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BIG QUESTIONS: Artist Chris McGirr surveys the recent past and looks to the near future in his new exhibition. Photo: MEGAN RAWLINGS
BIG QUESTIONS: Artist Chris McGirr surveys the recent past and looks to the near future in his new exhibition. Photo: MEGAN RAWLINGS

ART always has the potential to spark powerful conversations.

In his large shed-tuned-studio outside Bathurst, artist Chris McGirr pondered big themes around the current local and global socio-political tensions as he created pieces for his new exhibition Power And The Imperfect World.

Surveying the recent past and looking to the near future, raw, evocative landscapes and powerful iconography lead us through a meditation on the forces at play in a rapidly shifting climate.

Chris’ work draws on a variety of influences, with an emphasis on the expression of an emotional truth using landscape as metaphor.

This stunning new series opens Friday, April 21 at 6pm at t.arts Gallery (in the Coles arcade) and will run to May 5 (10am-5pm Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and 10am-2pm weekends).

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BACK by “popular demand”, The End Festival of arts, culture and heritage in Hill End this weekend will be a mix of art forms and entertainment as fittingly eclectic as the gold rush town’s own history.

Highlights will include ticketed bluegrass and cabaret shows on Friday and Saturday, great music acts including All Our Exes Live in Texas (who I saw in Queensland last year and are wonderful), The Morrisons and Green Mohair Suits and other great musicians from Bathurst and Orange.

There will be local food and drink; a rare trades demo from craftspeople working with traditional techniques in furniture, leather and wood; and an exhibition curated by Bathurst Regional Art Gallery.

The festival will be held from Friday, April 21 from 7-10pm, Saturday from 11am-1pm and Sunday from 10am-4pm.

See The End Festival Facebook page for the full program.

Also this week

AUSTRALIA’S most acclaimed international violinist Ian Cooper is joined by opera stars, prima ballerinas, Australia’s current champion Pipe Band and the Blue Danube Orchestra to evoke the sheer exuberance of An Afternoon At The Proms - A Musical Spectacular.

It will be performed on Saturday, April 22 at 2pm at Orange Civic Theatre and on Sunday, April 23 at 2pm at Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre.

Join BooksPlus and renowned journalist and author Nikki Gemmell, talking about her memoir, After, a moving account of her mother’s euthanasia death, next Monday, April 24 at The Oxford.