2018 Calendar of Events

2018 Calendar

The Desert Equinox is an environmental program with a yearly calendar of events in Broken Hill comprising of workshops, residencies, projects, pop up art exhibitions, and art prizes. The Desert Equinox Preludes encompass the themes of Solar / Sun, Earth, Water & Air. Twice a year two city wide Prize art exhibitions are held throughout the city. The first is the Desert Equinox 'Solar' & 'Wind' Prize exhibition in June, with a $1,000 prize given in two categories. The second is the Desert Equinox 'Water' and 'Air' art prize in November 2018. Applications for the artist in residence are open year round. 


The Desert Equinox Solar & Wind Art Prize

Exhibition dates: 9 June - Sunday 1 July 2018

Winners announced at the AWards Ceremonyon Sunday 1 July at 4pm, Broken Hill Art Exchange@ The Grand, 313 Argents Street

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January

REGISTRATIONS HAVE NOWCLOSED

Enter the 2018 Desert Equinox 'Solar' & 'Wind' art prize, Broken Hill

$2,000 Prize pool 

Proudly presented by the Broken Hill Art Exchange. Sponsor AGL Ltd., Broken Hill City Council & Shutterbug Picture & Framing - Registrations close 21 May, 5pm. Click the registration form below or for more information phone the Broken Hill Art Exchange Inc on 08 80883171 or email info@brokenhillartexchange.org.au

 

     

  

Artist In Residence: 
'River of Time' by John "Jacko" Alty
Broken Hill Art Exchange welcomes John 'Jacko' Alty back to Broken Hill to develop large scale works about the Murray River, Australia. John spent two years living on the river in his hand crafted raft. He then arrived at the art exchange and stayed for two more years painting the 'River of Time'. This large scale painting across sixteen doors has been exhibited at festivals and galleries. In 2018 John returns to produce other artworks along the same theme, which is timely for the city of Broken Hill in context to the communities of the Far West Region of Australia's passion for protecting the Darling River, its current water supply (for more information visit http://discoveringthedarling.com.au/issues-challenges/the-darling-river-action-group/) together with the new Broken Hill Pipeline initiative by WaterNSW. 
"WaterNSW has appointed a consortium of John Holland, MPC Group and TRILITY to design, construct, operate and maintain the River Murray to Broken Hill Pipeline, as part of the NSW Government’s investment in regional water security. Detailed planning and design works will commence immediately with construction to start in January 2018. The pipeline will be completed and ready for water by December 2018. The 270 km pipeline will supply up to 37.4 megalitres of a peak daily demand of raw water to Essential Water in Broken Hill as the local water provider. Essential Water will continue to retain responsibility for water treatment and water distribution to its customers. The raw water will be sourced near Wentworth on the River Murray with the pipeline being constructed underground and to generally follow the Silver City Highway corridor to Broken Hill." http://www.waternsw.com.au/projects/murray-to-broken-hill-pipeline

February

Artist In Residence:
'I want to stay here' by Peter Osborne
Peter Osborne is artist in residence producing work for his upcoming exhibition at the the Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery in September 2018. The work is about "finding a place to settle",not just finding a physical place but also a state of mind that is settled and content.



Life Story writing workshops presented by Graeme Gibson

Tuesday 27 February, 1 - 4pm, Broken Hill Art Exchange 149 Duff Street Park, Broken Hill. 
This practical workshops helped anyone interested in writing about some aspect of their life - including growing up or living in the local are, relationship with the land, local history, experiences of other cultures and travel. Whether paricipants were interested in memoirs, travel dairy's, articles for a newspapers or magazines, poetry or essays, this workshop supported all kinds of writing. Practicle experience of various writing techniques were included in the workshops. A range of exercises assisted with story selection, planning, getting started, overcoming blocks, editing - and writing that's enjoyable to read. The workshop suited both beginners and more experienced writers. 
The workshop presenter drew upon his background in adult learning and community development Graeme Gibson has presented writing workshops since 2007. Graeme Gibson has contributed to a number of short story collections, published essays and feature articles and self published the non-fiction book 'Beyong Fear and Loathing: Local politics at work". For more information about Graeme see www.morethanjusttalk.com.au

Community News Flash
Exhibitions | 2nd February 2018 – 8th April 2018 | Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery – Free Event
Event times: Monday to Friday 10.00am - 5pm Saturday and Sunday 1:00pm - 5pm
https://www.brokenhill.nsw.gov.au/events/art-gallery-exhibitions/exhibitions-2-february-2018-8-april-2018-broken-hill-regional-art

