Reports: 2013-14

From the President

March 2014


There are some experiences in life where we are able to step back and realise that we have been part of something special. That is indeed the way I felt at the conclusion of the exhibition: “The Collection: Diverse Artworks Celebrating 50 Years of CAAS”. The exhibition consisted of 30 pieces selected from the ASTC Art Collection and opened with some fanfare on the 28th February at the CAAS Art Shed and closed on 9 March 2014. This was I believe, the most successful event that CAAS has held during my association with the organisation. It stands as a tribute to all of those involved and I’m sure that the founders of CAAS, and all those who have volunteered their services over the past 50 years would be very appreciative.

When I first viewed the exhibition I was struck by the sense of Central Australia art history displayed on the walls and the social and cultural commentary that it provided concerning past decades here in Central Australia. It also made evident the diversity of artistic endeavour that has occurred in Central Australia. Full credit must go to the curator Dugald Beattie for his ability to select 30 pieces from the 137 that make up the ASTC collection, and create a coherent exhibition – a task that would not have been an easy one.

We were particularly fortunate to have Alison French (Art Historian, Australian National University, Canberra) open the exhibition. She was able to provided details about many of the pieces and the artist behind them. This was particularly evident on the last day of the exhibition when CAAS held a “Meet the Artist” event that was well attended by both the general public and artists.

I therefore like to take this opportunity the thank all of those who were involved in the organising and presentation of this exhibition, particularly the CAAS committee members who I know volunteered many hours to see this come to fruition.

The success of the exhibition also highlights the contribution that CAAS has made to the community of Central Australia over its past 50 years of operation. CAAS volunteers fill a critical role in the development, delivery and maintenance of art in this region and are hardworking, exceptional people. I therefore wish to gratefully acknowledge their contribution towards maintaining the role and success of CAAS as an organisation.

On that note, CAAS will be holding its AGM shortly (to be announced) and we are always looking for volunteers to join our committee. I can assure you that the work is not onerous and the experience is very satisfying for those who wish to contribute to the ongoing development of art in our region and who would like to meet like-minded people. Phone either our secretary Mark Wilson 0428 478 143 or myself 0466 791 400.

In the meantime your committee is actively working on the development of this year’s CAAS Calendar, which includes the 2014 Advocate Art Award and other activities at the Art Shed.

‘Till next time … Happy Art

Ron Talbot

From the President

21 February 2014

 Greetings to all CAAS members.

 2014 is well underway with CAAS on the cusp of holding our retrospective exhibition “The Collection: Diverse Artworks Celebrating 50 Years of CAAS”.  The exhibition opens this coming Friday at the CAAS headquarters in Crispe Street and I hope to see many members in attendance.  If you miss the opening then the exhibition will be open on the two weekends closing on Sunday 9 march where we will hold a “Meet the Artist” event.

The work commitment surrounding the 50th celebration has meant that the CAAS committee formal meeting process has been delayed somewhat.  However, we will be meeting this Sunday (23rd February) where we will start the process of shaping the year to come.

CAAS will continue to hold the usual popular events such as: The Advocate Art Award, Life Drawing and En Plein Air, but we also hope to increase the amount of activity happening at the Art Shed.  For example, we are in discussion regarding holding informal art evenings at the Shed where members could watch an Art DVD or listen to a guest speaker or watch a live demonstration.  We’ll keep you posted on developments.

Our AGM is rapidly approaching (sometime in April) and we are always looking for new members to join the committee.  If you are keen on helping develop art in central Australia then this is a good place to start by being an active member of the CAAS committee.  Contact any of the current committee members and they will advise you how to join.

Happy Art.

Ron Talbot

CAAS President

From the President

August 2013

Greetings to all CAAS members,

We had a very successful Advocate Art Award this year with a total of 67 entries, including 26 first timers.  Over 300 people attended the opening and many more visitors passed through the doors during the two-week showing at the Araluen Arts Centre. A total of 14 pieces of work were sold, which is great for the artists concerned.  People voting for the People’s Choice’ this year was up, with some 667 votes counted.  Once again, many thanks to all of you who submitted work and congratulations to all of the winners: it’s your contribution that makes the Advocate Art Award alive and interesting.  And of course, many thanks to the judges, the sponsors and to those who assisted in bringing the exhibition together.  A job well done!

