The Henley and Grange Arts Society Inc. (HAGAS) is a non-profit community organisation.
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.
The Henley and Grange Arts Society Inc. is a community based, non-profit organisation administered by a committee of volunteers. HAGAS has over 150 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.
Members are encouraged to exhibit and sell their work in the on-site gallery, which is manned by member volunteers and open on Saturdays 1.00pm to 4.00pm, or by appointment. The commission is a reasonable 20%. HAGAS holds an annual Exhibition in October, where members are encouraged to enter their work.
The studios are 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.
The ceramics area is a separate room with permanent potters wheels. Special kilns for pottery and glass are also on the premises and are available for members to use once they have learned how.
The gallery is permanently set up and members are encouraged to exhibit their work and offer it for sale in the gallery.