The Highlands is known for the strength and creativity of its artistic community. Practitioners of all levels, from national icons to enthusiastic amateurs, come to the area for the cool air, natural beauty and lifestyle which combine to provide an inspirational environment in which to create. The region supports a vibrant Arts/Culture ethos that is reflcted in the wealth of events, performances, exhibitions and festivals that occur
through every season, all year. As a dedicated Arts & Culture site for the Southern Highlands, ARTSfie is both a teaser for the spectacular creative offerings of the region, and a calendar of events for various cultural happenings during the year. We trust that you enjoy what you see and look forward to meeting you here in the
November is Southern Highlands ARTS Trail time! Visual artists across the Highlands open their studio doors for visitors to explore their creative habitats and purchase works direct from the maker. Exhibiting artists range from full-time professionals to emerging artists across genres including painting, ceramics, jewellery, woodwork, photography, sculpture and printmaking.
Happy Father’s Day from Bradman Museum
Free Shane Warne book for dad
To celebrate all the amazing father’s out there, Bradman Museum is giving away a free copy of the book ‘Warne Worn’ for every dad with museum admission on Father’s Day weekend.
The book tells the story of how Shane Warne’s Baggy Green hat rallied the country during the devastating ‘Black Summer’ bushfires of 2019/20.
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Rocks In My Head, by local artist Poss Keech, is a collection of artworks in acrylic, oil, collage and mixed media. Poss has been inspired by rocks that were an ever-present feature in the environments in which she grew up and discovered the world.
The Petals of Flowers, by local artist Susan Buret, is a collection of fired clay artworks. Susan has been inspired by the variant of the material from which plants grow and observed colour from her beautiful Southern Highlands garden.
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Come to the Open Weekend and find out what the Southern Highlands Quilters Guild does!
There will be quilt displays, quilt-making demonstrations, raffle and craft items for sale, demonstrations by Know-How sewing Essentials and more.
To coincide with Tulip Time, a group of local Southern Highlands ceramic artists are holding an exhibition in the sculpture garden of Bowral Art Gallery.
“Celebrating Clay in the Garden”
Tuesday 19th September – Monday 2nd October 2023
Open daily from 10am – 4pm
Celebrating Clay is a group of ceramics artists based in the Southern Highlands, producing work for exhibitions a few times a year.
Susan Buret builds totem pole garden sculptures.
Zoë Black creates hanging sculptures using local wild clay.
Catherine Castelain forms colourful clay flowers, incorporating native nuts and sea shells.
Sarah Norton finds the personal in the landscape, expressed through her functional and decorative pieces.
Emma Robertson creates both wheel-thrown and hand-built pieces evoking a sense of wonder and appreciation for the natural world, drawing inspiration from the intricate patterns and details found in flowers, leaves and other organic forms.
Bronwen Wicks is inspired by endangered and traditional Highlands flower species in her decorative, wearable flower jewellery pieces using porcelain and majolica.
Irena Ziolkowski finds immersion in nature evokes joy, and to create with clay brings wonderment at that which comes from mother earth.
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Celebrate spring in the Highlands with this joyful exhibition of ceramics, paintings, fibre art and floral artistry at Sturt Gallery.
Showcasing work by local painter Kim Shannon along with 20 of Australia’s most talented ceramic artists: Asahi So, Bruce McWhinney, Cathy Franzi, Chrystie Longworth, Helen Earl, Jacqueline Clayton, Helen Fuller, Shannon Garson, Janetta Kerr-Grant, Jann Kesby, Keiko Matsui, Minna Graham, Moraig McKenna, Niharika Hukku, Philipaa Taylor, Sandy Lockwood, Sarah Ormonde, Sergei Shatrov, Sue Buckle, Terunobu Hirata, and Lissa de Sailles with flowers by Mittagong Flower Merchant.
Official opening by Elisabeth Charles 11am Sunday 17th September followed by artists talks in the gallery at 12.20pm.
The Southern Highlands Orchid Society’s annual show and plant sales .
A beautiful display of orchids grown in the southern highlands with many plants for sale.
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The highly anticipated , presented by , is coming to the Southern Highlands for the first time on September 10, 2023. In its fifth year, this premier event, held in the Hunter Valley, has grown to become the largest wedding event of its kind in the area and is now adding a new location in addition to the annual event in the Hunter.
Couples-to-be can look forward to a beautiful and enjoyable day out at the stunning in Bowral. Attendees will have the opportunity to explore a wide variety of wedding professionals, connecting with the best local suppliers in the Southern Highlands.
The Wedding & Wine Festival is not only a place to discover expert wedding vendors but also an event to indulge in exquisite food and wine while enjoying live music, and interactive displays such as our signature wedding runway, workshops and more.
A steamup weekend over Friday 5th to Sunday 7th May at a private garden railway in Bowral and the main event at the PCYC hall Mittagong. Registration is essential by 1st May at a cost of $85 for the 3 days which includes morning, afternoon teas and lunch. A dinner is at the RSL Club at additional cost and non- participating family members are welcome at an additional cost to cover catering. 2 layouts will be set up with 32 & 45mm gauge track for live steam and battery operation. Coal fired locomotives are not allowed to run in the hall.
SUE ALISON has spent more than 50 years in the pursuit of artistic challenges.
At a young age she displayed a natural gift in artistic and craft-based works encompassing painting, drawing, pottery, sculpture, fabric design and needlework.
Sue is a qualified nurse and midwife and worked in Victoria, New South Wales and overseas.
She is a teacher as well as practitioner and began a patchwork and applique workshop through the 1980s with several exhibitions of her own work and her students in Camden and the surrounding Macarthur area.
Moving to the South Coast in the early 90s she pursued her talents as a creative and successful cook and did not have much time for painting. In the early 00s Sue met her highly inspirational and influential teacher Barbara Hilder-Messum at Nowra TAFE college leading to exhibitions in the Lady Denman museum, Huskisson, Nowra and the Shoalhaven City Arts Centre.
She received commendations for her still life in the David Turnbull Bequest Prize in 2009 and the Alvaro Still life Prize in 2010, both in Bowral.
She has an abiding interest and passion for horticulture and garden design and when not painting spends much time in her greatly admired garden in the Jervis Bay hinterland.
Sue strives to find inspiration, beauty, strength and purpose in the everyday accoutrements and tasks of life; the quotidian.
Display of Orchids from the Southern Highlands Orchid Society members. There will be orchids available for sale and the entry of a gold coin will be donated to CanAssist in the Southern Highlands.
The Subtle Mother, An intimate title, which could bring a nearness, a domestic, quiet but strong character who loves.
The intention here is to go wider into the creative feminine force, Mother Earth Herself.
This energy has historically been appreciated and worshipped through the Goddess; Shakti, Athens, Mother Mary/Madonna, Isis, Quan Yin, Holy Ghost and the Kundalini to name a few.
Most of these paintings are related to that aspect of God the Mother; the energy that is creativity itself, silent, but the power, The Subtle Mother.
My understanding of this comes from Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi who started Sahaja Yoga Meditation in 1970;
giving a way for humans to reveal within themselves this knowledge in a silent way.
The aim in these works is to mix different religions and cultural symbols to invoke a link with this inner but universal quality. Using canvas, canvas boards, MDF, acrylic paints are the start, finishing in oils for strength of colour and detail.
Handmade stencils are mixed in with nature. Varnish gives a gloss and a protective coating.
Exhibition Opening 15 October at 1pm
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