Living Cultures exhibition on show at SEEN@Swansea celebrates surf club culture

From a surf carnival at Caves Beach in 1974. Picture: Fairfax Media
From a surf carnival at Caves Beach in 1974. Picture: Fairfax Media

Enjoy going back in time with Swansea-Belmont, Caves Beach, Catherine Hill Bay and Redhead surf life saving clubs at the Living Cultures exhibition now on show at SEEN@Swansea.

Council’s cultural services manager, Jacqui Hemsley, said with 32 kilometres of coastline and four surf clubs, Lake Macquarie City was closely linked with surf life saving.

“The ocean is a big part of our lifestyle and our dedicated surf life savers make it safe and easy for us to enjoy our beautiful beaches,” she said.

“This exhibition celebrates this rich history and tells the story of how each of these clubs have become part of the fabric of their respective communities.”

Lake Macquarie’s four surf clubs have produced many surf life saving champions, community leaders and local identities, forged strong relationships with local organisations and businesses, and taught generations of children how to navigate and enjoy the surf.

“It’s great how the Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery and the community have worked together to produce this exhibition to capture the essence of surf life saving,” Ms Hemsley said.

“It’s a living – and energetic – culture that supports community safety while encouraging an active healthy lifestyle.”

LOCAL STORIES: The Living Cultures exhibition is now on show at Swansea. It is a joint project of Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery and local surf clubs. Picture: Supplied

LOCAL STORIES: The Living Cultures exhibition is now on show at Swansea. It is a joint project of Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery and local surf clubs. Picture: Supplied

The Lake Macquarie: Living Cultures (surf life saving) exhibition opened on Saturday at SEEN@Swansea, located on the first floor mezzanine at The Swansea Centre, Pacific Highway, Swansea.

The exhibition is timed to coincide with the NSW Surf Life Saving Championships which will be staged at nearby Blacksmiths Beach from Saturday, February 24, to Sunday, March 11.

Entry is free and the exhibit is open from 10am to 3pm daily.

The exhibition ends on Sunday, April 1.

For more information visit lakemac.com.au.

Since SEEN@Swansea opened its doors six months ago, more than 7000 visitors have enjoyed exhibitions from maritime heritage to dinosaurs.

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