An exciting project is being planned by the Potters Group to mark the 20th anniversary of our centre next year.
to follow its progress!
Welcome to the website of the Beaudesert Community Arts and Information Centre. The aim of our centre is firstly to provide a showcase for local art and craft. Amongst our talented contributors are painters, sculptors, textile artists, woodworkers, writers, musicians, paper artists and food providores. As most of our contributors also man the centre from time to time, you will meet them when you come to visit.
We also provide information for visitors to the area, and it is our staff members' personal extensive knowledge which helps people who come here from all parts of the world to enjoy our special region.
The centre is also a meeting place for community groups.
On the website you'll find out what's happening in the area, from our calendar and from our "What's on" page. There'll also be reports on recent events.
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Jenny and Mick Young - Australia Day award nominees
Congratulations to Jenny and Mick Young, who were nominated for the Australia Day Community Event of the Year award.
Twenty years ago last November, Jenny and Mick Young started the Beaudesert MarketFest in Westermann Park, next to our Beaudesert Community Arts and Information Centre. The popular market has gone from strength to strength, and now has around 150 stalls. Jenny and Mick travel to Beaudesert on the Friday before each monthly Saturday market to prepare the park, and come back again the following morning at 2am to receive the stall-holders. They finish at 2pm.
What's more impressive is that they are not paid for this; it is their gift to the community. The Information Centre, which benefits from their hard work, is very grateful for their commitment over the past two decades, and nominated them for the award.
Jenny and Mick are well-known and loved figures at the markets, and we hope they continue their good work in the years to come.
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Lake Wyaralong Sculpture Festival
Last Saturday 26 September marked the opening of the second Sculpture event held in the Scenic Rim.
The Wyaralong Sculpture Festival and Symposium will feature seven acclaimed Queensland, Australian and international sculptors who will create individual sculptures over 16 days to create a new Lake Wyaralong Sculpture Park on the banks of Wyaralong Dam in South East Queensland. The large-scale public artworks will reflect the recreational and/or environmental elements enjoyed by visitors to Wyaralong Dam and Mt Joyce Recreation Park.
The symposium was opened by BADCAP president Andy Grodecki. Aunty Ruby Rose performed the Welcome to Country ceremony. After her inspiring opening talk, she, Aunty Levinia and young Trey performed a traditional smoking ceremony to unite all those attending. This was followed by addresses by state member Jon Krause and mayor John Brent. The group was welcomed also by a sea eagle!
Below are photographs taken on the first day, before the stone and wood blocks were touched. To see the progress of the sculptures over the next 15 days, go along to Lake Wyaralong to watch the sculptors work. We'll be posting some progress photos on our website.
BADCAP (Beaudesert and District Community Art Project Association) has spent 6 years raising funds for this exciting event, and the results will be a great attraction in the shire as the sculptures will be located permanently at the lake.
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20th Anniversary Project
Exciting things are happening in the back room at the Information Centre!
Last year our secretary Hilary was inspired by the mountains of the Scenic Rim to come up with an idea to celebrate the Centre's 20th anniversary later this year. This took the form of a 9x4 foot ceramic mosaic map of the Scenic Rim shire, to be mounted on the outside wall of the building.
Artist Christine Purtle drew the design, which was then separated into 400x400mm tiles.
The first job of the potters was to roll the clay to a 20mm thickness, then it was cut into squares of 4 tiles, with the design drawn onto them. These slabs were stored under plastic to keep them moist.
The pottery group members then started work, each member creating some of the tiles.
Experiments with the glazes will ensure good colours in the final work.
The project is being overseen by potters Fran Clancy and Ruth Armstrong.
We can't wait for the unveiling of this historic project at the cocktail party to celebrate the centre's 20th anniversary on Friday, 30 October!
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Twentieth Anniversary Celebrations
There'll be all sorts of celebrations happening in October 2015 to mark the twentieth anniversary of the formation of our Beaudesert Community Arts and Information Centre.
One of the events will be an art show on 30 and 31 October and 1 November.
WATCH THIS SPOT for more details.