Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Hill End bursting with finalists in art prizes this month!

HILL END is delivering snow, ice and rain, 
but between all these ephemeral elements this month, it's delivering something very special, we are very excited to announce the news.

This month we have 3 artists that are finalists in the Archibald and Wynne Prize at the NSW Art Gallery & 2 artists in the Blake Touring Prize, all prestigious Australian art prizes.

 They are Danelle Bergstrom of Arthouse Gallery with her portrait of artist Guy Warren.

Rosemary Valadon of  Spot81 Gallery with her portrait of Luke Sciberras titled 'The Scribbler'

 Luke Sciberras of King Street Gallery with his landscape painting for the Wynne Prize titled Buffalo country, Katherine NT.

Bill Moseley of Hill End Press and artist Joanna Logue of King Street Gallery, who has been a recipient of the Bathurst Regional Art Gallery Artist in Residence Program were finalists in their collaboration with 'Vol de Nuit' Tintype created at Hill End Press. This work was selected for the Blake Prize and has now been selected for the Blake Touring exhibition.

A big congratulations to you all.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

HILL END PRESS: Cool Burn exhibition - Ancient light.

HILL END PRESS: Cool Burn exhibition - Ancient light.:
C O O L   B U R N   at the CORRIDOR project Curated by Phoebe Cowdery and Aleisha Lonsdale ARTIST PROFILE -  htt...

A r t i s t s

Aleisha Lonsdale, Rebecca Dowling, Genevieve Carroll, Nyree Reynolds, Irene Ridgeway, Phoebe Cowdery, Jo Marais, Heather Vallance, Bill Moseley, Dianne Nicholls, Marda Nichols 

Leaving Sydney airport to fly to Cairns.

Bill Moseley amongst the Cool Burns - Laura

Old Mapoon -Fire - Earth - Water

Termites and bullseyes

Road kill on menus
Cool Burn fire rings and dingo's howling.
Aleshia Lonsdale - Installation
Bill Moseley - Photogravure

Bill Moseley  Ambrotype & photogravure
Heather Vallance Works on paper

Heather Vallance

Heather Vallance
Dianne Nicholls - Old Mapoon

Irene Ridgeway installation

Nyree Reynolds

Rebecca Dowling - Ceramics

Phoebe Cowdery - Painting

Jo Marais - Sculpture

Genevieve Carroll installation

Phoebe Cowdery and Genevieve Carroll

the CORRIDOR project
Our trip was sponsored by
the CORRIDOR project
Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife
Mapoon Land and Sea Rangers
Cowra Council
Kanangra = Boyd to Wyangala Link  

Sunday, March 13, 2016

HILL END ARTS COUNCIL: Mark a date in the diaries! Open House Day Hill En...

HILL END ARTS COUNCIL: Mark a date in the diaries! Open House Day Hill En...: Just imagine….then and now…. As the autumn leaves start tumbling down it is time to once again head to Hill End’s Open Day on...

Mark a date in the diaries! Open House Day Hill End

Just imagine….then and now….

As the autumn leaves start tumbling down it is time to once again head to Hill End’s Open Day on Sunday 10 April.  
A number of the villagers are throwing open their homes, their school, their hall, their church and their studios to allow you to peek inside and see how they now live, work and play in an historic gold town. 

Imagine the town as it was….and then see the buildings now. 
Most of the buildings open for viewing were constructed between the 1870s and the 1900s and have seen generations of families through their doors. Some were almost in ruins when they were lovingly “adopted” by people with a passion and on Open Day they wish to share this with you. Many years of painstaking restoration and preservation (and never mind the dollars!) have gone into conserving these buildings as useful and comfortable dwellings. 

They are not museums, they are everyday buildings, still being used for their intended purposes and now all the more treasured for being so. Some have the “mod cons” but these are skilfully integrated into an eclectic environment where they seem right at home. “Why didn’t I think of that?” will be your constant comment.

What will you see? Well, remember your school days, come and visit our school and see how education has changed in an electronic environment yet still retains an historic link to a school that was built in 1872. A church with no electricity? – not a problem, Ted lights the myriad of kerosene lanterns that add a reverent atmosphere to an evening ecumenical service. A cottage with the bathroom “out the back” means that it is a place to escape to and relax in a lingering tub. Leave the mobile phone on the dining room table; it probably won’t work out there anyway! 
View the family portraits in the Royal Hall and watch out as their eyes follow you around the room…Visit the artists who have given up city life for a brief tree change to absorb the creative atmosphere once enjoyed by Donald Friend, Margaret Olley and many others.  Wander down the streets that will be alive with autumn colour. Don’t forget your camera and a good pair of walking shoes. 
This is your opportunity to speak to these people, who are proud of their village, in a relaxed friendly atmosphere and ask them the questions that have surely arisen as you wander around town. Volunteers will be available at all venues to guide you to your next place of exploration. C’mon in!



