THE DESERT EQUINOX 'SOLAR' AND 'WIND' PRELUDE isproudly supported by AGL Energy Ltd.
The Desert Equinox Environmental Program is a yearly calendar of events in Broken Hill comprising of workshops, residencies, projects, pop up art exhibitions, and art prizes. The Desert Equinox Preludes encompass the themes of Solar / Sun, Earth, Water & Air. Twice a year two city wide Prize art exhibitions are held throughout the city. The first is the Desert Equinox 'Solar' & 'Wind' Prize exhibition in June, with a $1,000 prize given in two categories. The second is the Desert Equinox 'Water' and 'Air' art prize in November 2018. Applications for the artist in residence are open year round. Registration to participate in the 'Solar' & 'Wind' three week, city wide art prize exhibition close 21 May 2018.
Enter the 2018 Desert Equinox 'Solar' & 'Wind' art prize, Broken Hill
$2,000 Prize pool
Proudly presented by the Broken Hill Art Exchange. Major sponsor AGL Ltd. - Registrations close 21 May, 5pm. For more information phone the Broken Hill Art Exchange Inc on08 80883171 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
ReturningBroken Hill Art Exchange's artist in residence Shane Vink is developing a series of paintings for exhibition at the Regional Art Gallery, Broken Hill. Shane has immersed himself in the outback to represent his experience and feeling for the landscape. His exhibition 'Borderline' will open at the Regional Art Gallery in March 2018
'River of Time' by John "Jacko" Alty
Broken Hill Art Exchange welcomes John 'Jacko' Alty back to Broken Hill to develop large scale works about the Murray River, Australia. John spent two years living on the river in his hand crafted raft. He then arrived at the art exchange and stayed for two more years painting the 'River of Time'. This large scale painting across sixteen doors has been exhibited at festivals and galleries. In 2018 John returns to produce other artworks along the same theme, which is timely for the city of Broken Hill in context to the communities of the Far West Region of Australia's passion for protecting the Darling River, its current water supply (for more information visit http://discoveringthedarling.com.au/issues-challenges/the-darling-river-action-group/) together with the new Broken Hill Pipeline initiative by WaterNSW.
"WaterNSW has appointed a consortium of John Holland, MPC Group and TRILITY to design, construct, operate and maintain the River Murray to Broken Hill Pipeline, as part of the NSW Government’s investment in regional water security. Detailed planning and design works will commence immediately with construction to start in January 2018. The pipeline will be completed and ready for water by December 2018. The 270 km pipeline will supply up to 37.4 megalitres of a peak daily demand of raw water to Essential Water in Broken Hill as the local water provider. Essential Water will continue to retain responsibility for water treatment and water distribution to its customers. The raw water will be sourced near Wentworth on the River Murray with the pipeline being constructed underground and to generally follow the Silver City Highway corridor to Broken Hill." http://www.waternsw.com.au/projects/murray-to-broken-hill-pipeline
Artist In Residence: ' I want to stay here' by Peter Osborne
Peter Osborne is artist in residence producing work for his upcoming exhibition at the the Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery in September 2018. The work is about "finding a place to settle",not just finding a physical place but also a state of mind that is settled and content.
Life Story writing workshop presented by Graeme Gibson
Tuesday 27 February, 1 - 4pm, Broken Hill Art Exchange 149 Duff Street Park, Broken Hill. Cost $25. Please register for the workshop at the Broken Hill Art Exchange, phone 08 80883171 or email email@example.com.
This practical workshop wil help anyone interested in writing about some aspect of their life - including growing up or living in the local are, relationship with the land, local history, experiences of other cultures and travel. Whether your interest is a memoir, a travel dairy, articles for a newspaper or magazine, poetry or essay, this workshop will support your writing. Practicle experience of various writing techniques are included in the workshop. A range of exercises assist with story selection, planning, getting started, overcoming blocks, editing - and writing that's enjoyable to read. The workshop is suitable for both beginners and more experienced writers. Bring pen and paper and some ideas you would like to write about.
