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Spanish artists visit

Thursday, 21st April, 2011

CULTURE EXCHANGE: Mayor Wincen Cuy with Spanish artists Juan Barba Robles and Jesus Del Toro Cardena, who are visiting as part of the EMED Historical Mining Towns Cultural Exchange Program. CULTURE EXCHANGE: Mayor Wincen Cuy with Spanish artists Juan Barba Robles and Jesus Del Toro Cardena, who are visiting as part of the EMED Historical Mining Towns Cultural Exchange Program.

The next stage of a cultural exchange program is underway, with two Spanish artists visiting the city to learn about our history and way of life.

Painters Juan Barba Robles and Jesus Del Toro Cardena, from the region of Riotinto in the south of Spain, arrived in the city on Monday afternoon.

Their visit is an initiative of the EMED Historical Mining Towns Cultural Exchange Program.

The cultural exchange, inspired by mining company EMED, links Broken Hill and fellow mining centres Riotinto in Spain and Banksa Stiavnica in Slovakia.

This is the first time that artists have visited Broken Hill through the exchange. 

Local artists Geoff DeMain and Eric McCormick, along with local photographer Robin Sellick, visited Riotinto last year as part of the project.

The two Spanish artists, who will be in the city for ten days, said they were invited to the city by Mr Sellick, who runs the cultural exchange.

On Tuesday they met with Mayor Wincen Cuy and presented him with gifts from Spain which included a photographic book to showcase regions in Spain, as well as music and DVDs that were made in the south of the country.

While Mr DeMain painted a mural in Riotinto as part of the exchange, Mr Barba Robles and Mr Del Toro Cardena will not be reciprocating as their visit is so short.

But they plan to tour the city and learn as much as they can.

Mr Sellick said the artists will talk about future projects with the exchange and meet local artists to exchange ideas.

They will also visit Mutawinji National Park and learn about Aboriginal art and culture.

"(Juan and Jesus) will visit local artists ... getting a sense of what it is like to live in Broken Hill and compare it with (Riotinto)," Mr Sellick said.

Mr Sellick said the mining company Rio Tinto was named after the town just like BHP was named after Broken Hill.

"(Broken Hill) has many things in common with Riotinto ... there are many things we can learn and teach each other," he said.

"This is an opportunity ... (for the ambassadors) to learn as much as they can about how we live ... and foster relationships." 

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