March

'Little Literature in the Lane' Writing Workshops by Graeme Gibson


3 March: Workshop 1: 10am - 12:30pm Workshop 2: 1:30pm - 4pm.

Two workshops were held at the Grand Kitchen Heritage Courtyard 313 Argent Street (entry through Crystal Lane), Broken Hill. Graeme Gibson from More Than Just Talk (www.morethanjusttalk.com.au) assisted participants in developing their writing skills as they were writing stories about the unique lane ways of Broken Hill. The workshops aimed to start up a Literature Lane in the city. A free exhibition, displaying the outcomes of the workshops was held on the evening and people are invited to submit more stories about the lanes to info@brokenhillartexchange.org.au in the lead up to Heritage week in April 2018.

 

OUTBACK / COLOUR / WIND Pop up art exhibition

5th March - 30th April the Lodge Outback Motel 252 Mica Street, Broken Hill
10th March 3pm: Meet the artists at the public gathering & afternoon tea
It has long been their vision to use the public area at the Lodge Outback Motel to display art, so it is with great excitement that they have finally taken the steps towards making this new Broken Hill tourism venture a reality. The culture and heritage of this building is significant and one that they believe supports their idea. The exhibition that they will be showing is a celebration of the outback and its colours. It will be running in conjunction with the Broken Hill Art Exchange Desert Equinox Solar and Wind project. Each of the featured artists will bring their individual interpretation of the Exhibition title Outback, colour and wind. One of the artists that will be featured is Helene Power, besides being joint owner of the motel, she has also worked as a visual artist using soft pastels, pencils and clay. Her point of focus has been the Australian landscape, taking inspiration from the strong and vibrant energy of the vast plains, the red dirt, the heat intensity and the dust storms; an energy and landscape that stands in strong contrast to Denmark, where she grew up. Along with Helene, the group of artists represented in the exhibition include Susan Thomas, Asma and Karl James. Susan was born in Broken Hill, she is the founder of the Broken Hill Art Exchange and drawing and painting are her key practices; Asma is a printmaker who moved to the city approximately seven years ago; and Karl James is as a self- taught, multi award winning artist working from Whyalla in regional South Australia. His oeuvre is wide and ranges from colourful, expressionist, figurative narratives and portraits in oil and watercolour to charcoal, pastel and mixed media drawings, mono prints, linocuts and collages.

 

Community News Flash
THE WAY OF THE REFORMER - GOUGH WHITLAM IN HIS CENTURY – Free Event
Event time: 9th March – 13th May 
https://www.brokenhill.nsw.gov.au/events/geocentre-exhibition/way-reformer-gough-whitlam

Far West Feltmakers at the Kitchen Gallery, 313 Argent Street Broken Hill (enter from Crystal Lane)


Event Date: 10th of March    Event Time: 10am - 2pm

For more information contact jennyshroff@gmail.com or visit the Broken Hill Art Exchange Facebook page
Community News Flash
Charles Rasp Memorial Library - Toddler time – Free Event 
https://www.brokenhill.nsw.gov.au/events/council-events/toddler-time
Event Date: 23rd March 2018 30th March 2018 
Event time: 10:00am - 10.30am


Knit 'n Yarn – Free Event
Event Date: 23th March 2018 30th March 2018 
Event time: 10:00am – Midday
https://www.brokenhill.nsw.gov.au/events/library-programs/knit-n-yarn


Two Up - The Palace Hotel – Free Event
https://www.brokenhill.nsw.gov.au/events/community/two
Event Date: 23rd March 2018 30th March 2018 
Event time: 9:00pm


Exhibition Opening | 23 March 2018 | Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery – Gold Coin Donation
Event Date: 23rd March 2018 Event time: 6:00pm
https://www.brokenhill.nsw.gov.au/events/art-gallery-exhibitions/exhibition-opening-23-march-2018-broken-hill-regional-art-gallery


'Borderline' Exhibition Opening of Shane Vink's Paintings


Event Date: 23 March - 3 June 2018 Regional Art Gallery Broken Hill

https://www.brokenhill.nsw.gov.au/explore/regional-art-gallery/exhibitions

ECO ART MONTH

Expressions of interest are open to attend Eco Art Month 1 September - 30 September with culminating three week city wide art exhibition in Broken Hill

