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.

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

Mickey Hatch – Collector of Antiques and Art

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.

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.

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