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Wednesday, 30th November, 2011

BRIGHT IDEA: Network Development Officer Susan Thomas, Exhibitions Manager Georgie Payne-Loy, and Director Allan Giddy are generating interest for next year’s solar art exhibition. BRIGHT IDEA: Network Development Officer Susan Thomas, Exhibitions Manager Georgie Payne-Loy, and Director Allan Giddy are generating interest for next year’s solar art exhibition.

By Erica Visser

The Palace Hotel, Bell’s Milk Bar, Broken Earth Cafe and the Sculptures are just a few of the places that have been considered as locations for a solar art exhibition next year.

The Desert Equinox Exhibition will run for the first time in the first three weeks of September and will feature art, most of which is solar powered, from 16 artists from all over the world.

Two local artists will also be chosen to join the exhibition and Director of the project, Allan Giddy, said that he was on the lookout for locals willing to experiment with solar art.

Mr Giddy said that Broken Hill was an ideal place for such a show.

“You’ve got two things going for you - one’s the sunshine but also the community has a long history of artwork and is such an ideal environment for this sort of art,” he said.

The exhibition will be funded mainly by a grant from the Australian Research Council (ARC) and Mr Giddy hopes to receive more money to determine how many tourists will visit the city to view the exhibition.

“We hope to give people a reason to get off the train,” he said.

“The idea is to give people a map and for people to be encouraged to walk around Broken Hill.

“Hopefully it will create excitement in the community so we can really build it from the ground up.”

Mr Giddy said that part of the aim was to foster relationships between local businesses and artists, to inspire artists with Broken Hill’s surrounds and to engage the entire community.

He said the idea for the show came from a similar event held at the Sydney Olympic Showgrounds.

“We got such a good response we thought, ‘why don’t we take it to Broken Hill?,’” he said.

“It would be nice if this wasn’t the last show, if it ran with a platform of artists here.”

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