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.
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Drawn from AGSA’s collection, Kungka Kuṉpu (Strong Women) showcases major contemporary works by celebrated women artists from the Aṉangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands – cultural custodians of an oral tradition that epitomises the art of storytelling. Working individually and collaboratively, these women leaders share an irrepressible desire to create ground-breaking works, deeply embedded with cultural knowledge and rich in ceremonial song and performance. Presented as part of AGSA’s acclaimed Tarnanthi program, this regional touring exhibition reflects the adaptive genius, energy and dynamism of Aṉangu culture and the inspiring tale of women supporting each other across generations.
Key artists include Angkuna Baker, Kunmanara (Wawiriya) Burton, Nyunmiti Burton, Sylvia Ken, Kunmanara (Militjari) Pumani, Rhoda Tjitayi, Tjanpi Desert Weavers, Kaylene Whiskey and Yaritji Young – to name a few.
‘The Seven Sisters story has always been important for Aṉangu women and it is more important today than ever before… This is the power of women leaders. We can make all the women coming behind us fly.’ – Nyunmiti Burton 2021
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Emerging Sydney artist Layla Stanley has chosen the Milk Factory gallery in Bowral to display her debut exhibition ‘This and That’ launching this weekend.
Ms Stanley created a series of lifelike drawings inspired by Australia’s iconic native birds in a new intimate exhibition, alongside local artists Timm O’Regan, Linda Chant and Tony Dagg to showcase drawings, sculptures, paintings and ceramics.
A former architecture graduate, Ms Stanley turned her side-hustle into a thriving business after becoming inundated with commissions during the pandemic lock-downs.
Ms Stanley said her pastel drawings for this collection are inspired by the emotion and personality of birds she has met in aviaries and in the wild.
“I like to get up close and personal with my subjects, waiting until the birds are relaxed enough to approach me so that I can take in every detail, particularly their feathers and colours,” Ms Stanley said.
The 28-year-old then takes photos and begins to bring them to life on the canvas, painstakingly drawing for up to 12 hours per day with each portrait taking around two weeks to complete.
Her works of art feature up-close views of species including cockatoo, lorikeet, hawk and parrot are as striking as they are beautiful.
“I’ve been fascinated by animals and the way they find ways to communicate with you for as long as I can remember,” says Ms Stanley.
The artist is a regular visitor to Bowral to visit family, and loves the escape from the City the highlands provides.
Her aim for this collection is to bring a little bit of joy or relief to people after a tough few years.
This and That, Us and Them, new works by Layla Stanley, Linda Chant, Tony Dagg and Timm O’Regan is showing at Milk Factory, Pop Up Gallery 1 Southern Highlands until 14 September.
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A rare exhibition of paintings and etchings by Archibald Prize Winner Keith Looby, presented by Spud Lane Studios.
Opened by Australia’s notable art critic John McDonald, Keith Looby’s exhibition “Dichotomy” is showing at Spud Lane Studios in Robertson, NSW Southern Highlands from 27 August – 9 October 2022.
Few artists have been so influential yet enigmatic than Sydney artist Keith Looby.
As a 1984 Archibald winner with a portrait of Max Gillies as Bob Hawke, Looby is known for holding Australian society to account with his incisive, satirical humour and fearless commentary of the late 20th century, yet today his name and works are hidden from view.
“Dichotomy” is an exhibition of paintings, drawings and etchings from Looby’s personal collection and it demonstrates the dichotomy evident in his work.
Curator of the show, artist Ric Abel examines a statement made by Looby: “When I draw, I draw as a Protestant. When I paint, I paint as a Catholic. Although I see myself as an atheist.”
Keith explained to Ric, that his drawings generally follow a narrative and are a form of protest, while his paintings from the 1980s onwards were all about letting go to the process of painting.
The show includes work from Looby’s seminal Black and White History of Australia series of drawings on the horrors of Colonialism, and his explorative Australian landscapes painted in Tasmania, as well as more figurative works in his unmistakeable style. These extraordinary and compelling paintings and etchings promise to engage art lovers and collectors from the Southern Highlands and beyond.
Saturday 27 August, 2pm
With an opening address by notable art critic John McDonald.
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Saturday 27 August – Sunday 9 October 2022
Friday to Monday, 10am–4pm
Spud Lane Studios is located within the SHAC precinct in the heart of Robertson NSW.
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A new collection of forty small artworks by Aidan Weichard, honouring the tiniest native birds of Australia.
Australian artists Ken Done and Rosie Deacon are well known for their bold colour palettes and ability to capture the quintessential Australian experience. Done’s iconic harbourside paintings, beach fashion and beer commercials have long been sources of inspiration for Deacon.
This exhibition offers a rare encounter of two colliding worlds, with the opportunity to be consumed entirely – visually, aurally and sometimes bodily. Ken Done + Rosie Deacon offers something for all ages, especially young children, with interactive exhibition elements including costume, dance and craft.
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