Wesley College Melbourne Australia
Society for the Arts

Wesley College Society for the Arts

History

In 2011 we celebrated the 30th year of the Wesley College Society for the Arts, quite a milestone for a group that was established by a group of teachers keen to engage the whole Wesley community in the arts.

Over the past thirty years, thousands of students have benefitted from the activities of the Society which has presented a wide variety of artistic events including; artists in residence ranging from jazz legend Bob Sedergreen to Professor Charles Castleman (with his Stradivarius); photo journalists; playwrights and numerous painters and sculptors. It has bought major works for the Wesley College collection, funded a cutting-edge sound installation and Deborah Halpern mosaics at Glen Waverley campus, enabled every student at Chum Creek in one year to contribute to contemporary stained glass, supported an Elsternwick student-initiated project to professionally stage a play, and allowed students from each campus to participate in major international workshops when on overseas tours. Art camp guest presenters have also regularly been supported. The Society has also commissioned significant new musical works to celebrate important College events and regularly staged Wesley’s Arts in the Round.

Benefits of membership of the Society include invitations to special arts events, attendance at some events at a reduced price and your membership also supports special projects such as the annual student Acquisitive Art Exhibition. Funds are also allocated to each site (including Clunes, Outdoor Education and Yiramalay) for artists in residence, workshops and other special opportunities beyond the usual excellent curriculum offerings.

As well as supporting some annual College events (including the Acquisitive Art Prize and College Choral Workshop and Concert), in 2016 the Society for the Arts is making available special grants to each campus for arts projects appropriate to students and which celebrate an aspect of the College’s sesquicentenary. These may take the form of photography, painting, sculpture, theatre, writing, film, music, dance or multimedia.

Membership

Membership of the Society for the Arts is open to the whole Wesley community for a very modest annual individual membership fee of $66.00.  Family memberships are available for $77.00 per family. To download a membership form, please click here.

Everyone is very welcome to attend the Society’s functions and they provide a great opportunity, for those interested, to find out more about the activities of the Society and to meet others who support the arts at Wesley.

For further information about the Society for the Arts, please contact the Director, Robert Breen, robert.breen@wesleycollege.net