Beechworth Arts Council is a local community arts organisation established in the 1970s by a group of like-minded individuals.
An affiliated member of Regional Arts Victoria, Beechworth Arts Council has a strong commitment to strengthening community through engagement in the arts.
In the 1980s, the arts council founded the first Arts and Craft Market in Beechworth, a monthly event that at its height, featured hundreds of arts and craft stalls, attracting thousands of visitors to Beechworth’s historic botanical garden.
Throughout the 1990s, Beechworth Arts Council offered exhibition and studio space in the Mayday Hills precinct and hosted an ambitious program of creative workshops to support the many artists in residence.
In the 2000s, the council produced the first local spoken and written word festival (WRAP), an event that featured writing workshops along with author talks with celebrated writers such as Tony Birch (Ghost River, The Promise, Blood), Rosalie Ham (The Dressmaker, The Year of the Farmer, The should be more dancing) and Shane Maloney (The Bush Off, Stiff, Sucked in). A decade later, the arts council produced a series of popular Spring Arts Festivals showcasing local visual artists along with musicians, authors and poets.
The arts council is auspice of a town-wide photography project spanning four decades. Named Beechworth Family Album, this popular community event celebrates local identities such as Ada Cambridge and David Martin along with significant contributors to Beechworth’s contemporary business and community life.
The arts council is the founder of the now iconic Beechworth Tapestry that was painstakingly woven by key members of the then Victoria Tapestry Workshop. Hanging in the historic Beechworth Town Hall, the tapestry is a popular feature of the town’s historic precinct and widely acknowledged as an important chronicle of the Beechworth’s colonial past.
With the aim of fostering a community of local artisans and artists, since its inception Beechworth Arts Council has offered countless workshops in Life Drawing, Printmaking, and Painting. Many participants of these have gone to establish their own arts practice and build a loyal audience of patrons.
Beechworth Arts Council has been and remains an integral part of the greater Indigo arts community. In 2023/2024, with a new and enthusiastic board of management, the arts council is committed to continuing the strong art’s advocacy and legacy into the future.
2024 Art Exhibitions
This year there will be two major art exhibitions for members to showcase their works. The first will be ART in Autumn 2024 at Beechworth Town Hall in May. The second will be Spring Arts 2024 in November at Quercus Community hall to coincide with the Heritage Festival. Full entry details coming soon.
Meanwhile, you can renew your current membership by transferring the annual fee of $30 single, ($40 family) to the WAW bank account details below. If you are a new member, you’ll need to fill out a membership form (link below).
Beechworth Arts Council relies on our membership fees for administration and exhibition costs. Your support is always greatly appreciated.
Beechworth Arts Council bank account details:
BSB 803 070
Please include your initials and surname as payee reference
Beechworth Arts Council Membership details (here)
Annual General Meeting 2023 – Minutes (here)
Beechworth Arts Council thanks Indigo Vineyard for their generous Sponsorship of ART in Autumn.
Beechworth Arts Council acknowledges the generous sponsorship of Wilson Fabrics and Bruck Textiles. We thank them for providing the fabric covers for our exhibition display screens.
Beechworth Arts Council acknowledges the in kind sponsorship of The Empire Hotel. We thank Andrew and Scott at The Empire for their continual support and direct our members and patrons to The Empire Hotel for all social events.
The Empire Hotel, 10 Camp Street, Beechworth, details (here)
Acknowledgement of Country
Beechworth Arts Council acknowledges the original custodians of the Indigo Hills and surrounds. The people of the rivers and the hills of this extraordinary country have walked these lands for thousands of years and continue to do so today. We pay our respect to their elders of the past, present and emerging, and we direct our members and patrons to the constitutional recognition through a Voice to Parliament referendum later this year, as an important step towards reconciliation, truth and treaty.
From the heart – Voice to Parliament (details here)