Creating a space where anyone can enjoy an art and craft project no matter their experience or skills has been the quest for Albany local Carol Hope at the buzzing Albany Art Café located within Juniper’s Beryl Grant Community Centre.

Since taking over the café in Lockyer, Carol has been able to combine her love and experience of art and hospitality into one.

“The café and the adjoining community rooms within the Beryl Grant Community Centre provide a fun base for art and craft workshops where people are able to make a project, have a go at something new for a few hours. It’s all about making art accessible for anyone,” Carol said.

“Anyone is welcome whether they have a little bit of knowledge or none, or they simply want to try a new medium. It’s open to anybody.”

Albany Art Café owner Carol Hope.

The classes cater for children to adults of any age, and include subjects like paint and sip or resin art.

Housed within the Juniper Beryl Grant Community Centre, the café is a highlight of the centre which was designed to serve as a social and service hub for Lockyer, and the wider Albany community.

Carol has been creating art her entire life, delving into the art and craft world in her working life as a craft consultant for a decade, as well as working in hospitality at McKails, Sandalwood and a children’s play centre.

You can find courses on offer at or simply pop down to the café to have a coffee and chat.

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