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Art on the Pier - Article by The News Mornington Peninsula

ART on the Pier is coming to Rosebud on 1 February, with an exhibition of about 100 art and photographic works by artists across Australia.

The works will be installed down the length of the pier, with Port Phillip as a backdrop.

The outdoor exhibition will run for four months until 30 May. All works are produced on canvas and sandwiched between two clear sheets of polycarbonate to seal them against the elements, these will then be locked to the railings of the pier.

The concept of showing art on a pier was launched in late 2021 on the Queenscliff pier, where an exhibition is now underway with around 150 works until late May.

Exhibition director Chris Macleod, right, says the backdrop of Port Phillip is a stunning way to view art. Pictures: Supplied

The exhibition attracts tens of thousands of visitors each year, with many returning for multiple viewings.

Exhibition director Chris Macleod said he enjoyed spending hours onsite and listening to visitors’ positive comments on the variety of the art and the idea of a free outdoor gallery in great location.

“I take considerable pride in what we have achieved to date, the feedback from the participating artists and photographers has been exceptional, and I feel very grateful to be able to work with so many highly creative and talented people from across Australia,” he said.

Macleod’s own background is in graphics and high end glossy magazines, starting with Harper’s Bazaar before launching his own bridal publications and later an international jewellery magazine.

“It is our aim for Art On The Pier to become an annual event, and based on the success we have achieved across the bay on the Queenscliff pier, we are confident that this unique and truly exciting exhibition can continue for many years to come,” he said.

The Rosebud exhibition is still inviting artists to submit work.

The Queenscliff exhibition has been rated as Australia’s biggest outdoor art and photography exhibition.

I am excited to have my image : The Lighthouse exhibiting in the Inaugural art on the Pier Exhibition.

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