Festival’s a work of art

Visitors to the Tyers Arts Festival will be treated to more than 555 artworks from across Victoria this weekend, as well as various other family activities.

The 37th year of the festival will showcase some of the best artwork across 23 sections including oil, acrylic, photography, mixed media, textile, ceramics and woodwork.

Program director and Tyers Primary School principal Peter Harrison said the festival was “very popular” among the community and artists.

“We have 179 artists this year; last year we had 10 artists from overseas,” Mr Harrison said.

“We get artwork from all the way up to the New South Wales border through to metropolitan Melbourne and to the Mornington Peninsula.”

There are several noteworthy artworks on display this year, including a piece entered in the Archibald Prize by Judith Lawrence.

Mr Harrison said the highlights of the event were the gala night on Friday and the variety of artwork.

“Some of the different artwork is just outstanding. It’s amazing what people can do,” he said.

“I love seeing the differences in the pieces and how different they are and how creative they can be.”

Along with the artwork will be a Devonshire Tea caf , displays from local groups and services, craft making, entertainment and children’s activities, as well as performances by the Gippsland Music Acoustic Club, who will be running a music festival.

“There will be a lot of different music playing all day on Sunday,” Mr Harrison said.

All money raised will go to the school and local community groups.

The Tyers Arts Festival will run from 11 to 13 November at Tyers Community Hall, with the event kicking off with the gala night on Friday.

Tickets to the gala are still available for $25, while entry to the exhibition on Saturday and Sunday is $3.

For more information, visit the Tyers Primary School website, www.tyersps.vic.edu.au or phone the school on 5191 8260.

*Aimee Dawson is a journalism student from La Trobe University.