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Regional Arts Development Central West NSW

Touring Plinth Show showcases regional artists

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Daily throughout June 2024, Forbes. Work by Wiradjuri artist Ronda Sharpe will show at Forbes Visitor Information Centre in a new regional program.

Arts OutWest’s Plinth Show will highlight a different artist, with their work displayed on portable plinths, at a different visitor information centre around the Central West each month for 12 months. Forbes is the first exhibition. The shows also cross-promote the Culture Maps Central NSW website.

The 3D woven works of Parkes-based Wiradjuri artist Ronda Sharpe intertwines a visual narrative of languages, culture, and traditional artefact forms. Her environmental arts practice combines the use of repurposed mediums with natural fibres.

See it daily for all of June at Forbes Visitor Information Centre.

The Forbes leg of the Plinth Show is one of four new art exhibitions that celebrate 50 years of arts and cultural development in the Central West. The others will show at the start of June at Forbes Town Hall and St Andrews Hall.

Arts OutWest, the peak arts body and regional arts development organisation for the NSW Central West, celebrates 50 years in 2024. Over half a century we have been committed to promoting, facilitating, educating and advocating for arts and cultural development.

More about Plinth Show

#1 Plinth Show: Ronda SharpE

Works in this exhibition:

Woven basket long and short weave, 2023
Raffia, emu feathers. 28cm x 27cm x 5cm.
When I weave my body relaxes and falls into a rhythm that connects me to my ancestors and gives me a strong sense of belonging. To honour and respect our traditional weaving practices and fibre art artefacts that represent our survival and strength, I continue to learn and connect to community and share my knowledge, for our future elders. I originally learnt to weave by observing Wiradjuri and First
Nations weavers and through participating in weaving and yarning circles. I also researched fibre art in my academic studies and continue to visit galleries, connect with fibre artist, experiment, and practice, to gain ongoing skills.

Gulaman (coolamon) random woven weave, 2017
Hand spun wool, natural fibres, string, data, electrical cables, wire, orange plastic tape. 45cm x 27cm x 11cm.
My choice of mediums includes discarded data cables to represents the reconfiguring of our current fast-paced lifestyle and use of high tech, technological tools that allows us to connect and tell stories instantly and globally. The use of fluorescent orange plastic is a narrative that connects to the environmental issues of discarded plastic. The use of fencing mesh indicates the barriers that were
used to keep Australian Aboriginal people locked up in the missionaries and reserves, and prohibited them from connecting to their land, cultures, and families.

Gulaman (coolamon) ceramic & woven, 3 rivers, 2022
Clay, ceramic oxides, glaze, raffia, emu feathers. 36cm x 20cm x 8cm.
The Gulaman (coolamon) was traditionally a versatile tool that was carved from the bark of trees know as a scarred tree, to form a curved tray or bowl and was used predominately used by the women for carrying, babies collecting, storing seeds, grains, and berries. Bruce Pascoe has researched how Wiradjuri people use coolamons to actively management of resources by carrying fish and yabbies over great distances to stock their new waterholes.

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