Eco Art Month is a call to artists interested in Broken Hill's heritage and natural and build environments to further their individual art practices. It is available to artists working in all mediums to attend for one week and up to one month. During Eco Art Month artists have the opportunity to participate in mentoring sessions and workshops conducted by Master Artists and to immerse themselves in art making. Each participants is provided with an art studio and live in facilities situated in the heart of the city. The location is at the Broken Hill Art Exchange @ the Grand, a heritage building close to all of the city's amenities. The Grand is walking distance to the Charles Rasp library and archives, Regional Art Gallery, cinema, cafe's and shopping. Expressions of interest close 30 June 2018. To submit an expression of interest or for more information email the Broken Hill Art Exchange at info@brokenhillartexchange.org.au 
For information about the city of Broken Hill go to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Broken_Hill 

April

Artist in residence: 'Two- Down' exhibition by Alana Wesley and Frankie Chow 
Australian Horror is a genre that often departs from supernatural themes and renders reality as the pervasive terror. In their first collaborative project, artist Frankie Chow and Alana Wesley will extend their respective investigations into the horror of the everyday to create a site-specific body of work in Broken Hill. They will deal with Earth as their element, focusing largely upon transforming the landscape into an ominous presence, both filmically and performatively. This location is imperative to the development of these proposed ideas as  Broken Hill is site that not only aesthetically mirrors the deserted "outback"  landscape portrayed in iconic Australian films such as Wolf Creek or Picnic at Hanging Rock, it is also the location where Wake In Fright was filmed, which is a text that will act as a source of inspiration. Chow and Wesley will explore how Australian horror is derived from a white, colonial fear of the unknown. They will also evaluate how they are personally perceived as the Other, both culturally (both artist are from Australia, yet look and/or appear "foreign") and as women, given that the large proportion of these texts have a strong focus on mateship culture. Ultimately, the outcome of this one month residency will be a series of onsite performances, documented through sound and video, and exhibited at the Broken Hill Art Exchange. The work will portray both Australia's natural landscape and its national culture as equally ominous threats.


Artist in Residence: 'Following Macquarie's Honey Dollar' by Penelope Cain
This residency is part of a wider project following the path of Governor Lachlan Macquarie's silver coin. These river coins were counter-punched Spanish silver dollars (from the British Government, shipped on behalf of the crown by the East India Company), as a stopgap currency in the expanding colony of Sydney. Replacing the informal currency of rum with silver coins originally captured in territoral and trade battles between Spain and Britain compounds Cain's interest, aside from its later use as a logo by Macquarie Bank. The coin is an initiator for investigations around power, colonialism and globalisation. In this phase the project Cain will investigate silver mining in Broken Hill from both a landscape and economic perspective. The silver mine was active after the time of the holy dollar, Cain plans to investigate whether any silver was used in the replacement currency. Equally Cain is intrigued by the solar farm industry and its comparative landscape and economics, and how the informal currency of sunlight could be an emerging currency in a future energy limited world. This residency fits equally well with the themes of solar and earth and primarily for research, documentation (photo and video), and to connect with other local and regional artists and producers. 
Artist in Residence: Simon Terrill's Crowd Theory Project - Exploring Broken Hill 
An ongoing series of photographic and performance based events with crowd, communities, and the spaces they occupy. The work seeks to explore a contrasting and oscillating space between the personal and the public, the individual and the collective and the impact of these fluid definitions on architecture, portraiture and photograph. 

2018 Heritage Festival - Stories of the Grand Guesthouse

30 April 2018
Event time: 10am & 4pm
Guided Tour and Talk by Broken Hill Art Exchange member Gigi Barbe.
Gold Coin Donation
Contact name:  Gigi Barbe
Contact phone: 0416 111 659
Event Cost: Gold Coin Donation
Location: The Grand Guesthouse 313 Argent Street

Community News Flash
Broken Hill Chess Club – Broken Hill City Library – Free Event 
Event Date: 1st April 2018 8th April 2018 15th April 2018 22nd April 2018
Event time: 1.00pm to 5.00pm
https://www.brokenhill.nsw.gov.au/events/community/broken-hill-chess-club


Tenori : Timeless - Broken Hill Musicians Club 
Event Cost: Adults $55, Concession $50, Under 12 $20
Event Date: 6th April 2018 Event time: 7.30pm
https://www.brokenhill.nsw.gov.au/events/concerts/tenori-timeless


