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West Darling Arts Woven into Broken Hill Fringe Festival

The second ten-day Broken Hill Fringe Festival, held 5 – 15 March has been hailed a success with the West Darling Arts (WDA), literally weaving itself into the festival with a two day basket weaving workshop with local weaver, Ann Evers.

The workshop was sold out with participants ranging from professional artists to people who had never created any form of works previously. The response from this workshop was overwhelming with many requesting repeat workshops in the future.


WDA also hosted a Showcase of Local Broken Hill Artists at its office in the magnificent Heritage Listed building, the Town Hall Façade. This is the first of many exhibitions planned for 2015 with a new exhibition opening every month. The purpose of the showcase was to display the variety and depth of artists in the region. Exhibiting artists ranged from those whose first works were made during a West Darling Arts’  workshop on basketry to the 2015 Far West Emerging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Prize winner through to the internationally exhibited, Geoff de Main. Works included sculptures, carvings, works on canvas and tin, weaving and pottery.

WDA also held a ‘School Kid Art Prize’ Festival in the Outback.  Prizes were awarded in the Junior Primary, Senior Primary and Secondary school divisions. At the opening of the Fringe Festival, winners were announced and presented with a certificate and a $50 gift card from sponsor, Eckersley’s Art and Craft. All entries were on display for the duration of the Fringe in the Argent Street Trader’s shopfronts with the winners on display in the front window of the Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery.

A Country Arts Support Project (CASP) grant of $3,000 contributed to the success of the festival by funding a half day workshop, film and Q & A evening with International Emmy® Award-winning producer Marcus Gillezeau. The half day workshop covered a range of topics including  how to develop a project, audience identification, financing, distribution and marketing and was aimed at both emerging and more established film makers, videographers and documentary makers.

Broken Hill Fringe Festival Coordinator, Ann Rogers said she  was very happy with the numbers in  Mr Gillezeau’s workshop.

‘There was a lot of enthusiasm and I feel the whole workshop was beneficial to up and coming filmmakers and directors,’ Ms Rogers said.

with West Darling Arts