South West Rocks Creative Community

The fascinating township of South West Rocks is located near the mouth of the Macleay River. It has a rich heritage with its own distinctive style and creativity. Here you will find the unique Trial Bay Gaol, established in 1876 as an experimental public works gaol to house inmates building the local break wall. The gaol closed in 1904 but reopened in World War 1 to house German male internees. Apart from its riveting public programs, the Museum is transformed every year into a stunning artistic landscape, with the annual Sculpture in the Gaol Competition, a major event for the region. Other historic sites include the local Maritime Museum and Smokey Cape Lighthouse.

The cultural heart of the town was and is the South West Roxy Cinema situated in the historic 1926 School of Arts Community Hall. It is one of the last operating examples of the typical country picture show. Today it is much more than a restored cinema, presenting live shows. Indeed once a year, the good folk of South West Rocks close down the Roxy cinema for two weeks and transform the School of Arts community hall into an old-fashioned music hall.

South West Rocks is home to many artists and elsewhere in South West Rocks you will find an arts and craft gallery, live music and special events reflecting South West Rocks, a very Creative Community.

For more information visit http://macleayvalleycoast.com.au/south-west-rocks/


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South West Rockss Cultural Highlights:

Adelaide Swift Memorial Trust & Artisan Market

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The Adelaide Swift Memorial Trust is a not for profit organization which holds an Art Award every 2 years in the Community Hall at South West Rocks public school. It…

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1/1 Flinders St., South West Rocks

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The Adelaide Swift Memorial Trust is a not for profit organization which holds an Art Award every 2 years in the Community Hall at South West Rocks public school. It is a prestigious event attracting professional and amatuer artists from all over Australia. there is a strict criteria for entrants. This year the Award will be held from 30 September to 10 October. art work to be delivered at the school from 8am 29 Sept. contact for an entry form: Bronwyn Simpson. 02 65666296. or t_sim51@hotmail.com

The Adelaide Swift Memorial Trust also holds an Artisan Market at the R.S.L. club hall at 41 Mcintyre St. each 2 months. These markets are very attractive as the stall holders are the artisans themselves and there are no overseas components. The dates for 2016 are March12, May7, July9. Septembe 10, November12, Dec.10. to become a stall holder or find out more contact virginiayelavich@bigpond.com or rihermann@bigpond.com

For more information on Adelaide Swift Memorial Trust & Artisan Market, give them a call on 02 65665004 or view their website, http://adelaideswift.com.au

Horseshoe Bay Amenities Block Mural

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A collaboration between James Moulton, Bill Moulton and Ash Johnston, this underwater seascape mural features dolphins and sea turtles swimming through a bright coral bed, while a surfer points out…

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Horseshoe Bay Reserve, South West Rocks

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A collaboration between James Moulton, Bill Moulton and Ash Johnston, this underwater seascape mural features dolphins and sea turtles swimming through a bright coral bed, while a surfer points out a surf lifesaving boat (decked out in South West Rocks competition colours) ride a wave.

Sculpture in the Gaol

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The heritage listed Trial Bay Gaol at Arakoon, South West Rocks, is transformed every year into a stunning artistic landscape, with up to fifty sculptures displayed in the historic precinct….

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The heritage listed Trial Bay Gaol at Arakoon, South West Rocks, is transformed every year into a stunning artistic landscape, with up to fifty sculptures displayed in the historic precinct. The sculpture competition regularly attracts high calibre entries from around the country and celebrates with a gala opening day featuring live entertainment, demonstrations, displays, refreshments and of course the sculptures themselves.

For more information on Sculpture in the Gaol, view their website, http://www.sculptureinthegaol.com.au/

South West Rocks Artisans Market

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This market brings together a diverse mix of handpicked independent artists and designers, in all forms of mediums, to display and sell their wares. The market is held four times…

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Southwest Rocks Country Club, 2 Sportsmans Way, South West Rocks

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This market brings together a diverse mix of handpicked independent artists and designers, in all forms of mediums, to display and sell their wares. The market is held four times per year, so check the website for dates.

For more information on South West Rocks Artisans Market, give them a call on 0400 180 637 or view their website, http://www.adelaideswift.com.au/south-west-rocks-artisan-markets/

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5 Ocean Dr, South West Rocks

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South West Rocks Arts and Crafts Cottage

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Located in South West Rocks near the Horseshoe Bay caravan park this gallery is open 7 days a week from 10am to 4pm. All arts & craft work is produced…

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5 Ocean Drive, South West Rocks

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Located in South West Rocks near the Horseshoe Bay caravan park this gallery is open 7 days a week from 10am to 4pm. All arts & craft work is produced by local members.

For more information on South West Rocks Arts and Crafts Cottage, give them a call on 6566 7525 or view their website, https://www.facebook.com/SouthWestRocksArtsAndCraftsAssociation/info

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53 Smith St, Kempsey

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22 Landsborough St, South West Rocks

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Scheherezade Photography

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Sharon Lamb is a local photographer based in South West Rocks. She was a Nuclear Medicine Tech for 25 years before moving to the area and deciding to take up…

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Sharon Lamb is a local photographer based in South West Rocks. She was a Nuclear Medicine Tech for 25 years before moving to the area and deciding to take up…

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Scott Jackson

Mixed Media, Painter Artist & Creatives Kempsey

About The Artist… SOLO EXHIBITIONS: 2013 December / January 2014 ” Big Fella My Country” Macleay Valley Community Art Gallery, Gladstone,NSW 2013 January “Views from The Road” Macleay Valley Community…

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About The Artist… SOLO EXHIBITIONS: 2013 December / January 2014 ” Big Fella My Country” Macleay Valley Community Art Gallery, Gladstone,NSW 2013 January “Views from The Road” Macleay Valley Community…

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Roxy Cinemas

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Enjoy our charming 1950s country picture show atmosphere with the latest 21st century cinema technology! The South West Roxy Cinema is situated in the historic 1926 School of Arts Community…

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South West Rocks School of Arts Hall , 1 Gregory Street , South West Rocks

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Enjoy our charming 1950s country picture show atmosphere with the latest 21st century cinema technology!
The South West Roxy Cinema is situated in the historic 1926 School of Arts Community Hall at the beach end of Gregory St, South West Rocks.
The Roxy is one of the last operating examples of the country picture shows which operated in almost every country town before the advent of television. Often screening just once or twice each week, a picture show man would ride into town and set up his projector to show movies, cartoons and newsreels. No wonder it was the social centre of every country town during that era.
Today, the South West Roxy Cinema operates all year round on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, and every day on  ALL public and school holidays. All our films are presented with digital projection and brand new, improved digital surround sound, while selected titles are presented in 3D by Real D. The Roxy screens current major Hollywood releases as well as specialising in arthouse titles from around the world. The Roxy also regularly hosts live music and theatre shows!
The Roxy is now owned by TV and Film Historian Andrew Mercado, who may be familiar to viewers of Channel [V] and Nine Network shows such as A Current Affair and Kerrie-Anne. Andrew is at every Roxy session to introduce the movie and chat to patrons as they exit. Come check out his framed movie posters which now adorn the walls of The Roxy and enjoy the new deckchair and bean bag seating.
So, take a trip down memory lane and come visit this boutique cinema. Enjoy the freshly made popcorn, lollies, coffee, tea and cold drinks, and our hand-made choc top ice creams from the Snack Bar. The Roxy is also fully licenced. Enjoy a beer or wine while you watch the latest movies!
The South West Roxy Cinema is a “must see” attraction when you visit South West Rocks.

For more information on Roxy Cinemas, give them a call on 02 6566 5811 or view their website, https://www.swroxycinema.com.au