Our Profile

Our Vision

The Barwon Heads Arts Council Inc. was established as a not-for-profit incorporated organisation in 2013 with the following vision.

  1. To develop a community arts hub for artists and the community to come together;
  2. To promote creative education though workshops, events and festivals;
  3. To promote the arts throughout the Bellarine Peninsula.

Working towards a Community Arts Hub for our town

Barwon Heads is an arts town lacking a dedicated Community Arts Hub for it’s increasing population.

Our vision is to develop a sustainable Community Arts Hub. It is an inclusive vision that will support all local artists; the visual arts, music, drama, theatre, dance, poetry and literature. A community that values the arts enhances local identity and uniqueness. We believe art is a catalysing symbol of the people as a community.

This socially inclusive complex will play a vital role in joining the artists and wider community together by

  • building confidence and resilience;
  • promoting health and wellbeing in individuals;
  • teaching new skills;
  • fostering new artistic connections;
  • reducing isolation and improving regional mental health;
  • connecting generations;
  • introducing the local Wathaurong Artists and Elders;
  • increased tourism and financial income to local businesses;
  • promoting Barwon Heads as a weekend getaway arts destination
  • promote the importance of environmental sustainability and
  • providing a display and sales opportunity for local artists and their works.

Year round activity at the Community Arts Hub will provide significant annual economic growth for our community. This will boost local tourism and business in Barwon Heads and take advantage of the region’s natural beauty.

Our vision for the Community Arts Hub includes:

  • to establish a centrally located and welcoming place that stimulates creativity and brings the community together;
  • workshop space for creative education for the whole community, adults and children.
  • school workshops, inclusive of curriculum;
  • intimate performance and exhibition space;
  • meeting place for community groups;
  • artists-in-residence programs with community workshops;
  • space for youth activities;
  • space for community events;
  • school holiday educational and fun art programs;
  • creative landscaped sculptural garden;
  • local Indigenous educational space; and
  • multicultural events.

Our Membership Base

Barwon Heads Arts Council has already gathered a membership base over 300 including artists, residents, philanthropists, professionals and a junior membership. Community support is real and growing.

Our 2013-2015 Highlights

  • Ms Kaz Paton and the Arts and Culture Department, City of Greater Geelong has been solid supporters of BHAC since our inception. Mr Peter McMullin, past President of Geelong Art Gallery and current Board Member of the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra has provided invaluable mentorship to the Committee.
  • Establishment of large, diverse and membership base over 300;
  • Establishment of highly skilled. diverse and enthusiastic Committee;
  • Have applied for, and received, extensive grant funding through City of Greater Geelong.
  • Have developed a strong working relationship with City of Greater Geelong, Regional Arts Victoria, BH Association, BH Senior Citizens and BH Community Arts Garden.
  • All events organised by BHAC have been booked out with waiting lists.
  • Establishment of ArtsPlay Barwon Bluff – Children’s workshops have included dance, theatre games, art, air-dry clay sculpture and drumming. Upcoming workshops include Xmas ArtsPlay and Summer ArtsPlay.
  • Establishment of Adults ArtsPlay – Life Drawing Night. September 2014.
  • Yoga, Belly Dancing, Drumming, Chai and Cake Family Afternoon – November 2014.
  • Raku Pot Firing and Family Days – August 2014 & 2015. 100 participants.
  • Barwon Heads Festival of the Sea March 2014 & 2015.
  • “Discover the Arts in the Laneways of Barwon Heads” March 2015. 300 people attended.
  • Community partner for multi award winning Mountain to Mouth 24 Hour Extreme Arts Walk (M~M2014). 2000 people at closing ceremony.
  • Highly successful Spring “Meet the Authors” day with Patricia Edgar, Margaret Bowman, Sian Prior and Zoe Daniel. September 2014 held at the Barwon Heads Golf Club. In 2015, we organised an ANZAC “Meet the Authors” featuring Hon Tim Fischer. In September 2015, we welcomed Don Watson, Alan Gold & Trisha Dixon. All events have been sold out.
  • Winter Writing workshop with Sian Prior – May 2015. Sold out.

Our 2016 Calendar of Events so far…

  • “Carmen” by Emotionworks, January 2016
  • Set Design workshop for “Carmen” January 2016
  • Summer Arts Play for Kids
  • Community Partner – Barwon Heads Festival of the Sea, March 2016
  • Community Partner – M~M2016 24hr Extreme Arts Walk, May 2016
  • Raku Pit Firing – August 2016
  • Spring “Meet the Authors” Fundraiser – September 2016
  • Bellarine Arts Trail Open Studio Weekend – October 2016. Funded through a grant from COGG Community Arts Grant.

Our Committee

President – Victoria Strachan, Vice President – Sophia Legoe,Treasurer – Caroline Woods, Minute

Secretary – Jan O’Sullivan, Membership Secretary – Karen Shirley.

General Committee – Alistair Urquhart , Diana Allen, Christine Croyden, Karen McGlynn, Jan O’Sullivan, Caroline Woods, Alister Urquhart, Kylie-Margaret Valentine.

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Website: www.barwonheadsartscouncil.com.au