Each year more than 300 people attend the show’s official opening at the Dunedoo Central School hall, many of them travelling from neighbouring communities including Dubbo.
Event committee member Penny Stevens reports that the evening is one of the “highlights of the year in the Central West” and bookings are essential. “Due to the ever-increasing popularity of Art Unlimited, it has become necessary to use an online booking agency for ticket sales,” she said. “Those interested in attending the event are urged to book and pay online as early as possible to avoid disappointment.” Tickets for opening night cost $35 and on on sale through www.artunlimitednsw.com.au.
Presented by Dunedoo Lions Club, and run by a community committee, Art Unlimited is a major event on the region’s art calendar. The show, in its tenth year, attracts more then 300 entries across the categories of hanging art, photography and ceramics. Painters, potters and photographers from all over Australia enter the competition, vying for total prize money of $11,000.
Ms Stevens said opening night promised to be unforgettable. “Fine wines will be provided by the multi-award-winning Robert Stein Winery Mudgee and catering by Dunedoo Central School hospitality students always proves to be a stand-out feature of the night,” she said. “A lucky door prize of a case of Robert Stein wines will be won during the evening.”
On hand on opening night will be Art Unlimited judges-- acclaimed painter Graham Cox, highly-awarded Dubbo photographer Jenet Stewart and Mudgee-based ceramicist Ro Francis.
Art Unlimited will run for 10 days from May 18 to May 27, which includes two weekends. Visitors will be able to view a wide range of works and if they want “invest in outstanding original artworks at reasonable prices”.
General entry to the exhibition will cost $5. Lunches, and morning and afternoon teas, will be available on the weekends.