Up2Date News

2021Art Exhibition Success

More than 150 people were in attendance at Coolamon’s inaugural Yield Festival opening night on Friday 12th November 2021.   The Yield Festival, which brings together the Capture Coolamon Photographic Competition and the Up2Date Art Exhibition as a joint venture for the first time was officially launched and based upon the reactions of those attending, the success of the event is assured.


The MC for the evening commenced proceedings by thanking the various sponsors who have supported the event for many years and acknowledged the hard work done by the members of the Capture Coolamon Photographic Committee and the Up2Date Art Exhibition Committee and helpers who have worked so hard to present the exhibition.   The significant contributions from the P&C and staff of local schools was acknowledge with local public schools in Coolamon, Marrar, Ganmain and Matong to be the major beneficiaries of this year’s two week exhibition.  


Tim Kurylowicz, Executive Director at Eastern Riverina Arts, who had been asked to judge the various entries commented on the outstanding quality of work in both the photographic and Art exhibitions.


Raeleen Pfeiffer took out the Beyond Bank Open Art Prize with her art work ‘Best Mate’.   The winner of the inaugural Veterans Art Prize, sponsored by the Coolamon RSL Sub Branch was Wagga artist Michael Morgan for his work, ‘Morning on the Murray’.   The themed section of is year’s art exhibition asked artist to submit works that visualised the theme ‘Out the Back’.   Ganmain artist Rachael Braybon took home the prize for her work, ‘Smok’in Darts and Break’in Hearts’  The Coolamon Shire Council Acquisition Prize is awarded annually with the winning artwork being purchased by Coolamon Shire Council and added to its art collection.   The winning entry is displayed in the Coolamon Library for 12 months before being permanently located in an appropriate location in a Council facility in the shire.  The 2021 Acquisition Prize was awarded to first time entrant Robert Clarke for his work ‘Strength and Beauty of Women’.


Strength and Beauty of Women

by Robert Clarke

Best Mate

by Raeleen Pfeiffer 

Smok'in Darts and Break'in Hearts

by Rachael Morgan

Morning on the Murray

by Michael Morgan

Up2Date Art Community Award

Coolamon Australia Day Awards January 26th 2021.   Up2Date Art has been recognised with the awards of Coolamon Shire Council Community Event of the Year.  Awarded for the 2020 Pop-Up Gallery & Art Market. Thank you to all who assisted & Supported this event.

The Nomination read:

'...The "Pop up gallery and Art Market “was an impressive platform for artists to have their work on display and an opportunity to sell their pieces in a year like no other.  This was a draw card to Coolamon and the extra tourists were welcomed with open arms by small businesses.  It was much appreciated after the first half of our COVID year.  Some were even coming back twice to visit this event and bringing extra people back with them.  This event is a true example of how committees and groups are able to overcome challenges, re-invent and re-imagine, to provide an amazing community event that created a real drawcard for the Coolamon Shire Community...'

Thank you to everyone for your support.

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Lady Face
Old Man
Gabs Glass
Magpie & Chick
Shearing Shed 1
Cathy Goss
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Beach babes

Coolamon Says Thank You

The 2020 Up2Date Art Exhibition, held under strict Covid-19 restrictions has proven to be an outstanding success, thanks to the wonderful support of local and regional artists and the hard working volunteers who help make the event such a success.   


Earlier this year, the committee met and decided to cancel this year’s event, however as the situation began to improve slightly, the committee took the chance to push forward with the event which resulted in over 1000 visitors to Coolamon during the events opening dates.   Chairperson Eileen Knox, Secretary/Treasurer Angela McCann, Curator Lyn Mathews and the many volunteers who assisted during the event deserve all of the kudos that has been forthcoming from artists and visitors alike.   The committee took the opportunity to think outside the box by making this year’s event an art market and allowing artists to enter as many works as they wished and to sell those works during the event.   16 new artists entered the event this year and all indications are the annual Up2Date Art Exhibition will be even better in 2021.  

Our 2020 Winners







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Packers Prize 2020

'A Room with a View' by Karen Boland

Coolamon Shire Acquisition Prize

'Morning Pick' by Allison Robinson

Peoples Choice 2020 

'Drovers' Wife' by Shekinah Everingham 

More about the exhibition