WBAC welcomes Australian Theatre for Young People’s Andrew Deane to this year’s WBAC executive in the role of treasurer.  On staff at ATYP since 2013, Andrew is responsible for developing relationships with the group’s donors and supporters as well as data capture as well as creating a new Parents Committee.

Gaining daily inspiration from all those involved with ATYP – from participants and their parents, tutors and donors, Andrew says the organisation is about bringing out the best in young people through theatre.

The WBAC is a proud supporter of Fairfax’s inaugural ‘Spectrum Now Festival’. The Sydney arts-based event runs from March 11-29th and with a number of Chamber businesses involved and renowned actor Richard Roxburgh as creative director it’s shaping up as the latest ‘must do’ festival.

Organisers promise;  “Sydney will be abuzz with pop-up spectacles, eateries, artist showcases, dance works, interactive and installation art and contemporary garden displays - to name just a few elements”.

Although our focus has already turned to the 2015 event WBAC is pleased to report that the 2014 Arts Table was a huge success raising $20,000 for Regional Arts NSW.

The event - which took place last November, was a sell out. Guests were treated to a five-course degustation menu from local restaurants - Dedes on the Wharf, Seawall, Lotus Dumpling Bar, Simmer on the Bay and Sydney Dance Lounge whilst regional wines were provided from Canowindra’s Pinnaroo Estate. Deputy Premier, Minister for Trade and Investment and Minister for the Arts, the Hon Troy Grant MP, was guest speaker on the night and the live entertainment as well as a silent auction of artworks donated from regional artists proved to be real crowd pleasers.

2014 was a busy and productive year for Walsh Bay Arts and Commerce. Along with another successful ‘Arts Table’ the Chamber hosted a special celebration during Vivid as well as numerous well-attended member networking evenings such as our Chinese New Year party in conjunction with Lotus Dumpling Bar and Walsh Bay showcase at boutique sound studio - We Love Jam. Along with these events the Chamber continued to attract new members whilst lifting its profile through social media, marketing, PR and advertising activities.

‘The Road to Barangaroo’ is a new, free app developed by the Sydney Theatre Company in partnership with Lend Lease - the developers of Barangaroo South and the Headland Park, guiding Smartphone and tablet users on a historic tour from Circular Quay to Barangaroo.

The app is an 11-stop walking journey that gives users the opportunity to discover how Sydney's CBD waterfront has been developed, redeveloped and reshaped over more than 200 years.

Walsh Bay Arts and Commerce is excited to work with all members again in 2015 to ensure local business has a voice in the area and to help the community take advantage of the opportunities and services Chamber membership can bring.

So, what is the WBAC all about and what opportunities and benefits can joining bring? It’s simple and there are countless upsides for our members.

New WBAC executive member Rebecca MacFarling wears a number of hats. Along with her recent association with the Chamber Rebecca is the development director for Bangarra Dance Theatre as well as assisting to manage the Corroboree Sydney Festival. At Bangarra - the country’s premier national indigenous dance theatre, she is responsible for a small team that looks after the company’s fundraising, sponsorship and philanthropic opportunities.

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and you’d be hard pressed to find a more romantic gesture than reserving a table for two at one of Walsh Bay’s many fine restaurants.

The Gantry Restaurant and Bar on Pier One and Seawall are getting in the mood with stunning custom menus for Saturday February 14th.