A Diverse and Eclectic Space for Creativity

Lino print ‘Iluka Emporium’ created by Annie Roberts


61 Charles St., ILUKA NSW 2466


Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon 9 -3.

EVERY DAY in the School holidays

phone : +61 0436281346

email : ilukaemporium@gmail.com

Iluka Emporium Inc., is a not for profit Association supporting and encouraging local and emerging Artists. Current Exhibiting members are a group of Artists, Upcyclers and Collectors showcasing unique and eclectic works. Iluka Emporium is managed by volunteers who are members. If you would like to become involved please contact us. We host Exhibition Openings and Workshops for emerging and local artists. Musicians are always welcome to perform on the front deck. To enjoy our art space, Step into our treasure trove to browse. Right next to the Freshwater Cafe.

We acknowledge and pay respect to the Bundjalung and Yaegl people on whose Land we live, work, and create. We recognise the significant role the past, present and future Elders play in the life of our region. We are committed to honouring Australian First Nations peoples’ unique cultural and spiritual relationships to the land, waters and seas.


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On Friday the 20th January, the Iluka Emporium committee was thrilled to welcome Chris Gulaptis MP, Richie Williamson, facilitators and guests to officially announce that we have been awarded a Stronger Country Communities Fund grant from the NSW government. This will mean more free creative workshops for our community. Nineteen local artists and craftspeople will be employed to deliver more than 50 individualised creative workshops to our community for the next 2 years. The program will be exciting and varied with exhibitions and performances at the completion of each workshop. Residents from Iluka and the Clarence Valley district will be able to participate. It is widely acknowledged that sharing creative experiences in small groups benefits mental health, resilience and socialisation.

The Stronger Country Communities Fund was established by the NSW Government to deliver local projects that enhance the lives of people living in regional communities and is administered by the Department of Regional NSW.


The Iluka Emporium Grant project team – Linda, Carolyn and Jacky will be announcing the new program soon. Watch for social media and website announcements. For enquiries email ilukaemporiumworkshops@gmail.com

Or phone Linda 0402330244 or Carolyn 0423967431


Iluka Emporium is excited to host our Feature Artist for January an exciting exhibition by Jane Flanders “A Photographic Narrative”
OPENING 7th January 3 – 7 pm. All welcome

“On The Road…” Jane Flanders has been passionate about photography since she was five. She studied photography in her twenties and achieved the highest mark of her year, cutting her teeth in editing, developing and printing in the dark room. She has since studied a number of courses in digital editing.
Her travel photography has been exhibited in Sydney and has decorated a boutique hotel there.
She has been official photographer for events, festivals and concerts. She has a strong narrative element to her photography, which marries beautifully to her film-making and screenwriting background.
Jane’s installation is being supported by Melinda Smotlak, visual artist and collector and member of Iluka Emporium.
Email: brainyflanders@icloud.com

Jane says:
“Five years ago “I drove off to look for America” – to paraphrase Simon and Garfunkel – and to buy a guitar. I drove alone through Texas and New Mexico and ended my journey in New York City. As my road trip companions I had my new Martin acoustic, along with the restless ghosts of Jack Kerouac and countless other artists, beatniks, poets, writers, film makers, hippies, musicians, freaks and other heroes of my childhood. Plus my Canon camera. And of course I had THE ROAD and all the music, beauty, fear, sadness, and exhilaration that accompanied it…..Presented here in this exhibition are small pieces of that road and some of the musicians and other humans I encountered along the way. “


The Iluka community can look forward to more FREE creative workshops, events and exhibitions in 2023. Further opportunities will include the annual Clarence Valley Plunge festival in April as well as the inaugural Iluka Mermaid Festival in September. So many wonderful experiences to strengthen community friendships and resilience. The Management Committee thanks you all for your continued support of our not for profit art space. We are open every day in the school holidays from 9 – 3.



iluka Emporium is excited to announce that residents of the Iluka and surrounding district can now put their name down for a place in one of the wonderful workshops provided by local artists and crafts people for 2023. These workshops and exhibitions are sponsored by Northern Rivers Community Foundation and Iluka Emporium.

ilukaemporiumworkshops@gmail.com Linda 0402 330 244 or Carolyn 0423 967 431

Free Creative Workshops in 2023

Soon we will be announcing the Free workshops for 2023 due to the grant we received from the Northern Rivers Community Foundation. Our project “Strengthening Community Friendships and Resilience through the Arts” will begin in February. Each workshop will be celebrated with an Exhibition at the Emporium for the community to enjoy. The workshops will include :


The Art of Shibori

Introduction to Pottery


Creative Writing

Basic Woodworking skills

Contemporary painting

Dyeing from nature

Art Journaling

Watch out for the flyers to be distributed in December both on line and in hard copy. So exciting!

The Grants subcommittee

Linda, Jacky and Carolyn



Iluka Emporium Incorporated is proud to announce that we have been awarded a Grant from the Northern Rivers Community Foundation to offer FREE creative workshops in 2023.

