Belinda Aucott: Herbarium

Unearthing Beauty At The Table

Australian illustrator Belinda Aucott invites wine, food and flowers lovers to enjoy sketches from her Autumn & Winter table.

Belinda’s show was so well received that we have asked her back for more! The show is already selling super well – download the catalogue via the button below and contact for any sales enquiries or for a weekday viewing.

Drawn from a sparkling range of aperitifs and digestifs collected on her blog Champagne Republic, and from the vases amassed on her table during lock down – Work Life Berry presents colourful new work by Belinda Aucott.

Illustrations, paintings and works on board includes images of oysters and urchins. There are also impressionistic depictions of gin, Campari and Amaro created in pastel, ink and acrylic.

Floral works include arrangements of delphiniums, orchids and wild poppies. 

“Winter is such an interesting time to be at home drawing fresh cut flowers. You bring them inside to give yourself a piece of their untamed wild nature and then you accidentally kill them with the radiated heat of your living room,” reflects Belinda. 

“A perfect metaphor for relationships, that start wild and get contaminated by every day arrangements.”

“Champagne Republic as a whole, is a project that charts the months and measures them in bottles tasted, glasses sipped and memories consumed. It is about my personal effort to take time to smell the roses and to really appreciated every single drop of life. I hope others will enjoy these images that remind me of happy times spent with friends,”

Works Spaces Available

1 Office Suite Available

WorkLife Kiama currently has one 2-person Office Suite available.

In this post-COVID climate, there is no doubt that the hot-money is on flexible, low-risk rental and dedicated spaces. 

With the other 3 office suites locked up in long term membership agreements, if you have been considering upgrading or downsizing – now is the time to jump! This opportunity won’t last long. 

Your own office for $350 p/w all inclusive.


2 Hubs Available

WorkLife Kiama currently has 2 Hubs available – each able to sit 2 people.

Not quite as private as your own office- but with your own walls, desk, storage and surrounded with greenery- these are perfect for programmers wanting to spread out with their gear, creatives wanting to personalise their space or for those who prefer to knuckle down in their own work-bubble with a few less distractions. 

HUBS ARE $250 p/w all inclusive.


‘LUMINOUS’ an exhibition by Peter Solness

August 6 – September 2020
Since 2006 Peter Solness has worked exclusively as a photographic light painter, a method of photography that requires working in complete darkness, setting long camera shutter exposures, then ‘drawing’ surreally beautiful images using small hand-held torches.
Peter is regarded as a pioneer in this genre, winning multiple awards, (including the NSW Parliamentary Landscape Photography Prize twice) being collected by public institutions and applauded by peers and critics alike. Peter has taught the techniques of light painting to thousands of students at national art and photography festivals, schools and tertiary institutions. He has also completed a number of artist residencies around the country including a one-month residency in the historic artist town of Hill End in 2016.
This exhibition showcases the defining images of this art practice and features landscape, portrait, heritage and still life studies. This is a unique opportunity to witness the inspirational work of an acclaimed and much loved Australian photographer.
Peter will also be holding a free artist talk during the exhibition on Saturday 19 September at 2pm
Open Times:

  • Thursday 5 – 9PM
  • Friday and Saturday 12 – 3 and 5 – 10PM
  • Sunday 12 – 6PM

Contact: Peter Solness
Phone: 0413 304 889

Arts Spaces for Hire

The Joyce Wheatley Community Centre located in Hindmarsh Park now has additional arts spaces
available for hire. Spaces available include:

  • Artist Studio – up to 2 people
  • Workshop Room – up to 5 people
  • Tutoring Room – up to 3 people
  • Auditorium – up to 30 people

All the spaces are available at not for profit and artist rates.

Artist Studio
3m x 3m studio space is available for twelve (12) week lease arrangement.
The studio includes:

  • private, lockable, carpetted room
  • skylight
  • air conditioning
  • desk and chair/s
  • shelving
  • communal kitchen
  • fully accessible

Cost: $720 for twelve (12) week lease

Expressions of Interest close midnight Sunday 20 September 2020

Please ensure you open the EOI form as a PDF and download and save to your computer before completing. Please note Apple computers can have issues with data saving on forwarding via email.

Workshop Room
Available for hire, space for up to 5 people as per COVID regulations
This space includes:

  • internal and external access
  • carpetted room
  • air conditioning
  • tables and chairs
  • TV with cabling to link to a laptop
  • communal kitchen
  • fully accessible

Cost: $10.00 per hour (artist rate)

Tutoring Room
Available for hire, space for up to 3 people as per COVID regulations.
Ideal for tutors teaching one on one.

