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Randwick Art Society regularly displays information of interest to members and visitors to our website, such as important dates, general meetings, activities coming up, and exhibiting opportunities. Visit this page regularly to find out What’s On at Randwick Art Society.Members are invited to submit ‘news items’ for publication on the RAS “What’s On” page that may be of interest to members and visitors to our website. Email us or drop in to our Monday Art Studio at Randwick Literary Institute.

Click on the name of the month (below) to visit that section of the RAS What’s On Calendar or simply browse the Calendar by scrolling down the page.

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Randwick Art Society – Notice to Members & Visitors

Dear Members & Visitors,

Taking into account the advice of Government regarding Covid19 and group meetings, we need to be mindful of the welfare and health of our members and visitors. After much thought and consideration the RAS committee has decided to suspend all RAS meetings and activities scheduled to be held at the Randwick Literary Institute (RLI) until further notice, including our Monday Art Studio, Demonstrations and Workshops, as well as our Members’ Gallery display at the RLI. These are unprecedented times and we cannot know just how long these disruptions will last, but the committee will keep you informed of any changes. As artists we are so lucky to be able to follow our creative interests in our homes. We can use this time to complete work for future exhibitions, try some new techniques, paint/draw self portraits – human and pets in your house. I wish good health for you and your families and we look forward to a time where we can meet and share our love of art.
Kind regards,
Maria KapodistriasPresidentOn behalf of RAS Committee

18th March 2020
Randwick Art Society IncEmail:   

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October 2020

CASS Art OF Sydney Exhibition ONLINE

The Combined Art Societies of Sydney (CASS) has decided this year they will not hold their traditional Art of Sydney exhibition at Darling Harbour.  Rather, they will run a virtual exhibition and competition online.  The online Exhibition will open to the public in Jan and Feb 2021.

Members wanting to know more and wishing to enter should go to the following link:

Among other things, members will see that:

  • The Exhibition is open to entry applications now and closes on 1 Dec 2020;
  • There are a number of categories, as in the past;
  • Photographs of works to be entered have to be uploaded to a dedicated website in due course;
  • If works are sold, the artist is responsible to forward the works to the buyer;
  • When determining sale price, members should consider the CASS sale commission and any potential courier or postage costs, if sold;
  • Works will be judged by John Haycraft.

We encourage members to take advantage of this opportunity.  Right now you can go through your more recent works that may be eligible, or just get stuck into lots of painting or drawing.

In particular, members should carefully read the Terms and Conditions found on the web site as these set out the relevant requirements.  Members will also see that entry applications are made online – look for the large orange Entry Application box or visit this link

We wish you happy art making and Good Luck !

October Plein-Air Sketch Group

We all know the virus restrictions have been hard, but now we can get out and enjoy Spring! Plein air means getting out into the good old outdoors and getting your sketching, painting, photography all happening. So, grab your gear, some tucker, drinks and a cushion or fold-up seat and make a bee line for:

THE CLOVELLY SURF CLUB. Monday 12th October 10am.


There are many places to draw and paint at the beach that will be of interest. No tuition or cost. There is parking at the beach. If using public transport, the 339 Clovelly bus travels directly to the beach.

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September 2020

‘Spring’ Sketch-A-Day

Every day do a sketch in any medium you choose.

Send your work by jpeg file to and we will put it on our website in “Spring 2020 Sketch-a-Day”

Visit the Gallery here:  Spring Sketch-A-Day Gallery

Sketch List:

August 2020

4th August – 20th September 2020

RAS ‘Emergence‘ Art Exhibition

Bowen Library, Maroubra

Randwick Art Society Inc has been offered an art exhibition at the Lionel Bowen Library at Maroubra.

As there is currently social distancing in place, we will be following all the regulations required to ensure a safe environment up to and during the exhibition.

This means that members of the public can currently visit Maroubra Library but will need to give their name and address when visiting.

We need to be aware of any changes to the regulations for Covid-19 and need to follow the Library and Council requirements.

This is the first exhibition that Maroubra Library is holding since lockdown, so we are delighted to be able to show the talents of members of our Society.

As there is limited space available at the Library, we need to limit the number of artworks that can be shown. We therefore have to limit the number of paintings for each financial member to (1). Should you not be financial, you are welcome to renew your membership prior to entering this exhibition.

