Ficifolia Art Show 2020

        We are excited to announce that the 2020 Art Show will be held over 10 days. 

       Opening Night Thursday February 6th  6.30pm to 8.30pm.   General Entry -  $5,  Exhibiting artists  and Children free.

       Open Friday 7th to Sunday 16th February 10am to 4pm.    Entry - Gold coin donation 

       Exciting new event - 'Creative Frenzy' Saturday 8th February, 5.30pm  to 8.30pm.  Entry - Gold coin donation



                                             2020 ENTRY FORM      Awards & Prizes         Entry Conditions          Information pdf download



A History of Drouin’s Art Show

The first Drouin Art Show was held in the Drouin Badminton Hall in 1988, and the popularity of the event helped enthuse the inception of the Drouin Ficifolia Festival, a celebration of the flowering trees that line the main streets of Drouin. The following year the show was held in the Masonic Hall (now the CFA Hall) as part of the first Ficifolia Festival.

From 1990 to 2007 it became established as a fundraiser for the Drouin Primary School, and was held in the Drouin Community School Centre as the opening event of the Festival.

Over the years it grew in popularity, from a small local show to one of Victoria’s most popular Regional Art Exhibitions.

The Art Show celebrated its 20th annual event in 2007, attracting 150 artists from across Australia with over 450 entries, in categories including painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, sculpture, ceramics, textiles and woodcraft. However, it had grown too large for the school community to administrate, so sadly 2007 became the last.

In 2013, on the 25th Anniversary of the Ficifolia Festival, the art show returned. this time under Baw Baw Arts Alliance’s coordination. It is now held in the Drouin Football Club, a true community partnership and a unique way to showcase the fine facilities of the Club Rooms



We are proud to have the following sponsors for 2020,  please support them as they have supported us.

The links are in the logos.





J H Cuthbertson has been our major sponsor for a number of years.
Suppliers of crushed rock and fill for construction sites, roads, driveways and cow lanes 
(03) 5628 5461 195 Old Telegraph Road Jindivick 





Baw Baw Shire Council sponsor us  financially and support us with mentoring by Cultural Development officer Karen Whitaker-Taylor







Drouin Football Club not only host our show but sponsor us for a prize

Did you realise you could book the wonderful football club rooms for your next event? It could be a community event such as the art show or it could also be a special family occasion such as a significant birthday!  Have a talk with Trish Lewis 0407811297






Drouin and District Community Bank are new sponsors for 2019
"We have made a commitment to the people of Drouin to provide them with banking products and services to meet their personal‚ and business‚ banking needs"




Kay Lancashire - Artycles sponsors us with the donation of a raffle prize 
Creating one of a kind Artycles of adornment for you to wear.




Lyrebird Villages for the Aged in Drouin sponsor us with an Acquisitive award.
Lyrebird Villages established in 1973 is community owned and operated delivering care for the residents in the Drouin & Warragul district of West Gippsland. Only 90 minutes from Melbourne, Lyrebird Villages offers 112 permanent and 3 respite rooms.


Mc Farlane's website under construction

McFarlane Criminal Lawyers are new sponsors for 2019
42 Albert Street Warragul  Ph: (03) 9088 4782


Gary Miles Art Studio  joins forces with Baw Baw Arts Alliance to sponsor a prize. 

Gary Miles usually works in a series. His approach is to set up camp in remote areas of Australia for up to six weeks at a time in an attempt to “capture split moments of thought”. His landscapes are unmistakably Australian, but as interpreted through his minds eye.Gary's paintings are a dance of line, marks and colour.  A thorough language from one artist.  Gary's work wants to give that impression of being in it, to live and to observe, to watch the way this land is created and watch how the landscape moves and changes with time visit his studios at Old Telegraph Road West, Drouin West,



Morwell Art and Framing sponsor a prize plus act as a depot for artists to book in and drop off/collect work for the exhibition.
Gippsland's leading suppliers of art materials for novice up to the professional artist & with state of the art equipment to manufacture framing on site.
49 Chickerell St, Morwell 




Rotary Club of Warragul sponsor us by the loan of their Art Screens



Roylaines of Warragul sponsor two prizes
2 stores,  16 Smith Street Warragul and 148 Main Street Pakenham Photographic & Electronics Goods and Services. Jaycar Stockist 


Town and Country Gallery 111 Princes Hwy Yarragon
The relaxed ambiance of the gallery creates a respectful freedom for customers to interact with the artworks, books and jewellery.  Niches have been created – to read, to touch, to ‘try on’, to view or to just sit and absorb the beauty.




Tritec Art Supplies 2/101 Princes Highway Yarragon 
At Tritec Fine Art Supplies we want to help people foster their creative passions by providing a space in which to explore art supplies. Look at them, touch them, try them and learn how to use them through workshops run by local artists. Connect with people through shared passions and indulge in things that bring you joy.




















