Art from the Artists & Friends of the Nillumbik Shire


The Eltham Art Show is a presentation of the Art Heritage of The Nillumbik Shire.

An initiative of the Rotary Club of Eltham

The Eltham Art Show provides an exciting platform and welcomes Artists to present their works to be judged within 11 categories.  Attractive prize monies are on offer.  Artists must have a strong connection to the heritage of the Nillumbik Shire in order to qualify for the show.

The inaugural show in 2022 displayed over 450 works from esteemed artists from throughout the local area and beyond. The culture and legacy from the early forefathers was depicted in its truest form with interpretations representing Contemporary, Landscapes, Still Life, mediums in oils, acrylics, watercolour, pastel and drawings.

Supported strongly by the Nillumbik Shire Council and supporting Partners, the show encourages a strong relationship with the artists to present their best works and establish the show as one of the region’s leading art shows.

2023 has seen a new dimension for the show in its decision to exhibit all 3D works at Montsalvat. Montsalvat’s relationship with the early art development and rustic culture fits perfectly with this decision to display glass, sculpture, ceramics and jewellery.

Further details regarding
entry criteria and key dates
will be released on the

15th June 2023

Rotary Club of Etham logo


The Eltham Art Show 2023

Wednesday, 30 August 2023
(ticketed event)

Thursday, 31 August to
Sunday, 3 September 2023

Eltham Community and
Reception Centre
801 Main Road, Eltham, Victoria

Paul McDonald Smith

Paul McDonald Smith

Appointed Eltham Art Show 2023 Judge 

Paul McDonald Smith, OAM VAS FVAS FRSA

Paul was 2001 Artist of the Year at the Victorian Artists Society and is a Life Member and Past President of VAS and the Twenty Melbourne Painters Society. Paul is widely known for his colourful oil paintings of flowers, still life, landscape and portraits in the tonal impressionist manner. A very experienced teacher, he has conducted painting classes and workshops since 1977. Paul is in high demand as a judge and a very popular demonstrator of traditional painting techniques. His work has received well over 100 major awards including VAS Norman Kaye Memorial Medallion in 1998 and 1999. His studies include fine art at RMIT and the Camberwell Travel Scholarship. He has worked as a professional artist all his life.

The Art Show Raffle will once again offer substantial prizes inclusive of an original painting by a well known artist, pampering packages, weekend away, tickets to the National Gallery, and more…  details coming soon!

Are you an Artist?

The Eltham Art Show 2023 titled Art Heritage of the Nillumbik Shire welcomes artists who have a strong connection with Nillumbik to exhibit.

Artists’ qualifications for entry to the Eltham Art Show

Artists who have an association with Nillumbik’s early Art heritage by way of being:

  • A current or past resident of the Nillumbik Shire
  • A member of a Nillumbik associated group, e.g.: Red Door Studio, Nillumbik Open Studios, Banyule Open Studios, Baldessin Press, Montsalvat and Dunmoochin resident artists
  • Has been a past exhibitor at the Nillumbik Prize Exhibition
  • A member of an association with foundations traced back to the heritage of Nillumbik Artists, e.g.: Melbourne 20 Painters, Victorian Artists Society, Woodend Art Group.


    Best in Show
    Best Contemporary (new)
    Best Oil or Acrylic
    Best Watercolour
    Neil Douglas Award (Best Australian Landscape Portrayal)
    Best Work on Paper (Pastel, Ink, Pencil)
    Best Printmaking (Art Photography & Photogravure)
    Best Emerging Artist (new)
    Masterful Brands Agency Awards x 6
    $200 each
    Plus Mentoring (Highly Commended)
    People’s Choice Award
    Hangers Selection (mixed dozen wines) from Kings of KG

    Partnership Opportunities

    Interested in partnering with us to support this event?
    Join our generous partners and reap the benefits.

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