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.
AWASH WITH COLOUR
Watercolour can sometimes be the forgotten or ‘feared’ medium and that is so unfair … as watercolour has a magic and mystery that no other medium can match.
The translucency that comes with washes and the ‘happy accidents’ that can occur are addictive and keep us going.
We are a group that really feels more like a family and we come together on a Tuesday morning at the BDAS to chat, laugh and create under the guidance and tutorage of Kim Shannon and Wayne Davis. We don’t know how they put up with us sometimes … but it is a wonderful environment
Please come do visit the exhibition and enjoy the journey with us.
Awash with Colour is open from 6 to 11 October with the opening on Saturday 8 October at 2pm
Everyone is welcome!
“No Time To Spare, Southern Highlands”, highlights some of the at risk heritage of the Highlands. The collection of photographs of the area has been created by local Southern Highlands photographers.
The story …
In 1961 the National Trust staged an exhibition of photographs by renowned photographer Max Dupain. Entitled “No Time To Spare” it featured 34 buildings identified as worthy of preservation. Sixty years later in 2021, the Trust staged a second “No Time To Spare” exhibition of photographs by several photographers. Now in 2022, images of local properties have been created as “No Time To Spare, Southern Highlands”.
Introducing Fortuna x Quattro ~ a tri-generational group exhibition of four artists of the Luck family, exhibiting together for the first time.
Renowned Australian bird and wildlife artist James Luck; his sister, Melbourne based artist Jacinta Payne; their niece, Elise Abotomey, an emerging portraiture line artist, and a posthumous retrospective celebrating the life and art of their father / grandfather Don Luck.
Gallery opening hours: 10am – 4pm Thursdays through to Sundays. Exhibition runs until 16th October.
A catalogue of all works in the show is available by emailing email@example.com
Connect with the artists on instagram: @jacintapayneart @ea.arts @jamesluckartist
Tours of Retford Park House and Gardens are available to book via the National Trust website.
A resident artist at the SHAC this is Cat Doyle’s second solo exhibition. Self taught (and mentored by amazing artists) her work sensitively examines the hidden emotions of our lives and reflectively explores her cultural roots back in North England.
I’m interested in the edges of perception, where objects transform or disappear in the inky blackness of the night. Where the mind starts to play tricks on you, and the imagination takes over. Where the line between reality and the fanciful is blurred.
The objects depicted in “After Dark” are solid and real, yet they evoke a fleeting moment in time.
Recollecting silent gathering places and the detritus that remains after everyone leaves; the paintings refer back to the height of the pandemic when the streets were empty and loneliness pervaded the world.
But nothing lasts forever. Change always comes.
The dark artwork is juxtaposed with Day-Glo perspex frames that surround the silver phosphorescence within and promise hope of better days
After dark, comes the light.
OFFICIAL OPENING: SATURDAY 6TH AUGUST 4PM-6PM
GALLERY OPENING HOURS: FRIDAY – MONDAY 10AM-4PM
Southern Highlands Photographic Society
This exhibition is open from the 1st-26th August 2022.It showcases the amazing work of local photographers.
The Winter Members Exhibition is a wonderful display of a range of styles and creative approaches to art making by the members of the Bowral Art Society and its tutors. The exhibition runs from the 3 – 9 August. To meet the artists the official opening is on the 6 August at 4.00.
The exhibition is open to the public and all works are for sale.
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We are a group of around 20 people who come together because we love to paint. We have the opportunity to learn, share ideas, give encouragement and motivation to each other under the guidance of our wonderful tutor, Steve Underwood each week throughout the year.
Steve is a well-respected artist and teacher who has received several art prizes and has featured in Australian Artist and The Artists Palette magazines.
We work in oils, acrylics, pastels, watercolour, charcoal, pencil, pen and cover a broad range of subject matter – portraits, landscape, still life, sea and city scapes, animal studies, realism, abstract etc.
Our exhibition “Diversity V” is a reflection of our very diverse range of styles, subjects and media. We are pleased and excited to be returning to Bowral Art Gallery for our “fifth” Diversity exhibition.
Come and meet the artists at the official opening on Saturday 13th August at 1.00pm
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Nocturnal… those things that go bump in the night!Exploring the beauty behind the sounds of the wild underthe moonlight. Nocturnal showcases two styles of workscoming together in two common themes, Nocturnal Animalsand black and white.
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Three inspiring Southern Highland potters draw on their wisdom and sense of place made stronger and more resilient through smoke and fire. Sandy Lockwood, Steve Harrison and Meg Patey.
EXHIBITION OPENING by John Freeland Sunday 24 July at 11am – book at trybooking.com/BZVGY
ARTIST TALK Sunday 24 July at 2pm – book at trybooking.com/BZVHU
Still Life Prize Exhibition 2022
Sponsored by The Agency Bowral
Opening night 16th July at 4pm
This is Bowral District Art Societies annual Still Life Prize Exhibition. Our Judge for 2022 is John Bokor.
This is always a wonderful exhibition which depicts images of inanimate objects with an awareness of the beauty of the everyday. The variety of styles and approaches to this theme ensures that all viewers are immersed in this wonderful and eclectic exhibition.
Featured image by winner Judith Weeks, “Not the Elephant in the Room – a Giraffe” 2019
ALL INKED UP is a wonderful exhibition by Printmakers of the Bowral Art Society. The exhibition is a collection of varied and beautiful works by 15 highly skilled and experienced creatives. The works feature the use of block printing and etching methods as well as some experimental works which are all very individual and aesthetically unique.
This is a terrific exhibition, so come along and admire, be inspired and even acquire a beautiful work to treasure.
Official Opening with the artists on 30 April at 2.00pm.
BOWRAL ART GALLERY
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While passionate about composition and technique, nostalgia and childhood memory are strong themes in Andrew’s work. His aim in combining these areas of interest is to create (as Jeffrey Smart might say) “beautiful pictures”, that connect with the viewer via either subject or mood. Andrew subscribes to the view that the best landscape painting occurs when one knows the subject well – Australian colour palettes and motifs feature heavily in his work. Progress means that the role of the urban landscape artist is also that of a documentarian – many of the architectural subjects that he has painted have since been demolished or remodelled beyond what his work recognises.
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