We’re blessed in the Sutherland Shire with an abundance of art and art experiences to enjoy. This week, we guide you through how to participate in and enjoy art, whether you’re seven or seventy years old.
Hazelhurst Arts Centre
If you’ve lived in The Shire for any length of time, you’re no doubt familiar with Hazelhurst Arts Centre. However, did you know that the gallery runs school holiday classes, children’s and adult art classes, and art experiences for dementia sufferers? There are also pre-school programs for the little ones with Tiny Tours for children up to 18 months old, Little Looks for kids aged 18 months to three years, and Preschoolers for kids aged three to five years.
One of the highlights of the calendar year is the Art on Paper Award, which is keenly contested by both emerging and established artists.
And, eager to be an all-round arts centre, Hazelhurst screens films four times a week.
Moran Art Gallery
Moran, a major sponsor of the Hazelhurst Arts Centre, hosts works in the Moran Gallery Sylvania in their residential aged care home. The rolling series of exhibitions is open to the public and entry is free.
Bundeena-Maianbar Art Trail
This ‘art day out’ occurs on the first Sunday of every month, with a selection of different artists featured each time. The Art Trail is a relaxed way of meeting the artists in their studios and discussing their work.
It’s an easy drive from Caringbah South, or make it a fun day out and take the ferry from Cronulla. When you’re done walking and talking, you’ll find cafés to perk up your energy levels. If you choose to make a weekend of it, book yourself a room in one of the B&Bs in both Maianbar and Bundeena.
Continuum Art Society
Based in Sylvania, the Continuum Art Society has launched the careers of artists who’ve achieved recognition both in Australia and overseas. If you’re a budding artist or would like to be more involved in art activities, the society offers annual membership at $30 per person or $35 per family. You could take art classes, join an art excursion or exhibition, or contribute to their monthly art discussions.
Although you’d think it’s all in the name, Calligraph Southscribes Inc. (also in Sylvania) offers much more than lettering. Although their main purpose is script in all its forms, this organisation also offers courses in papermaking and bookbinding, among others.
You’ll find courses at Sylvania Community Hall, Canberra Road Sylvania or follow them on Facebook to stay up to date with what’s on.
Port Hacking Camera Club
Previously known as the Caringbah Photographic Society, the Port Hacking Camera Club “aims to educate, encourage and inspire photographers.” Catering for all photographers ‒ from amateurs and hobbyists to professionals ‒ the club offers activities that range from competitions and field days to presentations. Membership is $60 per financial year, or $30 if you join after January. You can download a membership form from their website or follow them on Facebook and Instagram.
St George-Sutherland Community College
The SGSCC offers a range of leisure classes that include drawing and painting classes.
You can choose from a variety of classes that include watercolour painting, painting with acrylics, and still life painting, drawing and mixed media.
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