Gallery: River Arts Festival
Steven and Aleshia from the Arts OutWest team with Ro Burns from Forbes curated and installed the FLOW Gallery at the River Arts Festival Forbes in June.
Arts OutWest also hosted the Art Huddle event at the opening of the exhibition on Friday June 14 which was a great networking opportunity and a chance for some of the exhibiting artists to talk about their works.
About the festival
- The 2019 Kalari Lachlan River Arts Festival kicked off on Thursday 13 June with a special screening of Island of the Hungry Ghosts at the Forbes Services Memorial Club. The movie was specially selected for screening by festival director Rob Shannon. A hybrid documentary that moves between nature’s migrations and the chaotic and tragic migration of the humans, which is in constant metamorphoses by the unseen decision-making structures. This international award winning film, has been written and directed by Gabrielle Brady who was born in Bathurst.
- The FLOW River Arts Festival exhibition was curated Ro Burns, festival curator and Steven Cavanagh from Arts OutWest. Together they transformed the Forbes Town Hall and adjoining St Andrews Presbyterian Church into the FLOW Contemporary Art Gallery. Arts Outwest hosted the festival Arts Huddle in the space on Friday night which was moderated by Tracey Callinan. Artists Walter Breceley, Lucy Vader, Steven Cavanagh, Kathryn Lewis, Pol Cruz, Ronda Sharpe and Rosie Johnston spoke about their work and arts practice and let the conversations flow on to exploring the future for arts and cultural growth in the region. There was a terrific turn out for this opening event with an enthusiastic and engaged audience.
- Poetry Slammers headed into Forbes to present their words at the festival in the intimate spoke’n word space on Saturday.
- The River Arts Festival Suitcase Forage was held along the Harold Street footpath of Victoria Park. Suitcase Forage stallholders were selling handmade arts and crafts, second hand and vintage/retro items.
- There was drumming in Victoria Park led by festival director and Bathurst local, Rob Shannon. The community enjoyed fabulous food vans and installations through the park.
- St Andrews Presbyterian Church was home to a moving image by Kathryn Lewis and choirs and musicians.
- The Festival Club at the Forbes Services Memorial Club provided live music on Saturday night with acts by Georgia Sideris, Lucy Simmons and Lily Gafferny.
- The arts program continued on Sunday with the OverFLOW Open Studio Arts Trail. This event involved local artists opening their art studios in Forbes and Parkes.
- Huge thanks to all the many artists, Elders, painters, sculptors, designers, musicians, dancers, poets, story tellers, language teachers, drummers, food stalls, market stalls, volunteers and the amazing community of Forbes.
Here’s some pictures from the contemporary art exhibition installed in the Forbes Town Hall and neighboring church and the Art Huddle event: