Monday, October 26, 2015

OPENING - COUNTRY & WESTERN -landscape re-imagined S.H.ERVIN Gallery

landscape re-imagined

A Perc Tucker Regional Gallery touring exhibition.
Curated by Gavin Wilson

To be be opened by Jack Thompson AM, legendary Australian actor
Thursday 29th October 

30th October - 6 December 2015

Rsvp essential phone 92580142 or

Entry by donation - proceeds assist the exhibition program.

Country & Western: landscape re-imagined is one of the most comprehensive and inclusive landscape exhibitions of recent times. With works by Paddy Bedford, Elisabeth Cummings, Tim Johnston, Emily Kngwarreye, Euan Macleod, Tracey Moffat, Mandy Martin, John Olsen, William Robinson, 
Ginger Riley, Rover Thomas,  John Wolseley and more, the exhibition brings into focus our evolving attitudes and perceptions of the national landscape over the past twenty five years. Conceived and assembled by curator Gavin Wilson. 

Gavin Wilson and Maggy Todd in partnership with Bathurst Regional Art Gallery set up the artist in residency program at Hill End with Murrays cottage and Haefligers cottage that has been successfully running for 20 years with artists coming from around Australia and internationally.



Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Friday, October 16, 2015

KIM DEACON - New installation performance

Hill End based musician, performer and artist Kim Deacon presents an installation based on the shipboard diary of Mary Maclan, a Scottish immigrant who settled in Hill End in the 1870's. The exhibition goes on display at the Jean Bellette Gallery from 20 November 2015 to the 24th January 2016.

The diary of Mary Maclean documents her passage to Sydney from Glasgow on The Africana in 1865. It was found through pure chance by a man walking his dog in Hill End in 1961. The dog chased a rabbit and disappeared into a thick canopy of undergrowth covering a derelict house. Inside this abandoned house was a wooden box. Inside the box: a diary.

Written while she sailed as a 3rd class steerage passenger aboard The Africana from Liverpool to Sydney in 1865, the diary gives a moving and detailed account of life at sea, and the insights of a young woman on the brink of a new life.

Mary married William Marchall of Marhcall's Rich Vein Gold Mining Company, Hill End, in 1873 and lived out the rest of her life at the 'Littlehouse' family home opposite Craigmoor, where they raised four sons.

A Storm at Sea will recreate the steerage accommodation of Mary Maclean through film, narrative and a soundscape featuring the windharp. Historically, the windharp was used by Greeks and Romans as they sailed off to war and a small harp or lyre would be placed at the bow of the ship, allowing the wind to play through the strings creating heavenly harmonic sounds which would bode them well in battle.

To create the windharp soundscape for A Storm At Sea, Kim Deacon records her harps on the lookouts of Hill End and the Lachlan Valley of Cowra to create a haunting harmonic sound field which will play throughout the installation.

Kim Deacon:  A Storm At Sea will be opened by artist John Firth-Smith on Friday 20 November, 5.30pm for 6pm speeches, at the Jean Bellette Gallery, Visitors Centre, Hill End.

OPENING: Friday 20 November 2015
EXHIBITION DATES: 20 November 2015 - 24 January 2016

Hill End Visitors Centre
High Street, Hill End.
Open 9.30am - 4.30pm daily
Closed for lunch 12.30pm - 1.30pm

Details can be seen on Kim Deacons facebook page

for her other coming performances go to the 


Full festival website

6,7,8th November 2015
Bathurst Goldfields
428 Conrad Straight
Wahluu -Mount Panarama
For BOOKINGS Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Danelle Bergstrom - Portia Geach Memorial Award finalist

Hill End artist Danelle Bergstrom's painting titled Centenary of Grace - Finalist for Portia Geach Memorial Prize.
It's a very exciting month in Hill End with the announcement of two Hill End artists as finalists for the Portia Geach Memorial Award. We have Rosemary Valadon her portrait of Hill End artist Genevieve Carroll and Danelle Bergstrom with Centenary of Grace.

This is a little insight into Danelle's portrait of Eileen Kramer of how the meeting of two creative minds inspired this well portrayed painting.

For Eileen, born in 1914, every day is a day to create. Her 76 year career as writer, dancer, painter, costume designer and choreographer began in 1939 with the Bodenwieser Ballet, one of Australia's first modern dance companies.

Last year she was honoured with a Lifetime achievement Award from the Arts Health Institute for whom she is now an official Ambassador.

First introductions to Eileen and her stimulating body of work, extended through mutual friend Jack Thompson, at the opening night of her latest work, a performance of the "The Early Ones" that she both choreographed and performed.

While researching for the portrait, I attended a dance and movement class held by Eileen with the intention to observe and sketch. However it proved difficult to be merely a spectator, being drawn into her graceful hypnotic movements. Enticed to participate, not necessarily following the graceful actions of the class, but eager to experience the rhythms, fluidity and elegance of the movements that Eileen expresses so naturally.

You can see more of Danelle Bergstroms evocative landscape paintings at her coming exhibition at
A R T H O U S E  G A L L E R Y


Friday, October 9, 2015

HILL END ARTS COUNCIL: Genevieve Carroll and Hui Selwood finalists in SCU...

Blossoming refugee by Genevieve Carroll
HILL END ARTS COUNCIL: Genevieve Carroll and Hui Selwood finalists in SCU...: For more information go to   Genevieve Carroll

Hui Selwood - Vortex at Sculpture in the Garden, Rosby Wines  Mudgee

Hill End artist DANELLE BERGSTROM - coming exhibition ART HOUSE Gallery

Danelle Bergstrom in her studio. Images courtesy of Country Style November issue and photographer Michael Wee.
Rekindle Oil on linen 61 x 61cm

Burning heart III, oil on linen, 92 x 92 cm

For more information on Hill End artist Danelle Bergstrom, COUNTRY STYLE magazine November issue has an insightful story and images on her art and home, in newsagents now and ARTHOUSE gallery

Thursday, October 8, 2015


English Cottages - Hill End Press



ADULTS $25.00

Register at the Royal Hall at 9.30am
(right next door to the pub)
Come visit our homes, gardens, courthouse, Royal Hall and our studios.
Enjoy Hill End's sublime tranquility as you stroll through
this captivating historic village,
Central Tablelands NSW.

For more details on our website

Bookings essential. Phone 02 6337 8306
or email 

Houses to be opened
Royal Hall
St Pauls Church
Craigmoor (separate entry fee)

Bathurst Regional Art Gallery
 will have their 2 cottages Murrays and Haefligers residency program open to check out where Margaret Olley, Donald Friend and Russell Drysdale created there art.
Haefligers where John Olsen, Jean Bellette,
 Paul Haefliger and Brett Whiteley were inspired.

Lapaloma pottery and Hill End Press will be opening the doors of their studios.

The Catholic Church will have the very talented Gwenda Davies
 from the Conservatorium of Music Bathurst playing her harp. 

To give you an idea of the unique and beautiful way we live in Hill End, several houses from Hill End are featured in Kara Rosenlunds exquisite new book called SHELTER on sale next week in bookstores nationally.

Images courtesy of Kara Rosenlund
Carvers Cottage, Hill End.
This very special event is sponsored by