Tuesday, August 28, 2012
On the road to Hill End
I'm in a packing frenzy getting ready for my artist in residence at Haefliger's cottage in Hill End. So looking forward to a month of focused work in a different environment.
If you are in the Bathurst region on Sunday 16th September, please come along to The Hill End Artists Open Studio Day. Many of the Hill End resident artists will have their studios open on the day along with the two residency cottages managed by BRAG. You can read more information here.
Hill End has a long and rich history, from gold mining town to artists haven, and although many people I have spoken to are unfamiliar with the name Hill End, they tend to recognise many of the iconic Australian paintings from the late 1940's which feature the town. You can read a more indepth history here. And a more recent magazine article featuring images of Haefliger's cottage can be seen here. Or you might like to read Julie Ryder's post about her journey to Hill End as an artist in residence in 2009.
I'm excited to see what I find in this place, which will be very different to the coastal environments I have focused on for the past few years.
The Hill End Artists in Residence Program aims to provide an opportunity for creative development and is managed by Bathurst Regional Art Gallery in partnership with the Parks Services Division, Department of Environment and Climate Change. The program receives funding support from the NSW Ministry for the Arts. I would like to gratefully acknowledge the generous support made possible by a funded residency grant from Bathurst Regional Art Gallery.