The current committee encourages local and regional artists to produce a diverse range of works to exhibit each year and aims to gradually improve the facilities available to display these works. The venue of the Senior Citizens Hall was recently re-vamped with funds from a Fire Ready grant along with a contribution from Colac Otway Shire. The new kitchen and the replacement of the large windows in the Hall area provide added value to the space for future Art Shows.
The Show is well-known in the region as one that displays quality works of first-time exhibitors, emerging artists, through to well-known established artists. Traditionally, sales are good, selling 20 – 30% of hung works. Funds raised from the Art Show over the years have enabled Apollo Bay Arts to provide grants for local arts projects, to the local school and kindergarten, and to Studio Forrest. Projects funded include sculpture, jewellery making, excursions, annual Art Prize, mentorship, video footage, life drawing classes, local mural projects and prizes for the Art Section of the Apollo Bay & District Agricultural Show