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Workshop Arts Centre and Ewart gallery

Address: 33 Laurel Street Willoughby NSW 2068
Phone: 02 9958 6540
Email: admin@workshoparts.org.au

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The Workshop Arts Centre (WAC) is an independent not-for-profit art centre and workshop facility established by the late Joy Ewart with assistance from fellow artists and supporters in 1961 to promote and foster appreciation in the creative and visual arts.

The Workshop's birth is an example of a challenge being met and turned into success by the enthusiasm, initiative and hard work of ordinary people who felt strongly enough about the need for a cultural establishment on the North side of the Harbour. In cultural terms, the WAC has established itself as a unique and valuable asset within the local and broader community.

WAC users have access to a wide range of professionally equipped studios. There are three large painting and drawing studios, as well as ceramics, printmaking, jewellery and sculpture studios. The WAC is also home to the Ewart gallery. The WAC is a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee.

What does the Workshop Arts Centre do?

The Workshop Arts Centre provides an alternative to existing art schools and a supplement to existing art societies. The aim is to encourage and develop individual contemporary and challenging work in all fields of artistic expression. The WAC is supported in its aims and endeavours by a group of independent teaching artists. Today the WAC is a busy place where over thirty teaching and visiting artists offer first-rate tuition across some fifty classes each week, in the fine arts genres of painting, drawing, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture, photography, jewellery and children's art.

The Ewart Gallery is housed within the Workshop Arts Centre. The Ewart Gallery, named in honour of the WAC's founder Joy Ewart, was officially opened in 1996 by artist John Coburn. The purpose of the space is to encourage and stimulate interest in art in the local and wider community and to support and promote the work of emerging and established artists.

The Ewart Gallery is an integral part of the Workshop Arts Centre and holds external exhibitions in a wide range of styles and media as well as showcasing student and teacher work throughout the year.

The Ewart Gallery is home of the Ewart Art Prize. Each year the gallery hosts this art prize for our members. The members' exhibition has always been a major event in the Ewart Gallery calendar and forms part of a strong tradition at the Workshop Arts Centre. In years past there were celebratory sit down dinners at the WAC to celebrate the members' exhibitions.

Proposals to exhibit at the Ewart Gallery are accepted at the WAC. The Ewart Gallery has 30 running metres of hanging space with professional lighting and hanging systems. Over many years the WAC has supported arts in the community. Exhibiting at the Ewart Gallery is available at very reasonable rates.

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