Our Mission

Gallery is a community place for visual art.

Our Vision

To inspire creativity and learning, share ideas and enable friendships amongst members and our wider community; to provide a platform for promotion and appreciation of visual art. 

 What We Do

Our visual art gallery in Lake Street Forster is run entirely by volunteers. It is a place to meet the locals and enjoy what we create. We run exhibitions, classes and workshops. The gallery showcases visual art throughout the year.

Our classes for members run in school terms. 

Our one and two day workshops are open to the everyone and are held throughout the year.


Great Lakes Art Society Incorporated (GLAS) trades as Forster Gallery and MidCoast Community Art

GLAS Encourages and promotes amateur artistic endeavours and the cultivation of art in all mediums and provides a means of social discourse between artists, art lovers and patrons.

GLAS has been holding exhibitions of the highest possible standard for public viewing and sale for 41 years in Forster / Tuncurry and has been working to raise the standard of art by arranging suitable tutorials, drawing and film nights and lectures by competent teaching artists.

Our History

Great Lakes Art Society Inc. was formed in 1983 by a group of artists in  beautiful Forster NSW.

The group raised money to build Forster Gallery in Lake Street in 1999 where we showcase and sell the work that we create and run our Community Art classes and workshops.

Who We Are

Great Lakes Art Society is a registered charity and incorporated organization administered by a committee of annually-elected volunteers. Operating from a purpose-built facility in Lake Street Forster, it provides regular art classes and art exhibitions for artists in the local community.


Committee meetings are held monthly on the last Monday of each month.

Update meetings are held monthly on the first Monday of each month. 

The Annual General Meeting is held in August or September.