Did you know Clifton School of Arts is the property of our local community? It is not run by Wollongong Council, nor any other state or government entity. And thanks to the vision of a group of committed locals, it could soon become more than just a quaint old building beside the Sea Cliff Bridge.
The building currently hosts amazing exhibitions and events . It is administered and maintained by a committee and group of around 38 incredible local members. And they do it on what they say is ‘the smell of an oily rag!’
The committee has big plans for the venue. They’re hoping eventually to extend the building to incorporate a cafe and wheelchair access. But until they receive the necessary (signifiant) funding, the group is focussed on creating awareness and community love for the building, and raising enough money to keep it in a presentable state.
The committee is organising a new exhibition called ‘Drawing the Line’, where 20% of all art sales will go toward the upkeep and repairs to the old building.
The exhibition will explore the role of drawing in the development of mankind.
Curators and artists Lesley Goldacre and Vyvian Wilson have sourced works from a variety of local artists and say drawing gives us a unique way of seeing, organising and interpreting the world. “This show proves that drawing can produce exquisite works of art.”
“Diana Wood Conroy’s work combines pomegranate juice and ancient ash, sourced from an archeological dig in Cyprus,” says Lelsey. ‘There is a dynamic energy to the show that comes from having brought together such disparate artists and styles.”
The exhibition is the third winter art exhibition at Clifton School of Arts.
The exhibition features the work of a selection of local artists including Hal Pratt, Sue Smalkowski, John Kennedy, Alannah Dreise, Lara Serensin and India Mark
DRAWING THE LINE will be opened by cartoonist and Walkley Award Winner Dave Row at 6.30 on Friday July 8 at Clifton School of Arts and runs until July 17.
You can have a look from 11am-4pm daily.