Artstate Bathurst Highlights | Museums & Residencies

23 Oct 2018 /

As a part of Artstate Bathurst, three projects were commissioned from artists-in-residence at three of Bathurst’s museums: the National Motor Racing Museum, the Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum, and the Chifley Home. Artists were asked to create new work in response to these museums and their collections, and you can see their responses for free at Artstate in the Bathurst Senior Citizens Centre, Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum and Machattie Park.
Additionally, all Artstate Bathurst delegates will receive FREE entry to these great Bathurst museums when wearing their delegate’s lanyard. Check out each of the museums below, as well a the commissioned works that were inspired by their collections.

Image: The National Motor Racing Museum, Bathurst.


400 Panorama Avenue, Mount Panorama Bathurst
Monday – Sunday | 9:00am – 4:30pm
FREE ENTRY for Artstate Delegates
The National Motor Racing Museum celebrates the history, personalities and achievements of Australian Motor Sports. While Mount Panorama and the Bathurst 1000 is at the heart of our displays, the museum looks across the spectrum of Australian Motor Racing. The history of speedway, solar, drag, Rallying, open wheeler, sports car as well as touring cars is told, and the history of motorbike racing in particular is given great attention.

Image: Penelope Kentish and Ben Rodwell, The Beast, 2018.


Bathurst Senior Citizens Centre, 176 Russell St Bathurst
Wednesday, Friday & Saturday | 7:00pm – 8:00pm
FREE | Limited capacity – first come, first served
As a part of Artstate Bathurst, theatre-makers Penelope Kentish & Ben Rodwell completed a residency at the National Motor Racing Museum. Their project response is The Beast, a new immersive performance experience created by an ensemble of 15 to 17 year olds.
Bathurst is known to most Australians as the “home of the V8s”; the week-long car race in October, which attracts tens of thousands of car enthusiasts to Bathurst every year. But what is Bathurst to the adolescents of its town? What rivalries exist during race week that the punters don’t see? As part of their residency with the National Motor Racing Museum, the directors are excited to present this immersive theatrical show; part puzzle, part sensory experience, part story telling.

Image: The Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum, Bathurst.


224 Howick St Bathurst
Monday – Saturday | 10am – 4pm
Sunday | 10am – 2pm
FREE ENTRY for Artstate Delegates
The Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum is the home of the internationally renowned Somerville Collection, the lifetime work of Warren Somerville AM. The collection features some of the finest and rarest specimens of mineral crystals and fossils from around the world.
The collection is housed in the historic 1876 Public School building which underwent major refurbishment before being fitted out with stunningly beautiful exhibitions. As a unique education resource, the building currently holds 2000 fossil and mineral specimens which are displayed in two main exhibitions – the Fossil Gallery and the Mineral Gallery.
The Mineral Gallery includes specimens from many of Australia’s and the world’s most important mines, brilliantly displayed and clearly identified. Displays explore the formation of rocks and minerals, mineral locations, crystal structure and the use of minerals in our lives. Rare formations, crystallised gold, raw gemstones, delicate uranium mineral crystallisation and stunning colours make this gallery unforgettable.
The Fossil Gallery displays specimens from every major stage of life on Earth. The centrepiece of the exhibition is a display of three dinosaurs, a Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton, an Albertosaurus and a smaller Thescelosaurus skeleton. The collection also includes Australia’s largest collection of fossils in amber, fossilised dinosaur eggs, some of the oldest fossils of early forms of life, and a large collection of Australia’s unique opalised fossils.
The museum also has a temporary exhibition space displaying a changing program of travelling and temporary exhibitions and a museum shop with a wide variety of quality fossil and mineral specimens, dinosaur, Earth history and science products.

Image: Harrie Fasher, Elevation, 2018, photo by Silversalt Photography.


Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum, 224 Howick St Bathurst
Monday – Saturday | 10am – 4pm
Sunday | 10am – 2pm
FREE ENTRY for Artstate Delegates
Harrie Fasher’s residency at the Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum has created the space for her to explore the life force within the landscape and her connection to it. The earth has an inherent power, and Indigenous cultures have generally centred around an intimate relationship with this energy.
The materials used in the installation are varied; wood, bone and stone gathered from the landscape is directly juxtaposed against industrial steel and bronze, and supported by manmade rope and canvas. The installation requires the audience’ engagement and provides a visceral body experience, whilst a small suite of etchings and drawings provides a more intimate dialogue.
Living in a rural landscape revolves around community, and the making of this work is no different. Fasher’s studio team will construct the installation and local print maker Victoria Tuson will be engaged in the production of a series of etchings. Workshops involving youth from Skillset, Kelso and Bathurst High will also provide parallel explorations.

Image: The Chifley Home, Bathurst.


10 Busby Street Bathurst
Saturday – Monday | 10am – 12pm
FREE ENTRY for Artstate Delegates
The Chifley Home in Bathurst was the only marital home of Prime Minister Ben Chifley and his wife, Elizabeth. This modest semi-detached terrace still contains its original collection of household furnishings and personal effects dating back to when the Chifleys first occupied the house in 1914.
The collection contains domestic furniture & furnishings, utensils, books (fiction), photographs, decorative paintings, commemorative items.

Image: Jesse Alston, Homekeeper, 2018.


Machattie Park, William St & Keppel St Bathurst
Thursday | 5:00pm – 9:00pm
Friday & Saturday | 9:00am – 9:00pm
Sunday | 9:00am – 2:00pm
We know who the Chifley’s were to Bathurst – the Prime Minister and his wife, a dam, a street, a museum and more named in their honour. But what was Bathurst to Ben and Elizabeth Chifley? Home.
Homekeeper is an interactive art installation that explores what it is that makes a home – the place where you were born, the place you chose to be, the place of family and friends, or just somewhere where you can kick off your shoes and take off your pants after a long day. Made in collaboration with members of the Bathurst community, visit a miniature town propped up by sentimental and unreliable memories, pick up the phone to listen to their stories, and contribute your own to help the town grow. Explore regional NSW as a place of creativity, sentimentality, and value.
For more information about Artstate Bathurst’s Arts Program, click here. For information about Bathurst museums visit the National Motor Racing Museum, the Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum, or Chifley Home websites.