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Regional Arts Development Central West NSW

Aleshia in current BRAG exhibition


We are very proud of our Aboriginal Arts Development Officer Aleshia Lonsdale and her work in the ‘West of Central’ exhibition at Bathurst Regional Art Gallery.

Aleshia Lonsdale’s ‘Disambiguation II’, 2023, is coming to life at BRAG! For the artist, ‘place’ is grounded in the very earth of Country in her sand painting, charting sixty-five thousand years of Aboriginal custodianship to the present.
Head to the gallery Tues-Fri 10am-5pm, and Sat-Sun 10am-2pm to see Aleshia’s work continue to grow in the space.

Home to an increasing cohort of contemporary artists and creatives seeking connection, respite, and balance, regional Australia is a place where artists have space to create, experiment, respond and challenge. This exhibition showcases the work of 17 regionally based artists who choose to make work on Wiradjuri Country in the Central Tablelands of NSW.

Of primary concern is the impact of man-made and climactic events on the ecologies and landscape of the region. A chaptered exhibition, to recur over multiple iterations, it celebrates artists who choose to live and work regionally, beyond an urban-centric ‘centre’ and in so doing resituate the regional as a core tenet of their practice.

From the Blue Mountains to Mudgee, Bathurst to Hill End and their surrounds, West of Central featured artists include Aleshia Lonsdale, Anne Graham, Bill Moseley, Blak Douglas, Caitlin Graham, Georgina Pollard, Genevieve Carroll, Dan Kojta, Jason Wing, Joyce Hinterding and David Haines, June Golland, Karla Dickens, Leo Cremonese, Maddison Gibbs, Nicole Welch, and Vicky Browne.

Images: Aleshia Lonsdale, ‘Disambiguation II’ (detail), 2023, sand timber, salt, ochre, 400 x 400 x 14 cm, in West of Central, Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, 1 July – 27 August 2023. Photos: Joel Tonks