+ 001 0231 123 32



All demo content is for sample purposes only, intended to represent a live site. Please use the RocketLauncher to install an equivalent of the demo, all images will be replaced with sample images.

  • Simple Item 1
    Inspired to make meaning of our world
    Through Art-Thinking and Art Making
  • 1

Welcome to the MacKillop Art Exhibition

The Mackillop Art Exhibition 2022 is the 13th diocesan celebration of art and meaning making in Sandhurst. It was first celebrated in 2010 to mark the canonisation of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop. The exhibition is held in the magnificent Sacred Heart Cathedral in Bendigo as well as online.

Just under 300 artworks from 42 Catholic schools across the Diocese of Sandhurst will be on show as part of this year’s Exhibition. Prizes are awarded for outstanding artworks in General Art and Spiritual Art categories across primary and secondary settings.

The MacKillop Art Exhibition is open in the Sacred Heart Cathedral in Bendigo from 11 November 2022 to Sunday 27 November 2022, 10 am – 4.00 pm, Wednesdays - Saturdays. We ask patrons to be respectful of the sacred nature of the Cathedral in which we are privileged to hold our Exhibition.

The People’s Choice Award is an opportunity for family, friends and public to get involved and yet another chance for students to be recognised and to win prizes. You can vote for the Primary and Secondary People’s Choice Award winners by clicking on the voting form in the People’s Choice gallery. Voting closes at 11.59 pm on Sunday, 27th November 2022. Winners will be announced on Monday 28th November on the Catholic Education Sandhurst Limited’s Facebook page.

A Message from the Director

The Mackillop Art Exhibition is an event which brings me great joy each year. It celebrates the creativity of our students and the effort and determination of their teachers who support our students to thrive.

I thank all those who have guided, inspired and motivated our students to create art this year. Catholic Education Sandhurst Limited values creativity as a vital component of a quality education and believes that opportunities for children to flourish in a creative space are fundamental.

Congratulations to all the young people who have submitted artwork for the Exhibition and to their school leaders, teachers and parents for their hard work in supporting them to do so.

Enjoy the Exhibition.

Paul Desmond – Executive Director: Catholic Education Sandhurst Ltf

A Message from the Curator

We are grateful that we have been able to see our students and their teachers return to the classroom this year. This has allowed our students to engage once again with each other in processes of Art-Thinking and Art-Making and share their experiences with one another.

Art gives students a safe place to explore and make meaning of the world around them. Through the process of Art–thinking and Art-making, students can express their ideas on various issues that they experience or see others experience.

The space to be creative is an integral element of a wholistic education and we are thankful to all the school leaders, teachers and parents of our school communities in Sandhurst that nurture that creativity.

With St Mary of The Cross MacKillop, I pray with gratitude for the opportunities we have had this year and that we continue to share the good news of our faith through our creative endeavours.

Claire Spinelli – Education Officer: The Arts


Spiritual Art Award

If God is creator, and we are made in God’s image or Imago Dei, then we are, in our essence, creators. We are, in our essence, artists. Therefore, when we open ourselves to the expression of creativity, we also open to the movement of the Divine within us.

— Christine Valters Paintner and Betsey Beckman

Each year, an award is given for artwork with a Spiritual theme. Spirituality provides a space for people to explore the meaning of life; it invites us into mystery and a dimension of the world beyond the rational. Art is a perfect partner for Spirituality as it can provide the medium for exploration of meaning, mystery and transformation.

Students are invited to reflect on and respond to the Catholic Education Sandhurst Ltd’s theme for the year. This year’s theme is “Tell the Good News”.

Alternatively, students have taken their inspiration from scripture or religious themes. Using their experience in the modern world, they have created artworks that invite the observer to questions and new understandings.

Bishop’s Choice Award

The Bishop’s Choice Award is presented for the first time in 2022 in recognition of the connection between Bishop Shane MacKinlay and the Sandhurst community which he serves. Bishop Shane acknowledges the importance of celebrating, affirming, and supporting the students of Sandhurst in their creative endeavours and the award highlights the value of The Arts in the life of the church.

There is a primary award and a secondary award, selected by Bishop Shane. All artworks in the exhibition are eligible, regardless of category.

The winning secondary artwork will be published on the cover of The Diocese of Sandhurst’s publication, The Year in Review. The artist is also awarded a cash prize, a certificate and a personal letter from Bishop Shane.

The primary winner receives a certificate and a personal letter from Bishop Shane.

Catholic Education Sandhurst Limited is grateful to Bishop Shane and the Diocese of Sandhurst Chancery for recognising the Arts as a way that our students ‘May have Life’ and for partnering with The MacKillop Art Exhibition to allow the students this added opportunity.

People’s Choice Award

The People’s choice award was instituted in 2020 when the Mackillop Art Exhibition went online for the first time.

This award offers Exhibition viewers the opportunity to vote for their favourite art work from a selection of finalists.

Finalists are shortlisted by a panel of people of varied age, occupation and background.

Winners of the Primary and Secondary category are awarded a $50 voucher for art supplies from ArtHouse Direct to support their artistic journey.

How to vote:

  1. Visit the Catholic Education Sandhurst Limited Website:
  2. Click on the MacKillop Art Exhibition Banner
  3. Click on the People’s choice award button
  4. Click on the Voting button
  5. Fill in your name, age and email address. 
    • This information is used only to validate your vote and provide Catholic Education Sandhurst with valuable continual improvement data.
    • A child may use the parent email address if they do not have their own.  The email address can be used more than once in this circumstance.
    • Any information collected via CES Ltd will only be used for the purpose for which you have provided it. For further information regarding how this information is collected, held and stored, please read the CES Ltd Privacy Policy on the CEO Website:
  6. Choose your favourite Primary Artwork from the list to vote.
  7. Choose your favourite Secondary Artwork from the list to vote.
  8. Submit the form

Entering the MacKillop Art Exhibition

All Catholic primary and secondary schools in the Diocese of Sandhurst are invited to submit artwork to the Exhibition. If you would like more information about how you can be involved in 2023, please contact Claire Spinelli – Education Officer: The Arts, details below.


Claire Spinelli
Education Officer: The Arts
E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
M: 0407721088