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2019 marks the 39th anniversary of the Immanuel Arts Festival.

During this time, the event has grown from a small gathering with a limited number of pieces to today’s festival which attracts over 200 emerging and established artists and 800 artworks across a number of different genres including painting, photography, sculpture, mixed media, wearable art, film and creative.

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HISTORY

Interesting Facts About the Festival

In 1984, when the festival was in it’s fourth year, the event generated $4 200 for the P&F. With a small number of paintings, the cost of hiring screens was only $100. How times have changed! With an army of volunteers, generous sponsorship and with hanging space over a 2000 square metre area, the festival is an event of epic proportions.

– In 2013, Film was added to the student categories
– In 2012, an Open Wearable Art category was included for the first time
– In 1990, there were 300 paintings on display and 46 were sold
– In 2010, there were over 1000 artworks on display
– In 1991, there were 36 pieces of art in the Immanuel collection
– In 2010, there were 110 pieces in the Immanuel collection
– In 1991, the 11th Immanuel Arts Festival was opened by Mr Eddie de Vere OBE who was instrumental in approving the rezoning which saw the College established on its present site
– Other ‘VIPs’ who have opened the festival include Channel 7 personality Mr Rob Brough in 1998 and Mr Steve Dickson MP in 2010.
– In 1998, Immanuel Secondary School Art Teacher Gail Mackey won the PJ Burns Prize for Most Outstanding Work of the Exhibition for her painting “Study in Pastel (After D Hamilton)”
– 2001 was referred to as the “Year of the Festivals” as the Immanuel Arts Festival was split for the first time from Fruehlingsfest
– 2001 was also the 20th anniversary of the Festival. As well as new dates in May, there were extended opening hours and Sunday musical entertainment; in 2001 it was an outdoors concert featuring The Ten Tenors
– The festival has supported emerging artists as well as Immanuel students in various pursuits including the Immanuel USA Music Tour in 2008