Walawaani Njindiwaan.
Ngayaga bundj nguumbun muladha gumara muruul yuwinj wanggan njin dhugandha.


We recognise Aboriginal peoples as the first people and custodians of Country.

South East Centre for Contemporary 
Art acknowledges and pays respect to the traditional custodians of the lands, waterways and airspace of the Bega Valley Shire.


9 — 10 Dec 2023


SECCA | Littleton Gardens | Bega Valley Commemorative Civic Centre

Archibald Prize 2023 finalist Matt Adnate, Portrait of a teenager superstar, with crowds at the opening of SECCA 18 November 2023. Image – David Rogers

Free community weekend at SECCA

Bega Valley Shire Council is pleased to announce free entry to SECCA (South East Centre for Contemporary Art) and the Archibald exhibition on the weekend of 9 and 10 December.

SECCA Director, Iain Dawson said shire residents and visitors are welcome to celebrate the opening of the renovated gallery and Australia’s foremost portraiture exhibition at the SECCA Community Weekend.

“Since we opened SECCA two weeks ago, we’ve had more than 2,000 people through the gallery enjoying the Archibald Prize 2023 and the overall ambiance of this exceptional and impressive setting,” Mr Dawson said.

“To thank the community for being so patient and supportive during the major renovations, Saturday 9 December will feature free art workshops, roving performers, the screening of an acclaimed short film, music and food trucks.

“We will also announce the winners of the Young Archies, a portrait competition we held for budding young artists in the shire aged between 5 and 18 years.”

Mr Dawson said the Archibald exhibition presents 57 portraits of public figures and cultural identities from all walks of life.

“It’s a privilege to have the Archibald Prize 2023 as our inaugural exhibition, particularly now we have increased exhibition space, storage, workshop capacity and a retail shop.

“Sam’s Caravan will be on site with all sorts of music, there will be performances by FLING physical theatre artists, live art classes and   a rolling screening of Del Kathryn Barton’s short film, The Nightingale & the Rose.

“The short film is a collaboration between artist Del Kathryn Barton and celebrated director Brendan Fletcher which reimagines Oscar Wilde’s timeless fairytale through a sophisticated artistic lens.”

The SECCA website will have further details as will our social channels in the lead up to the weekend.

“SECCA is a place where everyone is welcome; a space where people can come to experience art and free expression, to learn about different cultures and above all, be inspired,” Mr Dawson said.


SECCA Inside Program:

  • All day: Archibald Prize Exhibition
  • 12:00 – 12.30 pm: Lucy Culliton – Young Archies judging and announcement
  • 12:30-4:00 pm: Kids Making Space – Shirley Hannan Project Space
  • 11:00 am, 1:00 pm : Artist Talks – 11 am Randall Sinnamon, 1pm Zoe Young


Cultural Precinct Outside Program:

  • All Day: Sams Caravan at Littleton Gardens
  • 10:00-10:15 am : TAIKO Drumming performance at SECCA Forecourt
  • 10:20 am : TAIKO Drumming workshop at SECCA Forecourt
  • 10:40-11:25 am: Fiddle Band set-1 at Littleton Gardens
  • 11:25 am : Fling performance 1 at SECCA Forecourt
  • 11:40 am – 12:25 pm : Michael Menager & Co at Littleton Gardens
  • 12:30 pm : Fling performance 2 at Littleton Gardens
  • 12:45-1:30 pm: Howlin Mitch & the Habaneros at Littleton Gardens
  • 1:50-2:35 pm: Kara Coen & the Fireflies at Littleton Gardens
  • 11:00 am – 3:00 pm : Bad Embroidery workshop at SECCA foyer
  • 3:00-3:45 pm: Wild Awkward at Littleton Gardens

Civic Centre :

  • 11:00 am – 3:00 pm: Repeat screenings all day – Film screening of Del Kathryn Barton’s the Nightingale and the Rose at BVCCC (13 min duration)



SECCA Inside Program:

2:00pm – 4:00pm : Kyle Wilson, immersing the gallery with his lush soundscapes and lo-fi beats accompanied by multi-instrumentalist Dean Gray.

12noon – 2:00pm : Tipsy Frida Art Workshop