Sunday, February 7, 2016

Australian artists self portraits at The Yellow House.


Self portraits on paper 

A gala auction event will be held at

The Yellow House

59 Macleay Street
Potts Point

11 - 17 March 2016

Hours 11.00am  -  6.00pm

These unique works will be auctioned on the evening of the 17th of March at 7.00pm
by renowned auctioneer
Andrew Shapiro

All proceeds go towards scholarships and grants to support young, creative talent on the NSW Central Coast.

View exhibition online at

The foundation is extremely grateful to the artists for their participation and generosity.

The exhibition is proudly supported by
Arthouse Gallery | Australian Galleries | Defiance Gallery | King Street on William | Liverpool Street Gallery | Martin Browne Contemporary | Olsen Irwin Gallery | Utopia Art Sydney | Watters Gallery


Jason Benjamin
Jo Bertini
Tom Carment
Kevin Connor
Lucy Culliton
Elisabeth Cummings
Peter Godwin
Richard Goodwin
Nicholas Harding
Alan Jones
Peter Kingston
Ildiko Kovacs
Euan Macleod
Guy Maestri
Robert Malherbe
Angus Nivison
Charmaine Pike
Rodney Pople
Ben Quilty
Wendy Sharpe
Emma Walker
Mirra Whale
John Wolsely

Curated by Gavin Wilson

Artist Rebecca Wilson's Kate Kelly book launched!

.....tells a tale of Kate Kelly's intriguing and tragic life. A resourceful, brave and talented woman, Kate played a big part in the legend of the Ned Kelly.

Kate Kelly adored her brothers and assisted them while they were hiding out, riding as a decoy and a messenger. She met with the Governor of Victoria and marched in the streets of Melbourne to try and to spare Ned Kelly's life. For a short time after Ned's death she travelled with her brother Jim and performed to huge crowds. They were shut down by the police and mocked in the press.

Kate lived out the last fourteen years of her life in Forbes. She married William "Bricky" Foster and they had six children but only three survived. She died under mysterious circumstances when she was only 36 years old. Missing for over a week, Kate's body was found in the lake in October, 1898. An inquest found that Kate had drowned but it was unclear how she ended up in the water.

This story is based on paintings and research conducted over five years by Hill End artist Rebecca Wilson whom grew up in Forbes NSW. This fresh approach to Kate Kelly's short but eventful life provides an exploration of facts, folklore and imaginings, as Kate's spirit remembers her life to us from the 'other side'.

This book is a great introduction to the life & times of Kate Kelly but also explains the wider Kelly story and can be enjoyed as a family or individually for adults and teenagers.

Books are available for $30.00 from:
Books Plus, Howick Street Bathurst.
Collins Booksellers, Summer Street Orange
Edgars Books & New, Murphy Street, Wangaratta

or contact Rebecca Wilson at

Limited edition prints are also available from the artist.
Unframed $280.00 Framed $450.00 

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Announcement: Bill Moseley and Joanna Logue are finalists in the prestigious Blake Prize 2016

Photographer Bill Moseley of Hill End Press and painter Joanna Logue of King Street Gallery are finalists with their tin type collaboration for the prestigious Blake Prize 2016. 

For more information on the Blake Art Prize go to

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
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