New Futures

The 2020 exhibition, New Futures, invited artists to reflect on changes brought by COVID-19 to our community, our country and our planet.

Artworks will be exhibited in The Great Hall, Council Offices, South Morang from 10am - 4pm weekdays from Thursday 21 January – 18 February 2021.

The exhibition showcases and celebrates the work of artists who live, work or are connected to the City of Whittlesea. It is a fully accessible exhibition providing a space for local artists to exhibit and promote their work.

This year’s theme invited artists to recognise the changes COVID-19 brought on our community, our country and our planet. As restrictions lift and we emerge, we can reset our priorities, refocus our intentions and re-design the world we want to live in. Artists are innovators capable of imagining a whole new world.

This exhibition has been an opportunity for artists to formulate their creative ideas about prioritising and reimagining our new shared futures.

For more information or for participating artists seeking more information, please email:

Award recipients from Council’s New Futures exhibition

City of Whittlesea Art Award

“Our Corona” Lucy Cleary      

Award of Excellence - Innovative Use of Materials Award

Peter van der Burg 

Award of Excellence - Creative Expression

“Be Kind” – Jodie Zutt

“Knitting Grandpa Designs for a new room” – Hayden McLean                   

Award of Excellence - Response to Theme Environmental Perspective

“Weaving a sacred vessel” – Gay Chatfield                         

Award of Excellence - Response to Theme Social Perspective

“By my Side” – Sandra Ellis-Nock

Ilma Duncan Award

“Protect the untouched nature for future” – Bhagya Rhupasinghe

Highly Commended

“Colours after Covid” – Billie Wright

“We’re all in this together” – Ryan Dhindsa

“We keep away to get much closer” – Mohamed Abumeis

“Bridge” – Frank Durso

“Marigolds” – Vida Ryan

“The wisdom of my grandmother” – Iaki Vallejo”

Judged by

Lydia Wilson, Chair of Administrators, City of Whittlesea

Catherine Blakey, Member of Council’s Acquisitions Advisory Group, artist & local resident

Kate McCaughey, Director Community Wellbeing, City of Whittlesea

Suzi Duncan, Artist & local resident, judged the Ilma Duncan Award


COVIDSafe Plan

A COVIDSafe Event Checklist for this event has been created and endorsed by the Department Jobs Precincts and Regions.

To view the full plan, click here

Important dates for participating artists

Exhibition closes: 4.00pm Thursday 18 February 2021
Collection of artworks: Friday 19 February 2021 between 10.00am-2.00pm and 3.00pm-6.00pm