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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October Feature Artist Roni Star

Iluka Emporium is excited to announce our October Feature Artist is Roni Star.
An OPENING EVENT not to be missed will be held on SATURDAY 8th Oct.
Between 11am and 12 midday.

Roni’s stitched narratives will be on Display at Iluka Emporium from 3rd to 31st of October.

Annie Roberts, Feature Artist curator:
Meeting Roni Star for me was like opening a surprise package. Her story, like the stories she tells with her stitching is colourful, exciting and full.
Here is Roni’s story as she tells it………..

“It’s been an amazing 82 years and each one is better than the last.
This child of the Navy has spent most of it Down Under.
The first half as an academic; a Zoologist who studied
Kookaburras, taught at University and raised a family.
The Age of Aquarius brought us to establish the community of Siddha Farm, Nimbin NSW .
An abrupt turnaround found me single and in Broome W.A. where I found God , Art and Jim.
Ten years later I discovered Iluka, Stitching and this my first exhibit

September Feature Artists U3A group

Iluka Emporium was thrilled to present the stunning artwork of the U3A Iluka Woombah group showcased as our Feature Artists for September. Gaille Blackwell, Jo Ann Minnis, Joycelyn Wrench, Elaine Gallen, Merrilyn Whitton,Jenny Bailey, Kathy Agg, Ele Hoskins, Rhonda Hase, Chris Sampson. Their OPENING on Saturday 10th September was enjoyed by all

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



Rag Rug making workshop

Facilitator Michelle Philip said this free workshop was a very rewarding and satisfying experience for all participants. These photos show the process and happy end result. The Exhibition for this workshop begins this Thursday until the 31st August. Iluka Emporium is grateful to NRCF for funding to allow us to offer this FREE workshop, the last of this series of seven. We hope to conduct more workshops in the near future.


Meet the participants and their textile designer facilitator Michelle

Dyeing with Nature workshop Exhibition with TJ

The 6th free Creative Workshop Exhibition ‘Dyeing with Nature’ is on now until the 9th August. Yesterday’s Opening was enjoyed by all. This successful workshop filled a need in our community to interact, create and build confidence as part of our project ‘Creative Workshops for Wellbeing, Resilience and Conservation’. Sponsored by NRCF and Iluka Emporium. Credit to photographer Carolyn Scorey.

Book Launch of Snapshot of Iluka and Surrounds a huge success

A fabulous turn out to our Snapshot of Iluka and Surrounds Book Launch and Opening of the Photography Exhibition. Thank you to Chris Legg who entertained us with guitar and song and to everyone who brought food, drinks and more importantly their family and friends. Thank you so much to my co- facilitator Carolyn Scorey for all her time and effort. Thank you Michelle Philip for your thoughtful and supportive words for this project. Thank you to my husband Bill Anderson for his continued support of all I do for Iluka Emporium.
Half the books are sold already! Thank you everyone so much for your support. It was wonderful to see how proud the photographers were and how well Snapshot is being received. 185 beautiful photos and stories. Anyone who loves this area of paradise will love the book. $40 available at Iluka Emporium.
Lastly thank you to Northern Rivers Community Foundation without the funding this project would not have been possible. #NRCF Participants:
Linda Frylink Anderson Linda Ramon Jenni McIndoe Jacky Overington Deb Thwaites Lesley Collie Vicki Kable Robyn Harries Jo Picton Danny Mortison Ruth Stevens Claire Trolove Carolyn Scorey

Life Drawing Workshop Exhibition Opening enjoyed by all

The participants, friends, facilitators Belinda and Linda, and Emporium committee members enjoyed chatting together with refreshments on the deck. They were also happy to savour the wall of exciting drawings. Most of the drawings are for sale at very reasonable prices. This exhibition ends on the 23rd of June.

This is part of the Free Creative Workshop project for Wellbeing, Resilience and Conservation sponsored by NRCF.

The Emporium is open every day from 9-3 except Tuesday. ( every day in the school holidays)

Sneak Peek of ‘Snapshot of Iluka and Surrounds’ our community book to be published soon!

A selection of photos from our 100 page colour book of photos and stories contributed by local community members. Exhibition begins 23rd of June and Book Launch and Opening on the 2nd of July. We are all quite excited!

The Cover pic Afternoon on the Bay. Carolyn Scorey
Bike Ride to Frazers. Jacky Overington
Fan of Hair. Deb Thwaites
Melaleuca Wetlands. Ruth Stevens
Three Osprey – artificial nesting pole in Iluka. Jacky Overington

Pride of place for the pelicans is usually claimed fairly early
providing a safe resting spot overnight. Danny Mortison
Annie Roberts, artist, Founder and Life Member of Iluka Emporium. Linda Frylink Anderson

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