Skatedecks and Sneakers Exhibtion

Some of the prizes to be won by entrants in the exhibition. Picture: SUPPLIED.

By Parker McKenzie

The Ferntree Gully Arts Society is calling on the community to enter their best skateboard and sneaker designs for an annual art exhibition.

The long-running Skatedecks and Sneakers art exhibition usually occurs in September, but was postponed because of Covid-19 closing the Hut Gallery where the art is usually displayed.

President of the Ferntree Gully Arts Society Shirley Dougan said the exhibition started seven years ago to encourage young people to enter urban art and validate the work by hanging it in a gallery.

“Since then the exhibition has morphed a couple of times. Three years ago we embraced work on skateboards as a different and exciting way to express creativity,” she said.

“Globe International Ltd, who are an Australian-based business manufacturing skateboards, shoes and clothing, came on board and donated some fabulous prizes,”

“They continue to be a fantastic supporter of this important exhibition and this year they have donated a long-board, a skateboard and a deck – all of which have awesome designs on the underside.”

Ms Dougan said the Arts Society committee met last year to discuss how the competition could be updated for 2022.

“The suggestion to have painted and decorated sneakers was put forward by an older member and embraced wholeheartedly by committee,” she said.

“It has been fun discussing different ways we could display the sneakers and it will interesting to see what the hanging committee come up with.”

“We invite the community to come along and enjoy this fun exhibition and if you are feeling creative, do enter a deck or a pair of sneakers that you have painted or decorated in some way.”

More information on the exhibition and the Ferntree Gully Arts Society can be found at