Carclew celebrates 50 years of youth arts in South Australia

In its 50th year of operation, Carclew reflects on the past while warmly embracing the future.
Carclew with visitors on the lawn

Carclew is very much a South Australian institution, as much a part of the cultural fabric of the state as the Library, Museum and Art Gallery, making it one of the most significant youth arts centres in the country. There is also a certain mystique and aura about Carclew that pervades the arts sector across the state, as the current Chair, Rachel Healy, notes:        

‘One of the experiences that we all share at Carclew is that whenever you meet anyone in Adelaide, they all know Carclew and everyone has a memory of it. Support for youth arts when it is sustained over a long time, as with Carclew, means that it touches and has touched thousands of lives.’  

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Suzannah Conway is an experienced arts administrator, having been CEO of Opera Queensland, the Brisbane Riverfestival and the Centenary of Federation celebrations for Queensland. She is a freelance arts writer and has been writing reviews and articles for over 20 years, regularly reviewing classical music, opera and musical theatre in particular for The Australian and Limelight magazine as well as other journals. Most recently she was Arts Hub's Brisbane-based Arts Feature Writer.