Drawing on his background in adult learning and community development Graeme Gibson has presented writing workshops since 2007. He has contributed to a number of short story collections, published essays and feature articles and self published the non-fiction book 'Beyong Fear and Loathing: Local politics at work". For more information about Graeme see www.morethanjusttalk.com.au
'Literature Lane' project, writing workshops by Graeme Gibson
3 March: Workshop 1: Hours 10am - 12.30pm and workshop 2: 1.30pm - 4pm. Register your interest at the Broken Hill Art Exchange on 08 80883171 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
COST: Free for members & $15 non-members (BHAE membership is $12)
Two workshops at the Grand Kitchen Heritage Courtyard 313 Argent Street (entry through Crystal Lane), Broken Hill will be presented by Graeme Gibson from More Than Just Talk (www.morethanjusttalk.com.au). Participants will develop their writing skills and writing stories about the unique laneways of Broken Hill. The workshops aim to start up a Liturature Lane in the city. There will be a free exhibition, displaying the outcomes of the workshops opening at 6pm. For more background and a project overview, please see below.
4 March - 30 April the Lodge Outback Motel 252 Mica Street, Broken Hill
10 March, 3pm: Meet the artists at the public gathering & afternoon tea
It has long been their vision to use the public area at the Lodge Outback Motel to display art, so it is with great excitement that they have finally taken the steps towards making this new Broken Hill tourism venture a reality. The culture and heritage of this building is significant and one that they believe supports their idea. The exhibition that they will be showing is a celebration of the outback and its colours. It will be running in conjunction with the Broken Hill Art Exchange Desert Equinox Solar and Wind project. Each of the featured artists will bring their individual interpretation of the Exhibition title Outback, colour and wind. One of the artists that will be featured is Helene Power, besides being joint owner of the motel, she has also worked as a visual artist using soft pastels, pencils and clay. Her point of focus has been the Australian landscape, taking inspiration from the strong and vibrant energy of the vast plains, the red dirt, the heat intensity and the dust storms; an energy and landscape that stands in strong contrast to Denmark, where she grew up. Along with Helene, the group of artists represented in the exhibition include Susan Thomas, Asma and Karl James. Susan was born in Broken Hill, she is the founder of the Broken Hill Art Exchange and drawing and painting are her key practices; Asma is a printmaker who moved to the city approximately seven years ago; and Karl James is as a self- taught, multi award winning artist working from Whyalla in regional South Australia. His oeuvre is wide and ranges from colourful, expressionist, figurative narratives and portraits in oil and watercolour to charcoal, pastel and mixed media drawings, mono prints, linocuts and collages.
Artist in Residence: ' Memory, History and Light' by Michael Simms
Michael Simms is creating a new body of landscape and portraiture drawings and paintings that connect specifically to the region. Simms is fascinated by the rich mining history, dramatic landscape and isolated location of Broken Hill. Since visiting family regularly throughout his childhood, he is returning to Broken Hill as a trained artist to deepen these memories and create a meaningful body of work. Light is a significant aspect of his art practice, wherefore investaging the sun and understanding solar rays, and how they transform the environment, will be a large component of his residency. Simms obtained training at the Julian Ashton Art School in Sydney and the Grand Central Atelier in New York. During his residency Simms wishes to share his knowledge by running a portraiture workshop.
Artist in Residence:'Following Macquarie's honey dollar' by Penelope Cain
This residency is part of a wider project following the path of Governor Lachlan Macquarie's silver coin. These river coins were counter-punched Spanish silver dollars (from the British Government, shipped on behalf of the crown by the East India Company), as a stopgap currency in the expanding colony of Sydney. Replacing the informal currency of rum with silver coins originally captured in territoral and trade battles between Spain and Britain compounds Cain's interest, aside from its later use as a logo by Macquarie Bank. The coin is an initiator for investigations around power, colonialism and globalisation. In this phase the project Cain will investigate silver mining in Broken Hill from both a landscape and economic perspective. The silver mine was active after the time of the holy dollar, Cain plans to investigate whether any silver was used in the replacement currency. Equally Cain is intrigued by the solar farm industry and its comparative landscape and economics, and how the informal currency of sunlight could be an emerging currency in a future energy limited world. This residency fits equally well with the themes of solar and earth and primarily for research, documentation (photo and video), and to connect with other local and regional artists and producers.
