Federal School of Arts: Art 4 Art’s Sake

By Nikky Morgan-Smith.

A group of local artists and community members have banded together to put ‘art’ back into the Federal School of Arts.

The school was once a beacon of artistic endeavour in the Shire, but in recent years this use has fallen by the wayside.

Now, local painters Soren Carlbergg and Marika Bryant are bringing back a taste of the venue’s colourful past with the Art 4 Art’s Sake exhibition later this month.

Running on the weekend of September 29–30, the exhibition will use both the Federal School of Arts plus the Federal church, purchased by the larger Federal community. 

‘As many galleries are struggling and closing – Mullumbimby recently and The Channon less recently – we started asking ourselves where do local artists show their works?’ MsBryant said.

‘Where will emerging artists find a venue to exhibit, without becoming disheartened?’

Ms Bryant said the format of the exhibition would be Contemporary Art with a variety of artists, and fundraising for the Federal Hall.

There will be live music, raffles, door prizes and food.

‘As Federal is a burgeoning village and art is no longer listed as a cultural requirement from schools to university degrees to TAFE, we think this is quite timely,’ Ms Bryant said.

‘It will also be a fundraiser for new replacement windows for the School of Arts so a gold-coin donation will help towards this.’ 

The organisers hope that, if Art 4 Art’s Sake is successful, exhibitions at the School of Arts will become a regular event.

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