A Ship Is Only As Good As Its Crew

Noosa Federation Of The Arts...and we would like to welcome our new crew.

Pictured from left, Verushka Mezaks, Anna Abbott, Suzanne Wright, Meg Lawrence, Colleen Docherty, Pat and Vince Hahn and Iain MacLean.

Chairman's Report

Our initial objectives were to bring international standard performers and artists to Noosa so that our local community could interact with them, be stimulated by them, to make Noosa a cultural destination and put bums in beds. Another was to encourage our youth.

We have achieved both over the years. Other associations have since been formed to bring people to Noosa for a cultural feast; the Noosa Longweekend and the jazz festival. We feel justifiably proud of our pioneering achievements, and the performances, art and film exhibitions we have brought here.

Now that our first objective has been fulfilled, we can concentrate on mentoring and encouraging our youth - the artists of tomorrow. To do this, we initiated a series of incentives at our high schools, plus a scholarship for a Young Jazz musician to honour one of our original members, and Australia’s greatest jazz guitar exponent - Rick Farbach.

Ten years ago we initiated the Dame Joan Sutherland Award, which has since become a national competition. We have established the Schools Instrument Bank, giving disadvantaged, but talented music students the opportunity to work with a superior instrument.

Our bank has grown from the Hofmann flute, to the Kreisler copy violin and now two cellos - one being donated by Ms Moon from Tewantin and the other a copy of a Davidoff, donated by Lilly Camden.

We have also initiated the Anthony Camden Fund which lends superb instruments to extremely talented young musicians. Instruments which they cannot possibly afford to buy, but which will benefit them in stretching them as musicians. One of our instruments, as many of you will know, is a $500,000 Pressenda donated by a Perth businessman, and currently on loan to Cameron Hill, a 23 year old musician in Melbourne.

Our second violin in the AC Fund, currently on loan to an extremely talented young musician with the Queensland Youth Orchestra, is the $20,000 Primavera, also a donation.

We have been approached by the Music Council of Australia about joining forces with regard to the ACF. The move would give us a capacity to interact on a larger national scale than at present. An interim committee has been formed chaired by Lilly Camden, with Helen Lancaster, Anna Abbott, Julia Gamble (TBC) and Pat Hahn.

Our future? We will be doing more of the same—as the saying goes, if it ain’t broke don’t fix it.

Rick Farbach Jazz Scholarship

Rick Farbach Scholarship

...was won by 16 year old Bianca Cox, Immanuel College. This very talented youngster will be studying singing at the Qld Conservatorium.

Bianca is also an accomplished percussionist and pianist.

Pictured L to R: Dawn Farbach, Bianca Cox, Iain MacLean, Emily Bonar, Immanuel College Music Head

New Visual Art Award


While we are on awards, Selma Smith has sponsored the NFA Most Promising Artist Award for Visual Art at the Noosa TAFE campus.

The winner was Kim Murray (pictured center) with judge Christine Ballinger (right) Director of the Noosa Regional Gallery and Meg Lawrence, Chairman NFA.

Surprise, surprise!

While Selma Smith was busy sponsoring an award at the recent TAFE Exhibition, the lady herself was awarded a prize for her stunning paintings. Congratulations from us all, Selma.

Lifelong friends, supporters, and now Life Members

How can I pay tribute to such wonderful people as Bert and Audrey Wansley? They have been there for me since day one, guiding me through the rough patches and rejoicing at the good.

The NFA is what it is today because of them. 

Do any of our members know that Bert, before he retired, was Chairman of the Noosa Shire Council, and was responsible for gaining Regional Status for our Gallery? (We were the first in Queensland!) 

His record is too long to go into here, but he stopped high-rise, and the foolishness of “young Turks” within Council. 

Bert and Audrey obviously had faith in what NFA was striving to achieve, and have been with us since inception. Thank you both.

While In Italy...

...Alfredo Primavera invited Meg to the Mondo Musica, Exhibition in Cremona. Over 1,000 stringed instruments from all over the world, from the 1700’s to the very latest.


She later had the good fortune to meet many of the world’s great authorities on stringed instruments, including the legendary Peter Biddulph, the world’s foremost authority on Strad’s and Guarneri del Gesu, one of which is the $10M instrument played by Richard Tognetti.

While in Mantua Meg visited the house which Verdi used for his opera, Rigoletto. It remains exactly as it was in that period.

Alfredo Primavera

Pictured top: Bronze sculpture of Rigoletto, the jester, in the garden of the house in Mantua which Verdi used as the setting for his opera.

Pictured above: (L to R) Andreas Primavera, 8th generation liutoia, Nicola Zerlina, his maestro, Meg Lawrence, and Alfredo Primavera at Mondo Musica, Cremona, 2008

Stop Press...

Peter RobinsonFamed UK based opera singer, acclaimed chorus master (GlyneBourne, OA), conductor, Peter Robinson, who will be in Australia next year for a short season with Opera Qld will be guest judge for The Dame Joan Sutherland Award auditions in Brisbane.