Desert Equinox Environmental Program
The Desert Equinox Environmental Program is the theme to our residencies. In September during the second planetary equinox residents, members and the public are invited to enter artworks into a prize art exhibition.
Now a cornerstone of BHAE’s calendar of events, the annualcompetition 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.
A Prelude to the Future Broken Hill Biennale of Art, a 2022 vision
Our program is Inspired by the first Desert Equinox held in Broken Hill in 2012 by Allan Giddy, Director of the Environmental Research Initiative for Art. His event utilised Broken Hill's unique environments as the backdrop to exploring the uses of solar technology in art.
Since then a yearly environmental program of events encompassing the themes of Sun/solar, Earth, Water and Air has evolved under the direction of the Broken Hill Art Exchange.
The Desert Equinox is an environmental program highlighting balance, the dynamic equilibrium between things and interdependence between the elements of nature and society. The program consists of a series of events including artists in residence, workshops, exhibitions and special projects held across the city of Broken Hill between March and November each year. At the culmination of the each year the Broken Hill Art Exchange hosts a city wide art challenge and art prizes are awarded in each of the elemental themes of Sun (solar), Air (wind), Earth and Water.
A catalogue is produced during the city wide art challenge, including a location map where artworks entered into the prize can be viewed as well as articles profiling artists and participants in the yearly program.
The Desert Equinox Environmental Program is research in action by the Broken Hill Art Exchange as a prelude to developing a futureBroken Hill Biennale of Art.
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