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800 Souls exhibition

Monday, 8th April, 2019

Artist James Price setting up for his exhibition at the Housewives Assocation Building. PICTURE: Myles Burt Artist James Price setting up for his exhibition at the Housewives Assocation Building. PICTURE: Myles Burt

Over 800 images of local characters both past and present will adorn the interior of the Broken Hill Housewives Association to celebrate the lives of those that have made the Hill their home over the years.

Titled ‘800 Souls’, the art installation is the work of artist-in-residence James Price, who’s returned to the city to install the finished project after capturing the likeness of local characters, both past and present, in 2018.

The work also re-frames our relationship to the tribulations and tragedies of mining and pivots the perspective to a celebration of life.

Mr Price, who describes himself as a multi-disciplinary image-based storyteller, makes art for and about people and their history. He said the installation captured a very human history of Broken Hill.

“Through a close collaborative consultation with the community we have captured the likeness of over 800 local faces, but in a very different way,” he said.

“I think people will be really surprised by the experience.”

A series of workshops with local schools will precede the exhibition giving students, some of whom contributed to the project, an opportunity to learn from the artist.

Council’s Gallery and Museum Manager Tara Callaghan said community engagement was important for the project. 

“In recent years we have been able to transform the residency program to ensure that the engagement and outcomes are community focused,” she said.

“With this Residency program we take the artist outside the walls of the Gallery and into the public domain.

“James’s show is truly a project for everyone, and we look forward to welcoming the people of Broken Hill to experience this unique exhibition.”

The program is supported and funded by Create NSW and Broken Hill City Council.


WHAT: ‘800 Souls’ Art Installation

WHEN: Opening Night on Friday 12th of April from 6pm-11pm, exhibition running Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th of April

WHERE: Broken Hill Housewives Association

COST: $10 for Opening Night with Live DJs and food, free over the weekend

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