I'm a freelance writer based in Perth, Western Australia, who enjoys writing about the things I love: travel, nature-based activities, the arts, spirituality and creative, fun activities for children.
Published August 27th 2012
A creative haven which is one of Perth's best-kept secrets
Do you want to enrich your life by learning a new language or by taking up a creative course? Have you always wanted to learn yoga and meditation? Or do you have bright active kids who are always looking out for something different, something new? If you answered 'yes' to any of these questions, the Tresillian Community Centre in lovely leafy Nedlands could be just the place that you're looking for. Situated at the corner of Tyrell and Edward Streets, the building was once a cottage hospital for local residents, and over the decades underwent many changes until 1978, when it was purchased by the City of Nedlands, thus beginning its journey to what it is today: a wonderful creative space which is as much a warm-hearted community meeting place as it is a venue for a range of dynamic courses.
The courses which the Tresillian Community Centre offers are many and varied, ranging from classes in French, Italian and Russian, to Wardrobe Surgery, Cake Artistry, computing, needlework and complementary health practices such as Hatha Yoga, Guided Meditation and Pilates. However, it is the creative courses which the centre offers that are most well-known, and these include pottery, print-making, collagraph prints and various painting classes specialising in oils, acrylics, pastels and watercolours. For very young pre-school children, special Arts and Crafts activities are also available, which include drawing, painting, collage and craft projects using recycled materials. New courses are offered by the Centre every school term and a program for these can be accessed from the the City of Nedlands webpage. Alternatively, you can phone the centre on 08 9389 1977 and ask for a copy of their latest catalogue to be posted to you. The programs are usually finalised by the final weeks of the previous term.
For those of you with older creative kids who are always on the look-out for fun, good quality school holiday activities, the Tresillian Community Centre also offers a special children's holiday program, which even includes a few activities for teenagers. These classes include sewing, pottery, origami, photography, balloon modelling and a cartoon workshop. My daughter attended some of the pottery classes several years ago and loved them: even though she's twenty now, I still have her masterpieces displayed at home.
All courses run for several weeks (usually between three and eight sessions), and are priced accordingly. Information on pricing is included in the catalogue, along with the timetables for each course. If all the creative activity makes you hungry, please be aware the Centre also has a deliciously rustic cafe which is situated in its courtyard.
In conclusion, the Tresillion Community Centre is a great little spot to hang out at, whether or not you live in the Nedlands area as it has a friendly, funky vibe which is sure to stimulate your creativity and make you feel right at home. Over recent years the number of enrolments from the greater metropolitan area has skyrocketed, and some students travel great distances to attend. Best of all, if you're a mum, there's lots of fun stuff to keep the kids entertained, so they'll be happy as well as you. Don't delay: head off to Nedlands and have a look around, yourself.