Mar 12 2009


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Welcome to YASSarts.

The Yass Valley region, just north of the Australian National Capital, Canberra, boasts a remarkable variety of talent in the field of arts, either in people who choose to live here or who have been raised in this region

YASSarts is a not for profit organization run by volunteers with the aim of celebrating arts & culture in our region. The YASSarts website’s broader purpose is to be that of an inventory – a kind of listing of all individuals or groups working within the arts, whether professional or amateur, within the Yass Valley.

Through the website and YASSarts’  associated activities, we also attempt to provide a platform and profile for those who do not make a living from their art but whose work is no less noteworthy.

Concurrently, we hope to assist and encourage local government and the community in harnessing the cultural tourism potential of our regional arts through events and, where possible, to be supportive of and provide assistance for, our local arts community.
Homepage banner: Anne Hind (artwork) Kim Nelson (concept design & photo)

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Fall-of-the-EmpireSongwriter, singer, guitarist and producer Bruce “Cub” Callaway has had considerable influence on the Australian independent music scene.  Callaway emerged in Brisbane in the late 70’s when punk first appeared having witnessed the emergence of The Saints and The Go betweens. In 1979, he joined The Saints upon their return from England and toured Australia.
Now living in the Yass Valley, Callaway has a recording studio set up and has just released his new album in the ‘old school’ format of a long player record.  The album cover feature artwork by Yass Valley artist Kim Nelson.

To find out more about ‘Cub’ click << here >>


Oddfellows_exteriorIn mid 2010 artist Kim Nelson and YASSarts creator, embarked on a new project in his hometown: a public studio. It was known as Kim Nelson Fine Art & Editions and was part work space, part gallery, part performance venue.

The following years saw the project become a major cultural tourism attraction. In March 2014 Nelson left the venue and in July YASSarts took on the lease of the property. It became a temporary regional arts centre and staged eight exhibitions featuring varied artists of the region organized by the YASSarts committee. The lease ended on December 10th and was not renewed as the building is scheduled for sale in 2015.

Kim Nelson has stated “Don’t think about it as the end! The happenings at Oddfellows’ over the last few years have laid some valuable groundwork for arts & culture potential in the Yass Valley region.  Onwards and upwards as they say!”


The YASSarts ‘Pop-up’ arts centre at the historic Oddfellows’ Hall in the centre of Yass comes to the end of its lease on the building on the 10th December 2014.  The venue has seen no less than eight separate exhibitions since it opened its doors in July and current YASSarts Chair Al Phemister says that, whilst it had its teething pains, the undertaking was well worth the effort with some very successful shows and in setting up the groundwork for things to come.

You can read an article from the front page of Friday 5th December Yass Tribune <<here>>


The famous ‘Indent Tour’ is coming to Yass on Saturday the IHW-Earthwalker-web29th of November at the Yass Memorial Hall, featuring Byron Bay hardcore 5-piece ‘In Hearts Wake’ and supported by local musicians.  Hardcore-heads ‘Silver Lining’ will be ramping up the decibels alongside pop-rockers ‘Day 4′ and talented singer/songwriter Siobhan McGrath.

This event is drug and alcohol free and open to all ages.   For more information about the Indent Tour, visit

Don’t miss this once in a lifetime opportunity to catch this ARIA-charting act ‘In Hearts Wake’ in Yass!

Tickets are only $10+BF – on sale now at Hardcopy tickets can be bought from Yass Newsagency (on corner of Comur and Meehan street)

This show is proudly presented by Indent, MusicNSW and Yass Valley Council Youth Group.


Margaret-Coen_flyerMeg Stewart, daughter of artist Margaret Coen, will stage a sale of her famous mother’s artwork at her home over the weekend of the 8th – 9th November 2014.  Margaret Coen is one of the Yass Valley region’s most celebrated daughters.  Amongst her close friend’s were artists such as Grace Crowley, Thea Proctor, Percy & Norman Lindsay.  She was married to the renowned poet Douglas Stewart. (Read more via the Margaret Coen page on this website)

The exhibition & sale will be staged at 2 Banool Avenue St. Ives,  10.00 am to 4.00 pm both days.  Enquiries: 02 91444311  |  0407215897

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