2020 Desert Equinox Program

The 2020 Desert Equinox Environmental Art Awards

Broken Hill Art Exchange has been conducting an art competition with a thematic focus on the elements of Fire, Water, Earth and Air since 2012. Using the city of Broken Hill as a gallery, participants of all ages and artistic disciplines are encouraged to find their own exhibition place for their work. An independent panel of judges tours the city to find a winner in each category, and the results will be announced on Saturday November 7.

Now a cornerstone of BHAE’s calendar of events, the competition and exhibition culminates our year, and helps shape our developments towards establishing a Broken Hill Biennale of Art. With a cash prize in each category theme, the Environmental Art Award motivates artists and audience to share their feelings and ideas on how we relate to our world with relation to the elements.


We'd love to hear your feelings on the Environmental Art Awards project.

If you've taken part in one or more of our competitions since 2016 we ask that you take a few minutes to complete the survey here.

Your feedback, comments and suggestions will have a big say in how we move forward with this and our other projects in the years to come. Thank you!!


With COVID-19's unprecedented challenges changes to the program may occur at short notice. Thank you for your understanding.



2020 Desert Equinox - Environmental Art Awards

City wide exhibition Saturday 26 September until 16 November 2020

The prize categories subjects of Earth, Water, Air and Fire are the fundamental elements of Nature and life.

The winners of the Environmental Art Awards will be announced 7 November with a prize pool of $3,000 up for grabs! Congratulations to the exhibitors on getting your entries. A wonderful self drive, walk of cycle art exhibition held at different locations through the city of Broken Hill. Good luck to all exhibitors from the Team at the Broken Hill Art Exchange Inc.

International Instagram Street-Art Biennale

An Inaugural Street Paste Up Biennale in Broken Hill 

"The development of innovative collaborative practice models to engage internationally through social media"

Peter Woodford - Smith, Creative Director

Noted street-artist Peter Woodford-Smith will be in residence at the Broken Hill Art Exchange as creative director realising works in the most unlikely of place. He is bringing a portfolio of works provided by collaborators from around the globe, including artists from metropolitan hubs famous for their street-art including Berlin, Melbourne, Moscow, Dresden, London. Working with the local community through workshops and other collaborations, site specific contributions including visual and street poetry will be invited to engage local themes, issues and concerns. These temporary works will appear and then disappear throughout Broken Hill to surprise, delight and engage. At the same time they will be published through Instagram and other social media to the world, showcasing the unique environment of Broken Hill. Art escapes from the confines of the gallery and museum.

Kevin McKay, painter

‘From this Broken Hill: Kevin McKay’, an exhibition of paintings at the Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery from 18 September to 14 November 2020


Kevin lived in Broken Hill during his primary school years and the bold character of the town and its people left a lasting impression. Kevin first visited the Broken Hill Art Exchange as Artist in Residence in 2019 to produce a series of plein air studies. The studies explored the street environment of this outback centre. He recently returned for the opening of his exhibition to exhibit the completed paintings.

“Broken Hill was my childhood home in the 1970s, where the Brushmen of the Bush inspired me to paint. 40 years later I returned to paint its streets and landmarks which still carry the ghosts of memory.

For three weeks in September 2019, I explored the Silver City and painted en plein air, intoxicated by happy memories as well as feelings of loss, in discovering places as I remembered and others profoundly changed with time. I suspect the bitter-sweet experience of homecoming is common to the ex-resident.  

Memories are often fractured and conflicted as nostalgia can also be tinged with pain. This tension paralleled my active engagement with the architectural space of the city, negotiating between the past and present, the familiar and the strange. I felt like I brought the perspectives of the outsider and the local together in depicting the eclectic architectural heritage of a unique outback town.

From the famous Trades Hall which stands as a testimony to the fighting spirit of the miners, to the declining Zinc Oval that once hosted the Silver City Gift, or corner shop where kids bought mixed lollies, and vacant block where cubbies were built in the midst of thong-piercing three-cornered jacks, I see a place where histories, personal and collective, were made.

