Arts Nunawading Inc. supports and promotes the cultural, performing and visual arts throughout the City of Whitehorse.
To achieve this objective, Arts Nunawading Inc. manages the Nunawading Market - Make it. Bake it. Grow it.
As a driving force behind the building of the Whitehorse Centre, Arts Nunawading Inc continues to support the Centre.
Funds raised are also dispersed to Arts Nunawading Inc. member groups to assist with their artistic pursuits and support the Dick Lack Scholarship.
Arts Nunawading Inc. is a not-for-profit organisation. Established in 1964 by local art groups, it has many members today with a wide range of artistic endeavours.
Arts Nunawading Inc's objective is to aid in the understanding, dissemination, participation and promotion of the Arts throughout the City of Whitehorse.
Arts Nunawading Inc. raises funds primarily by managing the Nunawading Market.
Funds raised through Nunawading Market are distributed to our Member groups to provide financial assistance to support local community events, the purchase of items of equipment or special needs requests.
Arts Nunawading Inc. also administers the Dick Lack Award. This scholarship provides young local people an opportunity to pursue excellence in their chosen artistic field.
All cultural, performing and visual art groups with their principal membership based in the City of Whitehorse are eligible for membership of Arts Nunawading Inc.
Arts Nunawading Inc is an umbrella organisation and our aim is to support and promote the arts to the local community—including our Councillors and Politicians.
Individual groups may find it challenging to make their voice heard when seeking support from government—local, state and federal. The more groups we represent, the louder our voice.
The exchange of ideas,networking opportunities and experiences and the right to apply for financial support are significant benefits of Membership of Arts Nunawading Inc.
To join Arts Nunawading Inc please fill in the Membership Form
President: Noel Browne
Secretary: Ron Rankin
Treasurer: Ron Rankin
Member groups are eligible to apply for funding after one year's financial membership. Please forward your application by 31st August yearly.
Late or incomplete applications will not be considered and must be resubmitted by the next closing date.
Member groups applying for funding must provide:
- justification for the application,
- the total amount of funding needed,
- an audited set of Financial Accounts for the previous year, and
- a copy of the Member's Constitution.
The Dick Lack Scholarship provides young people an opportunity to pursue excellence in their chosen artistic field.
The Dick Lack Award was founded in 1987 to honour the memory of Richard (Dick) Lack, whose foresight and hard work resulted in the building of the Nunawading Arts and Entertainment Centre (Whitehorse Centre).
A structural Engineer by profession and a keen amateur flautist, Dick was a Foundation Member of Maroondah Symphony Orchestra.
As a Councillor of the City of Nunawading, Dick was disappointed when the Municipal Offices were built without the provision for a concert hall, and soon the idea of an Arts Centre in Nunawading was born.
For many years Dick fought for this vision and worked with Nunawading Arts Council to raise funds for his dream to proceed.
Although very ill at the time, Dick Lack was a proud performer with Maroondah Symphony Orchestra when it played at the opening concert in the Whitehorse Centre.
His dream had come true.
Originally known as Nunawading Arts Council, Arts Nunawading Inc. has an interesting and diverse history of involvement in the arts throughout the City of Whitehorse.
Mayor of Nunawading (Councillor Dick Lack) called a meeting of local arts groups to establish a Festival of Arts. (Initial members: Mitcham Arts Association, Mitcham Repertory Group, Blackburn Film Society, Utassy Ballet and Nunawading Musical Society)
Festival of Arts established. (New member – Maroondah Symphony Orchestra) Professor Zelman Cowen (later Governor General of Australia) appointed Patron. Subsequent patrons: Lady Violet Brooks, Dame Margaret Sutherland.
Festival of Arts membership expanded. (New members – Babirra Players, Vermont Horticultural Society and East Victorian Highland Dancing Association)
1972 & 1973
At the instigation of Councillor Albert Brown, Nunawading Arts Council was asked to receive and process applications from local groups for Nunawading City Council grants. This arrangement continued until the amalgamation of Box Hill and Nunawading Councils in 1994.
Nunawading Arts Council proposed to “provide a Rotunda Building with moveable walls as a Sound Shell, containing a modified practice area which is to be enclosed.”
Councillor Dick Lack presented plans for the Nunawading Arts and Entertainment Centre to Nunawading City Council.
The construction of the Nunawading Arts and Entertainment Centre was approved by Nunawading City Council. Nunawading Arts Council contributed $96,000 to help fund this development.
Nunawading Arts and Entertainment Centre was opened. (Mitcham Repertory Group performed first, followed by Maroondah Symphony Orchestra and NOVA Theatre. Nunawading Arts Council became an incorporated body.
This first Dick Lack Award was presented to the Binneas String Quartet. ‘Friends of Nunawading Art Centre’ was established to co-ordinate and operate the Front of House and Kiosk at the Centre. The Nunawading Art & Craft Market opened.
Nunawading Arts Council took over the running of the Nunawading Art and Craft Market.
The Dick Lack Memorial Fund was established with a yearly allocation of funds into a specified account—backdated to 1987.
City of Nunawading and City of Box Hill Councils amalgamated to form City of Whitehorse.
City of Whitehorse ceased making grants to the Nunawading Arts Council for the promotion of art and cultural activities in the City of Whitehorse and assumed prime responsibility for making grants to local groups.
Nunawading Arts Council started its own programme of grants to member groups to help people develop their talents and to promote cultural activities in the City of Whitehorse.
Nunawading Arts Council arranged Annual fundraising concerts held at the Whitehorse Centre, including Carols at Twilight in 1998.
Installation of plaque by the City of Whitehorse acknowledging the efforts of Nunawading Arts Council members—Max Grant, Albert Brown, Hazel Mourney, Noel Browne and Jean Abbott—for their contributions to the building of the Whitehorse Centre.
Nunawading Arts Council Inc. changed its name to Arts Nunawading Inc. to reduce widespread confusion in the community with the City of Whitehorse Council.
Arts Nunawading Inc. website launched.
Arts Nunawading Inc. celebrated its 25th Anniversary of the Nunawading Market – Make it. Bake it. Grow it.
Arts Nunawading Inc. website is relaunched.