Opening Night at the Creative Mountain Arts Exhibition.

Opening Night at the Creative Mountain Arts Exhibition.


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Membership is $10 per calendar year, and expires each year on 31 December. Members are free to join any of our groups, and to stand for election or appointment to our committees. Members receive regular newsletters and updates about Arts Council events, discounts on ACD public events, and invitations to member-only events and workshops. Members also receive a membership card which can be used to gain discounts at arts materials shops.

Members living within the 2453 postcode district may submit work for sale through Gallery 2453, exhibit in the annual Creative Mountain Arts Exhibition, and be listed on this website. The membership fee covers public liability and volunteer protection insurance for all our workshops, events, and volunteers. As an incorporated company, the ACD is able to apply for grants not open to individuals.

arts council of the dorrigo, Inc.

Arts Council of The Dorrigo, Inc. supports a wide variety of visual arts, musical, literary, and craft activities and events held on The Dorrigo Plateau. On this website, you’ll find our calendar of events, and information about each of our special-interest groups.

We are proud of the diversity and excellence of our local artists, musicians, writers, and artisans, and we’re pleased to support and promote them to the general public. The Arts Council is administrated completely by volunteers. We welcome everyone interested in the arts, whether your participation is as a professional, a dedicated amateur, a beginner, or simply as an appreciative audience member.

We hold two annual events: the Creative Mountain Arts Exhibition (held each Autumn since 1987), and the Fine Arts Section of the Dorrigo & Guy Fawkes Agricultural Show (coordinated by the Dorrigo Visual Arts Group since 1967). The annual Dorrigo Show is held on the fourth weekend of November each year.

The Arts Council of The Dorrigo is a remarkable achievement for a community of approximately 2,000 people, but the arts and crafts have long been important on the Plateau. The Arts Council has its roots in a School of Arts founded c. 1906: it was located on the site of what is now Noble's Auto Motors, in Hickory Street. In 1967, the Dorrigo Fine Arts Group was established, later becoming a subcommittee of the Arts Council. The Arts Council itself was founded in 1982.

The elected Committee oversees the annual planning of events, and coordinates aspects of budget, logistics, equipment, insurance, and publicity that pertain to all the groups. The Committee meets ten times a year. General Meetings (open to the entire membership) are held four times a year. Our special-interest groups and subcommittees schedule their own meetings as they choose, reporting regularly to the elected committee.