The road-based perspective alludes to the fact that we all live in the midst of mobility in which the sense of moving on is a constant. Nevertheless the yearnings and fantasies of home persist. I borrowed a lyric from a Leonard Cohen song as the title for this exhibition.” – Kevin McKay 



Casey Gray Photography Project

Come and model with me!


Hi my name is Casey. I am working on a project. I want to collect photos of people with disability. I want to do this because:
1. You do not see many people with disability in
newspapers or magazines or even on the
2. You only see certain types of people with
disability even though there are so many different
types of disabilities.
3. I want to make sure that people with disability
have the opportunity to be seen and heard
Would you like to take part in this project? You will have your photo taken by yourself or with your friends, whatever makes you most comfortable. If you want to take part, please contact Casey
You can read more about the project on Casey’s website
If I have any questions email Casey at hello@caseygrayphotography.com.au


Classes are taught by qualified art teacher Mel Glisson-Gladman at the Broken Hill Art Exchange. Ring 0417 633 378 for bookings

About Mel

"I studied Art in University and became a High School Art and Literature teacher for 5 years until I became a full time mum.  Although I remained creative in other ways my Art output lessened dramatically. 

However, since returning to Broken Hill four years ago, between part-time work and raising four beautiful children, my love for and practice of Art has been rekindled.  I am now an active member of Gaara Arts and have exhibited and sold work at the Broken Hill Art Gallery and Lifeline exhibition.   

Currently, my artwork is portraiture that expresses deep emotion or tells a story.  My main materials are pencil, pen, charcoal and soft pastels.  I prefer drawing as for me it is a very interactive and exploratory learning process.  I particularly love the problem-solving aspect of the process and bringing it to a resolved image.

This year, I am entering a new and exciting journey as an artist and looking forward to meeting and teaching a wonderful array of ages and abilities through the Broken Hill Art Exchange in facilitating and teaching drawing classes.  Through teaching I aim to share my passion and inspire others to enjoy art and have fun exploring and experimenting with different techniques and materials.  I also look forward to seeing many new and familiar faces."





Desert Equinox - Environmental Art Awards

Winners announced 7 November 2020

Exhibition end 16 November 2020

The Perfect Light Film Festival

Postponed to March 19 - 21, 2021

For information about the PLFF please visit http://www.perfectlightfilmfestival.com.au/

COVID has changed our plans. But don’t worry, PLFF is still happening.
We have simply moved the date to March 19-21, 2021 in Broken Hill.
The health and safety of our audience and staff is a priority and if there are any other changes, these will be announced via our socials and website – so keep an eye out.
Call to Entry opens mid September and we’ve got an amazing prize pool up for grabs. We can’t wait to see what you’ve created this year.
The PLFF team.

In light of the postponement of the PLFF the Broken Hill Art Exchange's Environmental Art Awards Ceremony which was being held in partnership with the event will now be via our socials and website. The date of the winners announcement remains the 7 November 2020 and submissions are still being accepted for a chance to share in the winners prize pool. Submissions close midnight Wednesday 16 September 2020. The Broken Hill Art Exchange looks forward to partnering with the PLFF next year in March 2021.

The BHAE Inc Team

The 2020 Desert Equinox seasonal program

The year in review


Calling for Poster Art about 'What Matters to You' in 2020!

In Australia's First Heritage City the Art Exchange is starting a TIME CAPSULE, as a digital archive for the future. Much is happening in Broken Hill and the Far West district. There are new urban renewal plans, the drought and Baaka - Darling River is dry, and temperatures are rising, along with more frequent dust storms and the desertification of the region. So in 2020 what matters to you... is it love, world peace, planting more trees, the plight of endangered species? Make a poster that describes how you feel and what you think. Email a jpeg to submissions.bhae@gmail.com before 1 March 2020 along with the form below to be in the Time Capsule.

Your poster  can be anonymous. However, the Art Exchange wants to be able to contact you, just in case the time capsule is exhibited in the future. If you choose to be anonymous then your name will NOT be credited with the work, perhaps consider using a nickname or a pseudonym if you don't want to be identified.

The posters will NOT be used by BHAE Inc for any commercial gain, and only for promotional, publicity and educational reasons, and one day we would like to exhibit them. If you have any questions please call us or you can drop of your poster (any size is OK) at BHAE office 313 Argent Street between 10am and 3pm Monday to Friday.





