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Outback Archies Tour Hits the Road

After its opening stint including the awarding of prizes at Outback Arts, the fifth Outback Archies moves to 2828 Gallery, Gulargambone  from next Monday 12 October until Friday, 30 October 2015.

Held annually, the exhibition features artworks from across Western NSW from the two regional arts boards, Outback Arts and Orana Arts, and covers a huge area from Dubbo north to the Queensland border.

This year 49 artworks in the three mediums of  Open Art (painting, etching, sketching, pastel), Photography and Sculpture explored the theme of Legends and Landscapes.

Winning artworks came from both regional arts boards.

Chris Kunko from Dubbo took out first place in the Open Art section for Afternoon Blues, an oil painting of his son, while second place was awarded to Amanda Tout of Tomingley for her graphite drawing Nature’s Dancer

In Photography, Mardi Remond of Walgett won with her portrait Don.  Jordan Shillingsworth of Dubbo tool out second place for his landscape Westside Train Track.

The Sculpture category was won by Tallah Deans Looten from Galargambone for her ceramic sculptures Back in my Day, with David Pickard from Bourke taking second place for his detailed woodburning Stealing the Future. David also won the People’s Choice Award.

The Most Outstanding Inidigenous Artist award went to Darryl Ferguson, of Lightning Ridge, for his carved didgeridoo ‘Waraba’.

Outback Arts Regional Arts Development Officer Jamie-Lea Hodges, said the 2015 exhibition featured the most impressive and varied range of artworks and styles yet.

‘Every year the exhibition provides an invaluable creative opportunity for our residents and really showcases the amazing artistic talent we have in our communities. It was interesting to see people’s different interpretations of the theme and how they view their landscapes and experiences of living in regional communities,’ Jamie-Lea said.

‘This year we had so many different styles and techniques which made it tough for our judges.’

Jamie-Lea said she hoped the exhibition would continue to expand and include an opportunity for artists from the two regions to highlight their work.

‘The exhibition has grown so much in the past five years and we hope to continue on with that legacy. Plans are already underway for next year with some new exciting changes.’

“We would also like to thank everyone involved as we could not have done this without the support of the community, the artists and our sponsors. Our community, both locally and further afield are the reason we have this opportunity to showcase the diverse talents from across NSW right here in the Outback Arts region.”

Outback Archies Touring Schedule

2828 Gallery, Gulargambone   |   Monday, 12 October 2015 – Friday, 30 October 2015

Lightning Ridge Arts and Crafts Council   |   Tuesday, 3 November 2015 – Friday 20 November 2015

Walgett Library   |   Tuesday, 24 November 2015 – Friday, 11 December 2015

Bourke Tourist Information Centre   |   Tuesday, 15 December 2015 – Saturday, 30 January 2016

Dubbo Fire Station Arts Centre   |   Monday, 8 February 2016 – Friday 18 March 2016

With Outback Arts