Contemporary artists granted access to an iconic site

IN TOUCH: Wendy Murray' work 'Ink and Gouache' on museum board. She is a street artist and print maker. Photo: SUPPLIED
IN TOUCH: Wendy Murray' work 'Ink and Gouache' on museum board. She is a street artist and print maker. Photo: SUPPLIED

TERRESTRIAL viewpoint, exploitation of the land, first-generation migrant women, confrontation with the unknown, commodity exchange, the frontier wars, weatherboards, corrugated iron and bricks.

These are a sample of ideas the artists in the 2018 Hill End Artist in Residence Program (Hill End AIR) will investigate in their residency and reveals how rich and complex the site of Hill End is.

The Hill End AIR Program, managed by Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, has played an important role in ensuring that contemporary artists have access to this iconic Australian site.

Since its inception in 1994, over 300 artists from across Australia and the world have participated in the program.

In 2018, 19 artists will stay in Hill End coming from as far afield as the UK and France and working across an array of mediums including painting, drawing, bronze cast, text, sculpture, installation and new media.

The artists range from recent graduates of art school to emerging and mid-career artists.

For most, this will be the first time visiting Hill End as an Artist in Residence.

But it will be a return for a few, including Cindy Chen who will develop experimental drawing, video and sound works at Golden Gully, and Wendy Murray, a street artist and print maker, who will work with the Hill End Press to create a new book.

A first in the 2018 program will be the inaugural recipient of the French Artist in Residence (FAR) program jointly co-ordinated by BRAG and the French Consulate in Sydney.

This program offers a French artist a residency in Hill End for six weeks.

This is an exciting development for BRAG and Hill End, forging a cultural link between France and the Bathurst region.

For more information about the Hill End AIR Program visit www.hillendart.com.au.

New exhibitions

TWO new exhibitions at Bathurst Regional Art Gallery were officially opened on Friday night.

Oberon artist Harrie Fasher’s monumental sculpture The Last Charge captures the raw emotion of the last charge of the Light Horse at the Battle of Beersheba on October 31, 1917.

This powerful and terrifying vision of cavalry in full flight evokes the roar and chaos of battle, and the indefatigable bond between horse and rider.

And Derek Kreckler: Accident & Process brings together 50 years of the artist’s oeuvre encompassing photography, video, installation and performance documentation. Both exhibitions run until April 2.