Broken Hill’s award-winning artist Jodi Daley completes murals honouring Milparinka’s history – ABC News

Milparinka may only have one pub, but its rich history of Indigenous life, gold mining, and cameleers is now celebrated in a mural that took outback artist Jodi Daley seven years to complete.

The artwork, now on display at the Milparinka Albert Goldfields Mining Heritage Precinct, celebrates the area’s history through to today’s pastoral era.

The former Outback Art Prize winner and Archibald finalist said it took seven years to complete the murals.

The mural pays tribute to Milparinka’s rich and varied history from First Nation’s people to present day.(Supplied: Jodi Daley)

The precinct received a small grant to fund the project as part of the New South Wales Government’s $5 million Far West attraction project.

Art honours those who called Corner Country home

Daley worked closely with Milparinka Heritage and Tourism Association president Ruth Sandow to use images of real people who lived on the land as inspiration for the piece.

Artist Jodi Daley took inspiration from original photos of the early miners who worked and lived on the land.(Supplied: Ruth Sandow)

“But also, the beauty of that and the reasons why everyone was going out there and the history that we find when we look back.”

Swaggies walked with nothing but a bed roll on their back and a billy tin for hot tea.(Supplied: Jodi Daley)

A smaller mural inspired by an old photo of the early settlers was featured on the outside wall of the precinct.

Ms Sandow said Daley’s work delivered the precinct’s vision of showcasing the timeline of human involvement in the landscape.

“Jodi has deep roots in this country, and I think she was the perfect choice to do the mural for us,” Ms Sandow said.

The mural includes the families of pastoralists who work on the land today.(Supplied: Jodi Daley)

‘A perfect historic timeline’

Some of the artist’s understanding of Milparinka’s history came from her own family ties to the area.

“I’ve really connected to the place and the wider area.”

She said, while the artwork focused on the area’s Indigenous history, it reminded viewers of the often forgotten story of the Afghan cameleers’ involvement in helping build and connect regional Australia.

Early settlers used camels to help build and connect regional Australia.(Supplied: Ruth Sandow)

Broken Hill was famous for its silver, lead and zinc deposits, but the region’s rich mining history extended much further into the Far West.

The Albert Goldfields Region was a gold mining hub in the late 19th and early 20th century.

Hundreds of Chinese and European miners endured extreme food and water shortages from working and living so remotely.

New visitors discovering Far West

The main mural spanning 14 metres long and nearly 2 metres high is currently on display inside the precinct, but will eventually be installed on the outside of the building.

Ms Sandow said the image would be highly visible from the road coming into Milparinka.

The murals are currently on display inside the Milparinka Heritage Precinct but will soon be mounted to the outside of the building.(Supplied: Jodi Daley)

“The storyline will wrap around the long and short side of the shed,” Ms Sandow said.

Ms Sandow said more people had visited the area since COVID-19 put a halt to international travel.

“There has been a lot of visitation from people who may not ever have come out this way before but are discovering it’s a wonderful, accessible part of Australia,” she said.

Daley said she was excited for the mural to have its own impact on visitors and the local community.

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UWA’s Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery reopens… – Have a Go News

The Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery at The University of Western Australia has announced it will reopen on Saturday 29 August with the premiere of two new major exhibitions exploring queer history and culture. 

HERE&NOW20: Perfectly Queer is a showcase of new work by eight multidisciplinary queer artists from Western Australia, and A Sorrowful Act: The Wreck of the Zeewijk is an examination of the first recorded moment in European queer history in Australia by artist Drew Pettifer.

Curated by Perth-based artist and emerging curator Brent Harrison, HERE&NOW20: Perfectly Queer will examine the ways that queer artists draw on history and their own lived experiences to create artwork that reflects on what it means to be queer. 

It will feature work by a diverse group of contemporary artists including Benjamin Bannan, Nathan Beard, Janet Carter, Lill Colgan, Jo Darbyshire, Brontë Jones, Andrew Nicholls and Colin Smith. 

The exhibition is part of the Gallery’s annual HERE&NOW series, which is devoted to showcasing contemporary art practice in Western Australia and is curated by each year by an emerging curator, appointed to offer fresh insight and perspective on the field. 

Curator Brent Harrison said the exhibition was a wonderful opportunity to contribute to the professional practice of local queer artists.

“In addition to supporting local queer artists, the exhibition will also open a dialogue with Perth communities about the experiences of queer people and the issues we face,” Mr Harrison said.

A Sorrowful Act: The Wreck of the Zeewijk is a new solo exhibition by Victorian artist and academic Drew Pettifer that focuses on the 1727 sodomy trial following the shipwreck of the Zeewijk off the coast of Western Australia in the Albrolhos.

