History: In 1959, as part of the Granny Smith Festival, an exhibition of paintings was held at Tanner's Furniture Store. Because of the interest created, Mr. G.R.(Bunny) Cannon,with the support of local artists, and the approval of Ryde Council, conducted the first meeting of the Ryde Municipal Art Society at Tanner's Store that same year.
In 1980, joint occupancy of the Historical Willandra House was granted to the Art society along with the Ryde Historical Society, where both needs were met with a gallery and showcase local history.
Classes: Classes are conducted at Willandra House 4 terms a year, and mostly run for 10 weeks. More information on what's currently available can be obtained on the Classes Page.
Workshops: Visiting and local artists conduct workshops throughout the year. Workshops page will tell you what is currently available and how to book your spot.
Meetings: Meetings are held on the 2nd Thursday of each month (except December and January) at 11:00am at the Ryde Eastwood Leagues Club. Most meetings are followed by a demonstration. Information on the demonstration scheduled for the next meeting can obtained on the Meetings Page.
Exhibitions: The annual exhibition, held at Cox's Road Community Centre is scheduled for mid October each year.Exhibitions are also held at Willandra House, at least 4 times a year. Exhibitions information on location and opening times of the galleries can be obtained on the Exhibitions page.
Members: The Society is currently open to new members. If you would like to know a bit more about some of the current committee, there is a short profile about participating members on the profile page. Membership Application form is available for downloading below.
Location: Visitors to Willandra House for the first time would be best guided by your street directory. Although the address is 770 Victoria Road, the entrance to Willandra House is via Willandra Street (off Belmore Road). If you are travelling from the direction of West Ryde however, be aware there is no right turn into Belmore Road from Victoria Avenue.
For Information about membership call Esther Townsend on 0418 245 183