ACT Heritage Library Manuscript Collection

HMSS 0101 Canberra Art Workshop Records

Scope and content notes

Call Number  HMSS 0101
Collection Canberra Art Workshop Records
Date Range 1959-1997
Quantity 0.9m (5 manuscript boxes)
Access Conditions open except for one restricted file
Copying Conditions with attribution except for one restricted file
Related Collections

 

The Canberra Art Workshop was established in 1948 as the Canberra Art Club, itself a breakaway group from the Artists’ Society of Canberra.  In 1975 it incorporated as Canberra Art Workshop Group.

In common with many Canberra cultural organisations, the group has occupied many locations. In 1950 the Australian National University, then in West Row, Civic, made a room available for meetings and exhibitions.  The Club then occupied the Arts Cottage opposite the Canberra Hospital at Acton, and in 1952 moved to Hut 8, Riverside, Barton, where it established Canberra’s first art gallery.

When Riverside was demolished to make way for the National Gallery of Australia, the Club moved in 1971 to the Griffin Workshops (formerly Reid House), where it began formal art classes for up to 250 students. In 1974 classes were offered at Woden Valley Hospital, and with the demolition of Reid House that year, the Club moved to B Block, Kingsley Street, Turner until 1982, then to the ANU Arts Centre 1982-1984, and to Studio 13, Kingston Art Space (later Leichhardt Street Studios), 71 Leichhardt St, Kingston 1984-2002. Since then it has been co-located with M16, at Mildura Street, Fyshwick until 2010 and then at the Blaxland Centre, Griffith.

The Club held annual exhibitions of their own work as well as special exhibitions, including the first exhibition of a Blake Prize painting outside NSW (1953), and the first Australian Potters Exhibition (1962). It was also active in pressing for a national art gallery and exhibition gallery, appearing before a Senate Select Committee in 1955.

In 1960, together with the Artists’ Society, the Club presented a report to the National Capital Development Commission on the necessity for a cultural centre, particularly urgent in view of the imminent demolition of the Riverside huts. The result was the establishment of the Griffin Centre. In 1965 it supported the call for an independent art school in Canberra, subsequently the Canberra School of Art.

The Canberra Art Workshop is primarily a learning institution, with classes and workshops in painting, drawing and printmaking by qualified teachers, many of whom are internationally recognised in their fields. Until the establishment of the Canberra School of Art, the Workshop was funded by Government grants. It is now a self-funded non-profit organisation, actively involved with the Canberra Festival, the Southside Community Festival and Floriade.

Box List

Box No. Description Quantity Date Range
1

Minutes

Annual General Meeting and Committee minutes 

2 volumes 02/04/1971-26/07/1978;
20/09/1988-05/04/1993
1 Annual Reports 1 file 1973-1981/82
1

Subject Files: Constitution

(Files typically contain correspondence, publicity materials and forms. They are typically in reverse chronological order)

1 file 1980-1992
1

Subject Files: Incorporation

(Files typically contain correspondence, publicity materials and forms. They are typically in reverse chronological order)

1 file 1962-1980
1

Subject Files: Accommodation

(Files typically contain correspondence, publicity materials and forms. They are typically in reverse chronological order)

2 files 1980-1984; 1974-1987
1

Subject Files: Sales Tax

(Files typically contain correspondence, publicity materials and forms. They are typically in reverse chronological order)

1 file 1978
1

Subject Files: Educational surveys etc.

(Files typically contain correspondence, publicity materials and forms. They are typically in reverse chronological order)

1 file 1973-1980
1

Subject Files: Art Supplies

(Files typically contain correspondence, publicity materials and forms. They are typically in reverse chronological order)

1 file 1979-1980
1

Subject Files: Publicity and Advertising

(Files typically contain correspondence, publicity materials and forms. They are typically in reverse chronological order)

1 file 1975-1980
1

Subject Files: Correspondence

(Files typically contain correspondence, publicity materials and forms. They are typically in reverse chronological order)

3 files 1969-1976
2

Subject Files: First NSW Potters' Exhibition

(Files typically contain correspondence, publicity materials and forms. They are typically in reverse chronological order)

1 file 1966-1967
2

Subject Files: Exhibition of Crafts council Association of Australia and Nundah Gallery 10th to 29th October 1969

(Files typically contain correspondence, publicity materials and forms. They are typically in reverse chronological order)

1 file 1969
2

Subject Files: 28th Annual Exhibition and students' Exhibition

(Files typically contain correspondence, publicity materials and forms. They are typically in reverse chronological order)

1 file 1976
2

Subject Files: Correspondence re Venue for Annual Exhibitions

(Files typically contain correspondence, publicity materials and forms. They are typically in reverse chronological order)

1 file 1980-1981
2

Subject Files: 30th Annual Exhibition 1978

(Files typically contain correspondence, publicity materials and forms. They are typically in reverse chronological order)

