ABOUT the Artistes
The Boules Artistes Petanque Club was originally formed in 1996 in the grounds of the Hyde Park Barracks, one of Sydney's most historic buildings. With good exposure and an article in the SMH, we soon gained a regular crowd on Sunday afternoons. We then helped organize the South Pacific Challenge which drew over 200 people, many of them playing their first tournament but unfortunately the Barracks management decided petanque was not suitable for the area as it was getting too popular!
Without a home ground the Artistes went dormant for a while but
reformed in 2003 after discovering a superb area right on Sydney
Harbour at Pyrmont Point Park. We soon outgrew the space and
moved to Canterbury Bowling Club which had a rarely used
boulodrome. We upgraded the facilities and for a while things were
rosy! Sadly, we were forced to move again as the fortunes of the
bowling club waned, and we now our official venue is at Latham Park (Randwick Boulodrome), South Coogee.
While Latham Park is our main 'competition' ground. We also play in other superb areas in public parks - Centennial Park, Ballast Point (Birchgrove), and Pirrama Park, Pyrmont. There are thousands of people in Sydney who own a set of boules.
We encourage people to come and have a go! We are committed at increasing our membership, improving social connectedness, organising more competitions and improving the standard of play. To this end, we organise regular "C'mon, have a go!" days so people can associate with players of all levels and learn more about the rules. As well, we conduct more serious events that may last all day and are more intense!
Petanque is an ideal social sport for your class, group of friends, sports team or work colleagues. Introduce them to the quintessential French pastime! We can organise a special day for you! The Boules Artistes provide the equipment and tuition. We have great facilities for a really fun day.