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ARTIST PROFILES
Meet the artists facilitating the Virtual Art Snacks program

Profiles of our facilitating artists.

Cath MCNamara
Cath McNamara is an independent theatre performer living on Wiradjuri land. Cath graduated from the University of Wollongong B.A. Performance in 2015. From 2015-2020, she collaborated with erth Visual and Physical Inc. touring the interactive children’s show ‘Prehistoric Aquarium’ throughout regional Australia, Auckland, USA, and Abu Dhabi. Cath has worked on many dance/physical theatre projects, including ‘Tangi Wai: the cry of water’ by Victoria Hunt (Performance Space, 2015), and ‘Throne of Thorns’ by Norzizi Zulkifli (ASWARA Kuala Lumpur, 2017). She facilitates all-abilities performance workshops for Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre, and Arts OutWest. She is also a drag king: the NSW Central West’s very own ‘Clint Taurus’.
Ro Burns
Rosalie Burns previously from Forbes, is a Visual artist. Creating art with the ‘refound’. Instagram
“In Art Snacks visual arts we will firstly look at different images of art, both historical and contemporary and have an informal chat (and laughs) sharing what we can see.  Then we will respond to these artworks by making our own art following a suggested process. The artworks created will be celebrated, but it is the power of connecting through the arts which brings the greatest rewards”.
Rob Shannon
Rob Shannon from Bathurst is a world-renowned gypsy jazz guitarist, educator and the Director of the bi-annual Kalari  River Arts Festival, Forbes. Rob’s experience as a community facilitator, draws on his musically diverse creative background in drumming that includes a tabla tutelage in India during the 1990sm, international touring with Arabesk and jazz trio The Straight-Backed Fellows, Bathurst Winter Festival, and Cabaret Kite at Bathurst memorial Entertainment Centre.
Rebecca Wilson

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 Mcarthy

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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Bio to come
Abby Smith

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

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.

IMAGE: Ro Burns in person at Oberon MPS. Photo: Neil from Cazeil Creative.
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