Sutherland Shire’s unique shack community is the subject of a new exhibition opening at Hazelhurst this week.
The shack communities of the Royal National Park have a long tradition of association with the arts.
Hal Missingham, the Director of the Art Gallery of NSW from 1945 to 1971 had a shack and invited many artist friends to visit, including Margaret Olley, Max Dupain and David Boyd.
Subsequent generations of artists have continued this tradition.
The shacks, located at Little Garie, Era and Burning Palms, were built on freehold land prior to its incorporation into the Royal National Park and were listed on the State Heritage Register in 2012.
Artists include: Reg Mombassa, Gillian Rhys, Annalisa Ferraris and Lucy O’Doherty.