If you are looking to acquire artwork, whether it be because of a love and passion for the arts, for decorative purposes, as an investment or to build a strong art collection, the process doesn’t need to be an intimidating or daunting one. 

There are many ways to build an impressive art collection without breaking the bank, while simultaneously having a richly, rewarding experience. Collecting art is a very subjective experience, but it is also a great way to showcase aspects of your personality and make a statement about who you are.  

Whether you want to buy your first major work, or simply want to enhance your experience at a gallery opening or cafe, all it takes is an open mind and some curiosity.

Brad Marsellos (pictured) is a great collector of art and has shared some of his tips for starting out and growing a collection. His top tip is to trust your own taste.  His collection is an expression of him and his family. 

“Our artworks are all moments and memories, telling the stories of what we found relevant at that time,” Brad said.

This is evident in artwork that reminds him of his son, Augustus, that cost him the handsome sum of $20. He and his wife, Jess, bought it from an artist in Kalgoorlie.

Brad also advocates exploring galleries, finding new artists and making connections.  Attending galleries, art shows and cafes helps him discover new work.

“It’s a great way of meeting people, connecting and seeing what’s out there,” he said.

“Post COVID-19, it’s great to get out to exhibitions, large and small, to find a new artist, who will often become a new friend.”

His friends include artists like teacher and jazz musician Chris Poulsen, who has been exhibiting at The Book Boutique with works depicting iconic local places.

Brad’s final tip is to support local. He said by buying from your local community you are helping to sustain the arts and supporting emerging artists that may go on to have brilliant careers or, importantly, tell local stories through art.

“There’s amazing art being produced in regional centres, which puts a lot of inner-city exhibitions to shame,” Brad said. 

Michael Dart is an actor and member of the Playhouse Theatre.

Build your
own collection

Perusing the social pages of these local venues, organisations and events is a great place to start:  

Cross Gallery

Bundaberg Regional Art Galleries (BRAG) 

Bundaberg Art Prize

Hazzard Gallery & the Walker St Arts Precinct

Woodgate Arts In Spring

Burnett Heads Lighthouse Festival

Moore Park Arts Festival

1770 Art Show

Gin Gin Fine Arts Society

The Kollective

Childers Art Space

local cafes including Indulge, One Little Farm and The Windmill Café