Arts Margaret River Incorporated was established in 1974 as the Augusta-Margaret River Arts Council due to the need for an umbrella group to provide support and advocacy for community organisations such as the Margaret River Choral Group, the Spinners & Weavers Group, the Margaret River Art Group, and individual art practitioners.
As well as supporting these groups the organisation sought to bring arts, and in particular theatre and music to Margaret River. In the early days members who enjoyed music would finish their day’s work, drive to the Perth Concert Hall, frock up in the car-park and then return home in the early hours.
In responding to community requests, Arts Margaret River has stepped in to help establish groups such as the Margaret River Artisans and the Augusta Arts Council, only to step back once they have gone on to flourish in their own right.
Many community based events such as the Margaret River Wine Festival and the Rotary Artwork competition and exhibition have grown from projects initially nurtured by Arts Margaret River.