Clay Cliff Creek Studio
ParraClay will shortly open our own dedicated Ceramic arts studio.
Parramatta City Council is a highly supportive local government aware of the need to support our cities bourgeoning arts and creative industries. ParraClay have been truly grateful and fortunate as beneficiaries of seed funding from the Social Enterprise and Arts Professional Practice grant program. This has enabled our artist run initiative to evolve and prosper.
PCAI are also thankful to the 2010 State (Labor) Government who believed in our project and had the vision to award funding for our portable studio.
Too often social enterprises are thwarted by a lack of suitable place to work , and as start up organisations with small trade histories, ( often due to lack of venue) it’s not easy to convince banks or others to lend money.
The grant funding along with sales from our Pop Up shop have funded the purchase and placement of a portable studio to 145 George Street Parramatta. We are leasing land from Council and are located within a recreation precinct on Thomas Mitchell Reserve.
145a George Street Parramatta
By car: metered street parking available – free on weekends in some areas
By Ferry: 5 minute walk from the Parramatta Wharf – take the River Cat.
By bus: Parramatta Loop Service – free bus from CBD of Parramatta
By Train: 10 minute walk from Parramatta station
Studio Set up
Clay Cliff creek Studio (aptly named due to its historical location) is a modest building, consisting of a classroom / studio equipped with pottery wheels and equipment for teaching and studio production.
The kilns, drying and clay reclaiming areas are located in external sheds.
There is disability access via a ramp and accessible WC inside.
CCC studio aim is to provide:
- A place for artists, in particular ceramic artists to make and fire work
- Opportunities for qualified artists to teach locally
- Opportunities for indigenous and culturally diverse artists to access the studio and share their practice and skills
- classes for the community, from beginners to advanced
- specialised Master classes with artists of renown
- Weekend workshops e.g. Raku, sculptural
- Outreach Program Collaborations for community organisations
- Children’s after school and holiday programs
- Customised programs .e.g. HSC coaching , children’s parties
- Fund raising and exhibition opportunities
Use of the studio is available to paid members (terms and conditions available on joining).
Membership is not necessary to enrol / participate in a class.
People who work/ volunteer for PCAI
PCAI is an artist’s run initiative whose aim as a social enterprise, is to provide creative opportunities for our community and employment for local arts workers and associated stakeholders through sale of work , tuition, public art commissions, admin and other roles as required.
It differs from an amateur art society (although some operate in this way). As an Incorporated Association all profits go back into the organisation and people get paid for what they do.
PCAI teachers and all other staffing are contracted rather than employed at this stage. In order to teach or work with PCAI it’s necessary to have your own insurance cover and terms and conditions are outlined in the selection criteria for each role as provided at time of membership.
Stay tuned for Studio launch and further updates on our blog .