The Bouddi Society is a community group which organises public events and publications aimed at displaying and fostering the artistic, historical and cultural life of the local community. The Bouddi Society administers the Bouddi Foundation for the Arts.
ANNOUNCING WORDS AT WAGSTAFFE 2022
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The On-line Art Show held from 2 to 10 October, 2021 was a great success.
During the Show over 1,200 people visited the website and the results were:
- Total sales of $11,214
- 38 artworks sold. Of these, 24 were individual pieces and the other 14 were limited edition prints.
- 18 of the 32 exhibiting artists sold at least one piece of their artwork
These results are basically the same as Art Shows held at the Wagstaffe Hall over the last few years.
Although the Show has finished, the website will remain open for a few more weeks.
To go to the on-line art show Click Here
Apply Now for Bouddi Foundation for the Arts Grants up to $5000
Bouddi Foundation for the Arts 2021 Grant applications have closed.
If you are a young (15-30 years) local person on the Central Coast wishing to pursue a career in the arts, The Bouddi Foundation for the Arts is now accepting applications for grants up to $5000 thanks to generous donations. Details are at bouddiarts.org.au. Applications close 16 May, 2021. Auditions will be held in August at Wagstaffe Hall and Hardys Bay Community Church. A special grant awards event will be held in November, also at Wagstaffe Hall.
Since its inception in 2012 as a not for profit charity under the auspices of the Bouddi Society, over 80 grant recipients have received over $169,000 in grants, with 99 cents in the donor-dollar going direct to grantees.
So whether you are a singer/songwriter, indigenous or classical dancer, opera singer, musical theatre star, visual artist, sculptor, film maker, writer, puppet maker or anything else that’s ‘art’, click into the site, get the details about what to include in your application, and send it in, pronto!
Application details are found at bouddiarts.org.au, and grant applications can be submitted digitally through firstname.lastname@example.org or in hard copy to the Foundation’s secretary PO Box 4081 Wagstaffe 2257.
Bouddi Photographs Past & Present
The collection of local photographs of people, places and events has been uploaded to Flickr. Click Here to be forwarded to the site.
For the latest Bouddi News Click Here
For the President's 2021 Address Click Here
Previous Event Reports
2020 ART SHOW
On the October long weekend the Bouddi Society hosted an Art Show at the Wagstaffe Hall for local artists. The theme was 'Birds of a Feather' and it was interesting the number of ways that our avian friends were represented. Apart from paintings & prints of various mediums, there was some ceramics and jewellery. There was also a wonderful mechanism of the White-bellied Sea Eagle’s wing structure by Gab Paananen.
The Hall resonated to the sound of bird calls whilst a video of the birds of the Bouddi Peninsula was shown on the stage wall. This video was interspersed with the pre-recorded opening ceremony with Judy Nunn opening and reading bird poems by Judith Wright and John Bell interviewing Gab Paananen. (the bird video and opening ceremony can be viewed on the Bouddi Society website www.bouddisociety.org.au)
Even with Covid restrictions, the show was a great success with over 700 people attending over the two days. Sales exceeded $14,000 and the Bouddi Society made over $3,000.
The Bouddi Society would like to thank the exhibiting artists and the local community who helped to make the show so successful.
Art Show Opening Ceremony
Bird Video and Bird List are in BIRDS menu
2019 ARTISANS SHOW
Over the 2019 June long weekend at the Wagstaffe Hall, the Bouddi Society hosted an artisan show. Quality craftwork by over 20 artisans from the Peninsula and environs was exhibited.
It has been hailed by everyone as a great success both financially and for the camaraderie shown throughout the show.
The total sales for the show exceeded $14,000, and there was a record level in door donations and in the purchase of raffle tickets. Overall the Bouddi Society made $4,900 from the show.
On Saturday afternoon, it was good to see so many people at the official opening. Local artist Jordan Richardson opened the show and the acknowledgement of country was made by show exhibitor Tim Selwyn.
At the closing ceremony on Sunday afternoon, the Bouddi Birds sang an adapted version of 'My Favourite Things' with all exhibitors acknowledged in the lyrics. The Bouddi Birds are Kathryn Moore, Leah Turner with the amazing Carolyn Packer on piano. Click Here for words of the song.
The Bouddi Society would like to thank the exhibiting artisans and the local community who helped to make this show so successful.
2018 ART SHOW
Over the 2018 June long weekend in the Wagstaffe Hall, the Bouddi Society hosted an art show for artists living on the Bouddi Peninsular. It has been hailed by everyone as a great success.
There were 26 exhibiting artists that included both painters and crafts people. Ceramics, wood turning and leather were represented.
The total sales for the show exceeded $10,000, and there was a record level in door donations and in the purchase of raffle tickets. Overall the Bouddi Society made $3,500 from the show.
The art show was opened by John Bell who gave a very interesting and informative talk on the history of art which began in Italy in the Renaissance period starting in the 13th century.
The big winner for the weekend was Meg Lewer from Wagstaffe who sold one of her paintings for $1,600 and also won the 'Bells at Killcare' raffle prize.
The Bouddi Society would like to thank the exhibiting artists and the local community who helped to make this show so successful.
Click Here to view art show photos.