Writers Collective inaugural meeting

Community News - Writers Collective
In Broken Hill on Monday 24 February a small group met at the Broken Hill Art Exchange to work out a regular meeting for local writers. The when, what and who where were readily agreed upon. Broken Hill writers are welcomed on March 30th at 11am to an initial venue of the Kitchen Gallery within the Art Exchange in The Grand 313 Argent Street. 

“I am keen to see local writers promoted. We have so much talent here.”  said Gigi Barbe.

“It will be a safe place to read our work aloud with feedback that encourage our words to flow,” offered Benita Jacino. 

“I am interested in opportunities to publish, competitions local, national and global”, contributed Albert Woodroffe of Silverton.

With all this out of the way the group started to read aloud each others' words and offer encouragement with pertinent remarks about voice, language and structure. "Find your voice" was a strong topic at this first meeting of the Writers Collective.  This originated in advice from a visiting author Cate Plink who ran a writing workshop in Broken Hill  early  February 2020. The group looks forward to repeating the successful and encouraging hour with writers on Monday March 30th  at 11am at the Kitchen Gallery, Broken Hill Art Exchange at 313 Argent Street. If you’d like to be part of this energetic and supportive session please bring your own or other’s words on Monday 30th of March or contact the collective by email: outbackcolours@bigpond.com


Submit your artwork for the BHAE Members Autumnal exhibition now!
Exhibition opens 20 March & registration closes Wednesday 18 March 2020.






The 'What Matters to You' in 2020 poster art time capsule closes. Last day to email your poster to submissions.bhae@gmail.com



March 9 & March 10

Drawing Classes for all ages

Monday and / or Tuesday

Call 0417 633 378 or email melinda,gladman@bigpond.com for bookings



FRIDAY 20 MARCH, 7pm - Postponed

 Dear Friends and Supporters, with regret, we are postponing our 2020 Desert Equinox Launch until a date to be announced. We were so looking forward to a wonderful launch featuring a lot of Broken Hill talent including the brilliant "Tha Boiz", and we know you were too. It's safe to err on the side of caution in uncertain times, and we'll keep you informed about our calendar of future events.
As the saying goes, "May you live in interesting times", thank you for your continuing support and enthusiasm!  

The opening of the members AUTUMNAL ART EXHIBITION has also been rescheduled. The formal exhibition opening is regrettably cancelled, however the exhibition will go ahead with modified dates and times, which may be subject to change. 
Opens on Monday 23rd March at 10am
Access: Monday to Wednesday 10am to 3pm
Closes on Wednesday 15 April, 3pm

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Writers Collective Meeting

Heritage Courtyard Gallery, Broken Hill Art Exchange 313 Argent Street. Email outbackcolours@bigpond.com for information



Thursday 9 - Sunday 12 April - Cancelled, for more information please visit the Broken Hill City Council website

Secrets and Scandals / Broken Hill Heritage Festival


The performance of Desert Pearls: An edited anthology of Her Presence / Women in history / Broken Hill 2020 by Cynthia Schwertsik, Susan Thomas, Tahnee Arnold and Willyama High School students at the Broken Hill City Council Chambers 240 Blende Street, Friday 10 and Saturday 11 April, 4pm has regrettably been cancelled until further notice.



The Strategies for Resilience meditation is confirmed for 26 May 2020 at10am. Please call to confirm a place as social distancing applies and the number of people is limited. PH 0498 531 485



FRI 7th & SAT 8th MAY
The events committee meeting held 17th March decided, after much discussion, to follow government advice and postpone this year’s event

Racecourse Road Broken Hill





The Strategies for Resilience meditation by Tim at the Broken Hill Art Exchange is continuing week by week. Its OK if you haven't been before because each week is a different experience, with short exercises on breathing, posture, focus and attachment followed by conversation and the sharing of tea and cake. Please book in advance to confirm numbers by calling 0498 531 485. Session commence at 10am on Tuesdays, 313 Argent Street (doors open at 9.45am), the sessions are for one hour and complimentary.