great Ocean Rd (Mechanics Hall) Apollo Bay

Our special Easter show was the HOUSE OF NOMAD exhibition and Tibet fundraiser – An epic photographic journey and collaboration by Evonne Papadopoulos at MILAM Projects and award-winning Melbourne photographer Simon O’Dwyer.

The title of the exhibition ‘House of Nomad’ stems from an environmental project and initiative in Tibet, which sits at the heart of a movement seeking to preserve the traditions and sustainable practices of the Tibetan nomadic lifestyle, and to protect beautiful and unique environment on the Tibetan Plateau.


Life Drawing 2015

An exhibition of life drawings by class participants will be on show at Arts Inc Gallery, Apollo Bay. 11am to 4pm weekends from Sept 5 to 20.

Wednesday evenings 7pm – 9pm.  July 29 to September 2, 2015
St Aidans Church Hall, 25 Nelson St, Apollo Bay
$10 per session. Bring your own drawing materials and equipment
Contact 0401 785550 for more details

2015 Warm Winter Words – The creative process

WarmWinter Words 2015The Creative Process

Book NowSunday, 16th of August, 2015, 2pm-5pm.

Apollo Bay Hotel
Krambruk Room
95 Great Ocean Road
Apollo Bay, Victoria 3233

This year we are delighted to announce our writers are Kevin Brophy, Lisa Gorton and PD Martin discussing their creative process. Kevin Brophy is a Professor at the University of Melbourne where he teaches Creative Writing and is the author of thirteen books of fiction, poetry and essays. Lisa Gorton has won multiple awards. She writes poetry, fiction, essays and reviews. PD Martin is author of multiple novels of crime fiction as well as children’s and YA fiction. Read the rest of this entry »

Wish You Were Here – Postcard Prize 2014

During the month of May three exhibitions were held across the shire in celebration of the diverse landscapes of our region.  Arts Inc Gallery Apollo Bay showcased coastal images, COPACC – the hinterlands and Red Rock Gallery – lakes and rural life.

Thank you to all who entered. We are happy to announce the Coastal winners for Apollo Bay:

Postcard Prize – Nicola Philp

Junior winner – Oceania Murray McAllester

Wish You Were Here was a collaboration between Creative Otways, Apollo Bay Arts Inc, COPACC and Red Rock Regional Theatre & Gallery. Sponsored by Cape Otway Lightstation, Starprinting & Colac Otway Shire.