Embrace Swing Dance free workshop shared their groovy moves

Wow the Swing Dance free Workshop lead by Roger Bowden looked amazing. Well done everyone. A fun way to make friends and great for mental and physical health. Check out the costumes on performance day. This group met for 6 sessions to learn some groovy moves to share with the community. This free workshop was sponsored by #StrongerCountryCommunitiesFund NSW Govt.

Iluka Emporium is proud to present more free Embrace workshops throughout 2023/2024

Lino Cut Printmaking Free Workshop enhances Community Friendships

The LINO CUT free workshop with Annie Roberts was hugely successful. Community Connections and beautiful work facilitated by Annie Roberts and her assistant Margot Grant in Iluka. Thanks to the Northern Rivers Community Foundation grant we are able to offer these creative workshops to ‘Strengthen Community Friendships and Resilience through the Arts’ Northern Rivers Community Foundation #NRCF #clarencevalleycreatives #clarencevalleyculture

First Free Workshop Exhibition Opening for 2023 – Pique Assiette Mosaic

The Mosaic Workshop Exhibition Opening was a huge success! The workshops and Opening truly reflected our project title:
It was so wonderful to welcome so many friends and family of the mosaic participants. Their work is greatly admired. Thank you to Nikirri Thwaites for offering to do a beautiful Welcome to Country. A huge thank you to all the following people who helped make the Exhibition and Opening a success : Skye McKenny for her beautiful singing and guitar, Deb Thwaites for all your help with prep and clean up etc, Claire Trolove for taking wonderful photos and food prep, Annie Roberts for professional curating, Jackie de Lorm for being my patient and caring Assistant during the workshops, Jacky Overington for taking workshop photos, Karin Brear for her support assisting and sales, Dimity & Byron for the much needed water dispenser, Kaz for the Fijian frangipanni hair decorations, my husband Bill for his continual support, and to all the participants for being such fun people to create, and laugh with making new friendships through this experience. 💗💗💗💗💗
NRCF Grant funded:
Jodi Lea, Fiona Makings, Jodie Stroud, Jamayka Starkey, Trudy Hughes, Jen Green, Claire Trolove
EMBRACE SCCF Grant funded:
Marion White, Toni Flack, Deb Thwaites, Janine McIntosh, Kaz Taylor, Sue Bowling
I would like to sincerely thank the Grant Workshop team behind the scenes : Jacky Overington and last but not least Carolyn Scorey who works so hard doing so many jobs too many to mention to ensure our free workshop program is a success. Linda Frylink Anderson
Acknowledgement to our Grant funding bodies :
Northern Rivers Community Foundation #thenrc
Stronger Country Communities Fund, NSW Govt #StrongerCountryCommunitiesFund

First Free Workshop for 2023

Magical Mosaic Mirrors we’re created on the weekend of 11th and 12th of February by a small group of residents from Iluka and surrounding district. This was the first of a series of FREE creative workshops under our project ‘STRENGTHENING COMMUNITY FRIENDSHIPS AND RESILIENCE THROUGH THE ARTS’ funded by NRCF (Northern Rivers Community Fund). Facilitator local artist Linda Frylink Anderson said,

“These creative projects are so important for our community to come together to not only learn something new but enjoy the company of others in a safe inclusive space.”

Each workshop will hold an exhibition at Iluka Emporium. The participants are very excited about that. If you would like to know more about the free workshops on offer this year please email Carolyn or Linda: ilukaemporiumworkshops@gmail.com



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

February 2023 FEATURE ARTIST Michelle Gilroy

Iluka Emporium is so very pleased to present our next Feature Artist for February.
Michelle Gilroy “CHRYSALIS”

MEET THE ARTIST: Michelle Gilroy
Friday 17 February 2pm – 4pm
Please join us…

“My most recent postponed exhibition, Chrysalis; is a work with much personal meaning. Consisting of paintings of Butterflies, all oil on canvas, is symbolic of my ongoing healing process after surviving family violence.
To me, the Butterflies represent rebirth, transformation, healing and beauty. I am inspired by the natural world; look at it with wonder and delight and aim to capture this dreamlike mystery in my paintings.
My artistic style is heavily influenced by the impressionist movement, including the Australian Impressionists, but I also love the work of Arthur Boyd and even the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood.

The audience can expect to see work reminiscent of my previous exhibition, ‘In Conversation with Birds’. All the butterflies have been based on actual Australian species and will metaphorically float around the wall of the gallery space. They are full of spirit and optimism, transforming from dark times to breaking free and living in the light. When I’m in my garden and see a Butterfly flutter past, I can’t help but feel enchantment.”


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

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