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Christmas Art Fair
4 – 22 December
A mash of local designers and makers selling handmade delicious products just in time for Christmas! Late night shopping and opening event is Thursday 14 December from 5pm – call in and smash out your Christmas shopping while enjoying some biccies and cheese!
The year’s exhibition program at a glance:
The Art of Ageing
6 – 20 November
The Art of Ageing exhibition is a photographic display featuring older people in NSW as the subjects of art. Each photograph is accompanied by a story from the photographed participants highlighting their experiences and reflections on ageing. The photographs and stories celebrate the value, experience and contribution older people bring, and challenge out-dated perceptions of ageing.
20 – 24 November
An exhibition by local photographers (from Gilgandra through to Walgett) exploring their interpretation of Australian agriculture and its farmers in celebration of National AgDay. The artists involved are Matt McKenzie, Donna Ditchfield, Helen & Georgia Rackham, Danielle Bonnington, Leanne Hall, Sue Currey, Mardi Remond, Jo Coleman, Barbara Scott, Narelle Rodway and Paul Regan. Opening event is scheduled for Thursday 23rd November including a locally produced grazing table and refreshments.
Outback Archies 2017
25 September – 27 October
Outback Arts’ annual art prize and exhibition. Now in its seventh year, this popular exhibition is all about celebrating the colour, creativity and spirit of our communities across the Far West. 2017 saw some new and exciting changes to the Archies including a new ceramics category, Sydney exhibition + cash prize packages; and new eligible shire areas covering the whole Far west from Broken Hill to Moree. To find out more click here.
Ngemba Wailwan Artists Initiative
4 – 20 September
The Ngemba Wailwan are a language group of the ancient Wailwan people, centered in the shire of Warren along the Macquarie River. The paintings exhibited paintings by these artists are a
continuation of the tree and ground marks of these ancient people.
10 – 29 August
Glass artist Sarah Williamson and well-known silver jeweller Skye Bragg are teaming up to present Bush Designs, showcasing their contemporary functional and sculptural work.
Skye Bragg Designs is based near Bourke, making handcrafted jewellery from within her working studio that were once shearers quarters. Her work is inspired by the forms and beauty of the Australia landscape and is shown all over the country in exhibitions, prominent art shows and garden parties. In between all that Skye also travels around the region delivering fabulous silversmith workshops.
Sarah Williamson is from Warren. She has been working with glass for over 20 years and loves the brilliant colours, light and depth this art medium brings. Her inspiration for Bush Designs has come from nature and the beautiful colours autumn brings.
Bush Designs is a contemporary take on rural life, delivering both functional and sculptural pieces to decorate yourself, your home or garden.
Along the Way
6 July – 4 August
Anna Kaineder and Viki Murray. This stunning collaboration will take you on a ride across our vast and beautiful region exploring the unseen and the untold along the way.
Anna Kaineder of terraluca ceramics is based in Coonamble, and is a driving force behind the Coonamble Ceramics Collective. Her work will represent the communities, people and spirit that break up these landscapes in the form of ceramic houses with transposed images of faces and local landmarks on them. They explore the concept of the ordinary, and the uncelebrated.
Viki Murray is a photographer based in Lightning Ridge where she runs a gallery with her husband John Murray. She has captured a collection of images along the Castlereagh Highway recording the dramatic shifts in the landscapes as they endure the extreme cycles of drought and flood. Some images are considered and others have been randomly presented to her as she roadtrips around the region.
Along the Way is a beautiful celebration of rural life, a careful consideration of our surroundings and a chance for people to discover something new about the people and places we call home.
Opening night will be held at the OBA Gallery from 5:30pm on Thursday 6th July, with nibbles, refreshments and live music, all welcome!
10 – 29 June
The Material Girls are back for another year! This patchwork group is currently represented by 9 friends from a wide range of ages and backgrounds, whose mutual love of all things patchwork and quilting binds them together. They have been meeting for 18 years, with an ebb and flow of members over that time. Their monthly meetings in one another’s homes are something they all look forward to, for the opportunity to stitch, laugh and learn together.
For the previous 14 years, coinciding with the busy June long weekend Coonamble Rodeo and Campdraft, the Material Girls conduct an exhibition of quilts and patchwork items showcasing their own work as well as quilts made by the many other keen and clever stitchers in the Coonamble Shire. A lot of people have come to look forward to this show as a welcome additional attraction to the Rodeo weekend of activities, held in the historic Outback Arts art deco gallery setting.
We are proud to be able to say that all the work in our display has not been previously shown, and that there are regularly upwards of 30 fully sized quilts on exhibit, which transforms the venue into a most colourful maze. The workmanship and talent is easily equal to any of the big city shows. There are prizes to be won here too, with the “Viewers’ Choice” a highly sought after award. Money raised over this exhibition fortnight goes to local groups and charities that assist country people. While our raison d’être may be to encourage quilting and patchwork crafts in particular, our support of one another through thick and thin, droughts and floods, good times and bad, creates strong bonds of friendship that can help us withstand whatever life throws our way.
Waste 2 Art (Coonamble Shire)
15 May – 2 June
Waste to Art is an annual competition and exhibition showcasing the creative re-use of discarded materials through art and craft. Engaging with the community, Waste to Art attracts school children, artists and community members and encourages them to challenge perceptions about ‘rubbish’ and its impact upon the environment. The result is a highly imaginative and thought provoking collection of artworks celebrating recycling and living sustainably.
It’s our birthday!
5 April – 10 May
The Outback Arts Gallery has turned 5! And to celebrate we are holding a special exhibition which is a collaboration from some of the iconic creatives across our region; Anna Kaineder, Sarah Dugan, Jude Fleming, Mardi Remond, Lisa Wheeler, John Murray and Viki Murray. The exhibition reflects the changes in their works over the last five years, the development of the gallery and exploration of different mediums.
9 – 31 March
Coming soon is an exciting collaboration between a group of Central West artists speaking through painting, weaving, ceramics, sculpture and drawing. The exhibition is by six artists including Kelly Leonard, Jack Randell, Aleshia Lonsdale, Anna Kaineder, Sooty Welsh and Kay Norton-Knight. Their works reflect living and making artwork in a regional context. A variety of materials including fibre, clay, paint, pen and ink and iron, are used to express ideas of place and culture. The strength of the participating artists is in their relationships to country and sense of identity. Kelly Leonard has coordinated the exhibition after seeing a show at the recent biannual regional arts conference ARTLANDS in Dubbo late last year, and wanted to keep these connections going. She believes there are huge benefits in spotlighting the arts activity in our towns and in lighting up the arts connective tissue with other regions.
OBA Gallery Shop >
Our shop stocks all kinds of goodies from local artists, artisans, ceramicists, crafters, professional designers, and creators of sweet, small things.
We are open Monday – Friday, 9am – 4pm.
We are always on the hunt for new creatives and shows so please contact us for an exhibition application or grab one here.
And if you make/bake/stitch/sew or anything and you think it would be a good fit for the shop, you can download the details and have a look!