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Kilmore Art Society seeks new home

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Grace Frost
Grace Frost
Hi, I'm Grace Frost. I was honoured to report for the Review as their Digital Journalist from mid-2022 to the beginning of 2024. Ive since made a move to the Herald Sun.

Kilmore Art Society is without a home as a change of ownership at Oddfellows Café has meant there is no longer an upstairs space available at the Sydney Street building.

Based on the second floor of the café since 2018, the society enjoyed having the space to hang artwork, host meetings, and invite the public upstairs alongside a meal from Oddfellows Cafe below.

However, with a new owner of the cafe taking over on January 1, there are plans for a fresh use of the upstairs space, meaning a gallery on the upper level could no longer be facilitated.

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Society vice president Jeannette Jain said the group now had ‘nowhere to go’.

“It was a great space to have and we realise we were very lucky to have it,” she said.

“We have to store all our equipment, all our art supplies, our tables and chairs and to just not have the gallery anymore, we have nowhere to show our paintings at the moment.”

The society’s equipment and works are currently in storage at Ms Jain’s property, with the removal from the café supported by Mitchell Shire Council.

Council is also supporting the society in its search for a new home, a space Ms Jain said would simply need to be a room capable of hosting meetings and classes for the society’s members, as well as storage for art equipment.

“We’ve had such a short time to think about it, there are a lot of places we could think about … even if we have to have a different space for everything we hold for the time, we’ll still go ahead and be a society but everything’s still up in the air about where we can go,” she said.

“It could be part of another building and that would be fine, it is a community organisation and we do a lot in the community with helping people.

“[Art] brings people alive, it’s something different to their normal life. It uplifts them, it’s something to look forward to, so it’s a pretty important part of peoples’ lives.”

Ms Jain said despite the difficulties, there were still a range of events and activities planned for the coming months, including the Kilmore Art Expo which ‘certainly will go ahead’ in April next year.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. Why not use the site next to the Kilmore Bakery it could be a multipurpose community centre and an arts facility. It would be accessible on a ground level and attract interest from tourists and locals alike. It would be a central venue for Holiday activities for local younger children and a social meeting place for young and old alike.

  2. There was a empty building (Blues Social Room) at the JJ Clancy Reserve owned by the ratepayers but CEO Brett Luxford said we didnt need it

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