Your Sunday at Artstate Bathurst

3 Nov 2018 /

It’s not all over yet! Check out our Arts Program events below that are taking place in Bathurst on Sunday 4 November, and don’t forget that Bathurst Museums are open and our Artstate Fringe and Artstate Regional programs are on too!

Image courtesy of the Bathurst Wiradyuri and Aboriginal Community Elders Group.

Ngurambang Yanhanhadhu

10:30am – 11:00am | Machattie Park
Join us in Machattie Park for this unique closing ceremony as Bathurst Wiradyuri Elders wish you well and a safe journey home.

Image: The Regional Youth Orchestra at Artstate Lismore. Photo by Katelyn-Jane Dunn.

Regional Youth Orchestra Closing Concert

11:00am – 12:30pm | Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre (BMEC)
Talented young musicians from Regional Conservatoriums across NSW perform opera favourites and Tchaikowsky’s 5th Symphony at this FREE concert, the closing event of Artstate Bathurst.

Image: Dale Collier & Amala Groom, Don’t Fence Me In (production still), 2018.

Don’t Fence Me In

10:00am – 1:00pm | Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre (BMEC) Foyer
Don’t Fence Me In is a work about the manifestation of arbitrary lines and induced states of abstracted disorder. As a rudimentary form of architecture, fence lines are drawn to keep people out, animals in, and constricted minds at ease. The fence is a violent intervention into native habitats; a sign of disassociation and dis-integration that cuts across song lines with perceived perimeters of ownership, order and control. They are chaotic, violent, made from strangling rusty wire and rotten timber posts that fall apart with time, similar to those old Australian dreams that fought tirelessly to erect them. The psychological investment made within these structures is one of security, but maintaining them is hard work, much like trying to prevent an introduced species from destroying an environment they are completely unaccustomed to. Don’t Fence Me In is a site-specific creative action that dismantles traditional connotations of labour in relation to the boundaries and barriers that we place upon ourselves, each other, and upon Country.

Image: Karen Golland, installation at Cementa15. Photo supplied.

Sculpture Walk

9:00am – 2:00pm | Machattie Park
Bathurst’s iconic, centrally located park will become home to sculpture and installation during Artstate with an outdoor public exhibition of some of the region’s most exciting artists. From Thursday night, take a walk around the grounds of Machattie Park and discover sculptures from artists working in steel, digital media, installation, mixed media, found object and glass.
Featuring artists Harrie Fasher, Karen Golland, Paddy Robinson, Bridget Thomas, the NSW Arts and Health Leadership Group, Johanna Williams and Jesse Alston.

Image: Jesse Alston, Homekeeper, 2018.

Homekeeper | Johanna Williams & Jesse Alston

9:00am – 2:00pm | Machattie Park
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.

Image: Jonathan Jones and the Bathurst Wiradyuri and Aboriginal Community Elders Group, guwiinyguliya yirgabiyi ngay gulbalangidyal ngunhi (they made a solitude and called it peace): landscape, 2015, installation view.

Bathurst Regional Gallery Exhibitions

11:00am – 2:00pm | Bathurst Regional Art Gallery


Image: Nicole Welch, Transformation (still), 2018. Photo credit Bill Moseley.

Transformation | Nicole Welch

10:00am – 4:00pm | Tremain’s Mill
The moving image work Transformation is the latest instalment in Nicole Welch’s ongoing Self series, which was initiated as part of her Illumination works in 2012. In this sequence Welch uses her body as a apparatus for exploring the symbiotic relationship humans have with the natural world and the fragility and strength of both. As a continuation of these themes the Transformation footage sees the artist engage directly with the natural world through a waterfall; a universal symbol of renewal, healing and ultimately, transformation.

Image: Ken Hutchinson, 3 Dishes.

My Own Backyard

10:00am – 4:00pm | Tremain’s Mill
My Own Backyard is an exhibition of work by visual artists based in the Arts OutWest region in the NSW central west. Crossing painting, photography, moving image, ceramics, sculpture and installation, the work showcases many of the region’s top artists and their responses to the context that they call home.

Image: Christine McMillan, Echidna Lace.

Out of Office

10:00am – 4:00pm | Tremain’s Mill
Many arts workers maintain their own creative practice and the staff group at Arts OutWest includes some talented arts practitioners. Visual artists Aleshia Lonsdale, Christine McMillan, Steven Cavanagh, Grace Newell and Wendy Hawkes will showcase their work in the ex-industrial setting of Tremains Mill while Executive Director Tracey Callinan will provide music at the opening. This exhibition celebrates the dual role of artworker and arts practitioner in regional settings.

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

lines whisper: power of the landscape | Harrie Fasher

10:00am – 2:00pm | Australian Fossil & Mineral Museum
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.
For more events see the Artstate Fringe and Artstate Regional programs, and the Bathurst Museums opening hours.