About the Arts Centre
From its beginning in 2002, BRAG's activities have been inclusive and community focused. Members live locally and are drawn from all aspects of the arts. Some are full-time practitioners with national and international reputations others are part-time practitioners, enthusiasts or simply 'arts supporters'
- encourages activities such as exhibitions, performances, workshops, concerts and other cultural events.
- assists members to gain grant funding for their creative pursuits, and
- fosters outreach activities and projects to draw in the local community and aid communication.
BRAG's major collaborative project was to fundraise and subsequently purchase a building to become the Braidwood Community Arts Centre.
This was achieved through an Appeal launched by the then Mayor of Palerang Council and with Federal Government funding support. To ensure tax deductibility Appeal donations were auspiced by the Australian Cultural Fund.
Local tradespeople gave their time along with BRAG members to repair and restore the building. A grant from the Braidwood Community Bank (Bendigo) enabled the outside to be re-painted.
The federal grant was acquitted in May 2012 and the Arts Centre was Officially Opened by local MP in June 2012.
The Braidwood Community Arts Centre now provides the venue for most BRAG events and projects concerts. It has meeting space for BRAG's committee and various local Project Partners plus providing somewhere for BRAG to support and assist them in their major local events.
Project Partners some are also long-time BRAG organisation members. These include:-
- Braidwood Quilters Inc.
- Braidwood Folk Music Club Inc.
- The Braidwood Cantors (local choral group)
- Braidwood Central School
- Braidwood Community Radio
Other local partnerships have grown via individual members' community involvement:-
- Braidwood Special Emergency Services (SES)
- The 'Two Fires Festival of Arts and Activism'. This biennial event celebrates the life and work of poet and activist Judith Wright.
- Southern Tablelands Arts (STARTS)
- Tuggeranong Arts Centre, ACT
- Member of NSW Regional Arts