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‘There Is No Lead Mine Here’ by The Lawson Creek Arts Fellowship

Sat 7 October - Sun 19 November

19 artists from Central Western NSW have banded together to present There is No Lead Mine Here, an exhibition at WAYOUT Artspace in Kandos (7 Oct – 9 Nov) exploring the anxieties, impacts and consequences of having a large scale open cut silver mine approved within kilometres of your community. Inspired by the recent approval of Bowens Silver Mine, just 2k from the village of Lue and within 20k of the townships of Mudgee, Kandos, Rylstone and Gulgong, the artists have been asked to make work that speaks to the costs that our society incurs as we exploit and extract the resources necessary to our prosperity: costs which are often unfairly shouldered by the communities that exist where these extractions take place.

While the mining company is vocal in the promotion of its claims that the mine will be safe, that it has a social licence and that it will have minimal impact on the health, economy and environment of the area surrounding it, those who question these claims are often not heard. The 19 artists exhibiting in “There is No Lead Mine Here” have each made work relating to the experience of suddenly realising that your way of life, the health of your community, and your environment are suddenly under threat by the powerful economic and governmental forces that go into the approval of major industrial developments.

Rylstone based artist Gus Armstrong, who organised the exhibition, said “I knew we had to do something and so I reached out to my fellow artists and community members to invite them to have a say, to talk together about what this very frightening development meant to us as a community. This process seemed to happen with such a sense of inevitability, as though the system was designed to overlook the risks to the community. This experience isn’t exclusive to the artists or even just the farmers, but everyone thinks about it, even if in the end they might see the economic benefits of the mine. This is our opportunity to talk about these huge changes we are facing and the powerlessness we feel in the face of them.”

Exhibiting artists: Jo Albany, Gus Armstrong, Terry Burrows, Blak Douglas, Maddison Gibbs, Aleshia Lonsdale, Christine McMillan, Maddison O’Brien, Michael Petchkovsky, Georgie Polard, Andrew Robards, Henry Simmons, Lulu Wulf, Emma Syme, Peter Swain, Leanne Wicks, Julie Williams, Jason Wing, Alex Wisser

There is No Lead Mine Here will open with drinks and talks on Saturday 7 October, 4pm at WAYOUT Artspace, 71 Angus Avenue, Kandos.


Sat 7 October
Sun 19 November
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Gus Armstrong


WAYOUT ArtSpace, Kandos
71 Angus St
Kandos, NSW Australia
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