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Regional Arts Development Central West NSW

CASP Stories: China Painting in Condobolin


Responding to requests in their community Lachlan Arts Council ran a specialised, multi-generational workshop in china painting.

China Painting is an artform that had been popular in the region amongst an older group of artists. The workshop was a chance to introduce new, younger artists to the form in a multi-generational way.

In September 2023 they held a two day workshop with Sarah O’Sullivan from Lithgow. There were 3 sections: Junior, Beginner and Advanced with 22 participants overall.

The activity built on an existing interest in china painting alongside the ceramics equipment Lachlan Arts Council (including their kiln). In a previous CASP funded activity LAC set up a regular pottery group in Condobolin.

“This workshop has expanded the numbers of people who are now attending on a regular basis. This workshop also gave young people the opportunity to explore the various aspects of an old craft. They were able to create a piece of
art that could be fired in their own oven at home.” – Lachlan Arts Council

“The seniors were able to make a few things which were fired overnight and they could see the results of their work.” – Lachlan Arts Council

“The students were really pleased with their work and have gone onto submitting their work in the local agricultural show. We now have larger numbers in the group.” – Lachlan Arts Council

“Living in a remote village is very difficult to find tutors who will travel to us. This was amazing and we will try to get Sarah again.” –  Lachlan Arts Council

“The only difficulty was trying to fire all of the pieces in the kiln.” –  Lachlan Arts Council

This activity was funded by the NSW Government’s Country Arts Support Program, a devolved funding program managed in the NSW Central West by Arts OutWest.

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