The hills environment has played a significant role in the cultural life of Western Australia and this tradition continues today, offering visitors and residents a host of rewarding cultural experiences. Many artists and writers live and work in and around the Shire of Mundaring, attracted to our unique natural environment from which they draw much of their inspiration.
Cultural Advisory Group
The Cultural Advisory Group was established in October 2010 (as an expansion of the previous Arts Advisory Group). The group’s membership includes local cultural organisations, Shire officers, members of Council, professional and community artists, a member of the business community and a representative of people with disabilities. The groups seeks to explore the entire cultural landscape of the community and bring about interesting and creative community projects.
Click here for the Cultural Advisory Group’s Terms of Reference.
For more information please contact:
Manager Community Development
T: 08 9290 6681
Mundaring Arts Centre
7190 Great Eastern Highway
Cnr Nichol Street
The MAC is a non-profit incorporated community arts organisation. It provides a focus for arts and cultural development within the Shire of Mundaring and strives to promote and foster the Arts to all sectors of the community. The MAC enjoys an active membership base and thrives on community involvement and participation. It therefore actively responds to the general public as well as the needs of local, established and emerging artists with a vibrant program of exhibitions, workshops and public art initiatives. As well as an exhibition space and community room, the MAC boasts a gift shop that is full of exquisite hand made arts and craft which is popular among locals and tourists looking for that special gift from the hills.
For more information about the MAC phone 9295 3991 or visit their website at www.mundaringartscentre.com.au.
Shire of Mundaring Art Collection
Established in 1985, the Shire of Mundaring Art Collection is a unique, valuable and richly varied body of artworks created by local artists and craftspeople who have a close connection with the Mundaring community. While the collection is comprised of some donated pieces, the majority of artworks have been purchased via an annual Acquisition Exhibition. This exhibition is curated and hosted by the Mundaring Arts Centre, who also manages the care, interpretation and display of the Collection on behalf of the Shire. The collection is comprised of over 100 artworks including paintings, prints, drawings, photographs, sculpture, ceramics, textiles, silver and wood crafts, most of which are displayed in the Shire Offices, Council Chambers and community buildings. The rich variety of works in the collection reflects the Shire’s sustained support of the hills' visual arts community at large and local practicing artists in particular. Click here to view the Shire of Mundaring Art Collection on line.
Mundaring Bicentennial Scholarship Trust
The Mundaring Bicentennial Scholarship Trust was established to provide scholarships for deserving young artists, to enable them to pursue the improvement and development of their artistic ability or talent.
People who are under the age of 35 years on 31 December in the year of application and, who are currently or, for a significant part of their lives have been, associated with Mundaring Shire through residence, study or work, will be eligible to apply for an Award. All forms of art will be considered - for example, visual arts, craft, performing arts, literature, film, music.
The Deed of the Trust defines "deserving young artists" as persons who, in the opinion of the Trustees, have displayed special ability, talent or potential in any of the arts and who are in need of financial assistance to enable them to receive or pursue education, instruction, study or training for the improvement and development of that artistic ability, talent or potential.
One Scholarship is awarded each year to the value of around $8000.
For more information about the award, please read the information booklet.
Information is also available from the Mundaring Bicentennial Scholarship Trust website.
Mundaring Community Sculpture Park
Located on the site of the former Mundaring Railway Station, this unique site features a number of fascinating public sculptures that speak to the visitor about Mundaring’s unique history, heritage and native environment.
So far nine Western Australia artists have created sculptures for the park: Hans Arkeveld, Michael Arnold, Alan Clark, Peter Dailey, Stuart Elliott, Nola Farman, Ron Gomboc, Ron Sims and Jon Tarry. More information about these and other public artworks in the Shire can be obtained from the Mundaring Arts Centre.
