The Go Art (Grafton Open) Art Exhibition was established in 2013 by Richard and Astrid Green and members of the Grafton High School Parents and Association Committee (P&C). The idea behind the prize and exhibition was to be a platform for artists of the Clarence Valley and surrounds to showcase their work in a formal setting and also for students, both primary and secondary, to display their artworks created during the year. With community support and fantastic sponsorship from local buisness', the exhibition and prize has become an important part of the art scene and social calendar for Grafton and fundraiser for the school.
The Exhibitions major prize is the 'Lewis Ellem Most Outstanding Art Award'.
In 2013 at the exhibitions inception, Lewis Ellem was the schools oldest living Captain and a man who did wonderful things for the school and the local community. He was so incredibly proud of the prize being named after him that he decided to donate towards the prize money. Unfortunately Mr Ellem passed away in August 2014 at the age of 98. Since then, his family have continued to contribute to the prize money ensuring his legacy will live on.