History of Macleay Island Arts Complex

The art group was first established in 1980 with a tutor and two students. They met in a variety of places, under a tree or in someone’s home (Lyn Garner was one of the founding members of Macleay Island Arts and is still a current member of the club).

By 1991 the group had grown, become incorporated and had obtained their own premises, which included one workshop, kitchen and toilet facilities. The land was supplied by Redland Shire Council who continues to support the Complex. Finance for the project was from fundraising, grants and donations. Much of the building work was done voluntarily. After incorporation the name was changed to Macleay Island Arts Complex Inc.

In 1994 a pottery group was established and another workshop was built to accommodate this group and the equipment. By 1995 the Gallery was completed and officially opened by the Mayor at the time, Cr Eddie Santagiuliana. Until then the Annual Exhibition was held in the MI Progress Hall.

In 2003 extensions were carried out to the Pottery workshop to cater for the growing membership.The office was added in 2006 enabling the art group to reclaim all of it’s workshop space. More recently the group acquired an Etching Press and later in 2014 an  area was set aside as a Print Workshop and for Print Storage.  since then a number of workshops have been held by Printmakers Carolyn Dodds; Angie Beighton and David Vial to introduce our members to this process.  This is an exciting addition to our facility.

The complex is administered by an executive committee. Each sub-group has a co-ordinator. The Gallery is administered by the Gallery co-ordinator and Gallery committee.