LCACA Jubilee: Artists and Landscapes of the Lower Clarence
The active artists of the Lower Clarence Arts and Crafts Association celebrate their jubilee by responding to the landscapes of the lower Clarence.
The Lower Clarence Arts and Crafts Association (LCACA) began as an art club in 1966. With growing interest in the community it began to involve other creative pursuits and became an arts and crafts group. In 1986 the group was incorporated enabling it to provide an umbrella for its membership which now comprised many individuals and local artisan and creative groups.
By 1991 members had raised $50 000, attracting matching grants from both Commonwealth and State Governments, towards establishing an Arts and Crafts Office, Studio and Gallery at the Ferry Park visitors complex.
The LCACA opened its gallery to the public in December 1993 which attracts 60-70000 visitors each year. It maintains a high standard of work and is operated solely on a volunteer basis.
The Association has an efficient, annually elected Executive and Management Committee; and all members are encouraged to take an active interest in the organisation.
The Association also runs an open annual competitive arts & crafts exhibition, usually in the first week of the school holidays in July. In recent years the Exhibition has been held over three days at Gulmarrad Public School, a short distance from Maclean on the Brooms Head Road. Competitors come from around Australia over a wide range of arts and crafts, including Fine Art, Youth Art, Photography, Patchwork and Quilting, Creative Needlework, woodwork, other craft and Fibre Fabric & Jewellery.
There are approximately 160 individual Members and five affiliated Member Groups – artists, potters, quilters, needleworkers, spinners and weavers, with membership covering artisan activities as diverse as glass makers/designers, blacksmiths, woodworkers, sculptors, rug makers, authors, knitters, musicians and jewellery makers.
Each month an exhibiting member or an affiliated group of LCACA is celebrated in the Gallery as the Artist of the Month, with a dedicated display and associated publicity.
Eleven months of the year LCACA produces a monthly newsletter called Arty Facts, to keep its members up to date and to share events and seek opinion. LCACA also sponsors demonstrations, workshops, lectures and seminars on relevant topics as opportunities arise.
Each year the Associations holds the Phyllis Austin Memorial Trophy competition to identify a member whose work demonstrates outstanding creative growth and excellence. The trophy honours one of its foundation members who worked hard to realise the dream of a place for artists on the Lower River.
LCACA maintains an active interest in encouraging local young people to develop their artistic and artisan talents. There is a regularly changing display of their work in a dedicated area of Ferry Park Gallery and a Youth Art Section in the Annual Competitive Exhibition. To celebrate the resilience and achievements of the LCACA the gallery is presenting this jubilee exhibition. Artists of the association were invited create work in response to the landscape of the Lower Clarence.
Image credit: Julie McKenzie Paperbark Forest Angourie