31 years of the Myall Community Art and Craft Centre

Vera Bright Norris and Joan Wilcox – both foundation members.

THE Myall Community Art and Craft Centre Celebrated 30 (plus one) years birthday party on Friday night, 23 September 2022.

Members and distinguished guests Kate Washington MP and MidCoast Mayor Claire Pontin were in attendance to celebrate the long-running community art centre.

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“The Centre has not only fostered many talented members that have produced extraordinary art and craft, it has also created beautiful friendships, connections and wellbeing,” said Susan Burns, Myall Community Art and Craft Centre.

“The Centre now has three large and one smaller woodworking room with an attached shop built with money raised by the early members along with some grants from the government.”

The history of the Centre began with four members of the Hawks Nest Tea Gardens ‘Hut Group’ of artists recognising a need in the community for an Art and Craft Centre.

They worked together to promote the concept and called a Public Meeting on 21 May 1991 to gauge the interest of the community.

The community gave their support and a Committee was formed.

The original four ladies suggested testing the viability of a shop to sell the handmade art and craft items made by the members.

A shop in Maxwell Street was rented and a three months trial began.

The members used their own money for the trial and when it was established and proved to be viable the shop was handed over to the community on 1 August 1991 and became the Myall Community Art and Craft Centre.

These four ladies were Joan Wilcox, Myrtle Robinson, Vera Bright and Nolene Scott, who subsequently became known as the centre’s founding members.

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