About Warranwood Art Show…

Tree and title undated latestA team of active volunteers from the school and local arts communities run events for Warranwood Art Show.

The unique skillset each brings encourages growth of the individual and group, with a resulting synergy delightfully reflected in the wide variety of events throughout the year.

Interested members of the local arts and school communities can join the Warranwood Art Show as a volunteer.  If this appeals to you, contact Warranwood Art Show today to find out more.

Local Beginnings
One of Bertha Darbyshire’s paintings kindly lent by her descendants

One of Bertha Darbyshire’s paintings kindly lent by her descendants

The Warranwood Art Show came into being after the Melbourne Rudolf Steiner School’s 30th Birthday celebrations in 2002.  Prior to that, there had been quite a long history of art and craft exhibitions at what is now the location of the Melbourne Rudolf Steiner School (MRSS) at 213 Wonga Road, Warranwood.

A recent history project about the land where the school now stands uncovered information about the owners. Three sisters, Grace, Eva and Bertha Darbyshire, retired teachers and artists, who regularly conducted art and craft exhibitions and community events while living at the property, as well as public fundraising events to benefit local charities.

Argus newspaper articles reported a tapestry exhibition in 1938 and an exhibition of Bertha Darbyshire’s watercolours in November 1946.  The sisters former home, Killala, a timber and fibro cottage, then became known and much loved as the school’s Community House during its first 38 years.

Early exhibitions with the arts community

It all began from a vision of a group of school parents, some of whom were aspiring artists, who wanted to showcase the work of the local arts community.  Firstly, there was a joint exhibition with the Ringwood Art Society on a wet August weekend in 2001.  This brought together artists from the Melbourne Rudolf Steiner School and the broader community, spurring interest in creating an exhibition that revealed the artistic endeavours of both.

The following year a small but successful show was held at the School’s Open day and Fair in the Great Hall and in 2003, with more artists exhibiting and enthusiasm building for an ongoing, regular artistic event, the 1st Annual Art Exhibition and Sale was established, moving to a bigger light-filled space in the newly built school gymnasium.  The ambition was for an art experience different from the regular shows.  Something spacious, inspiring and reverent.

Renamed the Warranwood Art Show, the event moved into the beautiful Oak hall, completed in 2011 and here the show found it’s current home with a wonderful spacious environment for exhibiting and admiring art.  From earlier creative ideas and beginnings, it grew year by year to where it is now, with some of the same enthusiastic people on the Committee.

Warranwood Art Show today

Today’s Warranwood Art Show runs its annual exhibition in autumn in the inspiring Oak Hall building in the foreground garden of the school at 213 Wonga Road in Warranwood.  The exhibition annually showcases over 300 artworks by 120 professional and emerging artists across Victoria.

Each year artworks are sold with many artists commissioned, recognised or collected.  Emerging artists gain encouragement with awards and prizes to further refine and expand their art.  Independent judges and awards provide an avenue for recognition with Award prizes in a variety of categories.

Proceeds from Warranwood Art Show events goes to the School Community Association, the fundraising arm of the Melbourne Rudolf Steiner School, to directly benefit the school with upgrade and improvement projects.  Recent projects include a major Library upgrade, sound stage and audio visual equipment and more.

Tree and title undated latestThe art show’s Vision of ‘supporting the artistic community’  broadens the local and greater community by holding events that inform and demonstrate enriching attendees with more layers of knowledge and comprehension in their understanding of art and the arts community.

Warranwood Art Show is run by a team of active volunteers from the school and local arts communities.  The wide variety of skillsets each volunteer brings encourages the growth of the individual and group, with a resulting synergy delightfully reflected in the exhibition and variety of seasonal events run throughout the year.

Interested members of the local arts and school communities can join the Warranwood Art Show as a volunteer.  Contact Warranwood Art Show today to find out more.