Earthly art event a natural success

Monday, 17th July, 2017

Artist ‘Asma’ (left) and Letisha Jane are all smiles after winning prizes in the  2017 Desert Equinox Earth Prelude yesterday afternoon. Artist ‘Asma’ (left) and Letisha Jane are all smiles after winning prizes in the 2017 Desert Equinox Earth Prelude yesterday afternoon.

By Michael Murphy

A grassroots art exhibition that used the Silver City as a backdrop was hailed an “enormous success” by organisers at an awards presentation yesterday at Bushy White’s Mineral Art Gallery.

Thirty-three entries vied for two major prizes in the categories of ‘Natural’ and ‘Unnatural’ in the 2017 Desert Equinox Earth Prelude.

The Unnatural winner was photographer Letisha Jane who captured a mining scene to represent the correlation between the natural and unnatural.

The full-time law and criminology student, who also works full-time at Doyle Kingston and Swift solicitors, entered three other works, all of which were located at Art on Argent Gallery at 311 Argent Street.

The Natural winner was an artist who goes by the name of ‘Asma’. Her work ‘The mountains are moving like clouds’ was made from paper and light and was “a small meditation upon the nature of light and material”.

Asma is a mixed media artist, who focuses on metaphysics, printmaking, landscape and language, and her artwork was displayed at her personal studio at 329 Oxide Street. 

Broken Hill Art Exchange artistic director Susan Thomas said she was thrilled with the outcome of the prelude, which was “bigger and better” than those before it.

“It was absolutely brilliant,” she said after yesterday’s awards ceremony which attracted about 60 people.

“It was a wonderful chance to thank all of the artists of Broken Hill,” she said.

“They are always contributing so much to the creative industry.”

The format of the exhibition proved popular with tourists who poured into the city during the school holidays.

“It was really gratifying to see so many people walking around with maps in their hands, and dropping by and doing the treasure hunt to find all the artworks in the shops that were supporting the event,” she said.

“A lot of feedback I got from the tourists was that they thought it was a really fabulous way to explore the city.”

BH Art Exchange President Gary Cook said the “preludes” represented the “grassroots” of art in Broken Hill, and the exchange had big ideas about where they would lead.

“We are trying to develop momentum with all these preludes,” he said.

“The idea is to actually get a full blown Biennale of Art going in Broken Hill, so that’s a major event which we hope will not only be local and national, but also international.”

The art exchange is already preparing for its next prelude, an exhibition with a water theme.

Artists and businesses interested in hosting artworks can go to www.brokenhillartexchange.org.au or phone 8088 3171.