In 1963, a group of local art students under the tutelage of the late Rod Milgate (artist, poet, writer and playwright) formed a small informal art society. Meetings were held in private homes and exhibitions were held at the Beecroft Community Centre.
In 1964 the Society was formalised, later becoming known as Hornsby Art Society Inc. The Society grew, with profits from art shows going to Hornsby Hospital. Over the years many members joined after studying courses at Hornsby TAFE, others joined while attending life drawing and painting classes organised within the Society.
The Society has exhibited and conducted workshops in many venues across the greater Hornsby and Ku ring gai area. These exhibitions, workshops and other activities provide excellent opportunities for artists from all disciplines to develop and showcase their art works to a board audience.
Hornsby Art Society has had a close association with Hornsby Shire Council for many years. As HAS grew, dedicated premises were needed and for almost a decade, we managed the Hornsby Art Gallery in council premises on the Pacific Highway.
In 2009, HAS partnered with Council to add two new events to the Hornsby Art Calendar. These are the recycled art exhibition now known as “Remagine” (formerly “Returned to Glory Art Exhibition”) and the Hornsby Art Prize, a feature event of the annual Hornsby Shire Festival of The Arts.
In 2011, Hornsby Art Society moved to Council’s newly established Wallarobba Arts and Cultural Centre where we continue to offer a variety of services to the local creative community.
2014 marked the 50th Anniversary of the Society, making HAS one of the oldest art societies in NSW. HAS conducted an extensive program of activities for 2014 to mark this important anniversary and to showcase local artists. As a legacy of our anniversary year and to encourage the next generation of Hornsby artists, HAS initiated the Hornsby Young Artists’ Competition for artists 5-18 years. This event, held annually during Youth Week encourages new artists through scholarships for terms of art lessons donated by our event sponsor, Sydney Art School.