Wanneroo Joondalup Art Society was officially incorporated 23rd January 2013; this was the culmination of over 38 years of fellow artists forming a bond through their love of all mediums of painting, exhibiting and fellowship.
Perth’s Northern corridor had unprecedented growth in the 1970’s and local Artists were unable to become a member of the only art group, Trigg Art Club, their Membership was capped at 60 and also boundaries were strictly adhered to.
Whitford Art Group began in 1972; they met in the Coffee Lounge at the Duncraig Leisure Centre, their membership soon expanded. They held exhibitions at local shopping centres donating their profits to Camp Quality.
– June 1974 Chris Clarkson put a notice on the board at the Duncraig Recreation Centre
– And in the local paper, asking for interested people to form an Art Group further north. There was an evening meeting and a committee was formed. 70 was to be the membership cut off. Wanneroo Art Society was born. Some Artists were members of both groups.
– 1978 Wanneroo Art Society held three exhibitions at Mullaloo Surf Life Saving Club. Proceeds were donated to the Surf Club. Two Exhibitions a year were held there until 1981.
Norm McGow made the stands for the exhibitions and also won the competition for the Wanneroo Art Society’s first Logo, (Xanthorrhoea), Wanneroo Art Society was incorporated 28th January 1982.
The Whitford group had no one willing to take office or be on the executive, it was also difficult to find a suitable venue for their exhibitions.
In the late 1980’s Whitford Art Club joined the Wanneroo Art Society, with a donation of $2000.00. Whitford Art Club as a stand-alone club ceased to exist.
The combined membership now became 150.
Sir Charles Court, Patron for Wanneroo Art Society opened many exhibitions, adding prestige and recognition to the society.
1991 Because of rebuilding being done to MSLC the Wanneroo Art Society moved down the road to Sorrento Surf Life Saving Club for Exhibitions and meetings – Since then, Sorrento Surf Life Saving Club has been our Exhibition venue each May and September.
With rapid suburban expansion along the northern coast, Joondalup became a major centre. In 1998, a splitting of the City of Wanneroo formed the City of Joondalup, and because the Art Society encompasses the 58 suburbs in both cities, “Joondalup” was added to the name in 2013 to properly reflect this. We are now the Wanneroo Joondalup Art Society.