Odd art of Upwey

2016 Upwey Archies winner Ava Lind's portrait of someone she considers very special.

By Derek Schlennstedt

The Annual Upwey Archies is again inviting local creatives of all ages and abilities to celebrate the people of Upwey.
Inspired by the Archibald Prize and ‘Not The Archies’, The Upwey Archies aims to unite the creative voices and visions of the community by inviting artists in the Yarra Ranges region to exhibit an image of someone who is important to them or to the township of Upwey.
The portraits will be presented in an exhibition across the shops and businesses of Upwey between 15 October – 14 November and last year the Archies project saw over 50 portraits exhibited across the township.
Artists can use a variety of media to create their esoteric portraiture and can register and collect their art boards from Burrinja between 11-27 August.
The annual Upwey Archies is an initiative of The Upwey Township Group, in partnership with Burrinja and is sponsored by the Belgrave Book Barn.
The entire project culminates on Saturday 14 October at 11am where the community is invited to congregate at ‘The Pirate Ship’, Upwey Main Street to celebrate the official opening of the community project.
Burrinja will also be announcing the winners of the most outstanding and encouragement awards for both the youth and adult categories and prizes include Burrinja theatre tickets, meal and book vouchers.
Artworks need to be delivered to Burrinja between 29 September and 8 October to be considered for a prize.