MURRAYS COTTAGE - Bathurst Regional Art Gallery Residency

ENGLISH COTTAGE - Home of Hill End Press


HAEFLIGERS COTTAGE - Bathurst Regional Art Gallery Residency






FOR BOOKINGS: To experience this great day out on Sunday 10 April 2016 are essential and can be made by phoning 

(02) 6337 8306 



Registration and payment is at the Royal Hall in Beyers Avenue, next to the Royal Pub.

Cost: $25.00 per person/$18.00 concession. 
(Sorry, cash only on the day)

Further publicity details from Kim Deacon  Phone:(02) 6337 8306 or email

Thursday, March 3, 2016

COMING EXHIBITION: Collaboration with Archibald prize winner painter John Beard and master printer Bill Moseley - Raft of the Medusa

As William Wright explained in 2014 “John (Beard) is a painter ... who you need to find, you need to discover. I have been watching over the years you get this sense of looking ... over time, you see it takes on another dimension. John is an artist like that.”
Kon Gouriotus, Profile magazine February 2016

A response from Barry Pearce, former Head Of Australian Art AGNSW

John's vision of The Raft of the Medusa allows one to inhabit the horrifying, almost uninhabitable Romantic grandeur of the great masterpiece and comprehend its powerful beauty better. No mean feat.

I recalled the Kenneth Clark passage regarding Velasquez when standing in front of your panels based on The Raft of the Medusa; thinking about Manet looking at Velasquez and how his revelation of the Spanish master's texture, yet reining in the energy of execution with hard borders had such a quintessential influence of the modern movement in France ( a bit like Delacroix's response to Constable I suppose).

I think in your own way you too are looking to unravel the mystery of these great masterpieces but you secure the vision through a delicate system of tessellated marks, a process of engagement in your own language which is totally legitimate. Further, you seem to transmute an overpowering Romantic statement into something intimate. Quite miraculous really, like climbing inside and being caressed and absorbed by Gericault's neurones. Kenneth clark regarding Velasquez....

Kenneth Clark......One should be content to accept it without question, but one cannot look for long at Las Meninas without wanting to find out how it is done. I remember that when it hung in Geneva in 1939 I used to go very early in there morning, before the gallery was open, and try to stalk it, as if it were really alive. (This is impossible in the Prado, where the hushed and darkened room in which it hangs is never empty.) I would start from as far away as I could, when the illusion was complete, and come gradually nearer, until suddenly what had been a hand, and a ribbon, and a piece of silver, dissolved into a salad of beautiful brush strokes. I thought I might learn something if I could catch the moment at which this transformation took place, but it proved to be as elusive as the moment between waking and sleeping.

Kenneth Clark

Looking at pictures

London, John Murray 1960 pp 36-37 and sleeping

Photogravure etching from John Beard’s painting After The Raft of the Medusa ( in collaboration with Bill Moseley )

In collaboration with Bill Moseley, artist and master printer, the exhibition includes two editions of photogravure copper plate etchings ( one in red the other in black ) and a unique state ‘ambrotype’ consisting of 24 glass panels.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

HILL END PRESS: Tin type workshops - Book Now Open!

HILL END PRESS: Tin type workshops - Book Now Open! HILL END PRESS   at the Workshop Arts Centre Ewart Gallery 33 Laurel Street, Willoughby NSW ENROL NOW for the  TIN TYP...

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Mark Booth finalist in two major Australian sculpture prizes.

Sculptor Mark Booth
Hill End artist Mark Booth is creating and gathering momentum with his intriguing organic sculpture with flying colours. A finalist in two prestigious art prizes, The inaugural Tom Bass Prize which is the first national Australian art prize for figurative sculpture.and the Sculpture at Scenic World, Blue Mountains.

The Tom Bass Prize will be held at the Juniper Hall , 250 Oxford Street Paddington Exhibition from the 4th March - 20th March 2016. Open Wednesday - Sunday, 10.00am - 5.00pm.  

The prize features 38 artists from across Australia which will exhibit a broad range of sculpture from representational, abstract, innovative and contemporary, all inspired by the human form.

The second exhibition is at Scenic World located on the corner of Violet Street and Cliff Drive, Katoomba in Australia's World Heritage - listed Blue Mountains. The exhibition will be in the rainforest with world class sculptures and held over 30 days from April 8 - May 8.

Artist's statement
Sculptures made from PVC pipe elbows combine to create infinite knots, which, although non-objective, reference the organic. Their modular components suggest a repetition of form, but each is unique in its arrangement, reflecting the freeform process of assembly. Achieved through the use of pattern, light, and scale, camouflage can change the perception of form by making it disappear or change shape. A natural phenomenon, it can be adopted to disguise man-made forms and blend them into their surroundings. This transformation of artificial into organic, disintegration of form, and the obfuscation of an object, are concerns for the artist.


To see more of Mark's sculpture go to