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. Many of our galleries also participate with Trail-specific exhibitions.
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Using signature bold florescent graphics and punchy humour, Redback Graphix created campaigns throughout the 80s and 90s that tackled issues ranging from unemployment, trade union issues, AIDS awareness to indigenous health and for clients that included Amnesty International and CAAMA and the ACTU. This exhibition is a sampling of their archives.
Michael Callaghan (1952-2012) was raised in Wollongong with a pivotal stint in Italy and England in the 60’s, which cemented his wide-ranging interest in history, art and politics. The pop sensibilities of 60’s informed his persona and style. His work is held in public and private collections in Australia and overseas. Curated by Andre de Borde
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Stories told through the depiction of the human form in the varied mediums of prints, ceramics, sculpture and textiles. The artists include, Andrew Antoniou, Slavica Zivkovic, Amanda Shelsher, Vince Vozzo, Jane Theau, Veronica Cay and Victoria Pitel.
Between the Grand Fondo, Crit or Dirty Bowral come and visit Hamish’s bees!
Bowral Beekeeping is running workshops all weekend to fit between your various races or for friends and family while races are on. The workshops are a great introduction to beekeeping and are a wonderful opportunity to get into a bee suit, get up close to some bees and get some memorable photos! In this immersive experience, you will join a local food and wine enthusiast, beekeeper, and bon vivant on a honey tasting, an overview of the lifecycle of a colony, and then suit up and visit a beehive!
The honey tasting provides a unique insight into the different tastes and textures that the bees make as they forage on different flowering plants at various stages in their flowering. Hamish harvests his honey using the Flow Hive system which allows you to take small amounts of honey at a time without disturbing the bees. In turn, we get to taste honeys collected weeks and sometimes days apart and compare them. Each has a highly distinctive colour, aroma, flavour, and viscosity. All of this alongside leaf tea or plunger coffee and freshly baked scones.
After the morning tea and tasting we “suit up” in a professional sting proof suit, light a smoker and visit the bees. You’ll be shown through the different styles and sizes of hive, including the Flow Hive. You’ll be guided through the process of doing a standard inspection, checking the laying pattern of the queen, check for honey stores, and for pests. If we’re lucky we’ll find “Liz” the current queen (lol).
Parts of the apiary are undercover, so rain isn’t a problem. Children 10+ are very welcome.
Celebrating Christmas Clay 21
We are all breaking-out, so join us Celebrating Christmas Clay at the Bowral Art Gallery, where Sturt potters present another devine exhibition of fabulous ceramics with prices to tempt.
A show of most lovely work; perhaps a present for that special person or self. Visit us and enjoy the development and skills on show of our favourite potters.
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Trish and Catriona are local artists with contrasting styles. Trish a watercolorist and Catriona working in acrylics.
The exhibition includes a variety of subjects which the title of the exhibition implies.
Everything from “old boots” to a Hills Hoist.
You are welcome to view the exhibition which also supports the CTC Robertson
(Community,Technology, Creativity), a not-for-profit community hub.
Robertson Christmas Dine & Shop Street Party
Come explore, discover and experience the rich and wonderful tastes in food, wine, craft beers, art and more!
Local traders open late for Christmas gifts and vouchers.
10 stalls at the SHAC pop up Makers Market.
Live street buskers.
Free jumping castle.
Many dinning options.
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Offering a fresh approach to painting is Ngununggula’s next Sunday Painters Series artist, Heath Nock, who has come to the medium as a celebrated draughtsperson and tattoo artist. Living on Gandangara lands, in The Southern Tablelands, Nock explores his relationship with the Australian landscape working in oil and synthetic polymers paint, and pushing the figure into genderless forms in both urban and rural settings. His segue from a more graphic tattoo style to a brushy, fluid abstraction has been seamless, often taking its cue from music to tap into the world around him.
Create your own beautiful, large scale flora painting.
This workshop suits beginners as well as intermediate level painters. Tracey has many years of experience guiding beginner and intermediate artists in creating pieces they proudly cherish. This workshop is perfect for those who just don’t have the time to commit to a full class term or want to try something new.
2021 JOHN COPES PRIZE FOR WATERCOLOUR PAINTING
Sponsored by Tim & Patricia Copes
1st Prize: $3,000. 2nd Prize: $600. 3rd Prize: $400. Peoples Choice: $200
Judge: Ian Grant
Open daily from 10am till 4pm from 20 November – 5 December. Opening & Prize Presentation: Saturday 20 November at 4pm.
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Works from BDAS Tuesday morning watercolour group
We are ready and raring to go … and coming out of the lockdown with more energy and enthusiasm than ever.
The Bowral Art Gallery is opening up again and it will be a celebration of colour and watercolour at its best.
Awash with Colour is an annual exhibition by the Tuesday morning Watercolour group who are just so happy to be out of lockdown and able to celebrate the beauty and magic of watercolour.
We are really more family than a group of students and are very lucky to have two fabulous tutors throughout the year in Kim Shannon and Wayne Davis. Who somehow manage to put up with us and even seem to enjoy the process of guiding us and mentoring us through the wonderful mystical world that is watercolour.
So please come and share the excitement of being back in the gallery and marvel at the mystery of watercolour and embrace the ‘happy accidents’ with us.
Sturt Gallery is delighted to present Landscape with Rock – a new exhibition of prints and drawings by renowned printmaker Tony Ameneiro inspired by Fred Williams’ visit to bush land near Mittagong during the late 1950s.
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The much loved annual exhibition by the Southern Highlands Textile and Fibre Network is to be held from Friday 13 August to Monday 23 August 10-4 daily at BDAS gallery, Short St, Bowral.The title is “Treasured Fragments” and will feature interpretations of this theme in garments, wall pieces,3D items, wearables created by felt makers, machine embroiderers, stitchers, installationists, textile artists. Each fragment weaves its own tale of memories, sometimes thought provoking.Creative Textile postcards based on the COVID theme will be displayed as well as the group project on a Circle theme which aimed to keep us all inspired and united in 2020. The Fashion Parade opening at 1pm on Saturday 14 August will showcase some of the wearable art.
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