Mundaring and Hills Historical Society
Phone: 9295 0540
PO Box 334
Mundaring WA 6073
The Mundaring and Hills Historical Society's (MHHS) aim is to involve the people of the Shire of Mundaring in the preservation, documentation and interpretation of the history and culture of the Perth Hills. If you are looking for the history of people, places and events that relate to 'the hills' - the MHHS can help you.
Katharine Susannah Prichard Foundation
Phone: 9294 1872
11 Old York Road
Greenmount WA 6056
The Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers' Centre is the oldest writers centre of its kind in Australia. The centre is located in the Perth hills, in the former home of Katharine Susannah Prichard, author of Coonardoo, Working Bullocks and The Goldfields Trilogy. The Centre encourages and facilitates writers' readings, workshops, writers in residence and other services, all designed to help and encourage writers at all levels of the craft.
The Katharine Susannah Prichard (KSP) Writers' Centre is run under the auspices of the Katharine Susannah Prichard Foundation Inc. Since its inception in 1985, this non-profit organisation has played an integral role in the development and promotion of Western Australian writing.
Seen and Heard Youth Service
Phone: 9255 2570
Swan View Youth Centre
Swan View WA 6056
Shire Youth Space
Seen and Heard is a program funded by the Shire of Mundaring and delivered to the community via Parkerville Children and Youth Care. The main focus of the Seen and Heard programme is to encourage local youth aged 12-20 who reside in the Shire of Mundaring to be active and participate in community life. The Seen and Heard CREW is a group of 60 youth volunteers who are actively involved in volunteering in their community. All CREW Members receive a CREW Member T-Shirt when they join. The CREW plan activities and events for other local youth including Battle of the Bands, Seen and Heard Dance Parties, Pool Parties, School Holiday Activities, National Youth Week and other awesome social networking opportunities.
Through their involvement in CREW activities, CREW Members have the opportunity to meet others, attend exclusive CREW Member reward evenings that include movie nights, bowling, rock climbing and various other adventures. CREW Members develop their leadership, teamwork and communication skills which will be of benefit when seeking employment in the future. The Seen and Heard CREW are always interested in hearing from people who would like to join in the fun and meet other local young people.
PO Box 24
Darlington WA 6070
Darlington Theatre Players Inc. (DTP) was established to encourage participation in all aspects of theatrical arts. Formalised from an existing group in the artistic hills of Darlington east of Perth, Western Australia in 1956, early performances were in the local hall, formerly a wine cellar. Following representations from DTP, Shire of Mundaring built the main hall next to the existing hall in 1960, and later rebuilt the stage house and added the verandah and toilet block to the structure in 1978.
Competing pressure from other hall users forced DTP to look for other premises, and in 1984 they took up a lease on the disused old Greenmount Primary School in Marloo Road. After several building projects financed from their own resources, and from Federal, State and Local Government grants, DTP have one of the best equipped local theatres, the Marloo Theatre (Marloo), in the Perth area.
Mundaring Visitor Centre
Phone: 9295 0202
7225 Great Eastern Highway
Mundaring WA 6073
The Mundaring Visitor Centre is open 7 days a week, conveniently situated in the centre of Mundaring with ample parking available. Their friendly staff and volunteers have a wealth of local knowledge and look forward to welcoming you. The Centre is accredited by the Tourism Council of WA and Tourism Western Australia, and is also a member of the Visitor Centre Association of Western Australia. The visitor’s centre offers a free booking service for accommodation, and a full range of brochures and maps. The centre also sells beautiful local products, gifts and cards.
Mundaring Hills Open Studios - http://www.mundaring-hills-open-studios.org.au/
Ten artists from the Shire of Mundaring have banded together to offer visitors an opportunity to visit their studios during the last weekend in October. This gives the public a chance to talk to the artists and see how they go about making their art and buy direct if they wish.
Many of the artists open their studio/galleries throughout the year. Visit their web sites for details of opening times.
October is a great time to visit the hills as the wild flowers are in full bloom and the weather’s fine. Schedule a visit to the artist studios of Mundaring in your diary now. The artists would love to meet you and share their work with you."