Arts Council of The Dorrigo, Inc.

With members across the Dorrigo Plateau, the Arts Council of The Dorrigo presents a diverse range of events and exhibitions to the community including Dorrigo Show Fine Art Exhibition, the Creative Mountain Arts Exhibition, and a range of exhibitions at Gallery 2453 (59 Hickory Street, Dorrigo).

Annual Membership of The Arts Council of the Dorrigo Inc. is only $10!  Download a membership form  from our website HERE.

Dorrigo Visual Arts Group

At the invitation of the Dorrigo Show Society, the Dorrigo Visual Arts Group (currently a subcommittee of the Arts Council of The Dorrigo) has for many years promoted and organized the Fine Arts Section at the annual Agricultural Show in November. The exhibition is an integral part of the Pavilion display, presenting around 100 exhibits annually with prize money of $2,000 sponsored by Bellingen Shire Council, the Cork Trust, and the Dorrigo Visual Arts Group.

Members meet the second Saturday of alternate months, e.g. March, May, July, September, November, for activities. New members are always welcome. Membership is open to artists or anyone interested in the Visual Arts. Please contact Louise Stanton on 02 6657 2328 for more information.

Creative Mountain Arts Exhibition

This annual exhibition is a showcase for the artistic talent on the Dorrigo Plateau. For more information, please see the Arts Council’s website HERE.

Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival

Held annually each October at the Dorrigo Showgrounds, the Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival is a stunningly good boutique music festival, lauded internationally. Find out more at our Website

Dorrigo Dramatic Club

Hickory Street, Dorrigo
Name: Dina Luciani, President
email contact

Old Gazette Film Society

The Old Gazette Film Society (a sub-committee of the Dorrigo Dramatic Club Inc) provides monthly film screenings at the Old Gazette Theatre.  Due to licensing arrangements, you must be a member, or guest of a member to come along.

For more info on membership and upcoming films please visit our website.   Sharing film, food and conversation on the Plateau!

Dorrigo Writers’ Group

The Dorrigo Writers’ Group meets in a local café once a fortnight for around four hours. We workshop our writings, offer feedback and challenge each other on a regular basis. Critique is constructive. The critique tends to focus on character and character development, plot dynamics, the flow of language, voice, etc., rather than getting bogged down in details the writer will change  in the next redraft. Not everyone reads at each Writers Table; we “carry” each other through word-droughts, but everyone there is present as a writer, so our expectation is: everyone writes.

New writers are invited to a Writers Table to share some of their work, to receive and give feedback on anything that is read. If everyone is comfortable the new member is  invited to join. We welcome guest writers. We hold workshops, which are open to the public.

In 2014, the Dorrigo Writers Group inaugurated the Grassroots Writers Weekend – a weekend of skill-building workshops, discussions, sharing of expertise, resource pooling and networking between writers’ groups and writers across all levels of experience. Our aim: to provide a time and space to write, to connect, to nurture creative skills and ideas through writing – untrammelled by any thought of whether the work ever appeared in print or not.  This event ’travels’ and is now in its sixth year.

For more information, please contact Iris on 6657 5274, or  by email.