About Kyogle District Arts Council

KDAC enhances and supports creative arts projects throughout the Kyogle Local Government Area

We endeavour to create participation and connection for creatives and enthusiasts of all kinds across Kyogle, Ettrick, Wiangaree, Grevillia, Woodenbong, Bonalbo, Tabulum, Mallanganee, and Mummulgum.

We support  Drama in Rural Towns (DIRT), Village Hall Players, the Semitones choir and Kyogle Arts Sessions group.

Over the decades, we have brought many national and international performances in music, theatre and dance to our region, but now concentrate on supporting creative people from around the local area.

Background

Kyogle Arts Council was first formed in 1953 with Norm Wood as president, and Miss Beatrice Fairfax as secretary. Their first event was a piano recital by a Kyogle girl Merial Owen.

As far as it’s known, this group closed after about eight to ten years and then reformed in 1966.

The aim of Arts Councils around the state was to improve access to arts and culture and bring entertainment to country areas.

KDAC is the only surviving Arts Council still operating, from those early days in this area.

KDAC and The Roxy Gallery

The idea for Kyogle to have a community art gallery was initiated by KDAC and we advocated on behalf of artists living in the Kyogle LGA to Kyogle Council to gain support for a gallery space.

Kyogle Council manages the Roxy Gallery and KDAC provide ongoing support with volunteers personing the space during opening hours, encouraging exhibitors to utilise the space and fostering a community interest in the arts.

The gallery’s first home base was the old Roxy Theatre on Geneva Street (now occupied by the Christian Life church), and this is where The Roxy Gallery got its name.

We are always looking for more volunteers! Most people do one three-hour shift a month to help out at the gallery. Please make contact with the Cultural Services Officer of Kyogle Council on gallery phone number 02 66 323518 or roxygallery@kyogle.nsw.gov.au if you would like to volunteer at the Roxy Gallery.

2002 - Kyogle Goes Batty In The Year Of The Outback

During the 2002 Fairymount Festival, this three-day, non-permanent sculptural extravaganza, known as the Elements Project, celebrated our local flying fox colony by involving small schools in collaboration with talented sculptural artists.

The result was a stunning display of bat sculptures, accompanied by enlightening walk-and-talk sessions and inspiring Landcare tree planting activities, expertly captured by a local filmmaker.

This project was in collaboration with Festival Australia.

2011 - 3 Senses

KDAC partnered with Kyogle Youth Ventures to organize 3 Senses, a thrilling three-day youth arts camp that united participants from Bonalbo, Kyogle, and Tabulam.

This immersive experience explored the realms of metal sculpture, film production, and songwriting, encouraging young people to push the boundaries of their creativity.

2017 - Entwine Project

Our commitment to fostering artistic expression and community engagement led us to secure CASP funding in 2017 for the unforgettable Entwine Project.

Through workshops, we delved into the art of yarning, knitting, crochet and fibre art — as well as the power of storytelling in poetry and prose.

The result? A vibrant yarn-bombing of Kyogle’s main street, injecting colour, warmth, and a touch of whimsy into our town.

2020 - Bonalbo Totem Poles & Paws for Thought

KDAC proudly supported the refurbishment of the Totem Poles at the entrance road that leads to Bonalbo – Sandilands Park – at the corner of the Bruxner Highway and  Clarence Way , breathing new life into these cultural landmarks.

We also had the pleasure of collaborating with DIRT on their film production, Paws for Thought, a heartwarming story that touched the hearts of our community when it premiered at the Kyogle Cinema in October 2020.

Become a member

Join us at KDAC as we strive to inspire, engage, and unite our artistic community. Together, let’s create a tapestry of creativity that enriches our lives and leaves a lasting impression on generations to come.

Visit The Roxy Gallery during opening hours to join up – yearly membership is $10 (please bring cash).