1 file 1978
2

Subject Files: 29th Annual Exhibition 1977

(Files typically contain correspondence, publicity materials and forms. They are typically in reverse chronological order)

1 file 1977
2

Subject Files: “Tommy’s World” an exhibition of paintings by mentally handicapped children at Melville Hall, A.N.U., March 16-April 5 1977

(Files typically contain correspondence, publicity materials and forms. They are typically in reverse chronological order)

1 file 1977
2

Subject Files: 1979 International Year of the Child

(Files typically contain correspondence, publicity materials and forms. They are typically in reverse chronological order)

1 file 1979
2

Subject Files: 31st Annual Exhibition 1979

(Files typically contain correspondence, publicity materials and forms. They are typically in reverse chronological order)

1 file 1979
2

Subject Files: 33rd Annual Exhibition 1980

(Files typically contain correspondence, publicity materials and forms. They are typically in reverse chronological order)

1 file 1980
2

Subject Files: Bicentennial Art Exhibition 1988

(Files typically contain correspondence, publicity materials and forms. They are typically in reverse chronological order)

1 file 1988
2

Subject Files: Canberra Festival ACT Alive 1992

(Files typically contain correspondence, publicity materials and forms. They are typically in reverse chronological order)

1 file 1992
2

Subject Files: ACT Arts Council including Southside Festival

(Files typically contain correspondence, publicity materials and forms. They are typically in reverse chronological order)

1 file 1992
2

Subject Files: Teachers 1978-1980

(Files typically contain correspondence, publicity materials and forms. They are typically in reverse chronological order)

1 file 1976-1980
2

Subject Files: Class Enrolments 1978

(Files typically contain correspondence, publicity materials and forms. They are typically in reverse chronological order)

1 file 1977-1978
2

Subject Files: Class Enrolments 1977

(Files typically contain correspondence, publicity materials and forms. They are typically in reverse chronological order)

1 file 1979
2

Subject Files: Weekend Workshops 1983, 84, 85 Enrolments

(Files typically contain correspondence, publicity materials and forms. They are typically in reverse chronological order)

1 file 1983-1985
2

Subject Files: Weekend Workshops 1986, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91

(Files typically contain correspondence, publicity materials and forms. They are typically in reverse chronological order)

1 file 1986-1991
2

Subject Files: Workshops 1992/3

(Files typically contain correspondence, publicity materials and forms. They are typically in reverse chronological order)

1 file 1992-1993
2

Subject Files: Winter School 1991

(Files typically contain correspondence, publicity materials and forms. They are typically in reverse chronological order)

1 file 1991
2

Subject Files: Joshua Smith, Yve Close Winter School 5-11 July 1992

(Files typically contain correspondence, publicity materials and forms. They are typically in reverse chronological order)

1 file 1992
3

Subject Files: Exhibition Canberra Festival 1982

(Files typically contain correspondence, publicity materials and forms. They are typically in reverse chronological order)

1 file 1982
3

Subject Files: Grants 1975

(Files typically contain correspondence, publicity materials and forms. They are typically in reverse chronological order)

1 file 1975-1976
3

Subject Files: Grants – T.A.B and Committee on Cultural Development

(Files typically contain correspondence, publicity materials and forms. They are typically in reverse chronological order)

1 file 1977-1976
3

Subject Files: Grants 1976-1981

(Files typically contain correspondence, publicity materials and forms. They are typically in reverse chronological order)

1 file 1976-1982
3

Subject Files: Grant Application for 1988

(Files typically contain correspondence, publicity materials and forms. They are typically in reverse chronological order)

1 file 1988
3

Subject Files: Future Venue – proposal to Legislative Assembly for Joint CAW/Artists’ Society of Canberra Facility

(Files typically contain correspondence, publicity materials and forms. They are typically in reverse chronological order)

1 file 1989-1991
3

Subject Files: Exhibitions 1974-1975

(Files typically contain correspondence, publicity materials and forms. They are typically in reverse chronological order)

1 file 1974-1975
3

Subject Files: Annual Exhibition 1987

(Files typically contain correspondence, publicity materials and forms. They are typically in reverse chronological order)

1 file 1987
3

Subject Files: Exhibition Woden Town Centre Library 1983

(Files typically contain correspondence, publicity materials and forms. They are typically in reverse chronological order)

1 file 1983
3

Subject Files: Children’s Workshops

(Files typically contain correspondence, publicity materials and forms. They are typically in reverse chronological order)

1 file 1988-1989
3

Subject Files: Joint Exhibition Craft Council and CAW

(Files typically contain correspondence, publicity materials and forms. They are typically in reverse chronological order)

1 file 1984
4

Subject Files: Annual Exhibition 1992

(Files typically contain correspondence, publicity materials and forms. They are typically in reverse chronological order)

