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.


Dissecting Award Winning Shots: Landscapes – Vol1

I have released my new eBook: Dissecting Award-Winning Shots: Landscapes at a special launching price of US$39.90

Click here to view ebook

With 20 articles and 150 pages in total,  there is a lot of valuable information to gain from this book.
Foreword by Paul Hoelen Master of Photog. II Commentaries by Peter Eastway Grand Master of Photography

I hope you have enjoyed my 10 Ingredients of Composition Mastery eBook and I also hope you enjoyed the Dissecting Award Winning Shot Articles that I have been sending to you in the past few weeks.

Much time, thought, and consideration has gone into its creation and how best to condense 23 years of experience and hard-earned knowledge into an engaging platform that offers dashes of both inspiration and education.

If you enjoy my work, please purchase a copy of my new eBook here.

If you can’t afford to buy at this time, a great way to support me would be to share this with your photography friends and family. I would really appreciate it!

Meroogal Women’s Art Prize 2020

Entries are now open for the Meroogal Women’s Art Prize 2020, with a prize pool of over $10,000. 

Female artists from across NSW are invited to submit works, in any medium, that respond toMeroogal, an 1880s house museum located in Nowra. Selected artworks will be displayed and photographed throughout the property, throwing new light on the personal stories of the people who once lived there.

This year, SLM is waiving the artist entry fee to make the prize as accessible as possible at a time when support and kindness are most needed.

Entries close 3 August 2020.

Further details are available on our website at

Joe Mungovan

I’ve been busy creating videos with some friends of mine for the past few months.  Here is the first of them – a live stripped back version of my single ‘Be With You’ with a guitar, two microphones and a loop pedal.

I will post another video in the coming weeks, so if you want to keep up to date with it all, you can subscribe to my youtube channel here –

Regional Arts Boost Fund

Immediate, mid and long term funding for individuals and organisations strengthening the fabric of the creative ecosystem in regional, rural and remote Australia.

Regional Arts Australia are proud to announce The Recovery Boost — a one-off targeted investment provided by the Australian Government. The funding recognises that the creative industries are central to thriving and healthy communities across regional, rural and remote Australia and that arts and culture activities are vital in the recovery and renewal process. 

The Recovery Boost grant program will be implemented in three stages moving from Relief to Recovery and Renewal.
RAF Relief
Relief grants are designed to assist regional artists, arts organisations and communities to meet their immediate needs. This could include asset replacement or purchase, support for arts practice (including self-directed residency/research and development), small projects and professional development opportunities.
RAF Recovery
Recovery grants are designed to meet the medium-term recovery needs of artists, organisations and communities. Projects in this program should focus on activities that assist in recovery from bushfire, drought, and/or the impacts of COVID-19.
Project activities could include creative recovery projects, training programs, operational recovery plans, asset purchase or replacement (up to $5000) and the development of risk plans and emergency operating procedures and responses.
RAF Renewal
Renewal grants will provide up to three years of funding to support projects that have strong partnerships and demonstrated long-term outcomes, with a sustainable future-positioning focus.
These projects will be strategic in nature. Collaborations across State and Territory borders will be encouraged. The projects can be process-driven and provide an opportunity to think beyond ‘snap back’ and to consider renewed arts practice and learning processes.
Project activities could include partnership projects, community events or programs, First Nations-led renewal and wages for workers (First Nations worker positions will be encouraged).
Applying to the RAF Recovery Boost
The Recovery Boost funds will be delivered through the mechanisms of the Regional Arts Fund. This is a place based program that is designed to meet the needs of each jurisdiction and best practice recovery and responsiveness.
Please check your relevant Regional Program Administrator’s website for further information towards the end of June.
The RAF Recovery Boost program aims to strengthen the fabric of the creative ecosystem across regional Australia with sustainable, long-term support that can inform and strengthen a robust creative sector.

Fern Street Gallery

Fern Street Gallery – The South Coast Destination for Art Lovers, reopened on Friday 5th June 2020. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays 10am-4pm. They have also created a beautiful video from the gallery (credit to Resident Artist, Jon Harris Photography), feel free to share it far and wide:

Who’s in the Window?

This fortnight the new display in the gallery window is by Resident Artist Vanessa Anderson.

Meet Resident Artist Vanessa Anderson

Having been born in South Africa and immigrating to Australia 20 years ago, Vanessa’s artworks draw on a personal history of experiences and imagery that are inspired and informed by both these countries, their distinctive landscapes and creatures. Her unique blend of symbolic imagery, still-life and surreal landscapes are significantly influenced by what she sees and feels in the world, striving to create a unique, authentic voice.

“When I start a piece I never quite know what I want to say but then a visual conversation begins and it evolves into a fantastic, quirky dialogue of beauty, fragility, loss and hope. This gives me joy. When this conversation resonates with someone else, the viewer, I am truely grateful. Presently I am creating a series of works on paper. Small and intimate, they have been the perfect medium to work with during recent social distancing restrictions and best support my internal processes and reflections of Isolation and COVID19. It is evident that I am repeatedly drawn to landscapes and creatures, particularly the South Coast because they are a fantastic colourful metaphoric language and when used in an unusual context they create a meaningful dialogue for the soul.”

