Pom Pom is an open access contemporary visual art space in Davoren Park for children aged 12 and under, and their families, carers and guardians. In 2014 Carclew (and delivery partner Playford Communities for Children Plus) was awarded a Ruby for the significant community impact made through opening the door to exceptional arts experiences, through which children are empowered with the confidence to be active creators of a better world. Pom Pom is a safe and inclusive haven providing weekly, sustained opportunities for creative, intellectual and social development, family cohesion, and nourishment of the spirit and imagination through artistic experiences.
In 2012 Carclew were recognised for their longstanding commitment to support young people in the arts with a Ruby Award - Sustained Contribution by an Organisation or Group.
Carclew's journey began over 40 years ago when Marjorie Fitz-Gerald OAM began lobbying for establishment of a dedicated youth arts venue in South Australia. Marjorie’s vision was realised in 1971 when Don Dunstan announced that Carclew House would become a centre for creative activities for young people. The organisation was incorporated in 1972.
In 1976, a Board of Management was appointed, including Chairperson Dame Ruby Litchfield (for whom the Carclew Ballroom is named), and funds were made available to employ a full time management team.
Numerous government initiated reviews have endorsed the critical need and relevance of Carclew and its activities. The organisation’s commitment to policy development, funding and promotion of access, diversity and excellence in strategic initiatives in youth arts remains unchanged.
Since its inception, Carclew has given South Australian children outstanding creative experiences. In addition, many South Australian performers, visual artists and arts managers can trace their early inspiration to Carclew.
Today our philosophy is that all South Australians should have a rewarding and life long relationship with the arts. This is realised through our commitment to providing strong leadership in arts and cultural programs that are relevant to today’s children and emerging arts professionals.
Carclew would like to thank each and every person who has shaped the organisation throughout the past 40 years.