Welcome to the website of Lilydale Arts celebrating the vusual and performing arts and artists in Lilydale,
Underwood, Karoola, Lebrinna, Wyena, Bangor, Pipers River, Turners Marsh areas....and beyond.

Lilydale Festival of Wood

16-17 March 2013

Some of the people who will be joining us at the Lilydale Festival of Wood on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th are

Cary Lewincamp, musician and composer more

Simon Ancher, fine artist in wood more

Philip Smith, luthier more  

We will be posting more details on our website and on Facebook.  

don't miss it!

Lilydale has a proud heritage, present and future in all aspects of wood. Lilydale will celebrate wood 16-17th March 2013 in the inaugural Lilydale Festival of Wood, thanks to a grant from Events Tasmania and Tasmanian Regional Arts.

Image below of the bullocks at work courtesy of Betty Viney


16-17 March 2013

Paint a post:

The Post competition is a bit of fun for everyone. With a fencepost you can paint it or decorate or render a creation that has the word "post" in its title. Be as madcap or as serious as you like.

There are two awards:

  • Judge's Award and
  • People's Choice Award

Fence posts will be available soon - we will give you details as soon as they are confirmed.

Watch a wood expert at work:

A demonstration of violin-making under the tutelage of the wonderful Philip Smith, luthier and bow maker. Philip has a fine reputation in Australia and overseas for his violins, violas, cellos and double basses, as well as for restoration work of old instruments and making bows for all the stringed instruments. Come and see the kinds of tools he has, techniques he uses and enjoy the exacting artistry that makes him so loved of string players across Australia.

Find out about Lilydale's origins - it is all about wood:

An exhibition of the timber history of the Lilydale region. Not difficult as our region was opened up because of timber and it is still one of our important activities. We are focussing literally on The Beginning of Wood in Lilydale.

We will
be showing lots of fascinating information about the original Grubb & Tyson sawmill on Piper's River at what is now Underwood. We are overwhelmed with  the support of many locals in pulling together information that we will be able use for permanent displays and public access.


Put on your fairy costume:

Calling all fairies to dance around the May-pole. Bring your glitter and gorgeous wings

 Meet our Artists

   Jenny Scott  

Did you know that Jenny has an international reputation as an artist and teacher? Click here to read more.........

























Next meeting: 
Thursday 31st January, 7.30 pm at 172 Snake Track Lilydale. Contact lilydalearts@gmail.com for directions.

Peter Alting Memorial Arts Prize

We are thrilled to announce that the    Peter Alting Memorial Arts Prize has been awarded to Chloe Girkin, a wonderful singer. We hope she will continue to work on developing her beautiful voice and her musicianship in the future.

Congratulations Chloe!


Junior Award

Congratulations to Daniel Story, a fine young guitarist. We look forward to hearing more of his work in the future.

We also congratulate Lilydale District School on the excellence of the candidates for the Peter Alting Memorial Art Prize, including Rhiannon Turnbull and Samantha Glover, both talented visual artists and Keenhan Wilde, a musician.

Click here to read more about Peter Alting's life and work 


Over 80 people of all ages and stages of life thoroughly enjoyed the Lilydale Player's The Gingerbread Man pantomime on Saturday 15th December at the Memorial Hall.

Thanks to the wonderful writing, directing, producing and everythingelse-ing by our own Brenda Bryce, this year's panto was voted the best yet. We had some well-known actors returning to be a horse, cow, a grumpy farmer (well, only a little grumpy). We had a former fox transform into a scary wolf and we had three young players who took the key roles of the Gingerbread Man, the duck and the young boy.

Santa came, bringing with him a fabulous bass voice. which we need to hear more of!

Valley Voices, under conductor Judith Robbers led the carols, providing strength and a glorious descant in Silent Night. And the King of the Keyboard, Bob Richman, created his usual magic.

A truly wonderful afternoon - the kids had a ball. And so did the many adults!



Klezmer Music in the Gallery was outstanding.

Tschuka, the Launceston Klezmer Band made its Tasmanian debut for Lilydale Arts. Fabulous musicians and fabulous music.

Thanks to potters Bernadine and Rynne for the use of their beautiful, resonant Gallery.


Not content with Twitter, we have forged a new path in the sand dunes of social media. We have a Facebook  account and page. Somewhere. Keep checking this website for more adventures in Facebookery.

We have learned wonderful new verbs:

to facebook
to friend
to like

As a result of all of the above, we are also well versed with the medicinal

to drink...........

Lilydale Arts Facebook - click here

 The poles - new images

The work continues. The Children's pole, opposite is looking gorgeous. Check out the Sports Pole outside the swimming pool.

Bernadine Alting is coordinating the work which is expected to take all year. Artists Leanne Hodgetts,Teresa Whyman, Maggie & Dixie Warren-Roberts and as well as Jenny Scott are key to the work and they are supported by other members of the Lilydale Arts and the community.

We would love more volunteers.

Contact Bernadine on: 6395 1295

Twitter:   @arts_lilydale 

Yep, Lilydale Arts has joined the twitterati, but with some degree of perplexity.

Elanée Ensemble with violist
Will Newbery

          Some 70 people from ages 4 to 94 enjoyed the artistry and musicianship of Jo St Leon viola, Stuart Thomson double bass and Will Newbery viola in Lilydale on Sat 8th Sept. Mozart, Hummel and Orlando Gibbons from three of the finest musicians in Tasmania. They will return, so keep watch on the website.


Read about the Elanée Ensemble: More

 2012 Lantern Walk

The Lantern Walk on the cold evening of Friday 22nd June was sensational. Well over 300 people and several puppies attended. The Lilydale Falls was made magical once more, thanks to the creativity and hard labour of Lilydale Arts members.

The installations were even more fun than last year, and the spooky Green Man, with his lantern-eyes guarded the dell at the end of the river path. The ethereal caterpillars were ready to pounce over at the bridge while mysterious fish glowed from the riverbed.

Many people and organisations collaborated. Lilydale Lions provided the glorious smell and taste of hot life-saving sausages, while Lilydale Arts members handed out life-enhancing hot drinks.

Lilydale Fire Brigade provided safe crossing for pedestrians. John Ralph piped the bagpipes while the 300 followers snaked behind with lanterns bobbing and grins galore.

Thank you to all who came, thank you to all those who helped make this event such a success.

Special thanks to Jenny Scott who ran the Lantern Workshop, and to Ian Williams and Jillian Weston for coordinating the Lantern Walk.

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