The NEAC Festival is now in its forty-eighth year and in this time over 5,300 pieces of art have been exhibited. Each year the Festival and exhibition runs throughout the June long weekend and is recognised as one of the best community exhibitions in Tasmania with exhibitors from across the state. Many up and coming and accomplished artists have exhibited over the four decades of running the event.
The James Scott Decorative Arts Society is an incorporated association formed in 2012. We are a registered business, have Australian Charities and Not for Profits (ACNC) registration and Direct Grant Recipient (DGR) status. We are annually audited by a registered accounting firm.
The first major project undertaken by JSDAS was the restoration and preservation of the Scottsdale Mechanics’ Hall, the venue of the NETAC Festival.
After that our first venture into the ‘Arts’ was with the Bakhap Award for Sculpture a $10,000 acquisitive sculpture award run by us to recognise and encourage the development of the arts. The award is named after Thomas Bakhap, a man who had links with the Chinese community in the North East of Tasmania, and who went on to represent the region at the start of the 20th century as a popular politician at both the State and Federal levels.
Beginning in 1973 Scottsdale hosted a NETAC Festival over the June long weekend and for the first 30 years the Scottsdale Mechanics’ Hall was where the sxhibition was located. In 2021, the JSDAS Committee stepped in and now run the festival.
The exhibition is a celebration of fine art & craft and the James Scott Decorative Arts Society (JSDAS) committee welcomes works from past and new exhibitors to take advantage of the benefits the exhibition offers.