The Nine Free workshops will be provided to the community throughout 2023. Each workshop will be lead by an experienced facilitator often in their home studio .The workshops are designed to be relaxed, enjoyable and flexible for the benefit of small groups of people of different ages. The participants will also be involved in collaborating together to hold Exhibitions on the completion of each workshop. Connecting with others in this way will encourage friendships and wellbeing.

NRCF state : We connect people and communities to tackle challenging social and environmental problems in the Northern Rivers. We are in it for the long haul, our funding model of investing donor money means we (and you) have a lasting impact on disadvantage. https://nrcf.org.au/

Iluka Emporium is honoured and grateful to NRCF for this grant and would like to thank Kyla and Jen for their support and assistance with our application.

Treasurer of Iluka Emporium Linda Frylink Anderson would like to thank Jacky Overington (Vice President) and Carolyn Scorey (Admin Support) for their assistance and support for this project. We acknowledge the many hours provided by Iluka Emporium volunteers who are working with us to provide this wonderful opportunity for our community.

Pictured are Linda Frylink Anderson and Jacky Overington attending the NRCF Grant Giving Event in Byron Bay on the 8th November. It was a wonderful opportunity to have conversations with other grant recipients for worthy projects.

18 Artists and Collectors

From left to right:

1. Roni Star – Feature Artist for October 2022, Jacky Overington, Margot Grant, Dimity Kasz

2. Lucille Atkins, Annie Roberts, Recycletastic, Melinda Smotlack

3. Linda Frylink Anderson, Mickey Hatch, Greg Wilson, Carolyn Scorey,

4. Geckos New Tail, Skye McKenny, Karin Brear, Mickey Hatch

Jacky Overington – Ceramic art – sculpture, pottery

Annie Roberts – Visual Artist, ceramics, printmaking

Geckos New Tail – Michelle and Paul Philip – clothing designer, balance boards. India Philip – Jewellery

Lucille Atkins – Jewellery maker

Skye McKenny – Visual Artist , musician

Linda Frylink Anderson – Visual Artist, Pique Assiette Mosaic, Author

Recycletastic – Deby Cann and Alan Skipper – Recycled and imagined artwork, Retro collection

Margot Grant – Visual Artist. Darcy Grant – Photographer

Greg Wilson – Watercolourist

Melinda Smotlack – Visual Artist, Collector

Carolyn Scorey – Photographer, Acrylic pouring experimental art

Karin Brear – Visual Artist

Dimity Kasz – Collector of Antiques, vintage clothing

FEATURE WALL – Once a month an artist from the community is invited to exhibit. An Opening is held to showcase their work.

Congratulations to our new Management Committee elected at the 2022 AGM

Congratulations to the following members elected at the 2022 AGM today:
⭐️Michelle Philip – President, Public Officer
⭐️Jacky Overington – Vice President/Asst Treasurer
⭐️ Melinda Smotlack – Secretary
⭐️ Linda Frylink Anderson – Treasurer
⭐️ Lucille Atkins – Curator
⭐️ Carolyn Scorey – Admin Support/ Roster
⭐️ Deby Cann – Social Media Instagram (not pictured)
It’s been another successful year and we look forward to another year of continuing our work with the community in supporting local and emerging artists/craftspeople. Iluka Emporium is a not for profit association registered with the Office Of Fair Trading as an incorporated body under the Model Constitution.

AGM 2022

Presidents report.

Thank you to all my hard working committee with out everyone’s combined effort running the emporium would be difficult!

It’s been a challenging year at times, negotiating covid rules, avoiding covid, some getting covid and borders opening.

The emporium continues to grow strength to strength. The success of receiving an NCRF grant and then running workshops free for our community has highlighted the importance of connection through creativity. These workshops have been a huge success and I’m incredibly proud of our facilitators in bringing joy, connection and mental well being to so many. Thank you to Linda for applying and organising this grant. I greatly appreciate what this has bought to us as a group and our community.

Again a big big Thank you to Linda as treasurer keeping all our finances in order and applying for grants that help keep us afloat when we had to close through covid lockdown and financial instability.

Thank you to Jacky for stepping in and helping with the conversion to Xero this will make life less time consuming for Linda and freeing her up to do what she is great at applying for more grants!!!

Thank you again to both of you on behalf of the membership thank you.

Thank you to Carolyn for keeping our roster up to date and organised. Thank you for also taking on the newsletter that keeps our broader creative community up to date with what is going on at iluka emporium.

Thank you to our social media networkers Deby and Linda. We stay connected to different audiences and share our ventures as well as others. Your networking experience is valuable!

Thank you to our curators Annie and Lucille in keeping our exhibition space current and fresh and helping new and emerging artists in their future endeavours.

We successfully decided on a rent increase where by it takes us into the future fairly. Thank you to all for taking time to decide this democratically.

The Iluka Emporium will continue to grow and we hope to welcome new members to our space.

So welcome again to Jackie and Skye who are our newest exhibiting members.

Thank you to our volunteers Deb and Tamsin. Both filling in and giving up their time to run our space!

Thank you again to all our membership for your co operation and all the best for the next financial year.

Michelle Philip



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