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.
This Annual Exhibition of Miniatures & Small Artworks is now in its 14th year.
Last year was our first in our new home @ wonderful White cottage Gallery,
in the grounds of Retford Park Bowral
Exhibition & Gallery: 10am – 4pm Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
(Check W:nationaltrust.org.au for Garden & House Tour details)
Official Opening: Saturday 16 December 2023 @ 2pm
Please RSVP by 3 pm, 15 December E: email@example.com
Artists this year: • E. Atkin • G. Baldock • L. Brack • R. Brewster • N. Boughton • P. Jones
• M. Kay • P. Levett • I. Pye • K. Shannon • C. Thomson • J. Waterlow
Look forward to some exciting new Art Practices represented this year along with your favourites:
Bonsai Accents, Bound Art Books, Ceramics, Drawing, Miniatures, Painting, Print Making, Woodturning.
Plus Artists Gift Cards & Illustrated Printed Books
Immerse yourself in a world of creativity and inspiration as we open a stunning collection of art by talented local Artists. From captivating paintings to thought-provoking sculptures, this POP-UP exhibition promises to be a visual feast for everyone.
Experience the power of artistic expression, mingle with fellow art lovers, and indulge in captivating conversations about the pieces that speak to your soul. Whether you’re an art connoisseur or simply appreciate the beauty of creativity, join us!
Wine and refreshments will be served, enhancing the ambiance of this unforgettable evening. Soak in the artistic atmosphere and celebrate the remarkable talent within our creative community. All kindly provided by our generous Platinum Sponsors Centennial Vineyards.
Admission is free, however bookings are essential so bring your friends, family, and anyone else who appreciates the power of art. Let’s celebrate the transformative and enriching experience that is adding beauty to the Southern Highlands this June long weekend.
We can’t wait to see you at the opening night of the Pop-Up Project!
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Dogs have been our companions for centuries. For just as long, artists have been drawn to these emotional, complex beings, using them to explore questions of bravery, loyalty, and compassion. In New Dog Old Tricks we present new work by 15 artists, each invited to re-examine these thematic lenses, and imagine the dog as a key to other worlds.
Nadia Hernandez, Billy Bane, Noel McKenna, Jude Rae, Jason Phu, Julia Gutman, Todd Fuller, Guy Maestri and more.
OCCURRENT AFFAIR is a major exhibition featuring new and recent works by Brisbane-established Aboriginal artist collective proppaNOW. Conceived as a collaborative activist gesture, OCCURRENT AFFAIR will address current socio-political,economic and environmental issues, while celebrating the strength, resilience and continuity of Aboriginal culture.
Gordon Hookey, Tony Albert, Jennifer Herd, Megan Cope, Richard Bell and Vernon Ah Kee
Touring partnership with Museums and Galleries NSW
Featuring new commissions, Once More With Feeling investigates the articulation of bodies, the relationship between the human form and culture, femininity, sexuality, theatre and ritual.
Karen Black, Cybele Cox, Michelle Ussher and Georgia Spain
Activating Ngununggula through Fire, Light and major art installations, including Burning Man Ben Quilty with Michael Whyte and First Lights, a unique sky show in partnership with Freemantle Biennale and Kirli Saunders that will celebrate the life and ancestral stories of the late Aunty Velma Mulcahy.
Presenting new collaborative artworks by 15 current Iltja Ntjarra artists and their family members. Alongside a new suite of works by the Southern Highlands Printmakers responding to place and landscape.Iltja Ntjarra Many Hands Art CentreSouthern Highlands PrintmakersIncluding artworks by Albert Namatjira from the National Gallery of Australia Collection.
We are thrilled to launch Ngununggula’s second Entry Pavilion Commission, conceptualised by Djon Mundine OAM FAHA and conceived by artist Warwick Keen and the Southern Highlands First Nations Community.
