About the Society
The Kiama Art Society (KAS) is an active and vibrant society with a membership of more than 230 artists. Members enjoy a variety of benefits to support their practice, including participation in exhibitions, discounted fees for classes and workshops, and discounted art supplies. Read more about membership.
The Society was formed in 1966 as the Kiama and District Art Society. Mr and Mrs Alan Spackman generously allowed the use of the upper floor of the historic Hartwell House stables at 3A Farmer Street as a meeting and exhibition venue.
The founding members worked hard to repair and restore the room and turn it into a gallery. The first exhibition was opened there on 14th December 1966, and the Coach House is still in active use today as a venue for demonstrations, workshops and a number of classes for both adults and children.
The first President was Arthur J. Woodcock and the first Open Annual Exhibition was held in the Kiama Showground Pavilion in 1979 with one of the main sponsors being Kiama Municipal Council, which continues with cash prizes and in-kind support to this day.
In 1989 the exhibition moved to the Kiama Leagues Club and all exhibitions have been held in its auditorium since, with the Leagues Club becoming the major sponsor. All Overall Prize-Winning paintings have been acquired by the Kiama Leagues Club and are displayed throughout the club’s building.
Exhibitions are also held in the Old Fire Station Gallery and at Art in the Park held on the second Sunday of each month in Hindmarsh Park, both venues being in Terralong Street, Kiama.
Our current volunteer office bearers are as follows:
- President/Workshops – Helen Pain, 0432 232 054
- Vice President/Secretary/Demonstrations – Robyn McMillan, 0407 939 528
- Treasurer/Public Officer – Ray Teasdale, 0416 275 855
- Newsletter & Website Editor – Doreen Teasdale, 0414 703 271
- Workshops – Helen Pain – 0432 232 054
- Old Fire Station – Heather Netherclift, 02 4232 269
- Karen Wright – Facebook
- Kathy Karas
- Susan Alexander
- Colin Harwood
The Patron of Kiama Art Society is Elaine Chew.
Read our Constitution document.
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