The Composer Is In The Room

Steel City Strings is back in 2020 to present this exciting concert event. Your local ensemble will be taking audiences on a musical journey through the works of celebrated Australian composers. 

Be one of the first people in the world to hear a new composition ‘Cinque Forme d’Amore’ (‘Five Kinds of Love’) by Elena Kats-Chernin, voted the most popular Australian composer in 2019’s ABC Classic Favourite Composer countdown. This piece was commissioned by local philanthropist Sue Kirby in memory of her late husband Judge Jack Goldring.
Also featuring ‘Nothing is Forever’ by local composer Matthew Hindson; Ann Carr-Boyd’s lively ‘Fandango’; Moya Henderson’s spiritual Aboriginal themes in ‘The Dreaming: Utterly Sacred: In Honour of 40,000 Years’; Andrew Ford’s evocative, sparkling ‘Bright Shiners’, and ‘Blue Poles’ (from The Manhattan Epiphanies); and the sublime and deeply moving ‘Elegy in Memoriam Rupert Brooke’ by Frederick Septimus Kelly.
The APRA/AMCOS award-winning ensemble will energise audiences with the unique sound of Australian music and culture. Come and celebrate the music from your region!

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Small Cultural Grants

The Small Cultural Grants program covers a broad range of activities that enliven our city, build our cultural industry and encourage people to get involved. This can include activities like music, performing arts, visual arts and craft, and cultural projects.  We encourage people from diverse cultural and language backgrounds and members of our local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to apply for this program.

Our Small Cultural Grants program is open to residents of the Wollongong Local Government Area. This includes individuals, community and cultural development organisations, physically and socially isolated communities, groups from diverse backgrounds and young people.

Closes 5pm 31 March 2020

For more information please call Customer Service on 4227 7111, visit Wollongong City Council or email 

Find out more about other grants offered by Wollongong City Council here

Creative Dialogues

Creative Dialogues is a series of free events that focus on the arts and creative industries. This project aims to help you upskill, form strategic partnerships and collaborate.

Learn new approaches to grow your professional practice and make an impact.

Everyone is welcome to attend, but we particularly recommend Creative Dialogues to emerging artists, arts workers, professional creatives and arts-related organisations.

Read about the 2020 series and book your tickets below.

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Kiama Artist Mural

Image: Blue Banded Bee by Kane ‘Trait’ Horspool at Warilla Library

The above mural, painted by Kane ‘Trait’ Horspool, is situated at the rear of the new Warilla library.

The mural depicts the Blue Banded Bee, which is native to the site on which the library is constructed. Trait describes himself as a conservationist and is interested in local environmental issues. The artwork also includes a subtle message about the impact of plastic on our environment. The recently completed lifeguard tower at Warilla Beach will also be complemented by a mural wrapping around the four solid concrete walls of the structure. The local artist, Claire Foxton, has completed many artworks of this scale in the Illawarra and internationally, including a mural in Oak Flats and at Stockland Shellharbour.

Her “coastal botanic” design incorporates native species of flora found nearby to waterways in the City including the Coastal Banksia and Maidenhair Fern. The artwork is currently underway so give Claire a wave if you’re going past!

Creative Spaces | Shellharbour

We are looking to enliven the Shellharbour exhibition space and we want to give you the opportunity to come and share your magic!

We are calling upon artists, designers, musicians, dreamers and anyone else in between to partner with us on an activation series in the creative space for free between Saturday 18 April to Friday 17 July, 2020.

From poetry slams and macramé workshops, to the art of making someone laugh, we want to give you the artistic freedom to celebrate the creators that reside in us all.

To apply, visit Council’s website and complete the short form. 



A few times a year we throw the doors to WorkLife wide open and offer all new members the chance to try coworking on an unlimited basis, for free, for a whole month.  Do you know anyone who would benefit from coworking? February is the perfect time!

Top 3 Reasons to join WorkLife

1. Productivity. A coworking space encourages you to add some structure to your day,
and also has the added bonus that you can leave it all behind when you
go home.

2. Company. Just being around other productive humans a few days a week greatly increases wellbeing. Connections, collaborations and positive energy in abundance.

3. Logistics. The internet works. It’s fast. There is aircon! There is coffee, the milk is in-date, there is fruit in the bowl. The desks are at the correct height, the chairs are comfy.

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