Currawinya NP Outback Queensland
A month in the outback, creating en plein air is an amazingly freeing way to create. No deadlines, phone reception, or interruptions, only those from nature herself.
The vast expansive landscapes allow time to slow and creativity to thrive.
Here's a little sample of what I saw and did.
Part of Currawinya NP is sectioned off to home the Bilblies released from the Charleville breeding program Save the Bilby fund. Didn't spot any Bilbies in the wild but saw lots of other friends.
Canaipa Mudlines Residency Russell Island
Privileged to be included in the 2021 Canaipa Mudlines residency at Canaipa (Russell) island.
Canaipa is one of the Southern Moreton Bay Islands which has several protected swamp areas filled with wildlife. The residency I took part in concentrated on ephemeral works in the Turtle Swamp Wetlands. Just for the record, there are no turtles in Turtle Swamp Wetlands.
The team collected the group from the Ferry terminal and we headed straight to Turtle Swamp to begin our ephemeral creations. What a magical location with so many differing landscapes to work within. Nature really turned on her charms, although so did the mozzies, sandflies, ticks and horseflies. Covered in RID (Russell Island deodorant) we began.
This was an incredible week, using natures supermarket of treasures to create ephemeral works and sharing these and their stories with the community.
A little about the group Canaipa Mudlines
They began in 2016 with a small collective of Southern Moreton Bay Island artists seeking ways of connecting their creative practices with the island ecology. Based on Canaipa (Russell) Island, the project has developed as both established and emerging artists from the island and beyond make regular site excursions to create mostly ephemeral works in response to the places and qualities they encounter.
Blueridge Lavender Farm July 2021 @blueridgelavendercottage
The vibrancy of colour that captivates the eye as I transcend the meandering driveway into Blueridge Lavender Farm. What a beautiful location for my residency.
An artist needs time to take in the surroundings before beginning to create, it’s an immersive process that has no time frame, thankfully during my stay here I was captivated by the landscape almost immediately and began creating the very next day. Thank you to host Sherree Matthews
'We were so blessed to have the beautiful Ruby from @rubypurplecreations stay with us this week. The colours in her creations reflected the lavender and surrounds perfectly. I feel very privileged to be able to hang one on our cottage wall.' - Sherree
If you'd like to visit; www.blueridgelavender.com/
Barcaldine Central Queensland June 2021 'Barcy or Bust'
Residency with Jo Taylor @Joannetaylor904
Joanne works in the mediums of sculpture, drawing, painting and print making producing artworks with a contemporary theme that challenge how the sense of distance shifts perceptions and behaviours.
Thank you Jo for a fabulous residency!
Barcaldine (Barcy) region is located in central west Queensland approximately 600km west of Rockhampton, covering an area of 53,677 sq km with an estimated population of 1400 people.
The region has a productive cattle and sheep industry.
Barcaldine is home to a number of wonderful murals. One of the most prominent is a painting of a sand goanna by Australian iconic painter d'Arcy Doyle. d'Arcy painted and donated the painting to the community of Barcaldine. showcased behind the 'Black Stump'
Lake Dunn Sculpture trail – by sculptor Milynda Rogers or ‘Scrapmetalsheila’
Scrapmetal and wire is the material I work with and Sheila because I connect this name with the typical Aussie woman – Milynda Rogers www.scrapmetalsheila.com.au/
Rustic, bold and historic; the coexistence of metal and nature is an aesthetic unique to the Outback
Rogers resides on a grazing property along the trail and decided she needed a platform to display her work. The result is one of the biggest permanent, outdoor sculpture exhibitions I’ve seen. Rogers combines her love of sculpture and incredible ability to turn junk into art to put smiles on the faces of travellers passing through one of the most beautiful parts of Queensland.
If you’re a footy fan look for the sculpture of JT #johnathanthurston @jthurston06
Curtin Springs Station Northern Territory May-June 2018
Curtin Springs Station is a working cattle station owned and run by the Severin family, which sits on over one million acres, in the Central Australian Desert in the Northern Territory. The family have diversified their business to incorporate tourism by transforming the old abattoir into a paper-making facility where beautifully textured papers are produced using the Native Australian Grasses found on the property.
While in the NT I created 'Outback Connections' an exhibition of works using, the surrounding landscapes as inspiration, handmade papers, mixed media, and items found at Curtin Springs Station.
I showed, shared, involved the locals, visitors, staff and students, gave workshops and talks, managed a mural project with 60+ students and teachers including 'School of the Air' giving the classroom a new look for all to enjoy.
Thank you to the Severin family for sharing the wonders of your home!
Outback Connections - taking art to the regions project exhibition locations
Outback Connections + Survival Way - Perc Tucker Gallery Townsville
15 September - 31 October 2020
Outback Connections + Survival Way - Logan Art Gallery
13 March - 26 April 2020
Workshops, artist Talks, Artist residency speaker - Logan Arts Networking Event
Outback Connections + Survival Way - Redcliffe Entertainment Centre
19 November - 15 December 2019 - Artist Talks
Outback Connections - Dogwood Crossing Gallery Miles
24 August 2019 - 12 October 2019
Workshops and Artist talks
Outback Connections - Redcliffe Art Gallery
6 December 2018 to 5 January 2019 - Artist Talks
Outback Connections - Lapunyah Art Gallery - Chinchilla 28 September to 25 October 2018
Kids & adults mixed media workshops - Artist talks
Outback Connections - Grasslands Gallery Tambo
June - July 2018
Outback Connections - Hanasho Gallery
9 August - 8 September 2018
Thank you to all the Galleries - staff, donors, & Creative Partnerships Australia through the Australian Cultural Fund for supporting my ‘Outback Connections ’ taking art to the regions project'
Student mural project
The wonders of Curtin Springs
Radio Interview - promo travelling exhibition