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Merri-bek Summer Show: A Climate for Change

The Merri-bek Summer Show is a much-loved annual exhibition celebrating local artistic talent.

Each year, local artists are invited to submit an artwork that explores a chosen theme. This year’s Merri-bek Summer Show theme is 'A Climate for Change'.

Merri-bek Summer Show artists

ACSpecials, Kareen Adam, Dani Andrée, Ingmar Apinis, Emma Armstrong-Porter, Joy Barrett, Madeleine Beatty, Margaret Bishop, Wendy Black, Kylie Blackley, Robyn Blaikie, Heinz Boeck, Annie Bolitho, The Booreaucrats, Matt Bottos, Nyssa Braid, Mitchel Brannan, Lina Buck, Jane Burns, Alexander Caetano, Bronwyn Calcutt, Mem Capp, Aimee Carruthers, Nandita Chakraborty, Thomas C. Chung, Elizabeth Cleland, Rhys Cousins, Michael Crowhurst, David Creed & Angela Rossitto, Julian Di Martino, Amelia Dowling, Robyn Elliott, Lesley & Patrick Francis, Kasey Gambling, Nickolas Gauci, Flora Georgiou, Michael Gromm, Ruth Groves, Jess Hall, Michaela Hart, Jarmila Hava, Jon Hewitt, Carly Housiaux, Amaya Iturri, Tegan Iversen, Charlotte Ivey, Hongguang Jiang, Iriana Joaquim, Stephanie Karavasilis, Alister Karl, Nina Killham, Pamela Kleemann-Passi, Damien Laing, Luisa Laino, Madelin Latomanski, Melanie Lazarow, Penelope Le Petit, Teague Leigh, Sophia Liddy, Su Liew, Christos Linou, Larissa MacFarlane, Yoshihito Machida, Lucy Maddox, Sheena Mathieson, David Mccall, Janine Mcginness, Aylsa Mchugh, Nazanin Moghaddam, Logan Mucha, Betty Musgrove, Gabrielle Leah New & Carolyn Cardinet, Keith O'Donnell, Stephen Palmer, Valentina Palonen, Shalome Pinto, Belinda Pringle, Carmen Reid, Steven Rendall, Indigo Ripper-Stranieri, Glenyys Romanes, Ash Russell, Lyndon Sendeckyj, Benjamin Sheppard, Josh Simpson, Lewis Spiteri, Brian Spiteri, Linda Studená, Gloria Sulli, Fleur Summers, Christine Tammer, Jean Taylor, Sandra Tobias, Miguel Andres Villanueva, Robert Waghorn, Anna White, Rebecca Willcox and Mark Wingrave.

Merri-bek Summer Show awards

The Counihan Gallery is pleased to present the 7th Noel Counihan Commemorative Art Award. The Award celebrates an artist whose work explores the exhibition theme and engages with social, political, or environmental ideas. All exhibitors in the Merri-bek Summer Show are eligible for the Award. The Award recipient will receive $3000 towards their professional development. This prize is generously sponsored by Merri-bek City Council.

Congratulations to Emma Armstrong-Porter, who is the recipient of this year's Noel Counihan Commemorative Art Award.

This year we are thrilled to introduce the ‘Climate for Change Award’, which celebrates an artist who champions environmental justice and activates for a greener future. The ‘Climate for Change Award’ recipient receives a $250 CERES voucher.

Congratulations to Janine McGinness, who is the recipient of the Climate for Change Award. 

This year, we also have a Highly Commended Award, which is a themed book pack to the value of $250, generously sponsored by local bookshop Brunswick Bound.

Congratulations to Damien Laing, who is the recipient of the Highly Commended Award.

Voting is now open for the People's Choice Award. Vote for your favourite artist using thePeople's Choice Award voting form on the SnapForms website. The artist with the most votes will receive a cash prize of $1000, generously sponsored by the Sydney Road Brunswick Association. 

Accessibility information

This exhibition features video and sound content. Due to the varied sensory experience on display, this exhibition may be a difficult environment for visitors with sensory sensitivities.


Counihan Gallery
Phone: 03 9389 8622

Further information

For exhibition updates you can follow the Counihan Gallery Instagram page. You can also go to the Counihan Gallery Facebook page.

Zero Carbon Merri-bek is a community and council movement to achieve a safe climate for all of Merri-bek. To find out more, visit the Zero Carbon Merri-bek website.