Our 35 Years of History
In 1986 The Anglesea Art Group begun with about 5 x artists who wanted to paint together, so they met weekly at the Anglesea Community Hall.
The Art Show was originally started as an incentive to the Art Group members to help them gain confidence in their work . Most of the group were novices, but happy with what they were doing, and so, the Art Show train was on the rails.
The first show exhibited 50 x paintings and 16 x of these were sold. By 1990 the number of entries tripled and so did the sales.
In 1993 the show was rather quiet, attendance was good but sales were well down, so the following year Devonshire Teas were introduced. This was a big hit as it gave people more time to look at the paintings, and as a result sales increased.
In 1995 The Maiden Handicap Award was started, which is an award for an artist who has never won an award. We began having a judge to choose paintings for awards. We found sponsors who donated gift vouchers to the winners. Our original sponsors are still with us today, Alcoa, Kardinia Framing, Geelong Art Supplies, Cavalier Art & Drafting supplies, with newer sponsors of Bearlooms’ Framing, Furios’ Ristorante and the Bendigo Community Bank.
1999 saw Anglesea & Aireys Inlet Primary Schools invited to exhibit their work and have since provided a colorful addition to our always improving Art Show.
Membership increased, and when in 1998 the group approached the Surfcoast Shire to take over the old Scout hall in Cameron Road, 50 x people were at the first meeting. The name was changed to the Surfcoast Art & Information Centre Inc, which was later changed to the Anglesea Art House Inc. Council was persuaded to issue a license to the group and the Scout hall took on a new life.
Since then much work has been done and improvements made and the building has now been transformed into a wonderful venue for classes, meetings, exhibitions, and workshops. The Anglesea Art House now boasts a membership of 240 and is still growing.
Facilities now include 2 x printing presses for etching & printing, 2 x electric kilns for pottery that are suitable for bisque firing and temperatures up to firing for porcelain, and 2 x electric kilns for glass fusing & slumping.
Visitors are always welcome, so come & see for yourself our wonderful facility and view our many work which are on display & for sale!