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Photograph from the set of the feature film, Jasper Jones, shot in the Shire of Manjimup in 2015. Photographer: Rose Ferrell

About

 

 

MANJIMUP's VIBRANT Artistic community

 

 

 
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About

 

 

The Shire of Manjimup's Vibrant ARTISTIC Community

 

 

 

Manjimup Visitor Centre

Giblett St Manjimup 6258

P: 08 9771 1831

E: info@manjimupwa.com

 

 

 
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The Shire of Manjimup is not just a beautiful place. Within its borders its vibrant communities are involved in a range of artistic pursuits. Whether inspired by the forests, or by their communities, Manjimup, Pemberton, Northcliffe, Walpole and their surrounds are home to respected and renowned arts practitioners and groups, many of whom are well known beyond the area. Our local arts groups support artists to develop their skills and create wonderful artworks which enhance life in our wonderful region.

Manjimup is the home for the Warren Arts Council, which stages the Blue Grass and Old Time Music Festival weekend annually. The Bluegrass weekend includes performances, masterclasses and workshops, and is just one of the events supported by the Warren Arts Council. The Arts Council also runs the Manjimup Performance Series, which brings a range of artists to perform in the town.

Manjimup Art Gallery, supported by the Shire, presents six exhibitions throughout the year. The Manjimup Arts Hub is a collective of around 70 local artists and craftspeople, across various artforms, who contribute to a showcase of some of the finest local art works in their shopfront on Giblett St, Manjimup.

The Manjimup Repertory Club presents three or more dramatic shows annually in their 'renovated-for-purpose' art deco theatre, which was originally the ambulance hall.

Pemberton is home to the Pemberton Arts Group (PAG). This group of highly skilled and motivated arts practitioners have a dedicated studio space in the centre of Pemberton, at the Balaang Miya Community Hub. They come together on Tuesdays and Wednesdays weekly to work on individual projects in the conviviality of their own workshop space. Anyone is welcome to bring their own arts-related project to these friendly sessions. And if you don't have your own materials at the early stage of an idea, the Arts group has some materials you can experiment with while you test your skills and enthusiasm. The Pemberton Art Prize, offered twice annually at the themed exhibitions mounted in Spring and Autumn, attract artists from all over the state. The exhibitions feature both 2D and 3D small sculptural works.

 

The activity of the Pemberton Arts Group is evident in the town through the Streetscape - a hundred metre long feature wall which showcases 3D metal engravings done by arts group members, and lit up at night. Amongst the paving stones are scattered designs of local fauna and birds drawn by the children of Pemberton in an arts project aimed at younger residents. Pemberton boasts a tradition of sculptural works too, from the Shire acquisition 'Looking forward, Looking back' in the main street, to the studios and gardens of local sculptors Peter Kovacsy and Mark Grey-Smith. Local artist John Duncan, a painter, also opens his studio to visitors.

Northcliffe is the home to Southern Forest Arts, and home to the most impressive forest sculpture walk in Australia. Understory features works from local and international artists, on a 1.5km walk through the natural karri forest and heathlands of the region. It is adjacent to the Painted Tree Gallery, a delightful gallery within a rammed earth building which also houses the Visitor Centre, Community Resource Centre and Library. Around the town site, visitors can enjoy public art in the painted electricity poles, rubbish receptacles and in murals on some buildings.

Walpole is home to three galleries: Petrichor Gallery, run by local artist, Elizabeth Edmonds, the studio of Marilyn Barrington, open by appointment, and the Walpole Makers Collective,  a cooperative involving several local artists. The Swarbrick Sculpture Walk is a scenic drive away, as is Jolley Art, the studio of Lyn Jolley, in North Walpole.

 

Why hurry through? Allow yourself to be distracted. You won't be disappointed.

For all these reasons, the Shire of Manjimup should be top of your list of South West destinations!

 

 

Not to miss in Manjimup

 

Upcoming Performances

 
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26th - 28th April 2024
Tickets at https://www.trybooking.com
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ONE NIGHT ONLY @ TALL TIMBERS BREW PUB
14th June 2024
Tickets at https://events.humanitix.com/40-fabulous-manjimup

Current Exhibitions

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Explore our region

 

 
Manjimup Repertory Club
13 Brockman St (cnr Bath St)
Manjimup WA 6258
0427 155 222

Featuring ARTS in the Shire

 

Other Attractions

 
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8 Nockolds Street Walpole
Western Australia 6398
(08) 9840 1381
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John Duncan
10 Dean St,
Pemberton WA 6258
(08) 9776 1060
 
Please phone to visit studio
Australian glass artist Peter Kovacsy CR
Peter Kovacsy Studio Gallery
Jamieson St,
Pemberton WA 6260
0402 864 651
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