This space includes:

  • carpetted room
  • air conditioning
  • table and chairs
  • communal kitchen
  • fully accessible

Cost: Talk with us about your needs

Available for hire, space for up to 30 people as per COVID regulations.
This space includes:

  • air conditioning
  • tables and chairs
  • projector screen
  • communal kitchen
  • fully accessible

Cost: $20.00 per hour (artist rate)

For more information contact Kiama Council’s Community and Cultural Development Officer on 4232 0444 or email

Artxtra Workshops

Adult weekend art retreats on Berry Mountain and unique kids holiday programs in Berry, teaching art skills in a fun way allowing them to explore, discover and create amazing artworks.

Upcoming workshops:

  • 31 Oct to 1 November – Roger Crawford
  • 16, 17, 18 October – Idris Murphy, Landscape painting
  • 7 and 6 November – Yvone Langshaw – Drawn to paint
  • 14 and 15 November – Tony Belobrajdic, Watercolour – capturing light
  • 12, 13, 14 March 2021 – John Wilson – Creative landscaping painting

Notice of Kiama Jamberoo Community Music Association 2020 AGM

While COVID-19 Pandemic has put the Associations activities into hibernation for the last 6-months – except for the board who have held a number of meetings to keep the organisation idling along. The time has now come to run the 2020 AGM, which is planned for the 1st of September 2020

As per the Constitution, the Board will be standing down and nominations are being asked for the following positions

  • Public Officer.- (Chairperson)
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer.
  • Board Member (4)

The current Public Officer, Vice Public Officer and Secretary do not intend to nominate for re-election.

Would you like to become a board member?

To nominate as a board member you need:

  1. To make your nomination by completing this simple form by July 31. LINK
  2. To be a current member of KJCMA*

Please nominate for a position if you feel you are interested in furthering the aims of the organisation.

Without sufficient members on the Board the Association will no longer be able to fulfil its purpose.

*We will let you know if you are not currently financial and will contact you if required.

Nominate Here

How will the voting work?

The AGM will be held via Zoom on 1st September at 7:00pm. (Separate notice)

Voting will be open for members of KJCMA who are currently financial and be completed prior to the meeting. We will issue another communication similar to this outlining the background and aspirations of the nominees and the positions for which they have nominated.

Voting will be electronic or postal when requested.

Reflections on KJCMA

Looking Forwards….   Looking Back…..

The Kiama Jamberoo Community Music Association grew out of an initiative of the Kiama Jamberoo Uniting Church trying to find new ways to connect with and serve the local communities. As a small group researched how that might happen, one thing kept coming up – many people in this area love music and want to be involved in musical activities – after all the Illawarra Folk Festival began right here in Jamberoo.

Anna Ambrose, who had been involved in similar projects in the Southern Highlands, began the process by applying for funding to set up the Association. Over the last couple of years a number of different groups have formed and moved and morphed as various events were planned and interests developed.

Covid-19 impacted all our lives and all Music Association activities were suspended in mid March.

As things are moving forward, the question now is what happens with the Music Association? Are the pre Covid groups keen to begin to meet again? What structures would need to be in place for that to happen? It is a logical time to look at what has happened so far and consider what direction the association might take into the future. We are entering a new financial year and it is still unclear when activities will be able to recommence. We only have to look at the the recent outbreak in Victoria to see how quickly things can change! At this point we need a new Public Officer and several other new committee members for the Association to be viable.

The original drivers for the formation of the Association are still present and current. These are the opportunities for community combined with the passion for music.

This Association has organised a number of enjoyable events and ensembles. It would be great for them to continue on into the future. Website

If you have a vision for these kinds of activities, please nominate for any of the positions. Continuing the current format is not essential.

If you would like to discuss possibilities, contact Greg on 0409 047 123


If we do not receive sufficient interest to form a new Board then the current board will wind down KJCMA operations, including:

  • Deregistering
  • Finalising accounts
  • Distributing remaining funds.
  • Removing web presence.

Let’s hope this does not have occur

South Coast Ceramics

South Coast Ceramics has emerged from three independent South Coast Ceramic Artists collaborating to create a central website that allows customers to choose options for classes, studio access and handmade ceramics according to their individual needs. 

They say the universe is a perfect place and in our case it was.

Almost 3 years ago, Zeynep @gerroapotterystudio set up her home studio in Gerroa and was attending the Gerringong Markets regularly to sell her work. At the beginning of 2018, Donna @crooked_river_pottery met Zeynep at the markets and told her story about not having touched clay for over 20 years. Zeynep encouraged Donna to come and create in her studio, use the facilities and just enjoy pottery again.

Fran @kiamaceramicartstudio too, had recently moved into the area and happened upon the studio to come and continue working with clay whilst she got settled. Late in 2018, when Zeynep needed major ankle surgery, both Donna and Fran agreed to keep her studio operational while she recovered.

Then as Zeynep’s ankle improved, Donna and Fran started on their own ventures to open their own studios. The beginning of 2020, saw their dream and vision to open their own independent studios come to fruition . All three of us have enjoyed working together for almost 18 months so we thought of a way to keep collaborating.

