Local Arts News Nicole Welch: Windmill Trust winner
Nicole Welch of Bathurst is this year’s recipient of the Windmill Trust Scholarship for Regional NSW Artists. Nicole predominantly works with digital media and will use the funds provided by the scholarship to complete her Masters of Fine Arts by Research at COFA and in the subsequent development of new work that will be shown at Bathurst Regional Gallery in 2012. Nicole becomes the 15th recipient of the Windmill Trust Scholarship. “Having my work acknowledged and supported by the Windmill Trust Scholarship is really wonderful. I feel encouraged to fully explore my research proposal and to continue with the development of my work, which has recently taken on an exciting new direction,” she said. Read this story in full at www.artsoutwest.org.au/news/local_news.php
See Nicole’s work at www.nicolewelch.com.au
The 2011 CountryScapes exhibition was opened at Bathurst Regional Art Gallery on November 24. Brunswick Heads artist, David Kas was named this year’s winner in Australia’s richest annual art prize for landscape painting. Essential Energy’s Head of Corporate Strategy and Communications, Ben Hamilton, congratulated David and said the work White Mountain presented a dynamic interpretation of a landscape. For the first time in the competition’s history, the Youth Encouragement Award was presented to two artists – Tom Buckland from Oberon and Joel Tonks from Orange. In its ninth year, more than 3,800 artists have entered the coveted Essential Energy Art Prize for Landscape Painting. Finalists will be exhibited at the Bathurst Regional Art Gallery until January 15 2012.
Read more about the 2011 CountryScapes, including interviews with local finalists, in Arts Sunday, December 4.
Irene Ridgeway’s new Peak Hill gallery Aleshia Lonsdale, Aboriginal Arts Development Officer
Artist Irene Ridgeway’s NINDA ART GALLERY will open in December. Irene is an accomplished artist who has been making art for many years. She studied at Monash University in Gippsland Victoria in arts and media. She is also an established printer whose work has been displayed throughout Victoria. After moving to Peak Hill at the beginning of the year she has become involved with the local community working party, and radio station, In the front of the shop Irene will be featuring art works from the Aboriginal community members who live locally and the surrounding districts. The front of the gallery will be for the hanging of art for sale and the back part of the shop will opening up to those who wish to come and do their art works, learn and participate in workshops which she is setting up and running with the local school students through the working party.
Irene is looking forward to working together to create a place of tranquillity and inspiration, to learn from each other and to be able to exhibit our works of art for sale. Contact Irene 0400 049 041.
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Image: Windmill Trust Scholarship presentation in the NAVA office on 10 November 2011. L-R: Tamara Winikoff (NAVA Executive Director), Nicole Welch and Prim Moss (Windmill Trust Scholarship founder).
Image: 2011 Countryscapes winner David Kas with his work White Mountain (wax and oil on ply 120 x 120). Photo: Bathurst Regional Art Gallery.
Image: Artist Irene Ridgeway in the space that will become her gallery in Peak Hill.
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