Vanessa Anderson

Artworks by Vanessa Anderson

“Ring a Ring o’ Roses” by Vanessa Anderson
Acrylic and Ink on Paper
46.5cm x 61.5cm (Framed)

When talk of a worldwide pandemic first started circulating in the media and there was widespread panic toilet paper buying, this work surfaced. I work with children and one of the nursery rhymes we sing is Ring-a-ring o’ roses. I have always been fascinated by nursery rhymes and how dark they can actually be. Sung to a bright tune they touch on societies dangers, suffering and loss; they can be a cheerful warning system that is passed on from generation to generation. Amazingly here it was, a nursery rhyme sung into reality “A-tishoo, A-tishoo we all fall down”.  Similarly, my artwork explores the prospects of a plague in an equally dark, beautiful and serene manner.

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“I Know I’ll Be Stronger” by Vanessa Anderson
Acrylic and Ink on Paper
47.5xcm x 61.5cm (Framed)

This is essentially a picture of freedom and hope; a belief that the dark ultimately leads to the light and the fish that was once confined is literally set free. This is a recurring theme for me and although I am playing on current events such as the ending of
isolation and a plague (depicted by flies); this work really speaks to a wider theme of liberation after suffering.

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“Easter 2020” by Vanessa Anderson
Acrylic and Ink on Paper 
63cm x 50cm (Framed)

This work was literally born out of the restrictions imposed during the Easter long weekend. I was based in Newtown at the time and prevented from travelling to Kiama or spending time on Sydney beaches; there was nothing about 2020 that had been normal so far and I had time on my hands. In my desire to mark this unprecedented event, perhaps a once in a lifetime pandemic, and its
worldwide repercussions, Easter 2020 came to life.

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Want to see more artworks by Vanessa Anderson?


Current Exhibition

FErn Street Gallery follow all required Covid-19 Government guidelines for galleries – please don’t let that stop you from supporting us. Please sign in when you visit (details only for the  Health Authorities to track Covid-19 cases in case of outbreaks. Your details will be kept safe, not shared and will be destroyed after 28 days). Please keep at least 1.5m apart from other people at all times. Please use the hand sanitiser provided, before and after artwork purchases. Thank you for keeping our artists, community and yourself safe.

‘BAMAL’ an exhibition by Jaz

BAMAL, at the Art Bar Kiama from 4 June to 2 August 2020.

A collection of paintings and photography exploring the connections to Earth (BAMAL) through contemporary Aboriginal iconography and art practice.

Using Air-Ink (made from air pollution), and many culturally significant media, local indigenous artist, visual arts teacher, and Wayapa Wuurrk Practitioner, Jaz Corr, has created a deeply personal and moving exhibition for the Art Bar in Kiama this June and July. Including a piece of immense scale entitled BAMAL made from Air-Ink and Red Centre paint. This diptych combines four iconographs drawn from the body movements of the Aboriginal practice Wayapa Wuurrk, and is truly magical in scale and movement.

Jaz has also included a series of BAMAL (Earth) elements painted onto salvaged vintage screen-printing screens using dried native foliage and gunanguyirngai (echnida) quill, with Ochre Ridge, Red Centre and Red Gum paint. And skilfully photographed images of her most treasured belongings, her personal collection of TOTEMS gifted to her from the BAMAL (earth).

This is one exhibition not to be missed. Due to Covid-19 trading restrictions there will not be an opening for this exhibition, however BAMAL will be on show for 8 weeks to allow a greater audience to experience Jaz’s incredible work.

Kiama Library Update

Library Express Service

Kiama Library reopened our doors on Monday 1 June with a Library Express service.

Kiama Library App

Your library in one app. Search the catalogue, reserve and renew books from your device, find our what’s happening at the library, and use self-checkout for a contact-free, easy borrowing experience.

Get started here.

Kiama Stories oral history project

There’s no time like the present to explore the past. Explore our unique collection of recordings of memories of long-time local residents about life in our area. Or volunteer from home by helping to edit the automated transcripts.  Read more

Kiama Readers Festival

This year’s Kiama Readers Festival has been cancelled due to COVID19 restrictions, but will be back bigger and better than ever next year, 23-25 July 2021.

Save the date! And ‘follow’ the Kiama Readers Festival Facebook page for more updates. 

WorkLife is back…..are you?

WorkLife has been in a period of partial hibernation. For a handful of existing members we have continued to provide a lifeline to business continuity and productivity. 

We are now providing space, focus, safety and connection for returning and new members come. We have been busily adapting, learning and installing the processes and facilities to ensure WorkLife is a best-practice COVID-SAFE-SPACE. 

And if you think that now might be the time to get some productivity back into your work patterns, limit your commuting or escape the strictures and risks of a long term lease- we would love to show you our spaces and have a chat about how a Suite, hub or dedicated desk might suit your working needs. 

