Protecting the community of Belgrave since 1926.
Pick up paintings between 10am and 3pm on Saturday 17th June.
The Art Show is conducted over the Queen's Birthday long weekend each June and is the Brigade's major fundraising activity. Our show attracts around 350 entries each year and all are available for sale. Entries are received from artists both local and not quite so local. We often have some entries from interstate and the work exhibited is generally of a very high quality.
The Belgrave Fire Brigade receives a commission for each artwork sold. All proceeds of the Art Show go towards the purchase of equipment that helps us ensure that we maintain the capacity to protect our local community.
The Champagne Opening of the Art Show will be held on Friday 9th June when the sponsors will present the category winning artists with their awards. The Show continues over the long weekend and a gold coin donation will see you well provided with a cup of tea and fresh homemade scones with jam and cream. While there is a $15 door charge for the Friday Night Champagne Gala, entry to the show on Saturday 10th, Sunday 11th and Monday 12th June is free,
There are 5 award categories which are sponsored by local businesses. Prize money ranges from $400 to $700 and as the paintings are not acquired by the sponsor, you have the opportunity to purchase a prize winning work of art.
The categories are:
1The Jack Montgomery Award (Best in show)2Best oil or acrylic3Best watercolour4Best flora or fauna5Best Pastel
Read more about Jack Montgomery on our 'Jack Montgomery Award' page
Our judge this year is Glenda Wise. Read more about Glenda on our 'Judging' page
This award is presented to the best traditional work of art in the show. It is open to any medium and honours Jack Montgomery.
Since 1947 Jack Montgomery had spent much of his life adventuring in remote, arid regions of the world including Australian deserts, where his solo expeditions by pushbike, camel and Land Rover had given him a sound knowledge of the outback.
His ideology was one of self-imposed hardship and as a nature lover challenging the desert elements, he found atmosphere and inspiration together with unique subject material.
Graduating as a qualified art teacher in 1947, he commenced exhibiting his paintings interstate and overseas. Jack was a teacher at the Ferntree Gully Technical School and had a studio and art school at his home in Upwey until his death in 2001.
During the late 1960's Jack pushed for an art society in the Dandenongs to assist artists and give them a meeting place where they could hold exhibitions. Thanks to the efforts of artists like Jack, there are now several art societies and many galleries operating throughout the Dandenong Ranges.
Jack Montgomery assisted the Brigade each year with the Art Show, giving valuable advice and assistance. The Jack Montgomery Award for the best traditional artwork in any medium is presented each year to honour his service to local artists and Belgrave Fire Brigade.
Our Art Show is our major fundraiser for the year and we cannot run it without the generous support of our sponsors. While we are not permitted to endorse any particular product or service, we do wish to acknowledge the support of our sponsors and urge you to consider looking through these listings when you are looking for local goods and services throughout the next year.
We would like to thank the following businesses for their generous sponsorship of our Art Show awards.
Local businesses, supporting your Fire Brigade and your local community
As a Fire Brigade consisting entirely of volunteers, the Brigade members receive no money for the many hours we spend training and responding to emergencies.
Some of the jobs we attend can take an hour while others can take many. We could also be sent to a major incident within Victoria or interstate. This may mean that members must take a week off work. Many employers recognise the amazing and necessary work done by volunteers and assist their employees where they are able.
As well as fires, the Brigade responds to motor vehicle accidents, animal rescues, gas leaks, floods, tree and storm damage incidents and assists other emergency services such as the SES, Ambulance and Police.
As volunteers we are 'on call' at all times. There are no set shifts, every member responds whenever they can. This is rarely at a convenient time for volunteers, and more than one or two evening meals have been eaten cold or hastily microwaved hours after they were made.
In our spare time, members are constantly raising funds for new equipment to enable us to continue to respond to the needs of our community in a timely, effective and professional manner. The demands and responsibilities of volunteering are great, but so are the rewards.
Belgrave Fire Brigade has a rich history dating back to 1923 and it has been beautifully documented in the book "Belgrave Volunteer Fire Brigade, Our History". If you wish to learn more about the history of the Brigade from 1923 to 2002, the book is available for $10. Please email your contact details with the subject line "History Book" and you may organise a time to pick it up, or we will reply with the postage cost if you would prefer it to be posted.
Please note that as a volunteer fire brigade, the station is not always occupied and there is often no one available to take phone calls. An email to this address will ensure a reply.
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Belgrave Fire Brigade, 4 Bayview Rd, Belgrave VIC 3160, Australia
Nestled in the Dandenong Ranges, Belgrave is in one of the most bushfire-prone regions in the world. We believe that it is also one of the most beautiful.
Close to the centre of Belgrave and Puffing Billy Railway Station, the volunteers of Belgrave Fire Brigade protect homes, businesses and the dense surrounding bushland.
Contact us if you would like to talk to someone about joining our brigade.
We offer full training at no cost to you, and are currently seeking senior and junior members.
Check this page to see details of upcoming community events such as Brigade open days, Fire Ready Meetings, CFA Market stalls and special events like our Good Friday Appeal or Santa's visit on the Belgrave Fire Truck.
For other day-to-day news concerning the community, please visit our Latest News page.
For important community information regarding incidents and emergencies in the area, please visit the Vic Emergency Incidents and Warnings page.