CANBERRA ART WORKSHOP
Canberra Art Workshop is a thriving studio centre for the arts in the M16 Artspace. We welcome all artists, from complete beginners to practicing professionals. You’ll find a workgroup that’s right for you – life drawing, pastel, watercolour, portraiture, printmaking and others – all run in Canberra Art Workshop’s studio. As well as the self directed workgroups, we also provide mentored groups, tutored weekend workshops, art talks, group shows and exhibitions. Canberra Art Workshop is a non-profit body. We are self-funded; owned and operated by our members. We are gratefully supported by many volunteers including convenors, events and exhibition teams, and our website manager. We are managed by an elected voluntary Committee.
The CAW was founded in the 1950s as the Canberra Art Club to provide a studio for local artists. Other activities carried out by the young Association at that time included:
- provision of teaching opportunities by invited artists, including well-know figures like Lloyd Rees, John Coburn and Clifton Pugh
- exhibiting the works of the Blake Prize in Canberra
- making formal representations to the Senate Select Committee proposing the creation of a National Art Gallery (three decades before NGA opened) and a Canberra School of Art (now a faculty of the ANU).
We continue to provide one of the most exciting and varied calendars of art development events in our region. Through our art we have helped imagine the future for our community helping to build Australia’s most liveable city.
Rick Cochrane, President
Prue Power, Treasurer
Jill Mail, Vice President
Simon Mitchell, Secretary
Amanda Adrian, Asst Secretary
Ross Andrews, PR
Pam Bleakley, Public Officer
2017-18 CAW Committee (L-R) Amanda Adrian, Rick Cochrane, Jill Mail, Prue Power, Lori Smith, Cliff Woodword, Ross Andrews, Pam Bleakley, Lalor Curran.
Convenors (Ongoing Workgroups)
Carolyn Brooks, Monday Printmaking
Norma Burne, Tuesday Monoprinting
Rick Cochrane, Wednesday Life Drawing
Julie Goodwin, Monday Life Drawing
Lucinda Lang, Friday Portrait
Jill Mail, Wednesday Watercolour
Pauline Rohan, Wednesday Pastel
Anne Sawkins, Tuesday Portrait
Kate Scott, Thursday Portrait
Julie Spencer, Thursday Experimental Painting
Hugo Toro, Tuesday Fundamentals Plus
Cliff Woodward, Saturday Life Drawing & Portrait
Patron: Cynthia Watsford, OAM