There has been an art society under different names in Goulburn for most of the past 113 years since 1904. It has had numerous exhibitions during that time and has had some prominent artists as members including Peter Constaninous and Alex Hall apart from numerous other local artists.
The Goulburn & District Art Society has been in its present form since the 1950s.
Currently and for the past number of years, the Goulburn & District Art Society has had the generous support of the Goulburn Workers Club in whose auditorium the society holds its well-known annual art exhibition each September or October. This is known as the Goulburn Workers Club Art Prize. With over 200 entries in its many sections, it is the largest art exhibition held in Goulburn and attracts artists from a wide area including the ACT, Sydney, the Southern Highlands and Tablelands, Central and South Coasts. Numerous local businesses and the Goulburn Mulwaree Council assist with this exhibition by providing financial support.
The Goulburn Soldiers Club also supports the Art Society by providing the Belmore Room for the annual Rose Festival Art Exhibition. Members greatly appreciate the support of both of these service clubs.
In May, 2017 the art society moved into a room, “The Art Room”, in the Angels for the Forgotten building in Sloane St, just to the left of the Goulburn Railway Station. This room is rented for 2 days a week – Thursday and Saturday – so members may paint, hold workshops and have their meetings.
With such a long and active history of art in Goulburn it is sad that the Goulburn & District Art does not have a place that it could call “home”. The society needs a place where the artists can meet, have a studio(s) in which they can work and most of all a place in which they can have a permanent exhibition of their ever-changing works. Such a home needs to be in a suitable location where it is obvious to the general public, where passers-by may see it and walk in to browse through the art and perhaps buy. It’s the old real estate mantra: location, location, location! Of course the Art Society cannot afford to rent such a place, let alone buy one and would need either public funding or a generous benefactor to enable it to do so.
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