Professional photographer, Hamish Ta-mé, not only prepared the ground well for his tree change from Sydney to Bowral in early 2012 by being the initiator of Creative Table, but, through the successful application for a Country Arts Support Program (CASP) from Regional Arts NSW, is giving other artists in the area opportunities in a pop-up exhibition and workshop space in Bowral.
To date 20 artists have expressed interest to be involved in the 10000Paces project. These include ceramicists, painters, photographers, sculptors, a woodworker and the maker of handmade bicycles.
The name is a reference to the catchment area for the pool of artists.
‘We’re drawing the artists from a radius of 10000 paces or 15 kilometres from the shopfront and the concept is to have a continuous cycle of one or two week long exhibitions with the exhibiting artist spending a day a month in the gallery with sales staff and also running workshops in their specialty area,’ Ta-mé said.
‘It’s an exciting concept and one that we hope will expand as more people become involved. We’ve also had interest from some of the local vineyards to supply wine for any openings that we have,’ he said.
As part of the application for the $3,000 CASP grant application, Ta-mé had to discuss the project with the local Regional Arts Board, Southern Tablelands Arts (STARTS) and its RADO, Susan Conroy.
‘STARTS has been delighted by feedback from Hamish that we’ve been part of the growth of Creative Table through promoting it on the website and through our Facebook page,’ Susan said.
‘It’s been a great initiative for networking among the arts community in the Wingecarribee local government area.’
Creative Table, which is open to all creatives living and working in the Bowral area, meeting next on Friday, 8 August at Biota Dining.
More information about the 10000Paces project is available from Hamish Ta-mé on 0428 294 569 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
When – 2nd Friday of every month
Where – Biota, Kangaloon Road, Bowral NSW
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/groups/creativetable