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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


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.

 Inta (rockholes) at Pilla Tjintjin

Alice Namatjara
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

“Wild” works by Margot Stephens, Warwick & Toni Behrens

 Wild opens tomorrow evening at Fairview ArtSpace @ 6pm – Wednesday 21st August

Wine sponsored by The Small Winemakers Cellar Door & Canapes by Lesley Byfield Papworth.  Sam Paine will open the exhibition.

Take the opportunity to share the evening and enjoy the experience of talking with the artists.


Breathe Margot Stephens
Ceramic figure

Stephens obtained a Bachelor in Visual Arts at City Art Institute (now C.O.F.A.) Where Marea Gazzard head of the Ceramics department was an inspiration.

Stephens went on to study the Maiolica technique in Italy and returned to Mudgee to establish a professional studio in1988.

 Working predominately in Gulgong’s Puggoon pink earthenware for ceramic sculptures Stephens has pursued an interest in colour with form utilizing a variety of glaze techniques, including under glaze, onglaze and precious metal lustres.

Her work has been exhibited with S.O.F.A. (Sculpture, Object and Functional Art) New York and Chicago, and Art London in the UK. 

  Stephens continues to work from her studio near Mudgee where her time is divided between building a light earth cottage with her husband from locally sourced materials, teaching Drawing and Sculpture through Mudgee Creative Collective, and sculpting on a commission basis.

 “Magical Realism,” is the style of the work she is currently exploring, as everyday events in isolation seem extraordinary and through a drawing or sculpture become allegorical compositions.


Antlers – Warwick Behrens
Graphite on paper

Warwick Behrens  

 After almost a decade of  hermitting away from fine illustration I was inspired to take up a pencil again at the beckoning of an inquiring ram skull. And from the moment I started and through to the end of the drawing I felt at home.

The wild and basic nature of a subject is what I seek to find. If I see it, I draw it.

The large format illustrated works have been drawn onto Stonehenge 250gsm archival paper using Generals 9XXB graphite pencil.


Hullo Spotty Dog – Toni Behrens

 Toni Behrens

        Welcome to ‘the wild’
Ashon & Coby slipped on their new beanies instantly transforming them into a wise
owl and an adventurous little bear. Together they went on a quest to find treasure
they crossed rivers they climbed mountains & fought dragons they built teepee’s
and made swords from the forest tree’s.
Today its a trip to the north pole & tomorrow we might be going on a bear hunt.
New discoveries are never far away! It is this spirit of adventure and connection to
‘the wild’ that has fueled this current body of work.
I enjoy working in watercolour for the freedom of the material and the loose lines I
can create and I love printmaking for the process and the often unpredictable results.
I will often experiment with an idea trying many different mediums till I find
the one that suits the subject matter of the body of work.
I draw from direct influences in my world about me; all that I see, feel and experience
finds its way into my art making. From memories of my childhood, growing up
in Mudgee through to patterns & design that occur in nature. I have always loved
good design. The artists I most admire are Brett Whitely, Russell Drysdale and
Shaun Tan, each having a unique way of recording the world around them.


Great night for the Printmakers at Fairview ArtSpace.

Printmakers Miriam Cullen, Kay Norton Knight, Helen Brancatisano & Jutta Fuhrmans are 4 exuberant women with a passion for their art form. The collection of work in Plate, Paper, Block is diverse, exciting witty and technically sound. Well recognized local artist  Margot Stephens opened the show, speaking of  the value of the art form and its role and prevalence over the centuries.

Margot introduced each of the artists and spoke to their work, its strengths and direction

It is an exciting new focus for the gallery and there will be much to offer the viewers throughout the year.

I have added some images from each of the artists on show.

Don’t miss the opportunity to catch the show – in place till Monday 8th April 2013

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Line Shape Form

Line  Shape Form an exciting exhibition by three vibrant female artists from the region showcase their work during the Wine festival time in Mudgee.

The exhibition was opened by renowned textile artist Jan Irvine Nealie. Jan is a great supporter of the arts and offered a very comprehensive and generous assessment of the work and encouraged the audience to stop, be still and to look into each work, ensuring that the joyous process of creating art is never undervalued.


Laura, Sarah, Sam & Jan Irvine Nealie

Sarah Robinson, Samantha Brown & Laura Burghaus

Exhibition runs from 22nd August – 24th September 2012


Opening night 22nd August at Fairview ArtSpace

Sarah Robinson won the Fairview ArtSpace cash prize & exhibition opportunity at Art UnLimited Dunedoo 2011 and finally the time has come to exhibit her contemporary work at the ArtSpace. Sarah has engaged two of her colleagues to exhibit with her. The combination of these artists’ work will be extraordinary.

Sarah uses gauche, ink & biro as her preferred mediums. They allow her to mix fine sharp lines, shape and form with textural colour components.  Using these techniques the viewer is drawn in to the work and encouraged to engage with the spirit of the journey. Her contemporary images are exciting and compelling.

Samantha Brown will present a series of 10 photographs of the human form

Sam decided to be involved in this exhibition to push her creative boundaries and break away from the more formal & structured elements of wedding photography.

“I wanted to express & capture a darker side of my black and white photography.  I shot in the first morning light and at dusk.  No flash was used as I wanted to use the natural light to see how it interacted with the human body”.

Laura Burghaus  I am a dress maker by trade so the pieces that I have chosen, used fabric as my canvas and the human body as my medium to print on to the fabric. The pieces I have create are inspired and an homage to Yves Klein.




Circle of friends – screen print series – Sarah Robinson


Love in May – Sarah Robinson


Samantha Brown’s work – tree roots