After all, isn’t that what it’s all about, women supporting women? ‘There’s enough room for all of us’ is what Zeynep’s been saying every time someone asks about competition. We just know this is the beginning of something great for the South Coast!

KIAMA, Kiama Ceramic Art Studio, Frances Smith  


GERROA, Gerroa Pottery Studio, Zeynep Testoni 


NORTH NOWRA, Crooked River Pottery, Donna Weatherby


Ceramics for Experienced Artists

Expressions of Interest

We are calling for expressions of interest from three experienced 2D artists living in the Kiama region – painters, print-makers, photographers etc – who would like to experiment with artistic expression in clay. We will be running special one-on-one workshops for each of the selected artists over five half-day sessions.

Pottery teacher Fran Smith says: “I have worked with paint and print artists before, and it was very productive for them and me. Some of the artists used the surface of the ceramic as a kind of canvas, while others looked at the entire vessel – its shape, texture and form – to create interesting integrated art forms”.

The workshops will include all materials, firing and final photography of the finished work and cost $350. The pieces will be exhibited later in the year at the Firestation Gallery, but the finished works will remain the property of the artist to sell or to keep.

SeeChange 2020 Online

Vanessa Barbay. Falling (Spring Kookaburra) 2020

Making Community

Although this winter Jervis Bay and Basin Arts has not been able to stage a physical version of the SeeChange Festival due to COVID-19, we are pleased we have been able to create an online gallery to exhibit and sell work by Shoalhaven artists and makers. 

We warmly Invite you to visit SeeChange 2020 Online, view the Making Community Exhibition and vote in the People’s Choice Award. Browse and buy a wonderfully diverse range of visual art, small sculpture and crafted objects – every purchase supports local artists and makers. Vote for the work you most admire. The winner by popular vote receives $500. View until 30 September / Vote by 31 August

Visit SeeChange 2020 Online

We sincerely thank our sponsors for supporting SeeChange 2020. In particular, we would like to acknowledge Shoalhaven City Council for providing additional financial support from the Bushfire Community Resilience and Economic Recovery Fund.

Summer of Fire

Even before COVID-19 forced SeeChange 2020 into an online format this winter, our community’s arts festival had already been radically changed by the impacts of the summer’s devastating bushfires in the Shoalhaven. Unsurprisingly, the fires are a powerful and recurring theme for artists exhibiting in Making Community. Take some time to delve into the exhibition, read what the artists have to say about their work and their experiences in the summer of fire.

Christopher Jansch
This current body of work records the traumatic experiences of being directly affected by the devastating Currowan bushfires at Conjola Park on New Year’s Eve. Apart from loosing my home and everything in it, I also lost my studio and many irreplaceable artworks.

Read more

Richard Morecroft
The Burn, 2020.
Mixed media – acrylic, bitumen, stone and aluminium on marine ply. 60cm x 90cm.

There can be a strange beauty in destruction. Fire reduces the immense complexity of a living system to the grim architecture of glowing carbon and drifting smoke. But the structural ghosts of what existed before are still implicit in whatever remains.

Read more

Julie Cunningham
Restoria Botanica, 2020.
Limited Edition Digital Collage Print. 50cm x 72cm unframed.

After the fires I felt the need to make this work celebrating the regenerative powers of nature using photographs I have taken in the Shoalhaven.

Read more


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Creative Dialogues is now a podcast series

Episode 1 & 2 of the Creative Dialogues professional practice series are now available to listen to here!

Episode 1: New Media & Creative Technologies is for traditional arts practitioners wanting to upskill, or science / engineering / education specialists who are keen to bridge the creative gap.

We talk to Virtual Reality content producer, Jane Venegas, Creative Technologist, Abhiruchi Chhikara and Dr Jo Law and Dr Agnieszka Golda, the artists behind the Spinning World project at the Powerhouse Museum (part of UOW’s Global Challenges).

Episode 2: For Joy & Mess we managed to snaffle the hugely entertaining The Listies, artist and educator, Jill Talbot and the Early Start Discovery Space’s Martha Johnson. This is a ‘must listen’ for creatives working with, or thinking of working with young children.  

Episode 3 The State of Dance is available soon and is with Shaun Parker & Company’s Artistic Director Shaun Parker, Austinmer Dance Theatre’s Artistic Director Michelle Forte and Dancer & Choreographers Emma Saunders and Amrita Hepi.

We’ll be posting more of the Creative Dialogue podcasts from the Creative Wollongong Facebook page in the coming weeks so keep your ears tuned!

More information here

Curio Gallery Celebrating NAIDOC 2020

Exhibition Dates: Now until 3 August 2020

Artworks currently on exhibition in Curio Gallery include local celebrated and emerging Aboriginal artists.