You were informed by email that CAAS was gearing up to hold a 50th celebration exhibition entitled “Who do you think we are?” on Sunday 8th September this year. The event was to include displays of our history, workshops and performances.  Unfortunately we have had to cancel it due to lack of interest.  The committee was very reluctant to take this step, but without membership support we decided that it wasn’t worth going ahead with.  We feel that it was a members’, not a committee celebration.  Not to be deterred as part of our 50thcelebrations, we will turn our attention to holding an exhibition displaying works from the Alice Springs Town Council Collection.  It is due to open on February 28th, 2014.  More information will be forthcoming as we lead up to this event.

We recently had a visit to the Art Shed by the Minister for Arts and Museums, the Hon. Matt Conlan.  It was mainly about meeting and greeting and also enabling the Minister to see the CAAS facilities and to gain an understanding of our role.  This was a very positive encounter and one, which we hope, will be sustained in the long term.

Please go to our website  to see the invitation to Millie Cobb and ‘Pops’ Bagnall’s, “Planet Springs” exhibition which opens at the CAAS Art Shed this Saturday 31st August at 4.00pm.  I encourage you to attend this exhibition in support of these two artists and also support your Art Society. We are working hard to bring these sorts of events to you and the general public.

A milestone was celebrated when committee members and volunteer builders recently gathered at the Art Shed for drinks to celebrate CAAS gaining a Certificate of Occupancy for the CAAS headquarters.  This was a significant moment given the huge amount of effort that has been put in to achieving this goal.

Last Sunday an En Plein Air session took place at Temple Bar (off Ilpapa Road).  I’ve never been to this particular spot before and what a stunning corner of Central Australia it proved to be – just right for outdoor work and not too far from town.  The glass of wine and chat afterwards proved to be as pleasant as usual and only a dramatic drop in temperature and looming darkness forced us to pack up.  Make sure that you get along to the next one at Anzac Oval this coming Sunday Sept. 1st at 3pm – they are well worth it.

Finally, if you have a Facebook (FB) account you should watch our page. This is where most of the photographs and news of our events are now being posted. If you don’t have a FB page you might consider joining up if only to follow us! You choose your online “Friends” and may simply “Like” just CAAS to keep watching our online news. You control who you watch and who watches you!

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Happy Art

Ron Talbot


From the President

May, 2013

I’d like to take this opportunity to welcome the new committee and to thank them for volunteering their services in an effort to keep the Central Australian Art Society alive and well.

It’s my intention over the coming months to bring some changes to the way the society communicates with its members.  Whilst we have a well developed website (Blog) and are regularly in contact with members via email, improvements in technology has meant that people are moving to other forms of communication.  CAAS therefore must keep pace with these changes by responding appropriately.  I’ll report any new developments in the near future.

Speaking of communicating, we are currently giving our Blog a refresh, cleaning up the various sections and updating them with the latest news and images.  I’m sure that you’ll find it a much more interesting site to visit and will realise that CAAS is a very active organisation.  Please take the time to visit the Blog and provide us with some feedback.

The committee is currently looking at a number of exhibition proposals to be held in the Art Shed this year.  We expect to hold at least one members exhibition, a life drawing exhibition and a members’ exhibition centred around the 50th Birthday Celebrations – we’ll keep you posted regarding dates.

In the mean time, En Plein Air activities have commenced for the season. Contact Dugald for information. Details on the website. To celebrate that CAAS recently turned 50 we are planning to meet at the various locations that have been the Art Society’s HQ’s through the years.  We’d love to see you there with your art gear so just go to the website and click on the Plein Air menu tab to download the program schedule. It’s a very pleasant activity and the chat over a glass of wine and cheese at the end is not to be missed.

Till next time,

Happy Art.

Ron Talbot

May 26, 2013


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