Welcome to the blend(er) gallery and workshop.

The Joondalup Community Arts Association (JCAA) are proud to manage this unique facility provided by the City of Joondalup.

This web site provides information about the blend(er) gallery’s current and upcoming exhibitions, workshops and events. Many are hosted by the JCAA for and by its own members. Others are put on by the City of Joondalup as part of its arts programme. We also maintain a close relationship with Edith Cowan University and other schools in our area who use the blend(er) to showcase their students’ work.

The blend(er) gallery and its workshop are available for hire by all artists in Western Australia. Just follow the Hire Me menu for more information.

We encourage you to become a member of the JCAA to enjoy all of the benefits. These include discounts at participating art suppliers, reduced rates to hire the blend(er), getting our news about upcoming classes or workshops, news about other members’ exhibitions, invitations to exhibition openings and much more. Follow the JCAA menu for more details or attend our monthly coffee and tea held at the blend(er) on the last Friday of each month.

Check out our What’s on Now and Coming Soon menus for more details on what’s happening at the blend(er). The News menu gives you access to all the ‘goss’ or check out the Recent News stories shown on the right side of this page float tank to restore.

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Why is air conditioning bad for the environment

Buying an air conditioner is perhaps the most popular individual response to climate change, and air conditioners are almost exclusively high drain devices: a small cooling unit in one piece, on average, consumes more energy than four refrigerators running, while a CPU cooling an average home consumes more energy than 15. “Last year in Beijing, during a heat wave, 50% power capacity was air conditioning, “said John Dulac, an analyst at the international energy Agency (IEA). “These are ‘oh shit times. “There are a little over 1 billion unique air conditioning units in the world right now-about one in seven people on earth. 

Once a year, our team at ElectroDry Aircon Cleaning can stop by, to make sure nothing is loose or malfunctioning, and clean your unit the way it is meant to be cleaned so it is ready for next season.

Is Air Conditioning Bad for the Environment?

In our new Glasgow office, we immediately installed four air conditioning units. Why? They are more efficient and consume less energy than central heating that was in place before. They cut our energy bills and make our office a better place to work. Others rely on inefficient fans and portable air conditioning consumes a lot of energy to cool in summer, but our system A-rated does the job properly without any hassle.

Heating, cooling and ventilation account for more than half of the energy consumption of the average building. It makes sense to get the most effective system for you. If this involves the installation or renovation of an air conditioning system, it will not be bad for the environment.

According to government statistics, buildings account for 43% of carbon emissions in the UK. Make your building as efficiently as possible with the will to bring this down.

As an incentive to improve energy efficiency in buildings, the British government introduced the Enhanced Capital Allowance (ECA) Scheme. Companies can benefit from tax relief by installing products that specific energy-saving criteria meet. These are collected in the Energy Technology List and include air conditioning units and HVAC related systems. Air conditioning is a recognized way of reducing energy consumption in the UK.

How Bad Is Your Air-Conditioner for the Planet?

The monkeys on an air conditioning unit in New Delhi in 2008.Credit … Raveendran / Agence France-Presse Getty Images By Tatiana Schlossberg We may be clear for heat domes, but it is still very hot. More than half of the country had temperatures in the 90’s last week, prompting many people to find relief in the cool, crisp breeze from an air conditioner.

But over the next few years, air conditioners could change the way you work. Last month, representatives from nearly 200 countries have been working on a new environmental agreement to regulate the use of HFCs, or hydrofluorocarbons. These chemicals are responsible for keeping you cool on hot summer days, in air conditioners and refrigerators. And even if you might not have heard of them, environmentalists, government and scientific leaders say a limited HFCs agreement represents an important step in the fight to avoid the worst effects of global warming.

That’s because, like other greenhouse gases, HFCs contribute to global warming. But mostly, they do not come out of your air conditioner, although the AC causes other environmental problems. So we are here to answer some of the questions you may have about HFC, air conditioning, and this new agreement.

Harry Young Solo Exhibition

17 January to 1 February 2014

Viewing times:

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays 10am to 2pm
Fridays 3pm to 7pm
Saturdays 10am to 7pm
Official Opening Event: 17 January 6-9pm – all welcome

The City of Joondalup is pleased to present Harry Young in his first solo exhibition.

Harry was the winner of the Artist in Focus award in the city’s annual Community Art Exhibition held in June 2013. Harry’s award for his work entitled Kyary included a cash prize and a solo exhibition arranged by the city.

Inspired by pop artists like Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein, in this exhibition, Harry reveals his own distinctive and vibrant graphic style in the mediums of digital art and illustration.

Please join us for the opening event at the blend(er) gallery on Friday 17th January from 6-9pm

‘New Perspectives’ Exhibition 4-14 Feb

This collaborative exhibition will be open to all JCAA members and other interested parties. However, the title reflects the expectations for the exhibition. We would like to see artists exploring new ideas, media and processes in both two and three dimensional work. We are looking for diversity, innovation, new and different perspectives of art-making.

If you would like to participate please return the Expression of Interest form to the gallery no later than Tuesday 21st of January. Please help us to make this is a great exhibition to help get 2014 underway. The entry fee will be the usual $15.00 for members and $25.00 for non members.

Although JCAA has an inclusive approach, it reserves the right to make final curatorial decisions.

Visual Diaries and Painting Classes with Val Shaw Oct-Nov

The Development of Visual Diaries/ Artworks with Val Shaw.

Val will be holding a six week series of classes consecutive Tuesday’s from 15th October – Tuesday 19th November for beginners and those wishing to reinvigorate their creative energy and art practice. Classes will be held on Tuesday afternoons from 2 – 4.30 pm. Workshops will include exercises to support development of your own instinctive creativity, sourcing of ideas and concepts, the development of drawing and painting skills, experimentation with alternative media and starting to create your own visual diary. (Class subject to numbers)

Please email Val on valexzim@gmail.com or Phone 0416 192 234 for further information.

Painting Classes with Val Shaw.

Val will be running a series of 6 painting classes’ acrylic/ oils on a Thursday evening from 6.30 – 9 pm. Dates include 17th, 24th, 31st October and 7th,14th and 21st November. Beginners and intermediate students all welcome. Please emailVal on valexzim@gmail.comor Phone 0416 192 234 for further informa

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About

Located on a pedestrian mall in the heart of Joondalup, the blend(er) gallery is a modern street-level shop front facility. It combines a display gallery and a large workshop. The L-shaped gallery has great visibility from the street and is equipped with specialised lighting, hanging tracks, display boxes and couches.

Workshops

Below is a list of our fantastic workshops (art classes). Many run over several weeks. If you discover that you’ve just missed the start date, don’t panic. Many of our workshops get repeated several times through the year. We’ll post the next dates as soon as we know them.

Hire Me

The blend(er) gallery and workshop are available to hire by any individual or group for art exhibitions/workshops or other agreed projects.

JCAA Committee

The Joondalup Community Arts Association is run by a group of dedicated volunteers who have been elected by the members to the executive committee.