Bit of background:
Established in 2011 the Outback Archies is an exhibition aimed at providing artistic opportunities for artists living in rural, regional and remote NSW.
Outback Arts, in coordination with surrounding Regional Art Boards, works to showcase the contributing artists to both a local and visiting audience through the exhibition.
As the only major exhibition and competition of its type in Far Western NSW the competition is both a resource and an opportunity for organisations and artists to promote their work.
Prizes are awarded in the categories of Photographic & Digital Art, 3D Design & Sculpture, Open Art (Painting, drawing, etching and drawing) and Ceramics (new in 2017!) with entries and prizes assessed by a panel. A prize is awarded to winning artists in each section as well as People’s Choice and an award to the most Outstanding Indigenous Artist. Prizes include cash and exhibition and mentoring opportunities.
Outback Archies 2017:
Now in its seventh year, the Archies attracted entries from all over the region going as far west as Broken Hill and across to Moree. This popular exhibition and art prize is all about celebrating the colour, creativity and spirit of our communities across the Far West.
There were a total of 140 artworks entered across the four categories of Open Art (painting, etching, sketching, pastel), Photography, Ceramics and Sculpture, all exploring the theme of ‘Legends and Landscapes’. After completing the pre-selection process, the number of entries successful for exhibition was 65.
Outback Arts were excited to team up with a number of generous local sponsors as well as metro galleries to ramp up the prize packages this year. As well as cash, the winning artist of each category also received an exhibition with one of these Sydney based galleries. Campbelltown Arts Centre, Studio MV, Kerrie Lowe Gallery and Lane Cove Gallery all jumped on board to offer our regional artists the opportunity to extend their practice and profile.
Winning artworks were from across the whole far west region and the judges were highly impressed by the standard of works across all four categories.
Eliza Walters of Outback Arts said “We have watched the Outback Archies develop over a number of years and it just keeps on getting better and better. We have so much amazing talent in our communities and every year this exhibition provides regional, rural and remote artists the opportunity to exhibit their work in a curated show. This year the imagination of artists has been really impressive, from the use of recycled materials, to digitally manipulated prints, to the most beautiful handmade paintings, and the most striking ceramic pieces. I am always astounded at how talented these local artists are! It was also interesting to see people’s different interpretations of the theme and how they view their landscapes and experiences of living in regional communities.”
AND THE WINNERS ARE…
1st prize: The Shearer by James Kearns
2nd prize: Shaped by Place No 2 by Lisa Wheeler
1st prize: Roadmap by Anna Kaineder
2nd prize: Golden neck by Prue Cullen
1st prize: Along the Way by Viki Murray
2nd prize: Droving along the Castlereagh by Mardi Remond
1st prize: Enduring River by Dianne Craig
2nd: Boobeng (emu caller)
Most Outstanding Indigenous Artist Award:
Cindy Brown Schuler of Lightning Ridge
Calamity Cup by Barbara Hawerkamp
Outback Archies 2016:
The 2016 Outback Archies annual art prize and exhibition were again a huge success! We have so much amazing talent in our communities and every year this exhibition provides regional, rural and remote artists the opportunity to exhibit their work in a curated show. This year the imagination of artists has been really impressive, from the use of recycled materials, to digitally manipulated prints, to the most beautiful handmade paintings, and the most striking ceramic pieces. We are always astounded at how talented these local artists are! It was also interesting to see people’s different interpretations of the theme and how they view their landscapes and experiences of living in regional communities.
Now in its sixth year, the art prize and exhibition featured artworks from across Western NSW from the two regional arts boards of Outback Arts and Orana Arts, covering a huge area from Dubbo up to the Queensland border.
There were 43 artworks exhibited chosen from over 90 entries, in the three mediums of Open Art (painting, etching, sketching, pastel), Photography and Sculpture, all exploring the theme of ‘Legends and Landscapes’.
| Winners will be grinners |
First place in the Open Art section was Chris Kunko of Dubbo for his oil painting ‘Young and Handsome. I Don’t Know Your Name. You Have Familiar Eyes. Did You Die During Battle?’ while second place was awarded to Allison Reynolds of Coonabarabran for her political acrylic painting ‘Pillaga’s Progress’.
In Photography, Mardi Remond of Walgett won with her portrait ‘Brooke’. Second place was taken by Melissa Murray of Coonamble for her work titled ‘Wizza’.
The Sculpture category was won by Ellie O’Connor from Coonamble for her metal work ‘The Coonamble ANZAC’, with Anna Kaineder also from Coonamble taking second place for her ceramic set titled ‘Landscape Across Three Vases’.
