It's Back - heARTlines 2017

Thanks to the support of Healthway Act-Belong-Commit and the City of Swan, planning is well underway for the heARTlines Children’s Literature Festival. This highly anticipated biennial event curated by Cristy Burne will be held in May and June with lots of writing and illustration workshops to reignite the region’s appetite for literature. See what we got up to at the last heARTlines Festival here > 

Habits of Horses Community Project Commencing Soon

We are excited to announce, thanks to the generous financial support of the Ministry for the Arts and Community Arts Network WA, the Habits of Horses community project will soon commence. The project driven by a number of community partners will consist of five curated exhibitions; a series of community engagement arts and culture projects; a public Open weekend; multiple displays of all things horse and saddle; temporary sculptures; musical ponies; riding; drawing workshops and much, much more! Stay tuned for more details!

 Image: Tony Jones,  CY O'Connor Horse and Rider  1998, bronze maquette

Image: Tony Jones, CY O'Connor Horse and Rider 1998, bronze maquette

Behind closed doors....

Although our doors haven't officially reopened yet for 2017, we are back in the building getting ready for another packed year of arts exhibitions, workshops, events and more!

Take a sneak peek at MAC's upcoming exhibition Note to Self | Ben Joel. Ben and curator Anna Sabadini have been working busily behind-the-scenes to install the exhibition, which features some of Ben's sketches and preparatory works from four decades of his arts practice. Up to now these works have been stored away in a series of plan drawers, never before seen by the wider public. We can't wait to get a good look at them when the exhibition opens Friday 10 February! Check out the event details for more info:

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Rotary Christmas Tree Project

The festive season is here and the spirit of Christmas is on proud display in the Hills! Students from Glen Forrest Primary School have painted hundreds of leaves on the Mundaring Shire’s Rotary Christmas Tree. You can’t miss the huge red tree standing on Great Eastern Highway outside the Mundaring Shire’s Administration Offices.

Mundaring Arts Centre invited Glen Forrest Primary School to work with artist Sarah Thornton-Smith to create the tree. Sarah is a local artist who recently held her first solo exhibition at the Mundaring Arts Centre, ‘Left to My Own Devices’. 

Inspired by Sarah’s interest in colour and design the students have explored the ‘Colours of Christmas’ and painted baubles and Christmas designs on the canvas ‘leaves’ for the tree. The project is a wonderful opportunity for students to see their work on display and take part in a project that brings joy to the community.

The brightly coloured tree will be enjoyed by the community and passing motorists. The Shire of Mundaring and the Mundaring Arts Centre sincerely thank all who were involved in the project. This year the canvas for the leaves was generously donated by Kenlow Canvas Products and a team of volunteers from the Rotary Club of Mundaring kindly installed the tree.

The Mundaring Arts Centre is proud to be involved in this initiative that brightens the streetscape for the festive season and provides an opportunity for artistic expression to the local community of children. Glen Forrest students’ tree brings cheer and good will to the local and extended community. 

Happy Christmas to the Hills!

Trek the Trail 2016

Hundreds of enthusiastic walkers took to the trail once more for the annual Trek the Trail event on Sunday 25 September. This year the walk featured the picturesque 7km from the John Forrest National Park entry to Swan View Station and return.

Trek the Trail had something for everyone; physical activity, the arts, community activity, history and the natural environment, with trekkers enjoying the incredible scenery whilst taking part in the fun, free interactive art activities. 

At the stunning National Park Falls site, the Mundaring Arts Centre offered a natural weaving activity with artists Anne Williams and Marie Jacquier. Whilst at the Swan View Station many visitors ‘had a go’ creating intricate hand-dyed scarves, tightly wrapping objects and dropping them into a natural puff ball dye bath with artists Heather Davis, Maki Curtis and Mary Anne Dawson.

In the lead up to the event, local artists Anne Williams and Sarah Toohey from the Mundaring Arts Centre worked with students from Mundaring Christian College to create natural sculptures for the trail. Mundaring Christian College students collected grasses, leaves, sticks and natural foliage and bound them together to create a wonderful array of creative birds and creatures. These were installed as ‘Trail Guardians’ at the National Park Falls site overseeing the interactive art activities.

