Tribute to the ‘regen’
Saturday, 10th June, 2017
By Michael Murphy
Another blank wall was being turned into an artwork yesterday, this time a prestigious all-girls college in Sydney was behind the artist’s brush.
The Methodist Ladies College has brought Year 9 students to Broken Hill for more than 15 years to let them experience what life is like in a regional location.
They visit the city in batches and they stay for about ten days engaging the community through various groups and organisations.
Students on previous visits this year designed a mural through workshops with Broken Hill Art Exchange artist-in-residence Shane Vink, who is also preparing a series of works for an exhibition at the Regional Art Gallery in March.
Yesterday, students began putting paint to the wall of the art exchange complex in Duff Street.
“We thought we would make it a bit of a homage to the regeneration area with Albert and Margaret Morris, and the flora and fauna they helped bring back,” said Susan Thomas, the art exchange’s director.
She said the artwork would also be included in the exchange’s 2017 Desert Equinox Earth Art Prize.
The competition has two prize categories, Natural and Un-natural, each with $1000 in prizemoney.
Artists are encouraged to consider current social, economic, environmental or other issues that have emerged in contemporary times in relation to the theme of ‘Earth’, locally and globally.
This exhibition is open to any individual or group able to secure a Broken Hill venue for the display of artworks.
The closing date for submissions is June 19.
For more information, phone 8088 3171 or go to www.brokenhillartexchange.org.au.