Sketch-A-Day artwork on Television Screen in Library

Many members have been contributing to the Sketch-A-Day pages on our website during the lockdown. The Committee would like to showcase the wonderful work that has been sent in, and we have the opportunity to use the television screen in the Library wall where we can show all the Sketch-A-Day ”Assorted” and “Out and About” artwork. We intend to show the work on a continuous powerpoint show. If anyone who has entered their work on the website and does not wish their work to be displayed, please advise us.

4 August 2020 Exhibition opens. Anyone can visit Library – need to sign in.

20 September 2020 Exhibition closes.

22 – 25 September Pickup artwork from 164 Rainbow Street, Randwick between 9.00am and 12 noon.
Should you have any problems picking up your work, please contact Rick on 0419 255 530 or Heather on 0417 692 466.

View Exhibition Online at 

For further details, and an Entry Form, click on the button below:

Entry Form

Click on the button below to download an Exhibition Flyer:

Exhibition Flyer

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July 2020

Thursday 2nd – 18th July 2020

Kurt Koeppl Solo Exhibition, ‘Hibernation’

RAS Member, Kurt Koeppl will be having a solo art exhibition in Balgowlah for 3 weeks in July 2020. All welcome to attend. “Hibernation” runs from Thursday 2nd – 18th July 2020 at Pop Up Gallery 377 Sydney Road Balgowlah 2093. Gallery hours Thurs-Sun 1pm – 8pm. Private viewing by appointment. Contact

Social distancing measures in place.

To learn more about Kurt Koeppl, you can visit his Artist Profile on the RAS Members’ Gallery.

Go to Kurt Koeppl’s Artist Profile

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June 2020

30th May – 17th June 2020 Tradition and Transformation II

Tradition and Transformation II: Taiwan-Australia International Watercolour Exhibition: Congratulations to  RAS member, Rick Bardsley-Smith, who as a member of the Australian Watercolour Institute, has a work in this exhibition. Works are exhibited at the Dadun Cultural Center, Taichung City, Taiwan, from 30th May – 17 June 2020. The same works were then to be exhibited at Juniper Hall in Paddington during August, but this Australian leg of the exhibition has been cancelled.

To learn more about Rick Bardsley-Smith, you can visit his Artist Profile on the RAS Members’ Gallery.

Go to Rick Bardsley-Smith’s Artist Profile

June 2020 RAS Newsletter now available

Visit our ‘Newsletters’ page to browse through our most recent Newsletter online or download a PDF copy of newsletters for 2020 and 2019.

Go to ‘Newsletters’

June 2020 – RAS online Craft Gallery & online Portrait Gallery

RAS Online Art Activities

In May 2020, RAS expanded its activities to include a number of new initiatives, including RAS Online Art Projects. The first online art project began with the ‘Sketch-A-Day’ activity, and in June 2020 has progressed to include two Sketch-A-Day Galleries, an online Craft Gallery and an online Portrait Gallery.

The RAS Online Art Projects aim to encourage  inspiration and creativity in our members, as they pursue their various art, photography and craft interests, as well as provide an opportunity to bring our members together as a community. All RAS members are welcome to participate.

For further information click on the links to visit the gallery pages for the RAS Online Art Projects: Sketch – A- Day Galleries, the Craft Gallery, the  Portrait Gallery.  

(Picture right- Heidi Hereth, ‘Clothesline’, Sketch -A-Day Gallery)

June 2020

RAS Instagram Account Established

RAS has established an Instagram account specifically for use by the Society. Follow us @randwickartsocietyinc

Most members will know that Instagram is another social media platform. It targets visual material and imagery. Users can “tag” their posted image using #hashtags to reference different topics plus accounts using the @ symbol. 

Some of our members actively use Instagram and it forms part of their ‘promotion’ for their own artworks and exhibitions. Members have also tagged RAS using the hashtag #randwickartsociety. This activity is encouraged by RAS Committee, as it brings our Society to the attention of a wider audience.

1st-30th June 2020

Drummoyne Online Art Show

Drummoyne Online Art Show: Entries closed on 22nd May. 30 Finalists were selected and their works will be exhibited online by the Drummoyne Art Society from 1-30 June 2020. Several RAS members submitted paintings. Congratulations to Heidi Hereth and Julia Hasslemann who were selected as finalists.