Arguably the first recorded moment in European queer history in Australia, the trial resulted in the sentencing of two young ship’s mates to death by marooning on separate nearby islands.

Artist Drew Pettifer said that examining the trial and events surrounding it offered the opportunity to explore the relationship between history and the present day.

“History is always constructed in the present moment through the stories we tell ourselves about ourselves. Revealing alternative histories allows us to rethink our present and imagine new futures,” Dr Pettifer said.

The exhibition builds on a broader investigation within Pettifer’s work that explores hidden queer histories through archival art practices. It will feature new work in photography, video, audio and installation.

Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery Director Professor Ted Snell said the upcoming season of exhibitions would shine a light on important and timely issues.  

“We are delighted to be presenting such a rich program that will allow us to explore in-depth some of these issues with our audiences and to continue to support the excellent work of contemporary Australian artists,’ Professor Snell said.

HERE&NOW20 and A Sorrowful Act will remain on show until 5 December 2020. From 29 August, visitors to the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery will also have the opportunity to view (Un)ladylike Acts: Recent Acquisitions from the Cruthers Collection of Women’s Art and Boomerang – A National Symbol, presented by the Berndt Museum of Anthropology. 

For more information, including opening hours and a full list of accompanying programs, visit the LWAG website

Basil Sellers Art Prize finalists announced – About Regional

Wollongong artist Anh Nguyen’s Jamboree Morning won the 2019 Basil Sellers Art Prize. Photo: Supplied.

Finalists for the biennial Basil Sellers Art Prize have been announced, with the winner to be revealed on Friday, 9 October. The works of the selected finalists will be exhibited at the Basil Sellers Exhibition Centre in Moruya from Saturday, 10 October to Monday, 9 November.

The Basil Sellers Art Prize is named after Australian businessman and philanthropist Basil Sellers, who is a keen patron and art collector. Founded in 2004 for Eurobodalla artists, the competition was expanded in 2018 to include entries by artists throughout NSW and ACT, with the major prize increased to $20,000 and the winning work to be acquired by Mr Sellers.

The Basil Sellers Art Prize was funded solely by Mr Sellers until 2018, when Eurobodalla Shire Council introduced the Eurobodalla Award of $5000 for a local entry, which is acquired for council’s permanent collection.

Despite the current closure of the Basil Sellers Exhibition Centre due to COVID-19, Eurobodalla Shire Council Mayor Liz Innes said she is looking forward to the event, which is a highlight on the region’s calendar.

“This has been such a tough year for our local artists, and I’m so pleased that with the generous support of philanthropist and art lover, Mr Basil Sellers, we can help enliven the creative arts industry in the southeast,” she said.

“Once again, the finalists’ works are world class and I can’t wait to see who takes out the major prize.”

The 2019 winner of the Eurobodalla Art Prize, Some Days Are Rough, by Stephanie McClory. Photo: Supplied.

Local Eurobodalla artists are eligible for council’s $5000 prize and the opportunity for a solo exhibition in the Basil Sellers Exhibition Centre in 2021, while the People’s Choice Award offers $500 prize money.

Eurobodalla Shire Council’s coordinator of creative arts development Indira Carmichael said there are double the number of competition entries in 2020 compared to previous years.

“We are able to showcase a great variety of techniques and mediums in the finalist selection,” she said.

“It was really pleasing to see so many Eurobodalla entries and see so many locals selected as finalists. We always knew our artists could perform on a wider stage and we are very excited to see the exhibition in the gallery.”

Despite the exhibition centre’s current closure, council’s art team remains committed to the program and is putting current and upcoming exhibitions online.

“In the coming weeks, our current and upcoming exhibitions will shift to an online format with the introduction of online exhibition tours and exhibiting artist profiles on our website and social media channels,” said Ms Carmichael.

“We hope to still host exhibitions in our beautiful art space, however moving online will enable the community to get their art fix at any time from the comfort of their own home, no matter what the future brings.”

The 2020 Basil Sellers Art Prize finalists are Jane Louise Aliendi, Robert Berry, Yvonne Boag, Kristone Capistrano, Tristan Chant, Lorna Crane, Nicolette Eisdell, Mirabel Fitzgerald, Steve Fox, Anna Glynn, Victoria Hempstead, Julie Mia Holmes, Janece Huntley, Yvonne Langshaw, Raewyn Lawrence, Libby Moore, Susan Nader, James Needham, Catherine O’Donnell, Veronica O’Leary, Steven Thomas, Karyn Thompson, Mark Ward, Simon Welsh, Stuart Whitelaw and Peter Yates.

For further information, visit the Basil Sellers Exhibition Centre online, or follow it on Facebook or Instagram.