Nature Photography on the Goldfields

Nature Photography on the Goldfields

The expression “taking photographs” is a curious and revealing usage. In English, we don’t “make” photographs, we “take” them. When photographing nature – wildlife, plants, landscapes – it can seem that the photographer “captures” a beauty already there, taking something that belongs to the subject, but without diminishing the subject.

Bronwyn Silver, Geoff Park and Patrick Kavanagh roam the goldfields of Central Victoria, stealing images of the beauty they find. Birds, mammals, plants, insects. Not even mosses and lichens are safe from their pilfering ways!

While the targets of their larceny are unaffected by the process, these thieves have been profoundly altered by the images they’ve stolen from the wild, seeing more deeply into the wonders of the natural environment. They are happy to share their bounty at Newstead Arts Hub this December.

Opening Hours 10 am – 4 pm

  • Sat 1/12 & Sun 2/12
  • Sat 8/12 & Sun 9/12
  • Sat 15/12 & Sun 16/12
  • Sat 22/12 & Sun 23/12

Exhibition launch Sunday 2/12 11 am

Praying Mantis by Patrick Kavanagh

Lichenscape by Bronwyn Silver

Eastern Yellow Robin by Geoff Park

Expression of interest to exhibit – 2019

Newstead Railway Arts hub is accepting expressions of interest to exhibit in 2019.

We would be delighted to be contacted by artists who live or work in our local community or from further afield. The exhibition space is suited to solo or group shows.

The conditions of entry can be found on the website here:

Please email us newsteadartshub@gmail.com  by December 20th 2018 to indicate your interest, providing the following information:

  1. Your name and address
  2. The preferred dates to exhibit (exhibitions run monthly)
  3. Two representational images which is indicative of your work/ your groups work
  4. A short description of the work in three sentences.

A shortlist will be in accordance of the Arts Hubs priority which is:

  • Building creative networks in our region
  • Supporting arts activities in Newstead
  • Working with the Newstead community

After the expressions of interest close the management committee of the Arts Hub will shortlist the applications according to the diversity of artistic ideas, fit the creative rationale with the Arts Hub priorities and the dates proposed.

The Hubs decision will be final but some feedback will be provided if desired.

A busy spring at the Hub

The Arts Hub Committee (and Garden sub-committee) has been busy meeting and planning stages for the planned landscaping around the Railway Building. The application for Pick and Project was not successful, but we thank the 124 people who did vote for our project. It wasn’t a bad response for a small town. We are still sorting out how to move ahead to create the first part of the plan and have submitted an application to the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) to assist with implementation.

On the exhibition front things have also been busy and vibrant. We have just farewelled a wonderful exhibition called Menagerie by Tegan Wheeldon & Laura Gibbs.  The artists utilized intriguing methods of printmaking and painting to explore their interest in the natural world. Gibbs’ birds were beautifully finely painted in watercolour. Wheeldon utilized techniques of frottage and relief printing to explore a fusion of insect and textile.

The weekend of Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st October will feature an exhibition inspired by Hansel and Gretel. It is called NIBBLE NIBBLE and will be open from 4pm until 8pm both days. The students from Newstead Primary School will provide a different view of the railway station. Come along and see what they have created. If you miss this visual experience you can see it again on the following Friday 26th, Saturday 27th and Sunday 27th October from 4pm until 8pm.

Closely following this there will be an exhibition called Diversity. This will feature a well-known local identity, Ellen Hansa, along with Merete Hansa, Kari Tanberg, Joan Ledwich and Sean Stanya. The opening will be at 2pm on November 3rd. Everyone is welcome to come along.