The People’s Choice Award went to ‘Emus’ by Zofia Mara of Warren. This was a fairytale ending for this first time entrant who also sold her work during the exhibition!
| Opening night |
The 2016 Outback Archies opened in style on Friday 23rd September at the Outback Arts Gallery. Over 50 locals and visitors attended with artists and supporters travelling from as far as Bourke to celebrate the artistic talent of our communities. The crowd also enjoyed some local live music by Clinton Hoy, locally made food, as well as the announcement of the six winning artists for 2016.
| Sponsors |
A huge thanks to our region and artist for their support, and of course to our sponsors and project partners: Orana Arts, Coonamble Bowling Club, Waterford Ryan Solicitors, Landmark, Global Village Cafe, A Picture Framing Shop and Somos.
|Alison Dent||Coolibah Tree||Metal|
|Allison Reynolds||Pilliga’s Progress||Acrylic on paper|
|Ann Golledge||Opal Colours ‘n’ Characters||Acrylic on canvas|
|Anna Kaineder||Landscape Across Three Vases||Ceramic|
|Anna Kaineder||The View at the Horizon||Ceramic|
|Catherine Goldsmith||Rugged and Refined||Ceramic|
|Chris Kunko||Boy||Oil on canvas|
|Chris Kunko||Young and Handsome…||Oil on canvas|
|David Pickard||How The Other Half Lives||Woodburned breadboxes|
|David Pickard||Malala Yousafzai||Acrylic on wood|
|Ellie O’Connor||The Coonamble ANZAC||Metal|
|Jason Russell||Taken by Orders||Acrylic on cotton|
|Johanna Parker||Brolga’s Strength||Acrylic on canvas|
|Johanna Parker||Sky, Water, Land Creatures||Acrylic on canvas|
|Kookie Atkins||A Swirl Bowl||Ceramic|
|Katherine McIneroy||Emu Dreaming||Digital art|
|Lisa Wheeler||Line and Landscape||Etching and graphite|
|Mardi Remond||Banter on the Board||Photography|
|Mardi Remond||The Classer||Photography|
|Mary Bird||Miner’s Hut||Oil painting|
|Matt McKenzie||Shifting Sands||Photography|
|Matt McKenzie||Afternoon Drink||Photography|
|Matt McKenzie||Chambers Pillar||Photography|
|Matt McKenzie||Top of the World||Photography|
|Megan Prout||Outback Sky||Photography|
|Megan Prout||Cooper’s Creek||Photography|
|Narelle Rodway||Antartic Journey||Photography|
|Narelle Rodway||Faith and Hope Abandoned||Photography|
|Narelle Rodway||Glossy Black Cockatoo||Photography|
|Prue Cullen||Organic vessels x3||Ceramic|
|Steve Barwick||Old Timer Moments,||Photography|
|Steve Barwick||Just Holden Together||Photography|
|Tanya Hutchison||If the Hand and Eyes Could Speak||Photography|
|Viki Murray||Open All Hours||Digital art|
|Viki Murray||Esplanade Escapades||Digital art|
two eight two eight Gallery, Gulargambone > Monday 17th October – Friday 4th November
Arts and Crafts Council, Lightning Ridge > Tuesday 8th November – Friday 25th November
Walgett Library > Monday 28th November – Friday 16th December
Bourke Exhibition Centre > Tuesday 20th December – Friday 3rd February
Cobar Library > Tuesday 7th February – Tuesday 28th February
Pandora Gallery, Coolah > Monday 6th March – Friday 24th March
Pilliga Discovery Centre, Baradine > Tuesday 28th March – Friday 21st April
WOW Centre, Warren > Wednesday 26th April – Friday 12th May
Gilgandra Heritage Centre > Tuesday 16th May – Friday 2nd June
Outback Archies 2015:
2015 was a very successful year for the Archies as the number of entries continue to grow as well as the number of visitors and profile of the art prize itself. Every year the exhibition provides an invaluable creative opportunity for our residents and really showcases the amazing artistic talent we have in our communities. It was interesting to see people’s different interpretations of the theme and how they view their landscapes and experiences of living in regional communities.
First place in the Open Art section was Chris Kunko of Dubbo for ‘Afternoon Blues’, an oil painting of his son, while second place was awarded to Amanda Tout of Tomingley for her graphite drawing ‘Nature’s Dancer’.
In Photography, Mardi Remond of Walgett won with her portrait titled ‘Don’. Second place was taken by Jordan Shillingsworth of Dubbo for his landscape ‘Westside Train Track’.
The Sculpture category was won by Tallah Deans Looten from Gulargambone for her ceramic sculptures ‘Back in my Day’, with David Pickard from Bourke taking second place for his detailed woodburning ‘Stealing the Future’.
Aboriginal artist Darryl Ferguson, of Lightning Ridge, won the award for Most Outstanding Indigenous Artist for his carved didgeridoo ‘Waraba’, while the People’s Choice Award went to David Pickard for his wood burned table ‘Dignity’.
Selected works have now embarked on a tour of the region until April 2016, exhibiting at Gulargambone, Lightning Ridge, Walgett, Bourke, Dubbo, Gilgandra, Warren with other venues to be announced. Check them out in a town near you!