ArtsCape - Wynyard's Community Arts Centre

It has been a while since I have blogged about ArtsCape even though I have continued being a part of the committee.

ArtsCape have been doing fantastic things as a community run art space in a regional town of Tasmania. We have renovated nearly all the rooms and we now have three plus great usable spaces for exhibitions with lights and hanging systems. We find the fresh rooms great for the market and workshops and we hope they will be getting a lot more use soon. We are still finding things to invest in and our next project will be to looking into a projection system that can be used by workshop makers and projection artists.

We have some awesome things on the horizons with the development of Seedsmiths and U3A which will bring a lot more people through our doors. Due to the volunteer and community nature of the centre we are not privileged enough to have someone manning the space and open to the public all the time. We hope with these new projects the space will be come increasingly seen as a comfortable community space.

Later this month on Friday the 27th of February at 6pm we will be holding our AGM. At this meeting all positions on the committee are back up for grabs. Due to some people with their fingers in other pies we are seriously on the hunt for a new secretary. We also have general committee positions open and many other opportunities we would love people to get involved in. We would love to see some new faces inject some vitality and some artists approaching us to hang their exhibitions as we map out our future programs.

The thing about community groups is that it is often left to the original gang to continue to carry things on. To make these projects sustainable we need to see new ideas and new faces getting involved. I hate hearing people say 'there is nothing to do' and then not get involved with things that can be great assets to a community life. 

If you are at all interested in arts, even if you don't 'do' art, then I strongly urge you to come along to our AGM and put your hand up for anything. We are not just open to 'traditional arts'. We have many and varied groups using the centre in the past and present. We have had Word Players, sewing, life drawing, pattern making, spray painting, leadlighting, photography, blogging, photoshop, meditation and performances, just to name a few, use our space.

We have had people that just like an artistic life being involved. No level of skill is required at the centre. So please feel free to come along - you never know where these things will lead.

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Michelle Walker is a Tasmanian born creative. An Artist for life, Visual Arts Teacher, Graphic Designer, Photographer, Hairdresser by trade and mother to two beautiful children.