Stories of Recovery from the Bush

The Benevolent Society and Western Sydney University invite you to an empowering photographic and narrative exhibition celebrating the lives of people living with complex mental health. The exhibition explores what works in the service system and community to effectively support people experiencing complex mental illness.

A full research report will also be available at the event.

The exhibition was opened by Bradley Foxlewin, Deputy Commissioner,  Mental Health Commission NSW with Special Guest Speaker Dr Catherine Camden Pratt,Snr Lecturer Master of Art Therapy, Western Sydney University.

The opening event included entertainment and speeches from people with a lived experience of Mental Health challenges in rural and regional NSW.

A powerful and moving exhibition

New Blown Glassware in the gallery

I have just visited with Glas artist and designer ken Jasper and he has a series of frosted and clear bottles available.

Along with bringing back a glorious selection of bottles I have selected two of his vases  to show and sell.

Oh yes and a selection of egg paper weights with jelly fish inside. fabulous!DSC_0606

Perfect gifts for a special celebration or for you Christmas gift to someone special.DSC_0603DSC_0607DSC_0610

Last weekend for “From the Bush”

Don’t miss the opportunity to see Lynne Sung, heather Kepski & Laurie Webster’s works @ Fairview ArtSpace.

The works will all come down on Monday so try and make your visit over the next four days.

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Women of Substance at Fairview ArtSpace

Preparing for the next exhibition at the gallery.


Commences on Thursday 28th August 2014

Runs through the wine festival finishing up on Monday 29th September 2014.

the exhibition is made up of a broad representation of female artists from the Mid Western Region including painters, print makers, textile artists, pen and ink work, jewelers and sculptors. The show is shaping up to a very full and inspiring experience.

Though FAS is not hosting an official opening the artists will be meeting at the gallery on Saturday 30th August to meet with people and walk you through their works. Come out and take the opportunity to have a coffee, chat with the artists and learn about techniques employed. The girls will be in the gallery from 2pm till …..

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Totem Poles & Dreaming

Kay Booker’s Totem Poles dominated the rooms at Fairview ArtSpace from the moment the assembly was complete.

Diversity of technique, colour and texture allows each piece to stand both as an individual and as part of a storyline.

These pieces are made to be put outside and will stand the test of weathering.What a wonderful installation for your garden space.

Kay spoke about her travels to Japan and the inspiration gained from these trips in regards to her art practice.

The architecture, the gardens, relationship to spiritual culture and the ceramic exposure has a representation in this work.

The support selection of Australian indiginous artwork enhances the totems and evokes a storytelling of its own.

Organic in its nature, this is a show not to miss .


Kay Booker’s Totem poles



Totem poles & Dreaming

The next exhibition opens Wednesday 2nd April @ 6.30pm at Fairview ArtSpace

Kay Booker from Marangaroo brings her totem poles to Mudgee.


“Totem Poles in many cultures have numerous symbolic representational meanings. For me the totem pole represents unity – ability to represent paths achieved within one’s life time – dignity, accomplishments, prestige, adventures, stories, rights and prerogatives” by Kay Booker.

The shapes and textures of these pieces add a storyline of their own. The three dimensional ceramic forms and glazes make for very compelling works.

Kay’s work is supported by a collection of well recognized Australian Indigenous artists.Close-up

Gloria Petyarre, Betty Mbitjana, Lily Cambell Napangardi, Dorothy Napangardi, Willy Tjungurrayi,  Louise Numina, Michael Huddleston are all represented in this showing.

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Awelye Bush Melon

The narrative and the connection with the land makes them a perfect fit.

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Inta (rockholes) at Pilla Tjintj

“Lost Child in the Bush” a series of works by artist Filippa Buttitta

Opening night for this exciting and emotive series of work is Saturday 22nd February @ 7pm

Come along and meet Filippa and enjoy Lesley Byfield Papworth’s Canapes partnered with wines by the Small Winemakers Centre.

The exhibition runs through till Monday 31st march


The ‘Lost Child in the Bush’ series



Filippa Buttitta


The ‘Lost Child in the Bush’ is a durable and potent Australian image. In the mid-to-late 19th century, incidents of children lost in the bush received significant press coverage, and were the subject of artists’ renderings and fictionalised re-tellings in poems and stories. Portrayals of struggle, survival, danger and tragedy in the bush have become part of the Australian psyche and the ways the ‘Lost Child in the Bush’ has contributed to the shaping of Australian identity fascinates Buttitta most. An examination into its history as a powerful projection of our nations’ cultural representation has motivated Buttitta to ‘reinterpret’ the theme not only through the eyes of a mother but also as a contemporary female artist. 

This series of works explore the historical ‘Lost Child in the Bush’ theme in a contemporary context. Buttitta uses her own daughter as the figure of the lost child to re-interpret historic stories, works of art, literature and films about children becoming lost. The ideas behind these images have been fuelled by actual tragic stories of children being lost and explore ideas about being lost in the Mount Carcalgong, Hill End, Sofala and the Rylstone areas in NSW.

In contrast to the often far removed and distant depictions of children in painting as identified in the work of prominent historical male artists, Buttitta places the child in the foreground and projects a more intimate and confrontational approach to the lost child in the eyes of a female artist and mother – a pursuit that may have been attempted by historic female artists depicting their own children but may have been lost or excluded in the history of the theme’s documentation as a significant theme contributing to our nation’s cultural identity.

Look forward to seeing you at Fairview ArtSpace


Lost Child Sleeping by Filippa Buttitta