To learn more about Heidi Hereth you can visit her Artist Profile on the RAS Members’ Gallery.

Go to Heidi Hereth’s Artist Profile

To learn more about Julia Hasselmann, you can visit her Artist Profile on the RAS Members’ Gallery.

Go to Julia Hasselmann’s Artist Profile

Friday 19th June 2020

RAS Logo Competition

The idea for the RAS Logo Competition was to design a new logo for RAS. All members were encouraged to submit 2 designs and essentially had a month to develop their ideas. The closing date was 31 May 2020.

Eighteen entries were received. Thanks to the members who submitted an entry. As set out in the competition guidelines, the RAS Committee has chosen a short list of 3 possible designs.0

Based on member feedback, a preferred design will be selected. All members are encouraged to respond by 19th June 2020 via email to the RAS gmail ( to advise Committee which of the three logos (below) they prefer:

Monday 22nd June 2020

RAS General Meeting

The scheduled RAS General Meeting on 22nd June 2020 has been cancelled due to the Covid 19 restrictions at the RLI.

As a way for members to participate in RAS activities, in lieu of attending the General Meeting, committee would like to invite members to send their comments via email to the RAS gmail ( by 19th June.

Please include your ideas, questions, issues of concern, or other matters you would like to raise. The Committee will then attend to member’s emails / feedback during their monthly committee meeting, being held via Zoom video conference on 22/6/20. The minutes of the meeting will be made available to all members, when they are finalised.

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May 2020

CANCELLED – Friday 1st, Saturday 2nd, & Sunday 3rd May 2020RAS 11th Annual Art, Photography & Craft Exhibition/Sale

The RAS 11th Annual Art, Photography, & Craft Exhibition/Sale will be held at the Prince Henry Centre Little Bay, NSW.





1st May – 30th May 2020

Randwick Art Society Inc


Design a New RAS Logo !

Dear Members,

Stuck at home and not sure what to do with yourself ?

Why not put your energy and time into designing a new RAS Logo? RAS Committee has decided it’s time.  

Here are some key points about what we currently use:

·        We have a primary logo which was developed when RAS commenced.  This is essentially a blue and white logo based on the letter ‘R’ which is shaped like a wave.  The words Randwick Art Society Inc are placed around the outside;

·        We have a second logo that is often used on marketing material and the Newsletter.  It comprises the letters ‘RAS’ in white caps on a green or blue background.  Sometimes it is used together with our primary logo.

Here are some key points about what we now need and how to go about it:

·        We are after one logo that we can use in all circumstances;

·        It should include/incorporate the words ‘Randwick Art Society Inc’.

·        It will work best for us if it is reasonably bold and graphically strong.  That’s because it will be used               on  our web page, flyers, Newsletters, banners, etc; and needs to be legible and identifiable in a                   range of sizes;

·        It could be based on imagery that reflects what we do.  But don’t forget, our Society comprises                     members who paint, draw, take photos, sew, undertake craft, etc; so a logo that just depicts one of             those activities won’t best represent us;

·        It could be based on a creative use of the letters ‘RAS’;

·        It could seek to reflect our Randwick/coastal location (much like the current primary logo);

·        Look around at all sorts of other logos you can see especially on the web.  Look at which ones work             well, and which ones don’t.  Think about why;

This is the process: 

·        The Competition is only open to members;

·        Each member can prepare and submit no more than 2 logos;

·        Scans or photos of your logo designs should be sent to by Sunday           31 May 2020.  If email is difficult, you can send to P O Box 1062 Randwick 2031, but you should post             earlier to allow time for slower postal delivery;

·        The RAS Committee will prepare a short list of 3 potential logos.  These will then be circulated so                    that  all RAS members can vote on their preferred logo.  The Committee reserves the right to reject              any logo;

·        The preferred logo will be utilised on all RAS material, as soon as practicable after the completion of           the process;

·        The reward for the member who designs the preferred logo will be the satisfaction of seeing their               design used in an ongoing manner by the Society.

We look forward to seeing some interesting designs.

To download a pdf file about this activity, click on the link below:

Download RAS Logo Competition PDF file

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March 2020


New Art Work on Display                      Members’ Gallery at RLI –

Artwork for Sale

Mondays 9.00am -12.30pm

In September 2018, Randwick Art Society commenced selling artwork on site during the Monday Art Studio at Randwick Literary Institute, 60 Clovelly Rd Randwick (cnr Market St) – in the main hall on the ground floor. Artworks for sale are rotated every 3 months.  

