Where is the Art (WITA) will launch its first touring art exhibition with the opening of the first show at Dubbo’s Basement Studio this Friday.
Titled Crossing Lines: an exhibition of 6x4s the exhibition brings together 24 postcard-sized artworks by 13 artists from Narromine to Lightning Ridge and Crookwell to Lithgow.
Between July and October, the artworks will show at four venues across inland NSW, including Dubbo, Parkes, Lithgow and Coonamble, as well as on the WITA online gallery.
Launched in July 2011, WITA lists artists, galleries, exhibitions, workshops and other events, as well as various other opportunities for those in the visual arts from four regional arts board regions, including Southern Tablelands Arts, Arts OutWest, Orana Arts and Outback Arts.
WITA is run by artist and marketing communications consultant Kim V Goldsmith who is based in Dubbo.
“We’re kicking off the tour in Dubbo, the home of WITA and the place where we launched 12 months ago,” Ms Goldsmith said.
Ms Goldsmith said while it was important to take the work of their artists to the world, it’s equally important to profile the artists in our region within regional NSW.
“I’d like to think this could be the start of more inter-regional collaborations as well as an opportunity to help artists find venues and other more commercial opportunities for their work,” she said.
Ms Goldsmith said that while the artists and galleries were important to visual arts in regional areas flourishing, so too were those who appreciate and buy art.
“By having postcard-sized artworks, they are easily transportable in terms of touring the exhibition, but they are also ultimately affordable, allowing art lovers the chance to buy works by some of our region’s best artists,” she said.
Art lovers can vote for their favourite work in the exhibition through forms at each venue or online via a link on the home page of the Where is the Art website.
The People’s Choice Award
winner will be announced on October 31, winning $200 worth of prizes.
The exhibiting artists are Vicki Gainsford (Narromine), Peita Buchanan (Dubbo), Rowena Galway (Dubbo), Kim V Goldsmith (Dubbo), Walter Graham (Lightning Ridge), Laura Holland (Dubbo), Susan Lawrance (Walgett), Lou Lindsay (Dubbo), Annette Simpson (Geurie), Karrin Thurston (Lightning Ridge), Catherine Ward (Binda), Julie Williams (Lithgow) and Frank Wright (Walgett).
Crossing Lines: an exhibition of 6x4s will show at the following venues/date:
Basement Studio, Macquarie Street, Dubbo July 6 and 7, Parkes Shire Council Library, Bogan Street, Parkes July 23 to August 3, Eskbank House & Museum, Bennett Street, Lithgow August 24 to 26, Outback Arts Gallery, Castlereagh Street, Coonamble from October 2 to 12 or online in the WITA virtual gallery, On Show.
WITA would like to thank the sponsoring venues: Basement Studio, Parkes Shire Council and Outback Arts.
The ongoing support of the regional arts boards is also greatly appreciated.
“The first opening will be the cutting of our birthday cake by Orana Arts Regional Arts Development Officer Alicia Leggett.
“Our last show will be in Coonamble at the Outback Arts Gallery where we’ll have a closing ceremony with the Outback Arts RADO Jamie-Lea Hodges officiating.”
“Often artists and art lovers in the north of the state aren’t familiar with the work of those further south and vice versa,” she said.
“The artists in this exhibition are all keen to hear from people who enjoy their work, which means that even if a work has sold, they are happy to take calls or emails from those who like their work and are interested in similar pieces or commissions.”