Entrance to BCAG GalleryThe Burnie Coastal Art Group was formed in 1952 by a small group of artistic people that saw the need for local artists to be able to speak as a collective voice and to foster and encourage art in North West Tasmania. Between the years of 1979 and 1985, a small gallery was established in downtown Burnie where a variety of exhibitions were held. Then, in September 1985, the group purchased the Uniting Church in Upper Burnie. This is now known as Studio 2 Eleven and, apart from the Gallery, incorporates a classrooom, storage rooms and catering facilities. The Studio 2 Eleven building recently had its 100 year birthday and the classroom facilities have undergone a major renovation. In 1979, inspired by the success of the Camberwell Art Exhibitions, the Group held an exhibition at Hellyer College, named the Tasmanian Art Exhibition.
From these humble beginnings, the exhibition moved to the Burnie Regional Art Gallery in 1982 and, over the ensuing years, has developed into one of the major art events in Tasmania. This exhibition is now known as the Mancell Financial Group TASART Exhibition which draws thousands of visitors to our region every September/October. TASART coincides with Burnie Shines and is an important event in showcasing the rich and diverse artistic resource that exists in Tasmania and particular, the northwest coast. Being a community based, not for profit organisation, organising and administering an event on the scale of TASART requires not only many many hours of time freely given by its members but also a great deal of generosity on the part of Tasmanian businesses. These businesses kindly donate products and services and, above all, the prize money for the awards that form the basis of the TASART rewards program. Without all their help, BCAG would be unable to curate such a prestigous event on the scale of the Mancell Financial Group TASART Exhibition.
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The class room has just undergone a major refurbishment and is available for workshops either for and on behalf of BCAG members or for local or visiting non-member artists requiring such facilities in order to conduct their workshops. Workshops in any of the fine arts are welcome. The kitchen area provides basic catering facilities. To find out more information regarding availability, suitability, costs, etc should fill out the email below.
Workshops are held regularly throughout the year. The workshops normally include a visiting artists of renown. Workshops are generally run on a Saturday and costs are kept modest aimed at covering costs. Workshop details are available as and when they are programmed and can be found in the News and Events part of our website.