More artists join Spanish alliance
Tuesday, 3rd April, 2012
Three local artists are about to journey to Spain in the next stage of the cultural alliance program between Broken Hill and Spain.
The EMED Mining Cultural Alliance has seen artists from the Silver City and the Spanish town of Riotinto visiting one another to work on projects and learn from each other’s culture over the last year and a half.
This month it takes a giant step forward with a major exhibition by three local artists - Rick Ball, Jim Paterson and John Hart - being held at the Museo De Vazquez Diaz in Nerva, Spain, 15 minutes west of the historic mining town of Riotinto.
BH photographer Robin Sellick, the Australian co-ordinator of the alliance, said the exhibition by the three artists was the biggest event so far in the alliance’s short history.
“It is a big thing for any Australian artists to have an exhibition in Europe and everyone is really excited about the possibilities,” Mr Sellick said.
“Apart from the exhibition, the artists will be attending various functions and meetings to promote Broken Hill to an international audience.”
Mr Sellick said Rick Ball would also be teaching an art class at the Riotinto School as part of the educational branch of the alliance.
Jim Paterson will be creating new artwork, while John Hart and Mr Sellick will be travelling to Slovakia to meet the local art community there.
“The mining company, EMED, also have a mine in Slovakia and we are wanting to bring the historic Slovakian mining town of Banska Stiavnica into the cultural alliance,” Mr Sellick said.
The Cultural Alliance focuses on three main areas: The arts, education and tourism.
“As historic mining towns, Riotinto and Broken Hill have much to learn from each other, both culturally and economically,” Mr Sellick said.
“Although we exist on the opposite sides of the world, our challenges and opportunities are very similar.”
He also said he was hoping to get more Spanish artists to visit Broken Hill later this year.