Profiles of our facilitating artists.
Rebecca Wilson. B.A (Fine Art), M.A (Fine Arts). Rebecca is an author, visual artist, and podcaster from Hill End. Rebecca was a finalist in the Blake Prize for Religious Art (2001 and -7) and toured with the Blake Tour (2001-2). Her investigation into Australian myths and icons such as Ned Kelly led her to generate an extensive body of work across artforms (from 2010-2021). Including, Kate Kelly: The true story Ned Kelly’s little sister, Kate Kelly: Sister of an Outlaw (2015), narrative paintings and graphic book exhibited in Leichhardt, Blackheath, Bathurst, Hill End, Orange, Grenfell and Forbes River Arts Festival, and Wangarrata in Victoria. She was guest speaker at London’s Central Library (2018) about her Kate Kelly research, and recorded podcasts with London artists. Rebecca’s narrative works and accompanying book A Portrait of Landscape and Time in Hill End, (2019—2019) toured Leichhardt Library, Grenfell Art Gallery and Gang Gang Gallery and Bathurst Regional Art Gallery. In 2021 The Kate Kelly Collection was exhibited at Gang Gallery.
Cate McCarthy has exhibited extensively in Australia and overseas in solo and group exhibitions, is a member of 2+2=5 ongoing arts collaboration with 4 women artists. Community Arts projects include working in NSW and QLD at Indigenous communities, working with people with a disability, carers, refugees, arts workers and Arts Outwest , Art & Health and small schools program. Teaching positions at male and female Correctional Centres & Nepean Tafe Art and Design. Artist in residence at Moorambilla Festival of New Australian Music and Hildegard Project Gosford Anglican Church. Cate wrote and directed site specific performance work ‘on becoming a witch ‘ in 2012 and ‘Mimulis’ in Lismore , a multi arts performance work. She designed and directed Lorca’s play ‘The Butterfly’s Evil Spell’. Sets and costumes for this were exhibited at Gold Coast City Art Gallery. Cate is also a singer , songwriter who plays guitar and banjo , she has toured Australia and continues to play at festivals and venues around Australia.
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Abby Smith is a central west based professional singer/songwriter, recording artist, gigging musician, and educator. She has been writing songs since her twenties and playing and recording music for the past two decades, as a solo act, backing singer, and as part of touring band Smith & Jones, a folk/alt act with three albums under their belt.
As well as being a professional artist, Abby has also worked extensively in the local arts sector as a choir leader, workshop facilitator, mentor, and teacher.
Her passions revolve around bringing music to the wider community, working with diverse groups within the disability sector, and mental health organisations such as Headspace.
Nyree Reynolds is an Aboriginal woman of the Wiradjuri Nation, and a multi-award winning visual artist, teacher and Wiradjuri language speaker. Nyree’s work features in collections in Australia, Germany, U.S, Switzerland, Hong Kong , New Zealand, Canada and the U.K. Three time winner of the Mil-Pra Aboriginal Art Award, five time finalist in the NSW Parliamentary Aboriginal Art Prize. Part her art practice is to paint the Aboriginal children of the Stolen Generations blending into the landscape, their own Country from which they were removed. Her hope is that when people view my work they will leave with a new understanding of people who have been taken away from their family, home and Country. That they are real people with real stories to be told.
The group Choreography session at the end was great again. It works as a fun way to come together and also try to end with a smile. This week we were inspired by the Quick Step (Bob* from Baradine’s suggestion) and everyone appeared to enjoy the music and laughed at me being introduced to these dances that a lot of them used to do in their youth. “We just did it. YES, it was quick!” said the women at Nyngan. I think this dual-pathway of learning (where it is evident that I am picking up things from them too) is positive for all” – Cath McNamara, movement facilitator