About

A short history of the Busselton Art Society

At a meeting of people interested in art held on the 22nd of April 1959, The Busselton Art Society, as we know it today, was formed. From a foundation membership of 48 people, The Society has grown to an annual average of over a hundred members.

The Busselton Art Society has held many exhibitions over the years, the first being held in Mitchell Park in January 1960. This event proved so popular that Art in the Park has continued annually and is the longest running exhibition of its kind in Western Australia.

In September 1966, The Society held its first open art exhibition, held biennially until 1988, in which paintings were chosen by an invited judge. The Society then purchased these 58 paintings, adding works acquired by special purchase, donated workshop paintings and a number on permanent loan and now owns close to 120 works of art. From this beginning The Busselton Art Society has an outstanding collection of works of art,which is now the largest private art collection in the South West.

During the nineties, spring and summer exhibitions were introduced and held annually, usually in the Weld Hall. 

Our foundation members worked hard to find a “home of our own,” having moved five times in as many years, eventually settling in the Weld Hall in 1965 for twelve years. However, an ever-increasing membership meant The Society needed more space to paint in and space to hang their growing art collection so it had to move again. The Society then occupied the Old Board Rooms in Prince Street for eight years, until the building wasdemolished.

In 1984 after a total renovation of the Old Police Cottages, 6 Queen Street, using a grant from the WA Heritage Commission, The Busselton Art Society totally renovated and refurbished the Old Police Cottages at 6 Queen Street. This provided The Society with a new gallery and art rooms, which were officially opened by His Excellency, Governor Professor Gordon Reid.

Medium

Groups that share an interest in a variety of different mediums come together on different days of the week and work on their creations, share ideas and tips or just enjoy a cup of coffee and absorb the creative vibes.   

Some of these include

Art on Porcelain
Watercolour
Oils 
Acrylics
Pastel
Drawing and Life Drawing
Pen & Ink

Image Gallery

The ways we learn and appreciate

6 x 6 Exhibition

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Flyer for 6×6 exhibition
  • Free Entry
  • Jan 29-Feb 25, 2024
  • 10am – 2:00pm Saturday/Sunday
  • 10am – 3:00pm Mon-Fri

Water Colour Classes

  • Feb 6 – Mar 26, 2024
  • 3:30pm – 5:30 PM
  • $200
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Watercolour classes with Steve Vigors.

Still Life painting classes with Steve Vigors (oil/acrylic)

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  • $200
  • Feb6 – March 27, 2024
  • Tuesdays 6pm-830pm or Wednesdays 330pm-6pm
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