Paintings, photographs, jewellery, ceramics and wood works are on show in the annual Whittlesea art exhibition.

More than 150 artworks created by artists from across Whittlesea are showcased in the exhibition, with artists of all ages and abilities involved.

Mayor Lawrie Cox said this year’s exhibition theme, seasonal, was an invitation to artists to reflect on stages and ages in life, land, nature cycles, culturally significant periods and the relationships between all of them.

He said that this year there had been an increase in cultural representation, including artists from indigenous, Iraqi, German, Indian and Thai backgrounds.

“We have received submissions from community support groups including DPV Health, Greenbrook and, for the first time, the Northern School for Autism,” Cr Cox said. “Many artists have responded to the theme and shared their unique interests and personal stories. There has been a lot of diversity celebrated.”

The exhibition will include a tribute to artist and regular exhibitor Lynton Reeves, who died in April.

An award has also been established to honour Ilma Duncan, who died in 2016.
Ms Duncan was a professional artist with more than 65 years’ experience.

The exhibition will be open until Wednesday, December 19, in the Great Hall at Whittlesea council, Ferres Boulevard, South Morang.