CAW Committee Members


by | 13 Dec 2020 | Blog post

Welcome to the new Canberra Art Workshop Member Blog

The CAW Member News blog will now be the main communication pathway for members.

Committee members and convenors will be posting regularly to this blog, keeping you up to date with all our news and activities. You are also invited to post to the blog with comments and ideas. You will find instructions to help you with this.

Kishwar Rahman is our new Communications Liaison and Blog editor.

CAW Committee News

In this first blog we bring you up-to-date with the latest news, including:

  • Membership update and 2021 fee increase
  • Art group booking arrangements for 2021
  • 2021 Exhibitions
  • Mavis Hall Scholarship
  • CAW Constitution review.

1. 2020–2021 Committee members

The new 2020-21 Committee met for the first time on Thursday 19 November. Rick Cochrane (President), Jill Mail (Vice President), Sallie Saunders (Secretary), Richard Heaney (Treasurer), Amanda Adrian (Exhibitions), Kishwar Rahman (Communications), Prue Power (Events and Membership).

2. Membership Update

It is pleasing that we were able to open up again from the beginning of Term 4. And it is difficult to believe that our last art group for the year will be on 18 December.  Thanks to the tenacity and commitment of members, CAW has survived and even flourished, during this difficult year.

Right now we have 242 financial members, many of whom actively participate in our activities. On average, 100 members attend (some more than once) our art groups every week.

You may be interested to know that full members comprise 47% of the total while seniors make up 39%. Other categories are volunteers (7%), student (4%), and life (3%). Seventy-five per cent of us are female.

CAW also thanks M16 and the ACT Government very much for giving us rent relief during the 9 months of this year. This made a huge difference to our ability to survive and allowed us to renovate the studio with a new kitchenette and a rearranged library.

3. Membership Fees 2021

Rental will recommence in January with a 2% increase, so membership fees will need to increase by $5 across all categories effect from 1 January 2021:

  • Full member: $100
  • Senior Member (pensioner / superannuate): $90
  • Student: $55
  • Volunteer (including committee, convenors and other volunteers): $15

4. Art Groups

While art group session fees will remain at $5 ($50 per term), the model component for life and portrait groups will be increased to $15 ($20 per session in total). Also, please make sure your member fees are up to date before you book an art group.

Our new art group booking system has been working well. It enables cashless transactions and generates attendee lists, both necessary to comply with our COVID 19 requirements. It also gives members more transparency in making choices about which group to attend each week.

Having said that, you will notice some changes in 2021:

  • All members, including convenors, will be required to pay $50 upfront ($5 per session);
  • Then, members attending a portrait or life drawing group will need to pay an extra $15 per session in advance to cover model costs
  • all convenors will receive an email once you book so that they can check the list of attendees.

One big improvement in 2021 will make rebooking from week to week for portrait / life art groups more reliable via an automatic switching system. Also,

Sadly, we are unable to continue the Tuesday afternoon portrait group due to very low attendance levels. The good news for Tuesday afternoon participants is that there is space in other portrait groups. And the Event Team is considering a new and innovative group – so watch this space.

The roster for art group Gallery Wall exhibitions will be posted in the studio before the end of the year. The first exhibition will be by Monday’s printmaking group (from Monday 1 February).

5. Exhibitions 2021

It’s already time to start thinking about, and painting for, our 2021 Exhibitions.


Our annual Testamur Exhibition will be held in Gallery 2 at M16 from 12-29 August.

Testamur showcases recent original works created by CAW members, inspired in art groups, workshops and tutored classes. We also invite our tutors to exhibit.

On Show

On Show is our annual Members’ Exhibition. We will advise you of the dates and venue very soon.

The theme in 2021 is Troubled Light. We envisage this exhibition will have two sub-themes:

  • The light and colours of our environments
  • The light and colours of our inner lives

You may like to start thinking about the serious metaphysical issues raised by colour. These concern the nature both of physical reality and of the mind.

  • colour, as we know it, is a sensation
  • though apparently it can be enjoyed by relatively few of the more than 6,000 species of mammals.
  • despite the well-known sensation of colour we enjoy, neither objects nor lights are actually ‘coloured’ in anything like the way we experience them
  • the colour of something is our perception of the appearance it has, as a result of the way in which it reflects light
  • colour and its contradictions raises serious metaphysical issues
  • is colour part of a mind-independent reality?
  • what account can an artist give of their experiences of colour?

6. Mavis Hall Trust – Scholarship

Many of you will remember Mavis Hall, a longstanding and active member of CAW. Mavis died on 29 July 2017 and left CAW a significant donation in her will, with the proviso the interest generated from this capital be used for a CAW scholarship. Accordingly, the CAW established The Mavis Hall Canberra Art Workshop Trust. Trustees are Rick Cochrane, Amanda Adrian and Prue Power.

We are now planning for our inaugural scholarship. Importantly, this will be for CAW members only (as long as they have been a financial member for at least 12 months). Other eligibility criteria will be announced soon. The deadline to receive submissions will be 5pm on 1st Monday in April 2022, in readiness for the selection committee to judge the entries by the end of April 2022. It is expected that the winner will be announced in May 2022.

7. Constitution Review

The CAW Constitution will be reviewed in 2021 to take account of changes to the governing legislation and best practice in Not-for-Profit governance. It is also envisaged that the review will incorporate objects and purposes which will facilitate the application to the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission for charitable status and to the ATO for Deductible Gift Recipient status.

8. M16 entry requirements

You can now sign in via M16’s QR code with your mobile. Note, you need to download the Check In CBR app. For those without a mobile you will still need to sign in manually and associations like CAW will still need to keep separate details via our own booking systems.

9. See you in 2021

Art groups 2021

Our studio will reopen on Monday 1 February 2021 for all art groups. Term 1 continues until Thursday 1 April.

Tutored Classes 2021

We will also be offering 2 new tutored classes on Monday and Tuesday evenings starting in Term 1:

  • Fundamentals with Rick Cochrane on Monday evenings
  • Fundamentals with Kate Scott on Tuesday evenings.

Rick Cochrane will also be offering his Expressive Art Program during the year, including Expressive Drawing Basics, How to Draw a Portrait and Figure and Expressive Acrylics.

Dates and booking forms for all classes are on the website.

Workshops 2021

CAW is offering a full program of 10 workshops with our expert tutors. Our workshops have developed a reputation for excellence and book fast, so don’t delay. You will find all the information you need about each one as well as dates and booking forms on the website.

We hope that you have a happy and safe holiday period.

Prue Power
Member Liaison and Events