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2020 President’s Report


Trish Thomas

February 24th 2020

I acknowledge the Traditional Owners of this region, the Kabi Kabi and Jinibara peoples past, present and emerging on whose land I walk, live and respect. I would also like to acknowledge Sunshine Coast Regional Council for their ongoing Community Partnership Grants funding and the Federal Government for their Stronger Communities Grant.

CACA continues to grow and prosper, reaching over 600 members for the first time last year. Our diversity also continues to develop with the addition of CACAphonics our music group, a brand new Tuesday morning creative ideas/small projects group and the expansion of the Friday art group to the Thursday/Friday art group.

We remain a vital part of Caloundra’s cultural scene indeed of all the Sunshine Coast with our unique structure and membership base. Our Fairs and Exhibitions are getting local and state wide recognition and acclamation. This year we started off with “Clay Synthesis” in April, a joint exhibition by the potters and printers. This exhibition was a display of exceptional talent, scope and ingenuity and offered an insight into the dynamics of the Sunshine Coast. Our biennial “Quilt Show” followed in July and again, a masterpiece of talent, skill and accomplishment. Many unique techniques were on display and the use of colour was amazing.  Third was a “Fine Art Experience” brilliantly highlighting both the organisational abilities and artistry of our combined art groups. This was followed on by our “Unite, Inspire, Paint” Exhibition in January. Once again the different genres of art work were both stunning and appealing and this was demonstrated by the large number of artworks sold. We were very proud to have 6 finalists in the “Local Artist Local Content” Art Prize. Jan Roebuck who won her section – Best Three-Dimensional work. We have 6 members currently exhibiting “Windows of Nature” at the Cooroy Butter Factory Arts Centre. Well worth a visit.

Our 2 Fairs also continue to grow with profits increasing each time. The decision was made to raise the commission rate to 25%, this includes the Gift Gallery and exhibitions as well. This rate is consistent with like organisations in SE Queensland. This income is essential to the ongoing maintenance of our buildings. The Fairs again showcase our extremely diverse talents giving members the opportunity to both show and sell their goods.

As an Association we hosted the Children’s Photographic Contest winners sponsored by the Rotary Club. Our future is in safe hands seeing the talent these children have. We also participated in “Craft Alive Sunshine Coast” with our very own Quilters putting on the major display. “CraftAlive” is Australia’s largest craft event series featuring craft designers and teachers from across the country. We have been invited to attend again this year. The Caloundra Regional Gallery extended an invitation to attend and have a stall at their Twilight Artisan Market. We accepted and were part of an amazing display of local talent. Sunshine Coast View Club hosted their National Conference at Twin Waters Conference Centre and again we participated by having a stall manned by our Gift Gallery staff.


CACA continues to nurture and develop relationships with Caloundra Regional Gallery, Friends of the Gallery, Sunshine Coast Regional Council, Creative Partnerships Australia and the newly formed Sunshine Coast Arts Foundation. These will help lead us forward in the need to form a funding campaign for our Master Plan. Our Master Plan will shortly be in the hands of a Town Planner which will move us forward quickly. We have altered our Constitution, now called Articles of Association, which have been endorsed by our members and approved by the Office of Fair Trading. This took some time to achieve. A public fund will be set up to accept donations to the building fund.


We have appointed Roy Henzell as the new patron of CACA. Roy and his family are very well known local Caloundra identities and we look forward to forging a great relationship with Roy. We thank Mark McArdle for his 8 years as Patron and wish him well on his retirement.


Our Art Collection, both 2d and 3d, has been assessed for significance and value by Ross Searle, a consultant for Heritage, Museums and Galleries. The current committee would like to see our current display of artwork removed and members’ artwork put up on our walls. Jonathan Jones has agreed to curate this and form a small subcommittee to formulate a plan. Members will be consulted and kept informed. A copy of Ross’ document is available for members to read and comment.


We thank the Gift Gallery, our very own front door, for their work and support. Goods continue to sell and the variety is endless. Some difficult decisions have been made including raising the commission rate to 25%. It has also been decided to reduce the opening hours, again consistent with others and supported by date collected by the members. These decisions have caused some angst and we are working through that at the moment.


We continue to make improvements to the centre and our purchases have included 6 new tables, a second display cabinet, more security lighting out the front and lighting under the outdoor area. A big thank you to Happy Yarners for supplying us with a water cooler, certainly appreciated during our hot weather.    With the help of a grant from the Federal Government Stronger Communities, donations from Friday Art Group, Stitchers group and pledged donations from Quilters and Embroiderers, the grassed courtyard will be covered by 3 sails, have some paving and grass areas. We plan to put some seating there as well.