The Entry Pavilion Commission is an annual initiative in celebrating Gundungurra language, culture and history.This work honours Eddie Gilbert, an Aboriginal fast bowler who famously bowled Sir Donald Bradman in a 1931 Sheffield Shield match. Bradman had returned to Australia following a record-breaking performance at the 1930 Ashes. Nevertheless, at the Brisbane Cricket Ground he was welcomed home by a ruthless spell of bowling from Eddie, memorialised in the above image. Eddie had grown up in the Barambah Aboriginal Settlement, a community established during the segregationist policies of the Queensland Government. Bradman was dismissed for a duck, later claiming Gilbert was the fastest bowler he had ever faced.
This artwork celebrates the rich cricketing culture of our region.
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New art exhibition with paintings from Ann and Glen Morton with ceramics by Greg Daly.
Siblings Ann and Glenn Morton were born in Cowra, country New South Wales in 1958. The Morton family always competed in the local show, and Ann found her niche in the art competition, often taking months to complete a dozen or more works each year for the show. Working mainly in black and white in the early years, animals, birds, still life and portraits made an amazingly good foundation for a career in art. Ann has had her work hung in The Archibald Portrait Prize, The Doug Moran Portrait Prize and The Portia Geach Portrait prize. Glenn is a well-known traditional artist and is a member of the Morton Gallery in Cowra. Exhibiting with Ann and Glenn, renowned ceramicist Greg Daly is internationally known and respected as a ceramic artist specialising in rich glaze effects. His work is represented in 24 international book publications, in 80 national and international art galleries and museums (including the National Gallery of Australia and the Victoria & Albert Museum, London), and he has won 36 national and international awards and is the author of three books on glazes.
The Morton gallery is one of Cowra’s tourist attractions showcasing a lifetime of artwork by the Morton family Ron Morton, Ann Morton and Glenn Morton. This exhibition will display Glen’s passion for art and his interpretations of still subjects & landscape within landscapes. In this exhibition, Greg’s ceramics will feature in Ann Morton’s still life paintings as well as stand-alone artworks. The two artists have combined their talents to showcase their extraordinary skills jointly in the superb still life paintings by Ann and exquisite ceramics by Greg.
Bruce’s recent collection of works of Paris living and life in the French countryside – paintings depicting life in France, capturing everyday moments as the French Impressionists so romantically did at the turn of the last century in their works. People seen enjoying the cafes and streets of Paris, working in fields and farms and living in the ancient villages of rural France, are all well represented in the show. These popular oil paintings are also beautifully presented in professionally framed salon style mouldings, hand chosen by Bruce to compliment the subjects.
Oils on canvas, in beautiful salon frames.
Have you missed coming to Ngununggula after hours? Boy, do we have an event for you! We know it’s cold, wet, and miserable, but this is a night not to be missed. Pop on your gumboots, round up the family and come for the final weekend of our exhibition Land Abounds and stay for a night of entertainment, food and… fire? Bring the kids along for a monster-making workshop, it’ll bring the little terror out in all of them! Then feast your eyes on Ngununggula at night, with a spectacular light display and DJ sets that’ll make you dance your heart out.Purge your winter sins, or indulge a little more, whatever your flavour come and make a night of it. Did we mention fire? More to come on this later!
Performances by DUSTY KNUCKLES Vinyl DJs and delicious treats by Trolley’d, Steve’s Woodfire pizzas, A van called Delilah. Tickets are $10 per person, as a donation to help keep Ngununggula’s flame burning bright! Book via Eventbrite via the website.
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Glass Bead Artist Judy
Dyson has been fascinated with glass since her childhood. More recently she has been making her own
glass beads and jewellery after attending a workshop at Geelong Grammar in 2005
run by Katherine Wardell as part of the Fibre Forum programme.
bead making is an ancient craft and the oldest known beads are over 40000 old.
are made by melting glass in a hot head burner and then laying the molten glass
onto a stainless steel mandrel which is rotated in the flame. More glass is added until the bead is the
desired size. Different colours can be
added to create patterns and the shape of the bead can be varied by the artist.
a bead is completed it is taken from the flame and plunged into a tub of
vermiculite to cool slowly. Once cool it
is placed into a kiln to anneal the glass and prevent it from cracking.
beads can be made it a wide range of striking and original jewellery such as
necklaces, bracelets, ear rings and ornaments.
has now had three exhibitions of her work in the Southern Highlands.
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