After a lengthly career in the corporate world, Janice Charlish has spent the last decade dedicated to volunteering across the creative and cultural world of the Moreton Bay region.
Taking over as President of the Moreton Bay Art Council, she set about succesfully bringing the various creative groups together from a region stretching from Caboolture in the north, Bribie Island in the East, Samford in the west and Redcliffe in the south, and in the process establishing the Arts Council as the regions peak arts body. She initiated and encouraged new ideas such as arts and crafters markets, monthly art exhibitions in major venues as well as outdoor.
She created an initiative under the "Renew" project, whereby vacant shops could be temporarily turned into exhibition spaces for artists. She also led a fundraising project which raised $3600 for the 2011 Flood Appeal.
Janice became Arts and Entertainment editor for the popular but short lived Covid initiated humorous online newspaper "The Redcliffe Rave".
In 2013 Janice received the Australia Day Cultural Award from the Moreton Bay Regional Council.
As President of the Moreton Bay Arts Council, Janice combined her skills as artist and curator with over twenty years professional experience in retail business management to identify and grow opportunities for creatives in the region: Creative Voices Forums, Handmade Meets the Arts Markets, artist professional development workshops, Arts Directory and more.
Moreton Bay Arts Council website at: https://moretonbayartscouncil.org/about/
and their facebook page is the following LINK
In 2013, the former Redcliffe Fire Station was transformed into an art gallery and arts volunteer hub. Most days of the week it is a hive of activity with classes, exhibitions and a gallery shop which attract visitors from around the Moreton Bay region and beyond.
Moreton Bay Regional Council spent $2 million to transform the building into an arts and volunteer hub, opening in 2015. Redcliffe Art Society (RAS) share the building with Redcliffe Pottery Group, who has pottery studios, kiln and display space.
Redcliffe Arts Society website is at: https://redcliffeartsociety.com.au/
and their facebok page is at: https://www.facebook.com/redcliffeartsociety
Janice Charlish is listed on the wall of the Redcliffe Wall of Fame:
A collection of portrait and information honouring the achievements of individuals who have influenced and shaped Redcliffe. The collection is in the Jetty Arcade at 139-141 Redcliffe Parade.
For a complete list of people who appear on the wall click on the following blog post: