King Valley Arts & COVID-19

King Valley Arts & COVID-19

Dear Artists, Friends and Supporters,

The restrictions that the Victorian and Federal governments have been rolling out over the past few weeks due to the COVID-19 pandemic are unprecedented.

As the Executive officers we are notifying you that King Valley Arts WILL NOT hold the 2020 King Valley Art Show.
We thank all of you for your constant support of KVA and look forward to when we can next meet & socialise. KVA will bounce back with another great art show in 2021 and more live shows via KVA Presents.
Stay well & enjoy life.
Anita, Michael and Rowena
President, Secretary and Treasurer KVA
and the KVA Committee

2020 Arts and Culture Grants

2020 Arts and Culture Grants

Multiples Light Show Moyhu

Do you have a fabulous idea for an arts based project in the King Valley? Do you need a little bit of money to get your project off the ground? King Valley Arts is proud to offer small grants of up to $1500 to enrich the King Valley arts culture.
The 2020 Arts Culture Grant application forms are now available.

Closing date Monday 23rd December 2019

Visit our Community Grants page or for more information phone Michael Ashby Secretary 0439 386 027




The Kutcha Edwards Hour

The Kutcha Edwards Hour

Saturday 26th October 7.30pm


The Kutcha Edwards Hour is an invitation to be immersed in the lifelong experiences of a Stolen Generations member through songs and stories. Kutcha’s path has taken him from a child institutionalised to winning the Melbourne Prize for Music. Kutcha is a story teller and, using these skills, he delivers a concert that proves to be both riveting and enriching. 

Removed from his family and culture, he has recaptured his Songline and spends his life casting ‘pebbles in to the pond’, creating wave upon wave of cultural awareness through his music and performance charisma.

Writing music and singing have been Kutcha’s lifeline as well as a continuation of his Songline. Throughout the hour with Kutcha the audience will hear firsthand how it was growing up as an Aboriginal in a land that did not recognise his people as citizens of their own country.

Kutcha’s songs are incredibly moving and personal, including a song written about the time he turned 18 and was freed from State care, despite having returned to his Mother at the age of 14 after removal at 18 months. Kutcha sings of the impact of Government policies of removal and assimilation on his people and the ramifications that have pervaded the wellbeing of Aboriginal people since.

Humour also plays a strong role alongside his songs, playfully engaging his audience throughout the hour. Kutcha presents an inclusive and inviting conversation with the audience, while also provoking emotive responses to his personal story, that of his family and his community.

Each show concludes with the singing of what is virtually an anthem, the beautiful song Yil Lul by Jo Geia. The audience is invited to sing together and are left feeling they’ve had a positive experience, and their cultural awareness heightened.

On Saturday 26th October 2019 at 7:30pm

Myrrhee Soldiers Memorial Hall
1736 Benalla-Whitfield Rd, Myrrhee

Doors and Bar open 6.30pm
Show starts at 7.30pm
Duration approx 1 hour – no intermission.
All tickets include a delicious supper.
Drinks are available at bar prices.

Tickets are $25 and available at the door or book here:  The Kutcha Edwards Hour
Children under 15 FREE if accompanied by an adult

Hosted by

With Myrrhee Hall Committee



Friday 30th August – 7.30pm


Two ʻmust seeʼ artists of outrageously funny proportions combining their talents into one incredible show for your pleasure!

Starring award winning, five star internationally renowned physical comedian Daniel Oldaker aka “Dandyman” (La Soireé, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Melb. Int Comedy Fest) and the inimitable circus variety star Rani Huszar, as seen on ABC’s “Live at the Memo”, “The Sideshow” and the world renowned variety show La Cliqué.

Varietyville is based around two characters. One wants to present meaningful art that has a message whilst the other loves creating entertainment that is accessible to everyone. It’s art versus entertainment, variety with vavoom.

Varietyville takes variety to a whole new level. Bite sized morsels of masterful magic, chaotic clowning, preposterous physical feats, musical mayhem, hilarious hi-jinks and much, much more!

“I laughed harder and longer at one act this evening than I have anything else I have seen this fringe”
Clothesline (Charissa McCluskey-Garcia) Fringe World, Perth

On Friday 30 August 2019 at 7:30pm
King Valley Community Complex (AC Swinburne Pavillion),
LOT 2 Mansfield-Whitfield Rd, Whitfield

Doors and Bar open 6.30pm
Show starts at 7.30pm
Duration approx 1 hour – no intermission.
All tickets include a delicious CWA supper (after performance).
Drinks are available at bar prices.

Tickets are $25  Book here 
or available at the door

Children under 15 FREE if accompanied by an adult

Hosted by

With King Valley CWA

Three Birds One Cock

Three Birds One Cock

Friday 5th July 7.00pm


Footsteps! Gunshots! Lingerie! Deception!

Will all go to plan for these strong-willed bombshells?

A black comedy dripping with noir, glamour, murder and suspense.