J H Cuthbertson Award   for Best Exhibit in Show - $2000    #101 Samantha Milne Her Ladyship


Category #                   Award

1                 BBAA Maery Gabriel Award  for Best Contemporary Artwork - $1000 
#127  Anastasia Richmond-Miller   For Shame 
 HC #171   Lin Wang Eagle

2                 Graeme Arthurson Real Estate Award   for Best Portrait - $500
#144 Coral Smith A Magnificent Moment
HC # Sheila Daniells - Mesmerising

3                 Baw Baw Arts Alliance and Miles Art Studio Award   for Best 3D Exhibit - $500
#59 Wayne Foenander  - Copper Jacket
HC #82 – Kay Lancashire – Where do the lost and broken toys go….

4                 Roylaines Pty Ltd Photographic award for Best Photography $500 voucher
 1st Place  #181 Emma White, 5 Days young
2nd Place - #103 Carol Monson Marble Steps

5                 Fibre Arts Australia Award  for the Fibre Art - $500 Scholarship
#11  Joan Best - Forest

6                 Conveyancing Today Award for Best Mixed Media exhibit $500
#83 – Kay Lancashire – I opened a book and in I strode
HC#86 Cherie Leedon – Save           HC #154 Donna Taylor - Pierre

7                 McFarlane Criminal Lawyers Award for Best Wood Exhibit $500
#172  Bruce Wearne – Set of 3 Cannisters
HC #173  Bruce Wearne  Eucalyptus in Eucalyptus

8                 Drouin & District Community Bendigo Bank for Best Still Life - $500
#77 Glenda Jones, Winter Orchids
HC #85  Bill Lancaster - Honey

9                 V/Line Award for the Best Mosaic - $500
#20  - Adrian Bright – The Green Picture
HC 148 – After Field of Poppies Elizabeth Smoorenberg

10              Town & Country Yarragon Award for best printwork $300
 #7 Alison Bain Grevillea Series- No.3

11               Drouin Football Club Award   for Best Sporting Artwork in Any Medium - $300 
#135 – Denise Sanders – Catch a Day

12              Morwell Art and Framing Award  for the Best Small Work - $200
#21  Colleen Bright – A Bit of Europe

13              BBAA’ Award  for the Best Exhibit by a Secondary Student   - $50
#41 Gabrielle Dawson  -  Eric
HC #36- Scarlett Daly  A Man

14              Award for the Best Exhibit by a Primary School Student - $25
#52  Laedy Fey  The Crows red roses


Baw Baw Shire Council Award for Best Exhibit in Any Medium by a Baw Baw Resident - $300 

#143Coral Smith where have all the flowers gone                                HC #55 Craig Fison War Bride


Lyrebird Villages for the Aged Acquisitive Award - $500 purchased  - chosen by Lyrebird Villages representative  #14  Alene Bonser  Late Night at Lakes



For CONDITIONS OF ENTRY for the 2019 Ficifolia Art Show please view the PDF .





    Ficifolia Art Show 2018



Social Room, Drouin Football Club 
Sinclair Street, Drouin 

Co-ordinated by Baw Baw Arts Alliance and hosted by Drouin Football Club.

Held during the Ficifolia Festival in Drouin




Ficifolia Art Show is over again for another year.  Thank you to our generous and supportive sponsors without whom there would be no show.  Drouin Football Club did another stellar job of hosting us and catering for the opening night.

Thanks to the 112 artists who submitted 227 works.  Thanks to the judges Clive Hutchison and Helen Arthurson for your difficult job in deciding the awards.  

Thanks to the 423 visitors who walked through the door and last but not least thanks to the volunteers who made it happen.


Here are the results.  


Best Exhibit in Show - J H Cuthbertson Award - $2000 Dani Till – #186 Homeless Soul


Best Contemporary Land/Seascape - BBAA Mary Gabriel Award - $1000 #219 High Tide by Sharon Wootten


Acquisitive Award - Lyrebird Villages for the Aged Award - $500+ value 2 works chosen   #224 Lachlan Yuill Sculpture& #56  Noelene Downie (for Among Friends)


Best Portrait - Graeme Arthurson Real Estate Award - $500 #2 Silo lass by Ian Adair


Best 3D Exhibit - BBAA & Miles Art Studio Award - $500 #118  Past Life by Jessie McLennan


Best Photographic Work - Roylaines P/L Award – 1st $500 voucher 1st  prize – #129 On Stage by Russell Monson
2nd $250 voucher 2nd Prize - #204 Coal Creek Emma white

Warragul Camera Club -  Best image by a novice*
Membership to WCC value $75 WCCBest work by a Novice (not previously entered into photography with Ficifolia) #135  Are you looking at me by Jess Murphy.