Artist in residence:'Two- Down' exhibitionby Alana Wesley and Frankie Chow
Australian Horror is a genre that often departs from supernatural themes and renders reality as the pervasive terror. In their first collaborative project, artist Frankie Chow and Alana Wesley will extend their respective investigations into the horror of the everyday to create a site-specific body of work in Broken Hill. They will deal with Earth as their element, focusing largely upon transforming the landscape into an ominous presence, both filmically and performatively. This location is imperative to the development of these proposed ideas as Broken Hill is site that not only aesthetically mirrors the deserted "outback" landscape portrayed in iconic Australian films such as Wolf Creek or Picnic at Hanging Rock, it is also the location where Wake In Fright was filmed, which is a text that will act as a source of inspiration. Chow and Wesley will explore how Australian horror is derived from a white, colonial fear of the unknown. They will also evaluate how they are personally perceived as the Other, both culturally (both artist are from Australia, yet look and/or appear "foreign") and as women, given that the large proportion of these texts have a strong focus on mateship culture. Ultimately, the outcome of this one month residency will be a series of onsite performances, documented through sound and video, and exhibited at the Broken Hill Art Exchange. The work will portray both Australia's natural landscape and its national culture as equally ominous threats.
21 May, 5pm: Entries close for the 2018 Desert Equinox 'Solar' & 'Wind' art prize, Broken Hill - $2,000 Prize pool, Exhibition opens Sat 9 June
Proudly presented by the Broken Hill Art Exchange. Major sponsor AGL Ltd. For more information phone the Broken Hill Art Exchange Inc on08 80883171 or email email@example.com
The Desert Equinox 'Solar' & 'Wind' city wide Prize Art Exhibition
Opens 9 June and closes 1 July 2018, a Broken Hill Art Exchange production proudly supported by AGL Ltd.
A whole of city art exhibition with multiple events. During the exhibition artworks are installed at sites with high visiblilty (shopfronts. fences. landmarks and gardens etc.) and framed by the city's architectural, climatic, historical and heritage landscapes. Broken Hill's unique natural and built environments inspire artists from all over the world working across all fields of art. The city is home to a high population of artists. The Desert Equinox events are preludes to the establishment of a Broken Hill Biennale of Art. The city is located in the arid zone desert region of Far West New South Wales Australia and renowned world wide for its mineral mining and its role in building the nation. The concept of mining is an apt descriptuon applicable today to Broken Hill's other abundant resources, sunshine and uninterupted landscapes. Surrounding the city is the AGL Solar Plant established in 2017 and the soon to be operational Wind Farm. Renewable energy providers are capitalising on Broken Hill's limitless sunshine (which from many artists perspective, particulaly film makers and painters produces 'golden light') and from the winds sweeping across wide open plains and hillsides. These new technologies not only produce electricity but also create new modes of expression and contexts for the production of art.
Artist in Residence: 'Revisiting Creation' by Sunshine Herbert
The main objective of this residency is to experiment with landscape painting and techniques. The intention is to create a collection of ten to twenty artworks exploring ideas based on loneliness and everyday struggle, with heavy emphasis on the landscape and scenery around Broken Hill. Sunshine has visited Broken Hill before and using her vivid memories of the place as the catalyst for developing new paintings.
THE DESERT EQUINOX PRELUDE
Register for the July - November 2018 Calendar of event.
Applications for the Broken Hill Art Exchange residency program are open all year.