1 Office Suite Available

WorkLife Kiama currently has one 2-person Office Suite available with street frontage to Collins St Kiama. 

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.


Desk dividers

To make sure that everyone feels safe in their working bubble on our shared desks- we have collaborated with the awesome team @StageKings (an event company that pivoted to ISO-friendly furniture) to design these adaptable perspex desk dividers. We think they are the perfect COVID-SAFE solution for our coworking areas. 

Thanks Nick!! We love them. And read about the StageKings story here.



Spots for space

You won’t be able to miss our new yellow additions to Kiama & Berry. Just a gentle, happy reminder to keep the safe, respectful distance from each other while we are at work & play!

(and yes, Bonnie measured  –  that is 2m between spots!)

Clean hands

There are quite a few planks to our COVID-SAFE-SPACE regime – quadrupled cleaning regimes, registration of guests, individual cleaning supplies and sexy new yellow hands-free bins and black matte hand-dryers – but our favourite find is from our wonderful friends at Four Pillars Gin who jumped on the moment and created this spunky hand sanitiser that smells as as good as their gin tastes! You can’t miss it at the front door and we all appreciate everyone using it upon entry and exit of WorkLife.

WorkLife Berry: 1/70 Albert st, Berry NSW 2535
WorkLife Kiama: 29 Collins st, Kiama NSW 2533

Australia’s largest youth film competition

Help Young Filmmakers in Your Community Win Nextwave 2020! 

The Nextwave short film competition, regional Australia’s largest youth film competition, is officially open for entries from young Australians between the ages of 10-25- and this year we want to see the creative talent from your local community. 

The official Nextwave competition guidelines can be found on the Nextwave blog. 

It takes a lot of hands to shine a light on the best young regional filmmakers in Australia – so if we can please ask you to share the blog on your social media, invite schools in your region to enter (and win “Best School”!), help the Nextwave team spread the word and discover young local talents, give them the chance to win some amazing prizes, have their film shown on the big screen at the Nextwave Youth Film Awards during the Screenwave International Film Festival on the Coffs Coast in January, and shown around the country for Youth Week in April!

More Nextwave information here

Free Live Artpreneurs Summit

Artists and creatives. YOUR creative death sentence hasn’t been written by the pandemic. Artpreneurs Summit is a virtual summit about independent arts and creative entrepreneurship, and never having to choose between your art and your income.

The Artapreneurs Summit and it’s going to be 3 days of power-packed interviews featuring over 30 experts on the subject of creative entrepreneurship.

Since this summit is completely online, no one has to leave their home to enjoy the content. Perfect for binge-watching while you’re on lockdown.

But the organizers have provided a complimentary, 100% FREE PASS to the entire event when we go live, online from April 17-19, 2020.

So, grab your own pass right now and make plans to make yourself available during the event dates (April 17-19, ONLINE). Watch the sessions and glean the knowledge you’ll need to go forward.

You can grab your pass here: https://patrickcombs–

Positions Vacant

Centrelink are looking for people to start ASAP.

Work up until Christmas. Service Centre roles available. Easy work.

Please contact Paul Bulman –

Details and locations are below.


  • We are looking for candidates with at least 2 years office experience and strong Customer Service and Administration skills and good presentation & phone manner
  • First priority are candidates who can start this coming Monday 30/3, but also candidates who can start Monday week 6/4 or ASAP.

Company: Services Australia (Manage Centrelink, Medicare etc)

Job Title: Service Officer

Role: Once an application is lodged online, you as the Service Officer are responsible for carrying out the initial check and verifying that all required information has been submitted.
You will follow a strict guideline checklist and be following up with applicants over the phone, if any information provided is inaccurate/ missing etc and assisting them.

Rate: $34.50/hr + Super

Large numbers of roles in:

  • Parramatta – circa 200
  • Wollongong – circa 100
  • Illawarra – circa 100

A few things to note:

  • 7.5 hour working days, no shifts at this stage and no over time.
  • Candidates MUST be prepared to work from the office, even if we go in to Lockdown.
  • MUST be an Australian Citizen

The process:

We need for potential candidates an up to date Word CV and the following details

  • Email address:
  • DOB:
  • Date available to start 30/3 or 6/4 or other:
  • Name and contact Details (Email & Mobile) of last employer for a reference check:
  • Can you commit through to the end of December?
  • Any holiday commitments during this period?
  • Australian Citizen Y/N?
  • Location Preferred: Parramatta/Wollongong or Illawarra or all?
  • Overview of suitability, 3 points please: for example…’Was an accountant, excellent presentation and interpersonal skills – understands tax rules and legislation and how to complete paperwork – very good with numbers, administration & process, excel & word’

Post Sent In Error

Please be advised the KCAN blog post title ‘Ray Edmondson | Saturday Afternoon at the Historical Moviessent’ sent at 10.42am today was a previously scheduled post that not had deleted following changes implemented as a result of COVID 19.

Please accept my apologies for this error and be advised that the event as per the COVID 19 requirements has been cancelled.