About Us

The Henley and Grange Arts Society Inc. (HAGAS) is a non-profit community organisation.

Facilities

The art studio is purpose built with high ceilings and large windows with natural light. Easels are supplied and are free to use. As well as attending tuition classes, members are entitled to use the club rooms outside class times at the open studio sessions.

The ceramics area is a separate room with nine permanent potters wheels. Special kilns for pottery are also on the premises and a firing service is available to members charged on a weight basis.

Members are encouraged to attend the Open Studio sessions which are outside of class times. A tutor is not present at these times but they are usually well attended and very social. A nominal $2.00 amenities fee applies.

As the club rooms are located within the Henley and Grange Oval complex there is ample parking at all times. There is also a fully equipped kitchen for use during classes, workshops and functions.

Fraser Hay Gallery

The Fraser Hay Gallery is permanently set up and members are encouraged to exhibit and sell their work in the on-site gallery, which is manned by member volunteers. HAGAS holds exhibitions during the year, where members can enter their work.

HAGAS (Henley And Grange Arts Society)

The Henley and Grange Arts Society Inc. is a community based, non-profit organisation administered by a committee of volunteers. HAGAS has over 200 financial members, and membership allows people to attend classes, demonstrations and workshops, borrow books from the dedicated arts library, exhibit in the club’s gallery and participate in social activities. Members receive a quarterly newsletter with information of upcoming events, demonstrations and workshops and articles of interest from members.

History

The Henley and Grange Arts Society was founded in 1966 and became an incorporated body in 1978. The Society has had several ‘homes’. The first formal meeting was on Cudmore Terrace, Henley South. A group of former WEA students decided to form an art group of their own for the purpose of holding exhibitions and furthering art in the Henley and Grange area.

In 1968 the Henley and Grange Council granted the use of premises on Seaview Road (now part of the old Henley and Grange Council Chambers). From the outset art classes were held for adults and children, and in 1970 classes commenced for 12-17 year olds. Pottery was introduced in 1969 to a very enthusiastic public. In 1977 the Society moved again to Durham Street, Henley Beach.

Over the next few years funds were raised by the dedicated members with the intention of building their own club rooms. With the aid of Federal and State government grants, the dream was realised in January 1988, when the purpose-built facility was opened in Atkin Street, Henley Beach.