About Artex

ArtEx is the annual Cradle Coast Rotary Art Exhibition. It exhibits a wide selection of fine paintings from leading local and emerging artists and has been running since 1987. It is one of the largest and longest running exhibitions of local art in Tasmania.  It is held for 9 days each November in the Ulverstone Civic Centre.

The principal prize is The Central Coast Council Acquisition Award for $2500, which, in the Judge’s opinion, is the best example in any medium on any subject exhibited. Council acquires the work for display in the Council Foyer for 12 months. It is subsequently hung in other Central Coast public buildings as part of the Council’s collection.

Eight categories are judged professionally on the basis of artistic and presentation merit. Prizes are awarded to the winners of each category. The artist retains the work unless it is acquired by a sponsor or sold to someone attending the Exhibition.

Other sponsors and supporters agree to acquire one or more paintings of their choice. Awards and acquisition commitments typically exceed $20,000. It’s purpose is to promote the appreciation and sale of North West Tasmanian art. All surpluses from ArtEx are used to fund The Rotary Club of Ulverstone West’s youth activity. This is a suite of programs from year 9 and 10 through to the Rotary Youth Leadership Award designed to “Give young individuals experiences to realise their potential”. To learn more about youth programs supported by the Rotary Club of Ulverstone West’s visit our website.

Organised by the Rotary Club of Ulverstone West in conjunction with the North West Art Circle. The principle sponsor is the Central Coast Council who acquires the winning painting each year.

What makes ArtEx different

A key and important difference between ArtEx and other established art exhibitions is our policy to hang at least one painting from every artist participating. The Exhibition gives developing artists an exposure opportunity that many other exhibitions often do not.

The Exhibition creates an opportunity for people to own a Piece of Tasmanian art that would cost twice as much from a Mainland gallery. It is not widely recognized that high quality artworks do not have to cost the earth.

Art lovers can discover an emerging artist. Over the years many well know artists have participated in the Exhibition and have gained recognition as a result.
Significant prize money attracts many professional artists and a diverse range of artistic styles and themes.
Just a few of the high profile artists who have been or continue to have an association with ArtEx include Nigel Lazenby, Paul Becker, David Hopkins, Grace Frost, Sandy Michell, Gerry Jensen, Belinda Kurczok, Rosemary Mastnak, Peter Barraclough, Des Murray, Cheyne Purdue, and many more. 

Download last year’s catalogue


What Vistors Say…

I was captivated by the colour, diversity and general ambience of the event.

I was amazed at the quality of the works displayed – and it was affordable too

It was art I could relate to, I loved it

The chance to see the work of so many talented local artists is truly wonderful

Visitors not only have an opportunity to purchase their very own work for their personal collection, but also vote for the Camerons Accountants & Advisors People’s Choice award for the best example in any medium on any subject exhibited.