As Alfred Hitchcock and his films are iconic and influential points in pop culture and film history, Three Birds One Cock is a show that takes his famous heroines and gives them stories of their own, with a contemporary punch and a dose of dark-humoured comedy.

A bit about the show!
Three of Alfred Hitchcock’s iconic blondes from Vertigo, Psycho and The Birds find themselves trapped in an absurd “whodunnit” murder mystery. Something sinister is lurking in the shadows and things are not quite what they seem.

Terrified that any one of them could be the next victim, these blondes must use their feminine charm and cunning skills to unravel a storyline much darker than they realize, tumbling towards morbid endings of their own.

On Friday 5 July 2019 at 7:00pm
Moyhu Soldiers Memorial Hall

24 Bartley St, Moyhu

Doors and Bar open 6.15pm
Show starts at 7.00pm
Duration approx 1 hour – no intermission.
All tickets include a delicious CWA supper.
Drinks are available at bar prices.

Tickets are $25 and available at the door or here:  
Performance is not suitable for kids under 16.

For more information please contact
Louise – 0412265665
or email

Hosted by

With Moyhu Action Group & Moyhu CWA

The 2019 Winners are …….

The 2019 Winners are …….

Grand Winner $3,000.00 sponsor Dal Zotto Wines

Awarded to Maxwell Wilks for Through the Trees

Grand Prize Winner artist Maxwell Wilks with his award winning art work ‘Through the Trees’

‘ Masterful work with a colour sensitivity for Australian light exploiting a large variety of mark making which evokes movement. Taking what might be an unassuming scene and creating a beautiful classical artwork’

click here for link to all the award winners

King Valley Arts Presents

King Valley Arts Presents

King Valley Arts Presents a SEASON PASS for 2019


Drum roll please ….

Due to many requests, we have introduced a SEASON PASS for our 2019 performances. This will include a Season ticket to all three events, for a reduced price of $70.

Supporting the King Valley Arts Presents events, means you are contributing to the ongoing success of this program. These events encourage your local community to socialise together and they bring original and quality entertainment to your area. They introduce young children to live entertainment and it remains cost effective to enable everybody to enjoy the events.

SEASON PASS 2019 includes all 3 events
(Supper included & Drinks at Bar Prices)

• Three Birds One Cock – Friday 5 July, 7pm – Moyhu Soldiers Memorial Hall
Hosted with Moyhu Action Group & Moyhu CWA

• Varietyville – Friday 30 August, 7pm – King Valley Community Complex
Hosted with King Valley CWA

• The Kutcha Edwards Hour – Sat 26 Oct, 7.30pm – Myrrhee Soldiers Memorial Hall
Hosted with Myrrhee Hall Committee

Purchase your 2019 SEASON PASS here




2019 King Valley Art Show

2019 King Valley Art Show

Plans are well afoot for the 2019 King Valley Art Show, held on the Queen’s Birthday Weekend we expect to receive 400 entries from local, intra and interstate artists, which makes for a diverse and interesting art show.
We are thrilled to announce artist Christine Wrest Smith as this year’s judge, and with 19 awards to the value of $17,250 there are plenty of opportunities for artists to enter work to suit the varied categories.

We thank Dal Zotto Wines for sponsoring our major award the $3000 Grand Winner  Acquisitive Award.

Artists wanting to enter we encourage to sign up to our mailing list to be first to receive an entry form in late March.

Key dates :
Entry forms available late March 
Closing Date for entries Friday 24 May
Artwork drop off Saturday 1 June and Sunday 2 June

Gala Opening
Friday 7 June 7.30pm
Exhibiting Artists $15
General $30 (all inclusive)
Join our judge Christine Wrest Smith when she announces the winners. Savour premium King Valley wines and delicious canapes

Venue -King River Brewing 4515 Wangaratta-Whitfield Rd King Valley

Exhibition open 10am-5pm Sat-Mon Adults $3

Gala Opening is always a highlight
The Gala Opening is always a highlight. Enjoy fine wines and canapés made in the King Valley. Bookings essential

King Valley Arts

King Valley Arts

We have changed our name to King Valley Arts to better reflect the many activities the committee is involved in. This decision was made at our AGM in October.
Our main activity is still the King Valley Art Show which is held annually on the Queen’s Birthday Weekend in June at King River Brewing.  With the committee working towards another great art show, the only change you will see is a new logo. 

We are also excited to announce that we have received a Creative Victoria Small Regional Presenters grant for our King Valley Arts Presents which brings performances from Regional Arts Victoria’s Connecting Places 2019 program to Moyhu, Whitfield and Myrrhee . Working with local community groups in each town we will be presenting four diverse performances that will pique the interest of all from the young to the young at heart.

The 2018 Winners are…

The 2018 Winners are…

Grand Winner – $3,000. Sponsored by Dal Zotto Wines 

Awarded to Winter Vines by Vanessa Kelly.

