"Something good is happening here"


The Willoughby Arts Centre is probably the only truly independent, not-for-profit art centre in Australia.

We receive no regular funding from any organisation. This of course allows us the freedom to make our own decisions, free from external pressures and always in favour of members.

Because we receive no regular funding, we have to raise funds by various means but without a doubt a major contributor is funds from Membership fees.

We do not prevent non-members from attending classes but we need those attendees to join us especially if they intend to return for further classes. Annual membership is not high and considering what the benefits are, we would urge you to sign up to be a member. Indeed your membership is vital for the Centres longevity and for maintaining the high standards we always aspire to, here at the Willoughby Arts Centre.

Some Member Benefits

  • You have a voice & a vote on the running of the Centre. Not only at the AGM, but contact any Director any time with your suggestions, ideas or complaints (hopefully you wont have any).
  • WAC Bulletin – a monthly member only email giving you information on upcoming exhibition opportunities & art prizes.
  • Opportunity to submit work in the annual members Ewart Art Prize.
  • Discounts for some Visiting Artist workshops. (click here to view current Visiting Artist workshops)
  • Discounts on art supplies & framing at participating outlets. (click here to view participating outlets)
  • Access to group studio hire when available to practise your art. (minimum number & fees apply) (click here for more information)
  • Borrowing rights to our well stocked library.

Centre Benefits – Where your Membership fee goes

  • Supports the purchase of new & additional equipment.
  • Supports the Centre to maintain low fees.
  • Funds Centre sustainability & maintenance including building & garden upgrades & general maintenance.
  • Supports the establishment of a creative hub, allowing the Centre to develop & experiment with new programs.
  • Supports emerging artists through the maintenance of low exhibition fees, the Ewart Art Prize & the Joy Ewart Scholarship & the delivery of events that showcase artists such as the Festival Of Other Arts & other community involved projects.
  • Contributes to Centre viability including maintaining financial reserves.
  • Assists in building & maintaining the reputation of the Centre, its students, teachers and hirers.

Types of Membership full 12 months from payment inc. GST

The Willoughby Arts Centre is a non-profit organisation limited by guarantee to the sum of $20 per member.

Once you are accepted as a member you will receive a “Now you are a Member” brochure giving you more information about the history and operations of the Centre.