1 file 1992
4

Subject Files: Annual Exhibition 1989

(Files typically contain correspondence, publicity materials and forms. They are typically in reverse chronological order)

1 file 1989
4

Subject Files: Floriade 1992

(Files typically contain correspondence, publicity materials and forms. They are typically in reverse chronological order)

1 file 1992
4

Subject Files: Establishment of Canberra Museum and Gallery

(Files typically contain correspondence, publicity materials and forms. They are typically in reverse chronological order)

1 file 1990
4

Subject Files: Spring School 1989

(Files typically contain correspondence, publicity materials and forms. They are typically in reverse chronological order)

1 file 1989
4

Subject Files: Spring School 1990

(Files typically contain correspondence, publicity materials and forms. They are typically in reverse chronological order)

1 file 1990
4

Subject Files: ACT Government Correspondence 1992

(Files typically contain correspondence, publicity materials and forms. They are typically in reverse chronological order)

1 file 1992
4

Subject Files: Miscellaneous Correspondence 1992

(Files typically contain correspondence, publicity materials and forms. They are typically in reverse chronological order)

1 file 1992
4

Subject Files: Annual Exhibition 1990

(Files typically contain correspondence, publicity materials and forms. They are typically in reverse chronological order)

1 file 1990
4

Subject Files: Spring School 1993

(Files typically contain correspondence, publicity materials and forms. They are typically in reverse chronological order)

1 file 1993
4

Subject Files: Griffin Centre / Canberra Festival

(Files typically contain correspondence, publicity materials and forms. They are typically in reverse chronological order)

1 file 1992-1997
4

Subject Files: Leichhardt Street Studios formerly Kingston Art Space

(Files typically contain correspondence, publicity materials and forms. They are typically in reverse chronological order)

1 file 1990-1992
4

Subject Files: Griffin Centre

(Files typically contain correspondence, publicity materials and forms. They are typically in reverse chronological order)

1 file 1988
4

Subject Files: ACT Council for Cultural Societies

(Files typically contain correspondence, publicity materials and forms. They are typically in reverse chronological order)

1 file 1973-1982
4

Subject Files: Griffin Centre and Gorman House

(Files typically contain correspondence, publicity materials and forms. They are typically in reverse chronological order)

1 file 1991-1992
5

Subject Files: Histories of Canberra Art Club and Canberra Art Workshop

(Files typically contain correspondence, publicity materials and forms. They are typically in reverse chronological order)

1 file 1959-1989
5

Subject Files: Canberra Art Club

(Files typically contain correspondence, publicity materials and forms. They are typically in reverse chronological order)

1 file 1970
5

Subject Files: Canberra Art Club

(Files typically contain correspondence, publicity materials and forms. They are typically in reverse chronological order)

1 file 1971-1972
5

Subject Files: Canberra Art Club

(Files typically contain correspondence, publicity materials and forms. They are typically in reverse chronological order)

1 file 1965-1972
5

Subject Files: Canberra Art Club

(Files typically contain correspondence, publicity materials and forms. They are typically in reverse chronological order)

1 file 1969
5

Subject Files: Canberra Art Club Minutes

(Files typically contain correspondence, publicity materials and forms. They are typically in reverse chronological order)

1 book November 1964-1971
5

Subject Files: Canberra Art Club

(Files typically contain correspondence, publicity materials and forms. They are typically in reverse chronological order)

1 file 1959-1969
5

Subject Files: Canberra Art Club

(Files typically contain correspondence, publicity materials and forms. They are typically in reverse chronological order)

1 file 1965-1966
5

Subject Files: ACT Council of Cultural Societies correspondence

(Files typically contain correspondence, publicity materials and forms. They are typically in reverse chronological order)

1 file 1972-1973
5

Subject Files: Arts Ball 1970 correspondence

(Files typically contain correspondence, publicity materials and forms. They are typically in reverse chronological order)

1 file 1970
5

Subject Files: Canberra Art Club newsletter and program correspondence

(Files typically contain correspondence, publicity materials and forms. They are typically in reverse chronological order)

1 file 1974-1978
5

Subject Files: Canberra Art Club membership lists

(Files typically contain correspondence, publicity materials and forms. They are typically in reverse chronological order)

1 file 1976-1977
5

Subject Files: Canberra Art Club financial reports

(Files typically contain correspondence, publicity materials and forms. They are typically in reverse chronological order)

1 file 1973-1979
5

Subject Files: Conference of Art Societies minutes and correspondence

(Files typically contain correspondence, publicity materials and forms. They are typically in reverse chronological order)

1 file 1977-1978
5

Subject Files: Canberra Art Workshop clerical assistant position, applications - Confidential File

(Files typically contain correspondence, publicity materials and forms. They are typically in reverse chronological order)

1 file 1976