A beautiful artwork called ‘Goanna’ by Tynan Lenihan from Coomaditchie United Artists and Screen prints created, as part of a project called MIDDEN, by young Aboriginal children and their families at Bellambi are also on display.

The Midden Project is coordinated by Nin & Nate, a creative collaboration between Linda Kennedy (Yuin) and Nathan Leslie (Gamilaraay).

The Community Industry Group liaised with Aboriginal artists including Catherine Moyle, Linda Kennedy and Coomaditchie Artists to present this NAIDOC exhibition.  
Image 1 – 3 x artworks by Coomaditchie United Artists
* Dance of the Brolga by Alison Day
* Dragonflies by Lorraine Brown and Narelle Thomas
* Frogs by Lorraine Brown and Narelle Thomas

Image 2 – 1 x artwork
* Survival and Homecoming by Catherine Moyle 

Curio is a ‘large display windows’ gallery located on Church Street in Crown St Mall, Wollongong 


Artists are invited to apply for ‘6 week’ exhibition opportunities at Curio Gallery between now and June 2021. Curio is a ‘large display windows’ gallery located on Church Street in Crown St Mall, Wollongong 

More information about how to apply here
Deadline for submissions is 5pm on Monday 3 August 2020

Please send all Expressions of Interest marked 
Private & Confidential to:
‘Curio Gallery’
Cultural Development
Locked Bag 8821
Email Submissions to: 
For further information call Sue Bessell on 4227 7599

Kiama Art Workshops

How wonderful that COVID-19 restrictions are finally being eased and a very big welcome back to you all!  We have been busy rescheduling our workshops and all our new dates are listed on our website. You can now book online paying by credit card or PayPal. To ensure the safety of all our teachers and students, we will be taking precautions recommended by NSW Health COVID-19 guidelines in all our workshops.

To kickstart our return, we have a weekend with the lovely Michele Elliot and her “Fragments and Threads” workshop on Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th July.  If you like the idea of slow stitching and using up remnants of fabric you have had forever, as well as learning some new skills along with good conversation, then this is the workshop for you. Michele will guide you through a series of exercises incorporating basic drawing, collage and composition along with the Bengali technique of kantha to produce a series of small fabric works and samples.  Oh and you don’t have to be able to draw, that part is just for ideas!  This will be a nice and relaxing weekend to be enjoyed by all, hope you can join us.  For bookings click here.

August is a busy month with Magdalena Pillai returning for our Silver Jewellery workshop, followed by Flowers in Oils with Megan Seres and finishing with Botanical Watercolours with Sarah Cole.  These classes are filling up quickly, so don’t miss out!  We hope to see you soon!

Kiama Art Workshops

Artist in Focus

Rose Jewellery Designs

Rose Jewellery Designs was started in the Shire studying with Hazelhurst Gallery and Etelage. I focus on bending in crystals, pearls, shell and European. The jewellery is handmade in Kiama, I work in repair, revamp and new designs. I work with beading; She’ll, crystal, gemstones, glass, European, etc.
I am also part of the Kiama Arts Trail.

Sign up and join the Weave Artist Directory for free. Need help signing up, contact your relevant Council Cultural Development Officer:

Live Stream Extravaganza w/ 19-Twenty, Roshani & Brandon Dodd

20th June – 8.30pm AEST

19-Twenty have teamed up with THE BEST ‘streamers’ yes that’s a word, in the business, Pluto Entertainment, and are bringing you over 2 hours of good vibes DIRECT to you in your home!

Best thing is you can pay what you want!! WOOHOO! Also playing a set are the Incredible Roshani & Brandon Dodd (Grizzlee Train, Kasey Chambers) ! It’s sure to be an absolute cracker! Get your tickets below.. So proud of this lineup and super psyched for us to join you in your loungeroom!


Brandon Dodd

‘Brandon Dodd writes songs using the timeless ingredients of simplicity, honesty and rawness. ’ – Bernard Fanning

From a simple upbringing in a little Australian beach town in NSW to travelling the world on stage after joining Kasey Chambers band at just 19 years old as her guitar player, Brandon Dodd, now 24, has already experienced more than most musicians dream of in a lifetime.



From dirt poor beginnings in Sri Lanka to explosive multi-instrumental powerhouse, ROSHANI’s music is as captivating and uplifting as her life story.

Her father the village drummer, her mother the singer, impoverished and with no hope, had to give ROSHANI up for adoption. At 6 weeks old fate led her to the other side of the world, to a musical family living in music capital Tamworth.

ROSHANI’s music defies pigeonhole, timelessly crossing genre. Using loop pedals to lay down guitar, harmonica, keys, percussion and a voice that gives you goosebumps, ROSHANI developed her one-woman show while living in her van, busking on the streets and travelling wherever the wind took her.