Formed in 1944 this is the oldest continuously operating arts council in Australia. As well as staging local and travelling exhibitions in the Chapel Theatre Glen Innes, the council arranges movies every weekend and monthly art house films in the former, 122-year-old Methodist Church.
Based in Glen Innes for the past 13 years and supporting regional capacity building for the arts and cultural sector, Arts Northwest has used the volunteer-run cinema as a model - which has been adopted nationally. Backed by regional local governments and the state government through Arts NSW, Arts Northwest gives advice on funding and supports communities developing arts projects and infrastructure. Arts Northwest's key programs include Arts Northwest on Tour, Aboriginal cultural support program, Arts North West Connect, Enable Arts, Professional Development and Film NE/NW.
Glen Innes Art Gallery is a small regional gallery backed by an enterprising group of volunteers which features works of local and regional artists and travelling exhibitions. Exhibitions have included Jewels of the Earth, comprising painting, photography, ceramics, jewellery, gemstones and curios; Scape, reflecting land, sea and sky; Waste into Art and the Glen Archies for portraiture. The gallery is also an important outlet for TAFE students and hosts workshops to share the love of art.
The Big BookP: (02) 6732 3677
The Big Book on Ferguson Street, specialises in classical and antiquarian books, has more than 100,000 titles, clients nation-wide and overseas and the Book Market, Grey Street, has a wide range of books displayed in categories, collectables, sheet music and records. Kanga Langa in Grey Street specialises in new books and has sections for children and resources for schools.