First exhibition for Artshed

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Artshed, the Artist Run Initiative (ARI) for local artists with and without a disability, opened their first group exhibition on Friday 2nd December.

Natural Spaces and Faces will be held at the Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre from
2 December – 16 December.

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Listen to the interview on ABC Central West Melanie Pearce talks with artist Heather Burdette.

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Arts OutWest’s Penny May and Bathurst Mayor Gary Rush at the exhibition launch with Will Hazzard’s artwork

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Arts OutWest’s Tracey Callinan conducts the Sounds Live Choir at the launch, with Stefan Elbourne’s artwork in the foreground

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The crowd mingling at the exhibition launch

“When I saw the call for artists to join an Artist Run Initiative I thought it would be a great opportunity for me as a young artist at the start of my career. I am looking forward to the exhibition and the chance for lots of people to see my work,” said the youngest member of the group, 15-year-old Will Hazzard.

Will joined Artshed with the support of his parents, Ian and Kelly Hazzard, who have both also joined the group.

“I have always enjoyed creating my artworks and the opportunity to be in a group with my husband and son, Artshed has been a wonderful experience. I love that the art we all produce is very different and I am looking forward to the upcoming exhibition,” Kelly Hazzard said.

Funded by Accessible Arts, the development of the ARI has been shaped by the participants, growing organically through individual artist preferences. The artists are involved in a 12-month program of professional development, including workshops, training and day trips to either arts organisations or exhibitions.

Many visual arts mediums are represented within the group, including photography, painting, weaving and cartooning.

Penny May from Arts OutWest is working with the group to facilitate the first 12 months, with the hope that this results in a sustainable venture.

“We really hope the artists continue to work together once the first year is complete. The aim is to give the group the tools to evolve as a collective, using the connections they make through the project to take it forward in whatever way they like,” Penny said.

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Artshed members attend a National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA) workshop earlier this year

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Artists involved in the group are:

Heather Burdette
Heather is an artist and illustrator from Bathurst. She works in mixed media and photography and is also a writer and illustrator of children’s books.

Nicole Cullen

Alesha Elbourne

Stefan Elbourne
Stefan Elbourne is a professional artist and theatremaker specialising in cartooning, caricature, writing, set design, puppetry, mask and acting. He is a Communications (Theatre Media) graduate from CSU Bathurst, and has experience in a wide range of performance and visual arts. His work ‘The Golden Ticket’ is currently touring as a finalist in The Bald Archy Prize throughout 2016. Based in Bathurst, Stefan has worked on several Council events including children’s workshops and roving performances, creates a cartoon each week for Bathurst City Life and is currently making his own Commedia dell’Arte inspired masks with a distinctly Aussie theme for his Honours project. Stefan specialises in incorporating multimedia elements into theatre work producing original soundtracks, projection and stage designs to generate unique theatre productions.

Ian Hazzard

Kelly Hazzard

William Hazzard

John Jones
John has been painting and sketching for 35 years. He started painting in oils when he was recovering from a major lung operation when he was just 27 years old.  He enjoyed the process so much, John continued to paint in his spare time.  Over the years, John has travelled around Australia sketching and painting the Australian landscape.  He is particularly inspired by the iconic Australian outback abandoned sheds and tries to capture their unique characteristics before they collapse and are lost forever. John currently lives and practices at Wattle Flat, Central West NSW. He sells his work at local markets and often donates copies of his work for raffles for worthy causes.  John has won prizes for his pencil sketches at local shows and continues to develop his practice visiting various locations in and around the Central West of NSW.

Lanny Mackenzie
Lanny began weaving in 2002 in Condobolin, Outback NSW, and has been hooked ever since!  With her Indonesian/ Balinese/ Chinese background she prefers to use bold, dynamic colours in her work.  Currently living in Orange, Central West NSW, Lanny’s practice utilises natural and found materials from her local environment to create beautiful, functional sculptural objects.

Allegra Salter

Peter Wolsely