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The Canterbury Art Exhibition will hold its 45th exhibition on the 5th – 7th May, 2017. From its inception in 1973 it has gained a reputation for its contemporary outlook and high artistic standards. This greatly anticipated annual event is held at Canterbury Primary School, Molesworth Street, Canterbury.

This year the Exhibition will showcase over 500 individual artworks from over 120 talented Australian artists. A highlight of the exhibition will be the work of feature artist Joe Blundell.

Joe Blundell

Joe is a full time artist working from his studio in Richmond. Joe has an unusual blend of backgrounds both in visual arts and corporate marketing and strategy. Inspired to paint at an early age by his artist Uncle, Joe used to sit on the pavement and paint houses. He sold his first painting of a local house to the owner for 60 pounds – a small fortune for a 12 year old boy in 1976! Encouraged towards a “proper job” Joe largely stopped painting at 20 when he began a corporate career in marketing in the UK, a career that eventually brought him to Australia in 2008 to join the board of Coles Supermarkets. 4 years ago Joe flew back to the UK to look after his Mum during an operation. The operation was delayed and he found himself back in the parental home with time on his hands. Whilst rummaging in the loft he found his childhood painting stuff and began to paint. It then hit him that he’d been doing the wrong job for 30 years! Within days of returning to Melbourne he rented a studio and started to paint. He had 30 years to make up.

In 2015 Joe was selected from 4500 entries as a finalist in the prestigious Artist of the Year award in London staged by the worlds largest art publication Artists & Illustrators Magazine.

Since then Joe has twice been shortlisted for the Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition in London and last year was a finalist in The Kennedy Prize in South Australia.

Joe retains an interest in corporate communication. In particular, the difficulties associated with describing corporate missions and visions to employees in big companies in a way that becomes meaningful and not simply "jargon". He has done projects with companies to combine his understanding of strategy with visual media to create corporate “mission paintings” - essentially the embodiment of a corporate ethos or strategy in a painting. There is a very large piece in the boardroom of Coles.

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Please join us - Art Exhibition Opening hours:

  • Opening Night- Friday 5th May, 7.30pm – 11pm. (no stilettos please)
    Entry fee - $60 per head (early bird $55) includes gourmet food, wine, beer, catalogue and weekend entry. (Gift shop open).
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  • Saturday 6th May from 10am – 5pm.

  • Sunday 7th May from 10am – 4pm. (Family Day)

  • Location – Canterbury Primary School, Molesworth St, Canterbury, Victoria, 3126

Weekend entry fee is $5 for adults and children are free. The Café and Gift Shop will be open all weekend and children’s activities will be offered at Family Day on Sunday. All art works are sold on a commission basis with the proceeds directly benefiting Canterbury Primary School.