For a RAS Gallery Information flier, visit our ‘Downloads’ page.

Go to RAS ‘Downloads’

On Mondays, 2nd-23rd March 2020

RAS Demonstrations/Workshops with Niki Koeppl

Four Mondays during March 2020, 10.00am-12.00pm.  $10 attendance per class.                     

Venue: Randwick Literary Institute, 60 Clovelly Rd, Randwick (cnr Market St)


Painting with Pan Pastels
Monday 2nd March 10.00 am-12.00pm

Niki will be demonstrating the use of Pan Pastels in this session plus there will be the opportunity for some hands on time to test out the materials. Pick up techniques on how to apply and blend dry pigments using specialised tools to create a painterly effect on paper.

A limited selection of Pan Pastels will be available to try however feel free to bring along your own set of soft pastels to work with plus your sketchbook and/or pastel paper/pad eg.  Mi Tientes or Arttec tonal paper with medium surface texture suitable for pastels.


Sea Life Painting with Holbein Artist’s Watercolours Monday 9th March 10.00am-12.00pm

Create an oceanic themed watercolour painting using high quality, beautiful Japanese Holbein Artists’ Watercolours. BYO or choose a sealife creature from the images Niki will provide in class and learn how to create an underwater effect with the Holbein watercolour paint provided.

Please bring your own watercolour brushes (sable or nylon/synthetic various sizes – round and flat), w/c palette, water container, appropriate w/c paper 150-300gsm, HB pencil and eraser.



Stylized Illustrative Drawing with Prismacolor Pencils Monday 16th March 10.00am-12.00pm

Using your imagination, sketch your own stylized subject with inspiration from the images Niki will provide in class. Niki will be demonstrating how to recreate a subject into an illustration.

If you do not own Prismacolor Pencils, please bring your own Colouring Pencils and sketch book / pastel paper pad – mixed tones. Some pencils will be available to try.


CANCELLED – Drawing with ArtGraf Water-Soluble Carbon and Graphite Monday 23rd March 10.00am-12.00pm

Explore the possibilities of a revolutionary new way of drawing with Artgraf’s excellent quality art materials. Niki will be demonstrating this beautiful range of dry and wet media. Product samples will be handed around for some hands on use so please bring some sketching paper and/or heavier weight paper suitable for wet media (150gsm or higher).




To learn more about Niki Koeppl, you can visit her Artist Profile on the RAS Members’ Gallery.

Go to Niki Koeppl’s Artist Profile

For an Information Flier about these demonstrations, please visit our ‘Downloads’ page, see link button below.

Go to RAS ‘Downloads’

Sat 7th March 2020 – Tues 28 April 2020

Randwick City Council 2020 ‘Women’s Art Prize’

Art competition conducted by Randwick City Council as part of International Women’s Day events.

Awards ceremony and morning tea, Sat 7th March 2020, 10.00am to 11.00am, Randwick Community Centre.

All entries must be at Randwick Community Centre, Munda St by Mon 2nd March between 2.00 pm and 6.00pm.

Entry form below:

Commencing 18th March 2020 


Online Art Activity

Taking into account the advice of Government regarding Covid19 and group meetings, we need to be mindful of the welfare and health of our members and visitors. After much thought and consideration the RAS committee has decided to suspend all RAS meetings and activities scheduled to be held at the Randwick Literary Institute (RLI) until further notice, including our Monday Art Studio, Demonstrations and Workshops, as well as our Members’ Gallery display at the RLI. We have also reluctantly decided to cancel our Annual Exhibition in May 2020. Refunds will be made to those members who have already forwarded their entry.

These are unprecedented times and we cannot know just how long these disruptions will last, but the committee will keep you informed of any changes.

To try and help our members stay connected the committee have suggested a Sketch-a-Day Project.

For a month every day, you select and paint/draw an item appearing on the list attached.                                     

This project will remain active throughout 2020 – Members can join at any time.

Members are invited to take a photograph of their daily sketch/painting and attach it, as a jpeg file, to an email and send their artwork to the RAS Website Coordinator via the RAS gmail address ( The RAS Website Coordinator will then put the image up on a webpage dedicated to this project on the RAS website. With interested members submitting their daily artwork, it won’t take long before we have an exciting display on the RAS website of members’ artwork.

