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 incorporated organization run by volunteers with the aim of celebrating arts & culture in the Yass Valley region. The website’s 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.

The website also provides other facilities for your benefit such as an ‘Calendar’ of events, a ‘News’ section and links to various related points of interest

Through the website and YASSarts’  associated activities, we also attempt to provide a platform and profile for those who may not be career arts practitioners, 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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Joanne-Barby_Portrait2Yass Valley born & bred artist Joanne Barby has had a dream come true, having been invited to teach pastel workshops in the USA.  Now living in Nelligen on the NSW South Coast Mrs Barby was spotted by Donna Downey, a renowned American artist with over 45,000 followers.  The trip and social media attention has had flow-on benefits. Mrs Barby has since been invited to lead a workshop in Melbourne. “This might be my year!” Mrs Barby said.  Her parents John & Jan Powell who still live in the Yass Valley are understandably very proud.  Check out the Joanne Barby page on YASSarts  <<here>>


Southern Tablelands Arts (STARTS) are very excited to announce the commencement of a new choir for older residents in the Yass Valley. They are calling on local residents over the age of 60 to brush off your vocal chords and join the choir.
Maisie’s Choir and the Kitchen Band is being kick started with funding from the NSW Government’s Family and Community Services Creative Ageing Fund. The project is one of only three projects funded across regional NSW by the Department in a pilot program.  Maisie’s Choir and the Kitchen Band is for the over 60’s in Yass Valley to create a choir and percussion band with domestic objects sourced from kitchens and toolsheds. If you remember making a kazoo with a comb and cigarette papers or someone creating a fiddle with a saw then you get the idea.

Southern Tablelands Arts will employ Yass Valley local Jane Edwards, a local choir leader, and Lionel Barber from Taralga an experienced folk musician to lead the choir and band.  After two terms a community performance will be held in the Yass Memorial Hall. The funding program’s intention is to demonstrate that participation in creative activities such as a choir can improve the social and physical wellbeing of older citizens.  The choir activities will include physical and vocal warm ups, learning songs and learning to sing as a group.  Morning teatime will provide opportunities for choir participants for social engagement with others.  If you have a friend who you know loves to sing or plays the spoons tell them about the choir and encourage them to come along.

The project builds on the successful model created by Musica Viva and the Arts Health Institute to engage with the aged community through music adding a new twist of including rhythm utilising handmade instruments created from household objects.

Maisie’s Choir and the Kitchen Band – A free choir and band for the senior’s community in Yass Valley. No experience needed. Come along and join the fun!

When: Tuesdays 9.30am – 11.30am
Where: Yass Valley Senior Citizens Club, Rossi St, Yass
Cost: Free  (Morning tea provided)
Contact: 4821 7028  (Giselle at Southern Tablelands Arts) for more information


Crisp Pots_Anne Hind_Photo Jessica ColeYASSarts is lending its support to assist local horticulturalist Sandy Crisp in beautifying the main street of Yass.  Essentially, the concept involves an interactive pot plant display bringing individuals and the community together for the benefit of the Yass Valley. Local artists are beginning to design their own pots in preparation for the unveiling in September.

Read the Yass Tribune story << HERE >>  Photo of artist Anne Hind courtesy of Jessica Cole (Yass Tribune)


NGA projectionA call to artists interested in having their artwork showcased, digitally mapped and projected onto key buildings in the city of Picton as part of the IlluminARTe Wollondilly Festival (April 11).  No absolute guarantees but if you send an image/s, they will be forwarded to the Digital Projection team for their further consideration. You may choose to photograph a section of your artwork that you find interesting or send a pic of the resolved works and let the team decide what works best for the digital mapping and projection.

Timeline: You have until Thursday 26 February 2015 to provide your images.
Contact Rob Moran, Community Projects and Events Team Leader, Wollondilly Shire Council for further details  P:  (02) 4677 8211   E:


The 152nd Yass Show is rapidly approaching. This year will feature a Just-for-the-fun-of-it Poets’ Breakfast plus a Junior Written Competition.  The Poets’ Breakfast is 8.30 – 10.30am, Sunday March 15, 2015 at the Shearing Pavilion, Yass Showground. Open mic. All welcome.

Students once again have the chance to extend themselves, write and perform poetry and be acknowledged for their efforts. Some may even win cash prizes, but that’s not the point of it. The idea is to extend the poetic range of students, whether they are starting from zero or higher up the tree.

Details and entry form click here:  Junior Entry Form Yass Show 2015
Deadline for Junior Written entries Monday 2nd March. We’d love to have your school represented at the Yass Show.

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