About the Orbost Exhibition Centre

 

The Orbost Exhibition Centre was opened on December 18th 2004 after years of community fundraising ($150,000) and with much help from grants made by Myer Fund ($50,000), Vic State Government Community Support Fund ($500,000), Federal Government Regional Solutions Programme ($500,000) and the Foundation for Regional and Rural Renewal ($50,000).

The Orbost Exhibition Centre is the home of the National Wood Design Collection. The collection is comprised of items acquired by the centre through Orbost’s Wood Design Competition.

It is a spacious gallery on two levels and performance space on the upper floor. The design features the timbers used and the performance space is acoustically excellent.

The Centre aims to be a regional arts centre: a venue for performing arts, a gallery for visual arts, a gallery for high quality wood-work and a retail outlet for local artists and wood-workers. The venue is also available for hire.

 

 

History and Philosophy

Wood Workers of Orbost & District initiated the Orbost Exhibition Centre back in 1997 because the Australian Wood Design National Collection needed to be housed in a permanent venue that did justice to the annual exhibition & collection. The Myer Foundation and Foundation for Regional Rural Renewal saw our vision and got behind us in the very early days. Then we were able to convince the State Govt Community Support Fund & Federal Govt Regional Solutions Program  to contribute the funds to build a purpose built Arts Centre with a strong focus on Wood Design made from Australian hardwoods.

The Exhibition Centre opened on 18th December, 2004. Now the centre is also supported by arts user groups, visual and performing. We have two fine galleries; National Collection gallery for established artists and Access gallery for emerging artists.  We also host  performances (music, theatre, dance) on the upper floor and the venue is for hire (call 0449734587).  The Exhibition centre has a large foyer area where we retail the work of local artists of all kinds throughout the year.

A major objective of the Orbost Exhibition Centre is to highlight the potential of our hardwoods for high value added products such as furniture and woodwork items whilst utilising small volumes of timber. We aim to increase public awareness of the value of Australian timbers, for high quality products and as part of our environment.  We try to bring woodworkers and the hardwood industry together to promote the quality of Australian timbers and the excellence of Australian design, whilst ensuring the sustainability of our renewable natural resources.

We do not promote or condone the use of timbers that are rare or endangered, such as some species that are dependent on rainforest ecology for their regeneration 

We recognise the diversity and quality of fine furniture and woodwork developing within Australia and seek entries Australia wide.

 

We do not accept timbers on the list below.

 

Black Bean……………………………………………………………………………….. Castanespermum australe

Moreton Bay Chestnut……………………………………………………………….. Castanespermum australe

Red Bean………………………………………………………………………………………… Dysozxylon muelleri

White Beech……………………………………………………………………………………… Gmelina leichhardtii

Grey Teak………………………………………………………………………………………… Gmelina leichhardtii

Colonial Beech………………………………………………………………………………….. Gemlina leichhardtii

Brush Box……………………………………………………………………………………………. Tristania conferta

Bunya Pine………………………………………………………………………………………….. Araucaria bidudili

Red carabeen…………………………………………………………………………………… Ceissos benthamiana

Brush Mahogany……………………………………………………………………………… Ceissos benthamiana

Canary Ash………………………………………………………………………………… Beilschmiedia bancroftii

Red Cedar……………………………………………………………………………………………….. Toona australis

White Cedar…………………………………………………………………………………………… Melia azedarach

Tulip Cedar……………………………………………………………………………………………. Melia azedarach

Celery Top Pine………………………………………………………………………. Phyllocladus aspleniifolius

Cudgerie………………………………………………………………………………………….. Flindersia schottiana

Bumpy Ash……………………………………………………………………………………… Flindersia schottiana

Crows Ash………………………………………………………………………………………… Flindersia australis

NSW Teak…………………………………………………………………………………………. Flindersia australis

Colonial Teak……………………………………………………………………………………… Flindersia australis

Huon Pine………………………………………………………………………………………. Dacrydium franklinii

Johnson River Hardwood………………………………………………………………… Backhousia bancroftii

Red Kamala…………………………………………………………………………………… Mallotus phillippensis

Queensland Kauri…………………………………………………………………………….. Agathis palmerstonii

South Queensland Kauri………………………………………………………………………….. Agathis robusta

Kauri Pine……………………………………………………………………………………………… Agathis robusta

King William Pine………………………………………………………………………… Athrotaxis selaginoides

Queensland Maple…………………………………………………………………………… Flindersia brayleyana

Silkwood……………………………………………………………………………………….. Flindersia brayleyana

Red Beech………………………………………………………………………………………. Flindersia brayleyana

Rose Maple……………………………………………………………………………….. Cryptocarya crythoxylon

Pigeonberry Ash………………………………………………………………………… Cryptocarya crythoxylon

Rose Walnut…………………………………………………………………………….. Cryptocarya crythopxylon

Malletwood……………………………………………………………………………………… Rhodmania arqentea

Myrtle Beech……………………………………………………………………………. Nothofagus cunninghamfl

Tasmanian Myrtle…………………………………………………………………….. Nothofagus cunninghamfl

White Oak………………………………………………………………………………………. Stenocarpus sinuatus

Quandong………………………………………………………………………………………… Elaeocarpus grandis

Rosewood……………………………………………………………………………………. Dysoxylon fraseranum

Sassafras………………………………………………………………………………………….. Dyophora sassafras

Yellow Sassafras………………………………………………………………………………. Dyophora sassafras

Golden Deal……………………………………………………………………………………… Dyophora sassafras

Southern Sassafras……………………………………………………………………. Atherospenna moschatum

Tasmanian Sassafras…………………………………………………………………. Atherospenna moschatum

Satinay……………………………………………………………………………………………………. Syncarpia hillii

Northern Silky Oak……………………………………………………………………………. Cardwellia sublimis

Bull Silky Oak………………………………………………………………………………….. Cardwellia sublimis

Red Tulip Oak………………………………………………………………………….. Argyrodendron peralatum

Queensland Walnut……………………………………………………………………….. Endiandra palmerstonll

Oriental Wood………………………………………………………………………………. Endiandra palmerstonll

Australian Walnut   Endiandra palmerstonll