Trekkers learnt the art of textile binding to create their own trail guardian and contributed sticks, bark and leaves to the large-scale woven nest installation. The nest became a natural ‘selfie station’ with hundreds of children and ‘kids at heart’ jumping in to add to the creation and have their picture taken.

Mundaring Arts Centre’s Trek the Trail art activities are proudly supported by Act-Belong-Commit - Healthway, Disability Services Commission WA’s Community Living & Participation Grant and Shire of Mundaring.

Worn Out Worn Art - Celebrating 10 Years of Partnership

On Saturday 23 April, nine exceptional Worn Out Worn Art costumes were selected to be showcased at the Local Drug Action Group’s State Conference at the Parmelia Hilton.

The Local Drug Action Group, through its Strive Grant Program, has supported the Annual Worn Out Worn Art Performance and workshops coordinated by the Mundaring Arts Centre for the last 10 years.

This incredible support has enabled us to engage hundreds of young people each year in the creation of sculptures for the body’ exploring a variety of recycled materials, art techniques and themes set by local artists in the design and construction workshops. These workshops are held as in-school residencies and on the school holidays, providing an incredible platform to promote positive healthy choices.

Thank you to all of those involved on the evening and with the project over the last 10 years! 

Making a Mark this April School Holidays

We have had an action packed school holidays with over 70 kids and teens taking part in creative art workshops from wearable art, painting, textiles, printmaking, animation and more! Here is a preview of what we got up to. A big thank you to our supporters City of Swan for making this program possible.


Saturday 28 May | Animation workshops with leading digital animator Steven Aiton.

Sunday 29 May | Animation workshops with Steven Aiton

Saturday 18 June | Animation workshops with Steven Aiton

Sunday 19 June | Animation workshops with Steven Aiton

Honorary Life Members Announced

The Mundaring Arts Centre Board took the opportunity of the annual Shire of Mundaring Art Acquisition Exhibition opening last Friday 18 March, to acknowledge the exceptional contributions made to our community by four wonderful people by offering each of them Life Membership to MAC. MAC Board Chairperson, Jude van der Merwe, shares her comments on each of our newest Honorary Life Members. 

“An artist of enormous sensibility, skill and ability across many media, she has been an extraordinary supporter of the Mundaring Arts Centre both as a Board and Committee member, curator and someone who is willing to share her work with our community.”

“One of Mundaring’s special treasures.  An artist, designer, writer, curator and mentor; her skills and abilities are legendary. Phillippa has been involved with the Mundaring Arts Centre since its inception in 1979. She has contributed her intelligence and integrity to much of the planning and strategy development for MAC and we are grateful for her thoughtful approach in the past and look forward to much more in the future.”

“An artist of extraordinary talent combined with a deeply reflective perspective on human nature and society, Hans has supported MAC through contributions to exhibitions, the Shop and to the public sphere with his art.  Hans is a reliable ‘arriver’ at openings and can be counted on to share insights to the work on show and a dry sense of humour to every occasion.”

“From the time of Helen’s leadership of the Hills Community Support Group (now Rise), her time as an elected member of the Mundaring Shire and later Shire President, Helen has been an unswerving supporter of MAC and all its works.  She has an intrinsic understanding of the value and meaning that art and culture bring to society and continues to support MAC through advice and encouragement.”

 Image: Jude van der Merwe with Hans Arkeveld & Philippa O'Brien

Image: Jude van der Merwe with Hans Arkeveld & Philippa O'Brien


Make Your Mark In-School Workshops Update

Since the beginning of term one MAC’s Indigenous Cultural Officer, Robyn Templeton and local artist Norma MacDonald, have been working with children from Middle Swan, Moorditj Noongar, Arbor Grove and Midvale primary schools. Together they have explored local Indigenous history and a range of traditional art techniques to create a series of artworks to be exhibited in July as part of the 'Make Your Mark' Project.

Here's some images of what we have been up to! 

The 'Make Your Mark' Workshop Program is proudly supported by City of Swan