Hobsons Bay Arts Society
|Main Focus:||Painting & Drawing|
|Number of Members:||Over 100|
|Membership Fee:||$45 Single/$50 Family|
Hobsons Bay Arts Society Incorporated is a community arts group situated in Hobsons Bay located at the Louis Joel Arts & Community Centre in the heart of Altona, Victoria.
The Society is a non-profit organisation and our talented members run classes and social art groups at the Louis Joel Arts and Community Centre in Altona or in their own studios. Also on our calendar are demonstrations and workshops with artists of note, as well as monthly members’ nights with various activities.
Currently having over 100 members of varied ages and demographics, Hobsons Bay Arts Society prides itself as being a friendly, approachable group of artists and art-supporters with a variety of artistic styles and experience. The Society continues to grow and looks forward to continuing to encourage the arts in the community.
Our aim is to assist & encourage the Hobsons Bay community to pursue their artistic talents & love of art.
The Society began in 1979 under the name of the Altona Artists Association. The group was founded by Joan & Derek Craggs and started with 26 members. In the mid 1990s the Association changed its name to the Hobsons Bay Arts Society Incorporated to reflect the Victorian Government's amalgamation of the local councils, which formed the City of Hobsons Bay.
The Society takes pride in its community and over the years has fostered the arts in the area. Since 1979 it has organised and presented an annual community art show (currently the 5X7 Art Prize) which attracts many artists from the western region and is sponsored by local companies, businesses and community groups. This event is held in March/April each year.
The Hobsons Bay Arts Society has had a number of homes over the years; the Salvation Army Community Centre in Queen Street in the early years, the Art and Crafts centre in Somers Parade during the 1980s and the former Altona East library during the 1990s. In 1998 the Society moved into the old Altona Hospital, acquired by a public shareholding - the Hobsons Bay Community Advancement Co-operative, who wanted the site to be saved from commercial development and used for community purposes. Thus the Louis Joel Arts and Community Centre was developed. Whilst the centre was being renovated in 2003-05, the Society found a temporary home in the Altona Library meeting rooms. In October 2005 the Society moved into and continues to operate out of the redeveloped Louis Joel Arts and Community Centre, offering art tuition, including children’s classes, at affordable rates, tutored by experienced and talented Society members.
We welcome new members of all ages who would like to meet people with like interests in a friendly environment, to indulge a lifelong ambition or to further skills already learned.
Annual membership is from July - June. Applications after July will be charged pro rata basis. (A $10.00 'one-off' joining fee applies to all new members).
Member benefits include:
- Free monthly Activity Nights with visiting artist demonstrations
- Art Tuition & Social Art Groups ($)
- Member exhibitions
- Library of art videos, DVDs & books
- Discounts on Workshops & Demonstrations
- Monthly Newsletters
- Outings & Painting Holidays ($)
- Companionship and inspiration from other artists.
Membership Application Forms can be downloaded from our website.
HBAS holds regular exhibitions of member's works:
• “Through The Artist’s Eyes”, our winter exhibition in the foyer of Hobsons Bay Civic Centre
• Spring Art & Artisan Exhibition (Sept)
• Learning Curve, featuring the works of artists in HBAS Classes and Groups, plus Little Gems, an exhibition and sale of small artworks and artisan wares (Dec)
Our Spring and December exhibitions are held in the Joel Gallery, Altona.
HBAS, together with our major sponsors Qenos and Hobsons Bay City Council, are proud to present the 5X7 Art Prize, an annual community art competition held in April, open to all residents of the western suburbs of Melbourne. There is also a school section open to schools in Hobsons Bay, sponsored by Atelier Art Supplies.
The Hobsons Bay Arts Society warmly invites you to attend upcoming exhibitions. ‘Like’ our Facebook page to keep up to date with our activities!
Workshops and demonstrations are conducted on a regular basis by professional artists such as David Taylor.
Regular Art Classes
The Society also conducts regular art classes for both adults and children.
Our classes, including those for children, are conducted by award winning tutors with many years experience covering most mediums.
The class environment is friendly and encouraging - not only do our students learn new skills, but form new friendships too!
- Main Contact: Kirsten Craggs
- Email Address: email@example.com
- Phone Number: 0417 056 762
PO Box 331,
Altona VIC 3018.