Warragul Camera Club - Most successful Photography exhibitor - Voucher up to $132 for Entry fees to Warragul National. WCC most successful Photography exhibitor – Russell Monson


Best Fibre Art exhibit - Fibre Arts Australia Award - $500 scholarship #19 Forest floor  by Joan Best


Best work  by a Baw Baw Citizen - Baw Baw Shire Award - $300 #105 Road Trip - Uluru at sunset by Lisa Kurec


Best Printwork - Town & Country Gallery, Yarragon Award - $300 #188 – Stargazing by Helen Timbury


Best Sporting Artwork in any medium - Drouin Football Club Award - $300 #168 A fishy story: a trout tale by Coral Smith


Best Still Life - French and Lowden Financial Advisors Award - $200 #125 Still Life Pencil by Samantha Milne


Best Mosaic - Choices Flooring Watsons Warragul Award - $200 #92 Fallen by Viv Hordern


Best Small Work Morwell Art & Framing Award - $200 #154 Serenity IV  by Karen Rosato


President’s Award - BBAA award $150 #159 Fire in Heaven  Geoff Sargeant


Popular choice -  Tritec award $100 voucher #101 Ficifolia  by Margaret Koopmans


Best Youth Work - BBAA Award - $50  #50 Callista  by Scarlett Daly


Best Child Work - BBAA Award – $25 #71 Brain dead  by Eleanor Freeth


Clive Hutchison -
Lecturer |Creative Arts | Faculty of Education & ArtsGippsland Centre for Art and Design
Bio here

Helen Arthurson
Artist, Author, Sponsor (Graeme Arthurson Real Estate Drouin)
Bio Here

Judges for 2020 are:

Lea Jones (from Morwell Art and Framing)

As far back as I can remember I have had a passion for art. 
I studied in my final years at Morwell Tech and then onto what was then known as GIAE.   Partially though my Arts course I was then given the opportunity to take on a Picture Framing apprenticeship.  This has been a satisfying career, giving me the chance to further study my passion for restoration and conservation by incorporating this into my trade.
Picture framing is an interesting profession and gives me the chance to come into contact with some of the most unusual and amazing artifacts and Framing. Some of the items predating the use of cotton and linen as a surface to support the art.
Life would take on another chapter with marriage and family. Through the years of rearing a family I still continued to pursue although at a slow rate my love of painting.
My main pursuit in painting is portraiture which I use to tell the stories of the subject.  I have long had a fascination with indigenous people and their culture, this is my favored topic when painting.


Erin Mathews (Curator Gippsland Art Gallery Sale) 
Erin is the Curator at Gippsland Art Gallery, having started this role in July 2018. Her major exhibitions include The John Leslie Art Prize and Space: 50 Years Since Man First Stepped On The Moon.
Erin’s previous roles include Assistant and Senior Curator at Latrobe Regional Gallery. During this time, she curated exhibitions such as Bound by Time: Denis Beaubois and co-curated Mine – The Film Will Always Be With You.
Erin completed a Master of Art Curatorship at the University of Melbourne in 2013. She has also spent two years living in London and worked with a commercial gallery to deliver a stand at the Masterpiece Art Fair.

Ficifolia Art Show

Conditions of Entry


We will accept online entries only.

All exhibits must be the original work of the exhibitor and must not have been entered into the Ficifolia Art Show previously.

All exhibits must be for genuine sale with the exemptions of Primary/Secondary student's exhibits. Your entry must be received by Midnight Friday January 31st 2020.


  • Each work is eligible for one prize only, with the judge's decision being final (Peoples Choice award is exempt). Awards are non-acquisitive unless otherwise stated.
  • Limit of 3 entries per person.  (the 3rd work must be a Small work)
  • 2D ARTWORKS Unless suitably and securely wired for hanging, entries will not necessarily be be accepted. Maximum size accepted is 1.3m in any direction including frame.
  • 3D ARTWORKS  must be able to be moved into and out of the exhibition space by one person. Maximum size accepted is 1.3m width by 2.2m height. (Footprint no greater than 1.3m.
  • SMALL WORKS maximum of 22cm in any direction which includes any frame.
  • Artists name , Title of work and Price must be attached to the back or underside of each exhibit entered.
  • The committee reserves the right to use any artwork for promotional purposes.
  • All reasonable care will be taken with artworks but artists are responsible for their own insurance.
  • All entries will be seen by the selection panel and will be hung at the organisers discretion, dependent on available space.
  • Payment of prizes and sales will be by direct credit. Please bring bank details for the treasurer when delivering your work.
  • Finalists will be advised after the judging on the afternoon of Wednesday February 5th.
  • The committee requests the attendance of finalists at the presentation night where possible.

If works are not suitably wired for hanging a surcharge will be made to correct this, payable on day of drop off - $10 per artwork.