Visit the Sketch- A-Day’ Online Gallery to view members sketches, click on the link below:

‘Sketch-A-Day’ Gallery

February 2020

Sat 1st February 2020 – Sun 15th March 2020RAS Member Solo Exhibition – Bondi Juction NSW

Heidi Hereth ‘From the Heart to the Coast’

Venue: Waverley Library Galleries, 32-48 Denison Street, Bondi Junction NSW

Opening Hours:  Mon–Fri, 9.30am–9.00pm, Sat, 9.30am–3.00pm, Sun,1.00pm–5.00pm

Opening drinks with the artist:Tues 4th February 2020, 6.00pm–8.00pm

From the Heart to the Coast describes the distinctly Australian natural landscapes of the Red Centre,contrasting with the Eastern Sydney coastline and its white sandstone cliffs and blue seas. Both environments feature rocky landscapes, water and the true blue Australian sky, but they are very different. Painting these contrasting landscapes, Heidi Hereth draws inspiration from the colour and shapes of the ancient rocks of the Red Centre and the dramatic cliffs and ocean of the Eastern Sydney coast. She finds the Australian landscape deeply spiritual and filled with light and colour. It is this feeling that is the heart of this exhibition

To learn more about Heidi Hereth, you can visit her Artist Profile on the RAS Members’ Gallery.

Go to Heidi Hereth’s Artist Profile

To download  an Exhibition Flier, visit RAS ‘Downloads’ page.

Go to RAS ‘Downloads’

Monday 3rd February  2020First Day for RAS Monday Art Studio

RAS Monday Art Studio – Every Monday, 9.00am-1.00pm, at Randwick Literary Institute (RLI), 60 Clovelly Rd, Randwick. Last Day for 2019 Mon 9th December. First day back for 2020 on Mon 3rd February.


Monday 24th February 2020, 10.00am RAS Annual General Meeting (AGM)

RAS Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held at Randwick Literary Institute 60 Clovelly Rd, Randwick.

New members welcome. All members are encouraged to attend the Art Society meetings – meet new members, keep-up-to-date with events planned for 2020. As there will be changes to Committee membership, please give serious consideration to offering your services.

The RAS AGM on 24th February was very well attended. Details of our newly elected committee and other positions for 2020 are outlined below:

  • Patron: Kathy Neilsen (Randwick City Council Councillor)
  • Public Officer: Patricia Reid
  • CASS Representative: Rick Bardsley-Smith and Kurt Koeppl

Our Committee 2020

    • President: Maria Kapodistrias
    • Vice President: Rick Bardsley-Smith
    • Secretary: Heather Egan
    • Assistant Secretary: Judie Bode
    • Treasurer: Marilyn Kime
    • Assistant Treasurer: Robyn Langford-Brown
    • Committee Member: Patrica Reid
    • Committee Member: Malvena Miron
    •  Committee Member: Rosita Simmons
    • Committee Member: Niki Koeppl

29th February 2020Date for 2020 RAS Membership Renewal

New Members Welcome !

To download  a copy of the RAS Membership Forms for new and returning members, please visit the RAS ‘Downloads’ page.

Go to RAS ‘Downloads’


January 2020

Saturday 25th – Tuesday 28th January 2020 CASS ‘Art of Sydney’ Exhibition 2020

CASS Art of Sydney Exhibition 2020 will be held at the Maritime Museum Darling Harbour.

The Governor of NSW, Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AO QC will be in attendance for the opening ceremony and award presentation on Saturday.

Entries Closing Date – 2nd   December 2019.  Delivery of entries to Bankstown Art Society – 11th January 2020.

The easiest way to Darling Harbour is by the 389 bus, which you can pick up at Bondi Junction or Park Street in the City, (near Woolworths). This takes you right to the door.

We trust many RAS members will enter this wonderful Exhibition and wish those who do so all the best. Please ensure you complete the necessary paperwork, as well as attending to framing and labelling, correctly. As a courtesy, please advise RAS committee of your entry and duty volunteering details.

To download  an Exhibition Flier, visit RAS ‘Downloads’ page.

Go to RAS ‘Downloads

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November 2020

To be announced

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December 2020

To be announced

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