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Right Here Now - Regional Arts Australia National Visual Arts Showcase 2015

Broken Hill artist Rick Ball and five young artists will represent NSW when they join sixteen of Australia’s leading regional artists in the Right Here Now Regional Arts Australia National Visual Arts Showcase next week at the Musuem of Australian Democracy -Old Parliament House.

Right Here Now will be opened next Tuesday, 17 November in Kings Hall, by Edmund Capon AM, OBE, former Director of the Art Gallery of New South Wales

Young Menindee based artists Taya Biggs, Jade Cicak, Neil Mitchell, Joseph Newman and Tahlia Philp collaborated with mentor Rick Ball to develop new works. The works drew inspiration from the freedoms associated with living in a remote community far from the creative gravitational pull of a major urban centre such as Sydney.

The mentorship built on the existing creative arts program run through the Menindee Central School which has well established creative exchanges with Sydney based schools and cultural institutions including the Museum of Contemporary Art.

Mentor and art teacher Rick Ball draws inspiration from the deep past of the Menindee environment while sharing skills with the town’s young, emerging artists that encourages creative risk-taking in their work.

Regional Arts Australia president, Kate Fielding, said she was delighted this diverse exhibition of regional artists was being held in the nation’s capital.

‘Regional Australia has a distinctive and exciting artistic voice, and is clearly a place where artistic excellence can and is flourishing. Australian artists at the cutting edge have always sought out regional and remote places, not because they are in the middle of nowhere, but because they are rich and exciting places where people feel at the centre of everything,’ Kate said.

‘Especially in regional communities, artists and arts workers help build strong communities, generate jobs and make a significant contribution to cultural export and tourism,’  Kate added.

Right Here Now is a prime example of the interrelationships between a vibrant creative culture and an engaged democracy. Regional Arts Australia has partnered with the Museum of Australian Democracy, Old Parliament House, highlighting the important roles that regions play in the political, social and artistic landscape of our nation.

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