2018 | Far West Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Prize; Official Opening and Prize Announcements – Free Event
Event Date: 13th April 2018 Event time: 6pm
https://www.brokenhill.nsw.gov.au/events/art-gallery-events/2018-far-west-aboriginal-and-torres-strait-islander-art-prize-official


Exhibitions | 14 April - 3 June 2018 | Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery – Gold Coin Donation
Event Date: 14th April 2018 to 3 June 2018
https://www.brokenhill.nsw.gov.au/events/art-gallery-exhibitions/exhibitions-14-april-3-june-2018-broken-hill-regional-art-gallery


Community Markets – 200 Beryl Street – Free Event
Event Date: 14th April 2018 
Event time: 8.00am - 1.00pm
https://www.brokenhill.nsw.gov.au/events/community-events/community-markets

May

 

21 May - 5pm: Entries close for the 2018 Desert Equinox 'Solar' & 'Wind' art prize, Broken Hill - $2,000 Prize pool, Exhibition opens Sat 9 June

Proudly presented by the Broken Hill Art Exchange. Major sponsor AGL Ltd. For more information phone the Broken Hill Art Exchange Inc on 08 80883171 or email info@brokenhillartexchange.org.au
Click below to download and fill out the registration form -  free to enter.


 

Bingo at The Senior Lounge - North Mine Hall - $5 per Card
Event Date: 1 May 2018
Event time: 1.30 pm - 2pm
https://www.brokenhill.nsw.gov.au/events/community-events/bingo-senior-lounge


Poets in the Pub - Black Lion Inn
Event Date: 7 May 2018
https://www.brokenhill.nsw.gov.au/events/community/poets-pub


Community Markets – 200 Beryl Street – Free Event
Event Date: 12 May 2018
Event time: 8.00am - 1.00pm
https://www.brokenhill.nsw.gov.au/events/community-events/community-markets


Exhibitions | 14 April - 3 June 2018 | Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery – Gold Coin Donation
Event Date: 14 April 2018 to 3 June 2018
https://www.brokenhill.nsw.gov.au/events/art-gallery-exhibitions/exhibitions-14-april-3-june-2018-broken-hill-regional-art-gallery


Penrose Park Picnic Train – Gold Coin Donation
Event Date: 20 May 2018 
Event time: 10am - 1pm
https://www.brokenhill.nsw.gov.au/events/community/penrose-park-picnic-train


The Sims Metal Waste to Art & design 2018 Exhibition – Gold Coin Donation
Event Date: 19 May 2018 to 1st July 2018
Event time: 2.00pm
Event Location: Geocentre, Bromide St & Crystal Ln
https://www.brokenhill.nsw.gov.au/events/geocentre-exhibition/sims-metal-waste-art-design-2018-exhibition

June

 

The Desert Equinox Solar & Wind city wide Prize Art Exhibition

Opens 9 June and closes 1 July 2018, a Broken Hill Art Exchange production proudly supported by AGL Ltd and Broken Hill City Council.
A whole of city art exhibition with multiple events. During the exhibition artworks are installed at sites with high visibility (shopfronts. fences. landmarks and gardens etc.) and framed by the city's architectural, climatic, historical and heritage landscapes. Broken Hill's unique natural and built environments inspire artists from all over the world working across all fields of art. The city is home to a high population of artists. The Desert Equinox events are preludes to the establishment of a Broken Hill Biennale of Art. The city is located in the arid zone desert region of Far West New South Wales Australia and renowned world wide for its mineral mining and its role in building the nation. The concept of mining is an apt description applicable today to Broken Hill's other abundant resources, sunshine and uninterrupted landscapes. Surrounding the city is the AGL Solar Plant established in 2017 and the soon to be operational Wind Farm. Renewable energy providers are capitalising on Broken Hill's limitless sunshine (which from many artists perspective, particularly film makers and painters produces 'golden light') and from the winds sweeping across wide open plains and hillsides. These new technologies not only produce electricity but also create new modes of expression and contexts for the production of art.

