Creative expression and artistic appreciation in Randwick
The Randwick Literary Institute, tucked away on Clovelly Road, has been around since 1913. I remember attending drama classes in the 1980's and a friend performed here with a musical ensemble in the 1990's. Now in 2013 it is all still happening in this hidden hub of creative expression and artistic appreciation.
On entry into this majestic white two storey building, there are myriad rooms to discover. To the left, an art exhibition is on display with a spiritual oceanic theme permeating through each large flowing canvas, right down to the sand sprinkled on the floor and the wavelike light installation. Continuing up the large staircase onto the second floor the next room is full of natural light. There are some artists displaying their artworks as well as their talent as they paint, draw and create in person; a peaceful environment to explore their creativity on a Saturday morning. Sculptures, oil painting, illustrations, silk painting and acrylic marvels are all on display and the real life dimension of the artist creating in front of you and politely answering questions supports the personal feel of the institute.
The next room completely changes the direction of this exploration. Tiny, baby pink tutus and pointed satin shoes bounce around the room to twinkling music and enthusiastic applause; a room of toddlers exploring the art of ballet dancing as they proudly skip across the floor with arms skyward and heads high. Such an absolute delight to witness and in total contrast to the static experienced art displayed in the room beforehand.
Back downstairs, elderly patrons showcase their arts and crafts reminiscent of the old school church fete with the same delicate handiwork and scent of timber floors. Crocheted blankets, handmade cards and unique trinkets speckle the outskirts of the room as visitors explore and artists share their love of their craft. The visit would not be complete without the hustle and bustle of a ukelele band setting up and preparing to perform.The excited buzz in the room signals anticipation for a lively performance like no other.