You may remember from previous posts that we had planned removing the yarn bombing work this coming weekend, 29 August. Due to the current stage 3 restrictions on movement, we are not able to undertake this work. We have been granted an extension from the Council to leave the decorations in place until stage 3 restrictions are lifted, allowing us to move around more freely. So you will see the bright colours around for another few weeks.
Thank you to those who have supported this work this year and in previous years. We hope to repeat the event in 2021 and would welcome your support and participation.
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More reviews... this time from Trip Advisor ......
Watch and view the creations of local artists
An amazing array of all forms of art by local artists - on show and for sale. Staffed by volunteers. This really complements the Street Art scene in Benalla
Bruce and Chris M , Benalla Australia, January 2018 '
What an artistic treat
Benalla is so lucky to have such a committed and thriving artistic community. North East Artisans have developed a concept of a support network in material terms ie a huge building full of active studios, a gallery and shop as well as a cafe. They also run workshops open to the public. Brilliant. Congratulations to you all.
Lynden N , Ballarat, January 2018 '
Amazing volunteer run community Gallery/art space
Apparently it's the biggest building in Benalla that even locals walk past not realising what lies behind the façade. Over 2 levels there is a labyrinth of rooms filled with local art - a showroom where you can buy quality handmade items by local Artisans, an exhibition Gallery, heaps of artists studios that you're free to explore, oh and a cafe that makes in my opinion the best coffee and genuine chai in the area. It's worth more than a quick look, I get completely immersed whenever I visit, usually staying for hours exploring and chatting to all of the volunteers. It's clear that this is a labour of love and Benalla is lucky to have a place like this which is focused on the community. Thanks NEA!
Blondie December 2017
Amazing local artists
I love popping in at least once a month to see what is new, always good for gifts that are just that little bit more interesting
lm00re, July 2017
Worth a quick look
Called in as driving through the town looking to do some shopping,the gallery is right on the main street and easy to find. It has several rooms with lots of different art and craft work on display and sale from a large number of local artists. We did not buy anything but that was mainly as the only thing that we really liked were some pieces of furniture and as we could not get it home we had to leave it. There is also a coffee/snack bar inside so handy if you need a quick bite or drink.
scubacol11 Rotherham, United Kingdom February 2017
As NEA moves to its new location we are in the middle of making some changes to NEA;s information on Google Maps. People 'in the know' about Google Maps often add reviews. Reading a number of 'testimonials' in the reviews column for NEA , it seemed worthwhile to share them for posterity. They provide another way of reflecting back on where we have been as we shape a new future. There are 24 reviews, lots of 5 stars, and a number of very supportive testimonials,.
"An amazing art and craft gallery selling all locally produced items. Really good coffee, cakes, chai tea is available from Thursday to Saturday." Annie
"Amazing place. Very talented local artists and a huge variety of arts and crafts " Heather
"Fantastic art space displaying and selling local artists works. Also great classes to learn various forms of art." Annette
"Local artists and artisans under one roof. Gallery shop, studio spaces and events. Red Road cafe had nice coffee and yummy treats. Definitely worth a visit!" Ruth
"So much to see. Excellent art and great workshops." Sally
"Great artworks with an amazing amount of insight. Coffee is fantastic and the staff are incredibly friendly." Jack
"Self funded independent arts cooperation. Check out the gallery, exhibition space, and upstairs visual art studios. No charge. Painting; work in progress by Frank Burgers." Frank
"Fantastic place to view and purchase a diverse range of local art including paintings, mosaics, pottery, jewellery, crafts, textiles etc. Publicly accessible artists studios. A unique space which includes a small cafe. Entirely run by volunteers." Asio
"North East Artisans is always my first stop when searching for a gift. And I always try to make time to stop at the Red Road Cafe for a drink and a chat. I've attended a few workshops too and learned some new skills. It's always a friendly welcoming atmosphere." Star Goo
"Great coffee and wonderful array of local artisans work for sake" Kristine
"What a fantastic place that even many locals walk past. Focal in and be amazed by the variety of different kinds of artwork that is on display for sale. I've bought many an unusual gift here". Beverley D
"It is simply a cut above anything else that I have seen. Marvellous work". Jeffrey
"Great coffee and home made goods" Lorraine
"Great range of arts and crafts, good for gift hunting." Lance
"Awesome Art" Cheryl
Thanks to the visitors and friends of NEA who contributed these testimonials. They are really p[easing to read through!
NEA on Google Maps (accessed 24 August 2020 - note edits are currently in progress)
Delightful interview with Tim, Ruth, Maddie and Erin at the Lost Trades Festival in Bendigo in March 2020. An appealing ABC Education production,
"Toys have been around for thousands of years. What do you think toys were made from a thousand years ago?
We meet a family of toymakers at the Lost Trades Fair in Bendigo. Tim shows us how he makes his toy swords and castles. His daughters tell us about the jobs they do to help make the toys. What are some of the tools they use to make their toys?
What are Tim’s toys made from? What other materials are toys made out of today?
How do you use your imagination when you play?"
Access the ABC education web page with video link: https://education.abc.net.au/home#!/media/3645112/making-sustainable-toys-with-recycled-materials (accessed 23 August 2020)
Have you spotted our NEA signs at our new location? As you may know, NEA has vacated it's location in the old SEC building on Bridge St. We look forward to welcoming you all to 28B & C Carrier St once restrictions have lifted! There are many more announcements to come and exciting things in store so watch this space ➡️🔲
We'd like to take this chance to thank Benalla Furniture Removals & Storage for donating their time, muscles and truck to help us with the move, Courtney from Ray White Benalla for her professionalism in organising our new lease, and of course all of our volunteers and members who helped us with the move. Thank you all for your patience, understanding and ongoing support as we've navigated this unprecedented time 😁
We’re excited to announce that we have found a new home for NEA at 28 B and C Carrier Street!
These are uncertain times as we handle coronavirus restrictions. We’re grateful to be able to fulfil our role as a vibrant part of the Benalla community.
The new premises will change the look and feel of NEA. We’re looking forward to opening and seeing how our new home operates to serve our members and the artistic community of Benalla and surrounds.
Do you have any practical and exciting ideas for how NEA operates? Everything we achieve is through the strength of our volunteers and members. We encourage you to take an active role in NEA. Get involved, share your ideas, contribute your skills and help this moment of change in NEA’s history be a foundation for its growth.
Interested in learning more about the premises or getting involved? Please contact us through the contact page and we will touch base with you.
NEA Management Committee.
NE. Artisans Inc A0090960Y
122 Bridge St Benalla, Victoria 3672
This time, last year - 'In Your Face' Portrait Prize Exhibition at NEA, August 2019. Anthony James 'Gammy'. Faulkner's entry 'Neophyte Universe;' featured in the Cornelia Selover designed exhibition poster.. Check out the annotated catalogue of work, or read the 'In Your Face' exhibition blog A memorable exhibition coordinated by Janet Leith.
Regular updates on news of interest to NEA artisans, friends and community members and on key events in the NEA calendar. This blog complements NEA on Facebook.
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