Winter Vines by Vanessa Kelly
Winter Vines by Vanessa Kelly


This luminous painting elegantly and economically conveys the melancholy of a vineyard in winter.  Painting with restraint, the artist conveys the gleam of winter light in a pale sky and the darkening perspective of the tangle of old growth before pruning – evocative and spare.

People’s Choice – $500. Sponsored by King Valley Tourism Association


King Valley Theme – Barb Sartori Memorial Prize $1000. 

Awarded to King Valley Remains by Julian Bruere.

This masterly watercolour creates both an authentic image of place and the sense of the dry heat and harsh summer conditions typical of the region.  Paint is applied loosely and fluidly with judicious use of highlights and sparks of colour for emphasis.

King Valley Remains - watercolour painting by Julian Bruere
King Valley Remains – watercolour by Julian Bruere

Most Innovative Work – $500. Sponsored by Brown Brothers 

Awarded to Free Your Mind  by Tirelle Peter.

Incorporating elements of surrealist imagery and collage, this work inventively and cleverly combines its graphic elements with great finesse.

Judge’s Gem – $500. Sponsored by Chandon  

Awarded to King Parrot Feather by Bronwyn Van De Graaf

An exquisite and delightful work.

Still Life Pastel or Watercolour to $500. Sponsored by Chrismont Wines 

Awarded to Diplolaena Grandiflora  by Margaret Zaal.

A fine and sensitive rendering of one of the first specimens of Australian native flora ever collected.  The Diplolaena Grandiflora was first collected at Shark’s Bay in Western Australia by William Dampier in 1699. 


Local Emerging Artist – $750 Sponsored by RBA Financial Group 

Awarded to Peony by Joelene Mitchell

This work demonstrates the earnest endeavours of the aspiring artist.  The peony’s striking colour and tones are well observed in this bold composition.

Pastel to $500. Sponsored by Boonderoo Farm

Awarded to Luscious Peaches by Mary Briggs

This little still life is reminiscent of the domestic intimacy of a Pierre Bonnard.  The simple subject has a quiet sense of celebration of nature’s most succulent fruits.

Pastel $1000. Sponsored by Pizzini Wines  

Awarded to My Distant View by Ben Jenkins

A subjective and moody work utilising the pastel medium’s natural qualities for softness and blending of tones, this work creates an image that evokes a quiet sense of reverie.

Watercolour/Gouache to $750. Sponsored by Eminence Wines 

Awarded to Dusty Hills by Linda D’Agostina

An elegant and restrained interpretation of a landscape as it might appear in one’s memory; colours and tones are used economically to create this whimsical and layered image.



Watercolour/Gouache to $1000. Sponsored by Friends of the Art Show 

Awarded to Wren’s World by Sharon Pate

The wren is immersed in its shifting world of leaves and light.  The camouflage of the beautifully painted foliage almost conceals this busy bird at work.


Work on Paper to $500. Sponsored by Casa Luna Gourmet Accom. 

Awarded to Duck Feathers by Bronwyn Van De Graaff

This exquisite drawing confounds the eye and mind in its subtle rendering of the lightest of subjects. In a simple and fluid composition, these feathers almost float off the page.

Work on Paper – $1000. Sponsored by Friends of the Art Show

Awarded to Disorder by Janet Grealy

The abstract and layered impressions of this frottage drawing evoke a great many associations.  It invites contemplation by the viewer to speculate on its many intersections and spatial elements.


Printmaking – $750. Sponsored by Ovens & King Builders 

Awarded to Stud Muster by Libby Schreiber

A cheerful take on the life of the sheep farmer  – sheep, truck, man, dog and bird.  Striking contrasts of texture and tone make this little print a joy to behold.

Printmaking – $1000. Sponsored by Friends of the Art Show 

Awarded to King and Queen (after Don Dale) by Robert Hague

This work is a commentary on the impact of colonialisation in the era of Empire.  The image of the plate is utilised as a fragile and fractured device to convey the artist’s concerns.


Oil/Acrylic to $500. Sponsored by King River Estate Wines 

Awarded to Silverstreak by Kylie Sirett.

In this contemporary view of scattered objects, the eye closes tightly on its subject, creating a striking composition — a dramatic use of light and shade with a gleaming high note.


Oil/Acrylic to $1000. Sponsored by Hargraves Secured Investments 

Awarded to Wild Quince by Gregory R Smith.

Gregory R Smith brings vitality and nuance to this traditional still-life subject.  His mastery of the medium is outstanding; the paint is handled loosely and yet with precision.  The work carries much of the baroque Dutch sensibility.

Oil/Acrylic to $1,500. Sponsored by Friends of the Art Show 

Awarded to Valley Memories by Kate Gorman

This painting’s subdued palette evokes a feeling of subjective memory. Vestiges of the figurative elements of landscape linger, as do one’s fleeting memories of place, temperature, light and shadow.