Macleay Island Arts Complex gets $35,000 Gambling Community Benefit Fund boost

RECIPIENTS: The Macleay Island Quinn Plumbing team, with Macleay Island Arts Complex president Craig Shanks and artist Jan de Rooy.

RECIPIENTS: The Macleay Island Quinn Plumbing team, with Macleay Island Arts Complex president Craig Shanks and artist Jan de Rooy.

THE Macleay Island Arts Complex has received $35,000 to install a septic system that is more inclusive for people with a disability and build an undercover area.

A spokesperson for the MIAC said the money from the Gambling Benefit Fund would help to meet expanding requirements.

"As a self-funded, not-for-profit organisation run by volunteers, the valuable service they provide to the community would not be able to continue without the generosity of funding grants from funding bodies," the spokesperson said.

Local companies like Quinn Plumbing and AI Pritchard are doing the work.

"Opening nights for new gallery exhibitions are well attended with up to 200 community members enjoying the artworks, entertainment, and social get-together with local artists and community members from across the SMB Islands, mainland and sometimes overseas visitors," the spokesperson said.

"The new pergola will add another excellent dimension to the ambience of the venue, with its unique location overlooking the bay, and provides a wonderful backdrop to those evening events."

MIAC offers workshops in a variety of mediums and exhibits artworks from paintings, pastels, pottery, sculpturing, life drawing, photography, silk painting, silver smithing and jewellery design throughout the year.

The organisation also helps talented local artists who have become well renowned and international artists in their own right.

MIAC also hosts the Easter Sunday 'Artists at Work' community event which attracts up to 700 community members, as well as organises art competitions, smaller events and bus trips to the mainland.

The gallery is open from Wednesday to Sunday from 10am to 3pm.

The Macleay Island Arts Complex is situated at 95-97 Coast Road, Macleay Island.

For information about becoming a member, attending workshops, bus trips or events, call 3409 4100 from Monday to Friday or visit macleayislandarts.org.au.