About Us

A Cultural Sanctuary in the Middle of Suburbia

The Workshop Arts Centre (WAC) is an independent not-for-profit art centre and workshop facility established by the late Joy Ewart with assistance from fellow artists and supporters in 1961 to promote and foster appreciation in the creative and visual arts.

The Workshop’s birth is an example of a challenge being met and turned into success by the enthusiasm, initiative and hard work of ordinary people who felt strongly enough about the need for a cultural establishment on the North side of the Harbour. In cultural terms, the WAC has established itself as a unique and valuable asset within the local and broader community.

WAC users have access to a wide range of professionally equipped studios. There are three large adaptable studios used for writing, painting and drawing, as well as ceramics, printmaking, jewellery and sculpture studios. The WAC is also home to the Ewart gallery. The WAC is a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee.

What does the Workshop Arts Centre do?

The Workshop Arts Centre provides an alternative to existing art schools and a supplement to existing art societies. The aim is to encourage and develop individual contemporary and challenging work in all fields of artistic expression.

The WAC is supported in its aims and endeavours by a group of independent teaching artists. Today the WAC is a busy place where over thirty teaching and visiting artists offer first-rate tuition across some fifty classes each week, in the genres of painting, drawing, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture, jewellery, writing and children’s art.

How is it funded?

The Workshop Arts Centre maintains itself from annual membership subscriptions, student fees, studio hire fees from teachers and artists, income from gallery hire and sales from the Ewart Gallery. These have always been supplemented by fundraising functions and donations.

The Workshop Arts Centre Development Fund is a tax deductible fund listed on the Register of Cultural Organisations under subdivision 30-B of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997. All donations of $2.00 or more to the Workshop Arts Centre Development Fund are tax deductible.

Is there a membership requirement?

Membership is available to all and is separate from student enrolment into a class. Becoming a member of the Workshop Arts Centre entitles you to many benefits.

Can I be sure of receiving quality teaching?

The teaching artists at the Workshop Arts Centre are highly qualified (usually Masters in Fine Arts) with many years of teaching experience and as practicing artists and exhibitors. Visiting artist’s workshops and master classes are also held throughout the year, offering intensive weekend or longer workshops in specific areas of expertise. The Workshop Arts Centre prides itself in continual growth. The WAC offers a creative community in which established and emerging artists can support, inspire and challenge one another.

The high standards attained by students in art prizes in Australia and international competition is testament to the quality of tuition at the WAC.

Can I exhibit?

The Ewart Gallery was named in honour of the Workshop Art Centre’s founding member, the late Joy Ewart. The exhibition program includes works of visiting artists, members, students and teachers, some of whom are represented in prestigious collections both in Australia and overseas. The exhibitions committee welcomes exhibition proposals from individuals and groups of artists to contribute to a diverse program across a range of disciplines.