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Opening Night of Potholes & Great Whites

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The sprawling scapes of raw and relaxed artist Charly Wrencher could never sit comfortably in a sterile vacuum or white cube gallery. His works need something more, something warm and temporal not just a blank space. Pioneering, MacGyvering and reimaging the art gallery brought him to the Society Inc.

Entrusting his enormous canvases of hand mixed pigment to Sibella’s stylist eye; the paintings were woven seamlessly into Sibella’s slapdash imaginarium of hardware & haberdashery, oddities & curiosities. A painting as a lean to against a wall of swatches, the rolling hills of Myocum Glimpse reimagined as a headboard over our four-poster bed made of natural birch – the display was a match made!

Charly’s charcoal scribbles, washed oils and layered pigment were at home amongst the vintage buoys, wooden stools, leather hides, still lives of ceramics and hardware, and of course the statement McTavish surfboards. Guests enjoyed a spread of cheeses, dry meats, marinated olives & French champagne and amongst the paintings were bunches of seasonal blooms by young local florist Sophie Rothwell. A night for the books, we thank Charly for letting his paintings, some of which took over 4 years to paint, into our Society.

‘Potholes & Great Whites’ is running at The Society Inc. until October 10th

If you would like to make an appointment to view the artworks before or after business hours please email


The Pirate & the Matador Opening Night


Step aboard me hearties, adventures wait on hand

But once you tread the creaking decks no more you’ll walk on land

Guests were greeted with ice-cold Mount Gay rum and ginger beer when they came aboard master shipwright, Elise Cameron-Smith’s floating flotilla on Wednesday night. Everyone huddled around custom wooden sheds by carpenter Felix Allen, & with the Rolling Stones blaring toes were tapping and smiles were aplenty.

Each of Elise’s miniature sailing boats is searching for a new port to call her own. A shanty tale tells the story behind each of the boat’s bespoke names like Aurora, Wild Horse, and of course The Pirate, and The Matador.

Join Elise this Saturday for her Miniature Boat Building Workshop in our warehouse. You will be provided with all you need to craft a mini sailboat of your own. All you need to bring are your own scissors, some treasures and nick knacks to decorate your boat & don’t forget to have a name in mind for her. Elise will be toiling away for chatting & to show her wares from 11am.

Join the fleet. If you want to buy a boat come and visit us at the warehouse, or take a look at our website. All of the boats are available online as well. Book your tickets for the workshop here.

Sibella x

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The Society inc. closed Monday

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We’re doing a reshuffle at The Society inc. and will be shutting our barn doors on Monday 18th May.

Come and check out our fabulous new fit out inspired by the fishing net sheds of Hastings when we reopen.

For after hours on Wednesday come along to the Pirate and the Matador.


The Pirate & The Matador


The Pirate and The Matador

The Pirate and The Matador ruled the oceans worlds apart
The Caribbean and The Spanish Maine salt in their veins and heart
Ruled with musket and cutlas, upon the open seas
Feared all over the salty world, treasures waiting for you, for me
Now they’re down in the Southern Ocean, searching far and wide
Seeking out a dominance, nowhere to run or hide
So step aboard me hearties, adventures wait on hand
But once you tread the creaking decks, no more you’ll walk on land

Join shipwright, Elise Cameron-Smith for a very special exhibition of her fleet of mini ships at The Society Inc. The opening launch is on Wednesday, the 20th of May at 6-8pm. All are welcome to come along, be consumed in her world of small seafaring quests and join our little flotilla.

The Pirate and The Matador –

Sailboat Workshop

If you have dreams of tinkering on a wooden boat but just can’t fathom it, start small and finish a miniature boat in an afternoon’s work. Become a matador, a pirate, a buccaneer and ride the wind and tides of your own creation.

The Society Inc. is hosting a very special workshop with master shipwright, Elise Cameron-Smith, in handcrafting your own miniature sailing boat. You will be provided with all you need to build the frame of your sailboat, but come with a name in mind for her. Bring your own collection of small curiosities and treasures, from feathers to sea glass or shells, to adorn your boat while she is becalmed. Be bold, fly the skysails and join the fleet. And don’t forget to bring your own scissors.

All Ages Welcome
Tickets $65

Saturday 23rd May 12, 2015

The Society inc. Warehouse
3.02 – 75 Mary Street
St Peters NSW 2044


The Historic Stylist – Elizabeth Bay House Workshop

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In this intimate workshop Sibella Court, interior stylist and owner of The Society inc, will discuss the process of styling and how items from our collections have inspired her work.

On an adventure through our historical archives, Court discovered the story of collectors from the 19th and early 20th centuries including Alexander Macleay, first resident of Elizabeth Bay House, and Frederick P Dodd, who created one of the most impressive Australian entomological collections. The story of Dodd’s creative sensibilities and the world and time in which he lived appealed to Court, and inspired her to share the many ways nature and history can be translated into an interior.
Refreshments included

Sibella Court is an interior stylist, owner of The Society inc. store., product designer and bestselling author of the books Etcetera etcThe stylist’s guide to NYC,Nomad and Bowerbird. She creates commercial interiors for clients in Australia and overseas, contributes to leading interior and fashion magazines and has a 110-paint colour paint range as well as soap, decorative hardware ranges. She works regularly with Anthropologie and will be launching a clothing, scent and bed linen range with the retailer this year.

Elizabeth Bay House
Saturday 29 June
2.00pm — 4.00pm

General $85 | Member/conc $80 | Bookings essential



Confetti Systems Party



The Society Inc. is holding a special ‘Welcome to Australia’ party for the New York duo behind Confetti Systems!

A friendship born from a shared love of communal celebration and craft-making, bought together Julie Ho & Nicholas Anderson to create this special brand. Julie and Sibella have been friends for a long time, and also worked together in New York.

Please join us at the shop on June 19th, 6pm-8pm to celebrate, mulled wine in hand.

There will also be products available to purchase on the night.

We look forward to seeing you all there.

The Society Inc.

18 Stewart Street,

Paddington, NSW

Australia 2021