Apply now for one of our Annual Art Show Positions

Calling anyone interested in becoming a part of Apollo Bay’s Art History. Following 40 years of successful Summer Art Shows we are looking to fill positions to help run the Apollo Bay Art show Summer 2017-18


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 3 Honorarium positions. Traditionally these positions are held for 3 years (negotiable) and have all become available. An invitation is extended to anyone interested in becoming involved to apply for any of the 3 positions, as follows:

* Co-ordinator

* Administration & Liaison

* Creative Design & Publicity

To receive a copy of the Job Description/s, please visit our gmail:, attn.: Maryanne. Applications close Friday April 14 2017.

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
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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.

Festival events supported by Arts Inc

Apollo Bay Arts Inc is proud to announce our support for the following events at this years 21st Apollo Bay Music Festival, April 26 to 28, 2013:

Painter and poet Scott Felstead presents a preview of his forthcoming book The Keeper, A Viking Epic at Arts Inc Gallery Apollo Bay (Mechanics Hall front room).

Intensely coloured paintings are accompanied by selected verses, and the entire narrative is presented for you to read, peacefully or out loud.

Exhibition dates: Friday April 26 to Sunday May 5, 2013

Opening night: Thursday April 25 at 7pm. All welcome to join the artist for drinks.

Live music and readings over Music Festival weekend. No ticket required.

Also to appear at the Music festival are local ukulele group Otway Ukuholics.

Opening of new Gallery in Apollo Bay

Arts Inc Gallery - 21 Great Ocean Road, Apollo Bay

Apollo Bay Arts Inc launched the new Arts Inc Gallery on Saturday November 3, 2012.

The refurbished exhibition space, located in the front room of the town’s iconic heritage hall, has been brought to you by an energetic team of Apollo Bay Arts Inc members.

Thank you to our sponsors: Colac Otway Shire, Apollo Bay Community Bank and The Apollo Bay Mechanics Hall Committee.

See our ‘Local Galleries’ page for more information.