Goodbye Curious Art Gallery
The Cooperative of Artists website hosting expires in August 2018. The Cuious email address and any contact phone mumbers for enquires will be retired on the 27st August 2017.
On behalf of all the Curious family, thank you all for the journey.
A Curious Farewell
Please Note: Curious Digital Photography (CDP), is also retiring after 6 years of great workshops. Thanks to all.
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by represented artists.
On August 31 2017 Curious Art Gallery, the only not for profit artists cooperative in the Tweed Shire, closed the doors after 16 successful years. Since its inception in May 2001, and official opening in September 2001 in the iconic “Big Pink” Art Deco building on Chinderah Bay Drive, Curious Art Gallery has amassed over 70 members and held over 100 themed exhibitions.
The success of this NFP artist run initiative is measured by the personal and professional development of its members and the charitable endeavours within the community. While Curious Art Gallery enabled emerging artists to exhibit and gain valuable business experience, it also held a yearly children's exhibition Curious Kids and held fund raising exhibits in the wake of the Banda Aceh, and Japan, earthquakes and tsunamis. Curious Art has for many years participated with Gold Coast Lindisfarne High School with annual art student’s school excursions to the Gallery.
Many members have gone on to create well respected local and international businesses. These include:
It can be said that all members have been enriched by the Curious family, and have gone on to give back to the community from which they came.
With the current active members now involved with PhD’s, and Diploma studies in various disciplines, teaching in photography and art, and other local volunteer activities, a new chapter begins for each of the dedicated volunteers who have exhibited and worked constantly over the last 16 years.
Curious Art Gallery would especially like to thank the owners, manager and staff of the Chinderah Village Caravan Park for their community spirit and support of the arts. We also thank the Tweed Shire community at large for its ongoing support of the Gallery.
Kingscliff beer garden summer 2000: Expressions of interest for an art cooperative.
(pictured middle left in white t-shirt at the first official group meeting)
During one of several mad art weekends sometime in the spring of 2000 at Cabarita Beach, with Libby Mills, Vanessa Bryant, Danny McGirr, Larraine Bryant and Michael Bryant, East famously declared:
"Let's get serious and open our own gallery!"
We did. By May 2001 Curious Art was regsistered as a NSW cooperative. By Septemeber "The Birth of Curious" exhibition opened to a a packed gallery.
The rest is history.
Clare Johnson in response to the Curious, "Iconic" exhibition, created an enduring, philosphical and lovable character, Miss Prissy (and cat) that has brought happiness all over the world.
Gillian Buttress-Grove, Artable.
"I hung my first ever painting for sale on the walls at Curious over a decade ago. It was there amongst the support of the local arts community that I built my art confidence and gained some business administration skills helping out with the running of the co-op.
There's no doubt that these early years led to the foundation of Artable, an award winning local art school that now runs workshops with Australian and International artists worldwide. Thank you to the Curious art family from the bottom of my heart, you touched the lives of so many creatives & supported my own art journey in so many ways."
The view from Curious Art has been inspirational and one we always remember