INSTAGRAM will be the star of the show at the Art for Everyone exhibition when it officially opens on February 10 at the Town Hall.
The exhibition was put in the hands of social media, as it was opened to anyone who was willing to post a photo to Instagram and hashtag #artinstaky.
Community Galley curator Dey Alexander said by running the competition through Instagram, the gallery was able to reach people all over Australia rather than just locally.
“We thought this was a way to make it a little easier for new and emerging artists to be involved,” Ms Alexander said.
“It is a community art project and the idea was to engage the broader community in arts and encourage people to be more involved.
“We also wanted to bring more people through the doors of the Town Hall so we thought this was the best way to engage the public.”
The exhibition began in September, 2017 with a number of photography and Instagram workshops, before then moving online on October 1.
Entries were taken via social media from October to December 31, and Ms Alexander said they were blown away by the mass of entries.
“We had 2,638 images entered and from there we shortlisted more than 600, from that 654 we have got it down to 408 images that we think can really make for a great show.”
Those 408 images are from 46 different photographers — predominantly based locally but in some cases stretching as far as Sydney and Melbourne.
Ms Alexander thanked the exhibition’s major sponsors, the Kyabram Club and the Shire of Campaspe, as well as a raft of local businesses.
The exhibition will run until April 2 and will open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 4pm.