ASOC Christmas Market 2017 @ Fitters Workshop
Dec 15 @ 10:00 AM – Dec 17 @ 4:00 PM

Some time ago a number of members expressed interest in participating in a Christmas Market planned for the weekend beginning Friday 15 December at the Fitters Workshop, Kingston.
Many new members have subsequently joined ASOC and they may also wish to participate.
We need to establish an equipment and floor plan as soon as possible.
How would you like the stalls to look? What kinds of products would you like to sell, eg., artworks, cards, other?
ASOC is prepared to supply some materials to help set up stalls. External advertising will also be arranged. Buyers do tend to look for bargains in the lead up to Christmas.
Could those members who expressed an initial interest in participating please email by Monday 27 November and advise what products you intend to sell at the market and what day/time you would be available for a planning meeting prior to 15 December 2017.
Newer participants should also indicate their availability for a planning meeting
2018 Summer Art Experience @ Canberra College
Jan 8 @ 8:30 AM – Jan 12 @ 4:00 PM

Come and study with like minded people, meet new friends or catch up with current friends.

The best tutors have been selected to provide you with an opportunity to improve your art over 5 days in air conditioned comfort in Canberra.Most mediums and many styles are included in the workshops.

What a great Christmas gift for a special relative – the memories and skills learned will last a life time!

Further details are available at:







Regional Heritage Art Exhibition @ Fitters Workshop
Apr 14 @ 10:00 AM – Apr 28 @ 4:00 PM

The coming months see ASOC for the first time in a formal relationship with the ACT Government Heritage Grants Program, following the financial award of $6,265 for the project “Recording the Heritage Sites of the Region in Fine-Art”.
This means that Artists can work towards the goal of creating a Re-
gional Heritage Art Exhibition during the Canberra and Region Heritage Festival, which has a wide ranging calendar that operates from 14 – 29 April 2018.
The ASOC/ACT Catchment Group’s Exhibition is scheduled for 14 – 20th April, 2018 at the Fitter’s Workshop in Kingston, with bump-in and bump-out days set on 13 and 21 April. We would have liked to have extended over the weekend of 21/22 April, but unfortunately the premises were booked for another Sunday event.
An important condition of the Heritage Grant concerns definitions of ACT Heritage as presented in the Heritage Act 2004.
“Recent amendments to the Heritage Act 2004 have reduced the duplication between heritage and nature conservation legislation. In particular, the Heritage Council is no longer able to register a place only for natural heritage significance where a declaration may be in force under the Nature Conservation Act 1980.
.As such, a number of the places nominated for natural values are in the process of being removed from the ACT Heritage Register as they are protected under the Nature Conservation Act.
Artists are therefore asked to note that their work should focus on information contained in the current ACT Heritage Register and the select registered places and objects designated with – Status 3.
In reality the Register is a fantastic guide to what is available as subject material for artists, The Register can be found at:
You may be surprised by some of the listings, for example, the Swinger Hill Cluster Housing Project (1970’s) and Gus’ Café in Civic
The Molonglo, Southern ACT, and Ginninderra Catchment groups, and ACT Historic Places (part of the Cultural Facilities Corporation) also have a plethora of knowledge on possible subject matter for artists to consider.
The Project Staffing team nominated in the Heritage Grant application comprises: Dr Karen Williams, Chair, Molonglo Catchment Group; Ms Miranda Gardner, Chair of the Southern ACT Catchment Group;
Ms Tricia Wheatstone, ASOC; and myself (AJJ) as Chair of the project. The Government’s Deed of Grant signed on 24 October has a number of Reporting requirements that we must meet over the course of the
next twelve months as the project proceeds. In the interim, I am also in the process of applying for additional continued support from our main sponsor for this event Icon Water.
Alan Jones
Members Spring Exhibition @ Fitters Workshop
Nov 15 @ 10:00 AM – Nov 26 @ 5:00 PM

This is one of the Premier events in the ASOC calendar and not to be missed.

Over 300 works on display and for sale. Styles and mediums vary so there is something for everyone. Treat yourself or a relative or friend to an original artwork for a change.

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