It was a night of celebration, fun and entertainment, as 800 people attended the Tremain’s Light Bazaar on Saturday night.
And while Greg Hyde received the top award, claiming the inaugural Tremain Heritage Art Prize for his work Bathurst Panorama, Tremain’s Mill hosted some incredible light installations, roving performances, fire-breathers, musicians, artisan stallholders and a live artist painting on show.
Business development consultant Heath Smith said it was a fantastic night, with an amazing crowd.
“We had a lot of people there – 800 guests – on the night and everyone had a great time,” he said.
“There was a mix of different zones. We had the exhibition space, a food truck and bar pavilion, live music, comedians and musicians.
“There was lots of art space and lots of performances.
“To be honest, I think the crowd had an awesome time. I didn’t hear any negative feedback, with no issues.”
It was the first time the Light Bazaar has been held and while it the event will most likely be a one-off, the area at Tremain’s Mill will continued to be used to host unique events.
“Never do the same thing twice but at the same time, we’ll continue to use that event space to offer it as a space for really unique events,” Mr Smith said.
“We’re creating a retail, food, beverage and arts precinct and the old Bedwells place will be our event place.
“We certainty used the Light Bazaar to introduce that space and we will have other events in that space just Light Bazaar over and over again.”
Mr Smith said both the energy and the diverse crowd was the highlight of the night.
I think the crowd had an awesome time.Tremain’s Light Baazar's Heath Smith
“Everything from little kids to adults right through to their 80s, they all seemed to enjoy a great mix and buzzing atmosphere,” he said.
“It was inclusive not exclusive.
“They rugged up and got into the mood, the music, the visual art, the performance art and the exhibition.
“Everyone seemed to make use of all of the zones.”
First place in the open category for the Tremain Heritage Art Prize was awarded $4000 and $2000 each for the young artist prize and people’s choice award.
The judging panel was made up of Arts Out West executive officer Tracey Cullinan, artist Nicole Welch, performance artist and producer Kate Smith and Bathurst Regional Art Gallery director Sarah Gurich.