One of the oldest pictures of Nimbin, taken in 1909. Nimbin School of Arts is on the left with the old bakery on the right
One of the oldest pictures of Nimbin, taken in 1909. Nimbin School of Arts is on the left with the old bakery on the right

Checkered past of Nimbin arts school



TODAY Nimbin celebrates its Spring Arts exhibition at the Nimbin School of Arts. This year's exhibition coincides with the centenary celebrations of the the Nimbin School of Arts, which officially opened its doors to the community on September 21,1904. The school began when Nimbin was merely a few pioneer houses scattered around the valley,and since its opening the School of Arts has been used as the Nimbin School, Presbyterian church, library,and picture theatre. It also served as the hospi-tal after World war 1 during the 'flu epidemic, dances were held in the hall during the ball season, and the CWA, Red Cross, the dentist, the Progress Association, the RSL and the village solicitor have all used the hall. The 15th Light Horse trained behind the hall and the CMF 41st Battalion held parades inside. The School of Arts has sheltered people during floods and fires, and has housed a dramatic club, formed in 1905, followed by a minstrel club, the Nimbin Boys Band and the Nimbin Orchestra. Throughout the 1990s the hall was home to spring and autumn art festivals, Blue Moon cabarets and balls, Nimbin Fashion Show, Concert of Dances, Mardigrass, World Poetry Cup, and Nimbin Players' productions. The School of Arts has produced an annual show for the past 12 years, which features artists, craftworkers, designers and textile artists and weavers, photographers and installation artists. This year, to celebrate the big 100, the exhibition will include a major photo-history display tracing events, concerts, balls, receptions, meetings, theatre, orchestra and much more. The exhibition will be open daily from 10am to 4pm until Sunday, October 10. Entry is free, and there will also be a series of grand piano and other music recitals.TODAY Nimbin celebrates its Spring Arts exhibition at the Nimbin School of Arts. This year's exhibition coincides with the centenary celebrations of the the Nimbin School of Arts, which officially opened its doors to the community on September 21, 1904. The school began when Nimbin was merely a few pioneer houses scattered around the valley, and since its opening the School of Arts has been used as the Nimbin school, Presbyterian church, library, and cinema. It also served as the hospi- tal after World War I during the 'flu epidemic, dances were held in the hall during the ball season, and the CWA, Red Cross, the dentist, the Progress Association, the RSL, and the village solicitor have all used the hall. The 15th Light Horse trained behind the hall and the CMF 41st Battalion held parades inside. The School of Arts has sheltered people during floods and fires, and has housed a dramatic club, formed in 1905, followed by a minstrel club, the Nimbin Boys Band and the Nimbin Orchestra. Throughout the 1990s the hall was home to spring and autumn art festivals, Blue Moon cabarets and balls, the Nimbin Fashion Show, Con- cert of Dances, Mardigrass, World Poetry Cup, and Nimbin Players' productions. The School of Arts has produced an annual show for the past 12 years, which features artists, craftworkers, designers, textile artists and weavers, photographers and installation artists. This year, to celebrate the big 100, the exhibition will include a major photo history display tracing events, concerts, balls, receptions, meetings, theatre, orchestra and much more. The exhibition will open daily from 10am to 4pm until Sunday, October 10. Entry is free, and there will also be a series of grand piano and other music recitals.



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