Desert Equinox Solar & Wind Launch 

9th June 6:00pm
313 Argent Street, The Grand - Courtyard 
The Broken Hill Art Exchange presents its spectacular Desert Equinox launch party. We welcome artists, volunteers and the public to an open event. This exciting one-night encounter will detail what the Solar & Wind exhibition is all about. Food and beverages will be available for purchase and proceeds go towards our non-for-profit organisation and setting up our new building here at The Grand.  Come along and pick up a catalogue featuring all the artworks entered into the prize as well as the new Broken Hill Art Gallery Guide. Grab a drink, bring a friend, find out what Broken Hill Art Exchange @The Grand has to offer and enjoy the nights performances! 
Community News Flash
Exhibitions | 14 April - 3 June 2018 | Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery – Gold Coin Donation
Event Date: 14 April 2018 to 3 June 2018
https://www.brokenhill.nsw.gov.au/events/art-gallery-exhibitions/exhibitions-14-april-3-june-2018-broken-hill-regional-art-gallery


'Borderline', exhibition opening of Shane Vink's paintings
23 March - 3 June 2018 Regional Art Gallery Broken Hill
https://www.brokenhill.nsw.gov.au/explore/regional-art-gallery/exhibitions


Poets in the Pub - Black Lion Inn - Free Event
Event Date: 4 June 2018
Event Time: 7pm
https://www.brokenhill.nsw.gov.au/events/community/poets-pub


Bingo at The Senior Lounge - North Mine Hall - $5 per Card
Event Date: 5 June 2018 
Event time: 1:30 pm - 2 pm
https://www.brokenhill.nsw.gov.au/events/community-events/bingo-senior-lounge


Community Markets – 200 Beryl Street – Free Event
Event Date: 9 June 2018
Event time: 8.00am - 1.00pm
https://www.brokenhill.nsw.gov.au/events/community-events/community-markets


Penrose Park Picnic Train – Gold Coin Donation
Event Date: 17 June 2018
Event time: 10am - 1pm
https://www.brokenhill.nsw.gov.au/events/community/penrose-park-picnic-train

July

 

THE DESERT EQUINOX PRELUDE

Register for the July - November 2018 Desert Equinox Calendar of events.
Applications for the Broken Hill Art Exchange residency program are open all year.

 

Artist in Residence: ' Memory, History and Light' by Michael Simms
Michael Simms is creating a new body of landscape and portraiture drawings and paintings that connect specifically to the region. Simms is fascinated by the rich mining history, dramatic landscape and isolated location of Broken Hill. Since visiting family regularly throughout his childhood, he is returning to Broken Hill as a trained artist to deepen these memories and create a meaningful body of work. Light is a significant aspect of his art practice, wherefore investigating  the sun and understanding solar rays, and how they transform the environment, will be a large component of his residency. Simms obtained training at the Julian Ashton Art School in Sydney and the Grand Central Atelier in New York. During his residency Simms wishes to share his knowledge by running a portraiture workshop.
Community News Flash
Poets in the Pub - Black Lion Inn
Event Date: 2 July 2018 
Event Time: 7pm
https://www.brokenhill.nsw.gov.au/events/community/poets-pub


Bingo at The Senior Lounge - North Mine Hall - $5 per Card
Event Date: 3 July 2018
Event time: 1.30 pm - 2pm
https://www.brokenhill.nsw.gov.au/events/community-events/bingo-senior-lounge


Community Markets – 200 Beryl Street – Free Event
Event Date: 14 July 2018 
Event time: 8.00am - 1.00pm
https://www.brokenhill.nsw.gov.au/events/community-events/community-markets


Penrose Park Picnic Train – Gold Coin Donation
Event Date: 15 July 2018
Event time: 10am - 1pm
https://www.brokenhill.nsw.gov.au/events/community/penrose-park-picnic-train

August

 

Community News Flash
Poets in the Pub - Black Lion Inn
Event Date: 6 August 2018 
Event Time: 7pm
https://www.brokenhill.nsw.gov.au/events/community/poets-pub


Penrose Park Picnic Train – Gold Coin Donation
Event Date: 19 August 2018
Event time: 10am - 1pm
https://www.brokenhill.nsw.gov.au/events/community/penrose-park-picnic-train


Community Markets – 200 Beryl Street – Free Event
Event Date: 11 August 2018
Event time: 8.00am - 1.00pm
https://www.brokenhill.nsw.gov.au/events/community-events/community-markets


Always, Patsy Cline – Broken Hill Musicians Club
Event Date: 15 August 2018
Event time: 7.00pm
Event Cost: Tables - Adult $55, Concession $50, 12 & Under $25 - Flat seating - Adults $50, Concession $45, 12 & Under $20
https://www.brokenhill.nsw.gov.au/events/concerts/always-patsy-cline

September

 

ECO ART MONTH 1 - 30 September 2018

A four week event comprising of workshops, mentoring sessions and public presentations focusing on the art and heritage of Broken Hill delivered by Master Artists.

October

 

November

 

December

 

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