Art Vox Podcasts

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ART VOX is my podcast series of interviews with artists, writers, producers, photographers and cultural storytellers from rural and regional Australia and countries around the world.

I first started collecting interviews with people during my residency in Beijing with Red Gate Gallery in 2016.

I’d like to thank all the people who have generously contributed to my ongoing series.



Nikki Gemmell is the best-selling author of thirteen novels and four works of non-fiction. Her books have been translated into 22 languages. She was born in Wollongong, New South Wales and lived in London for many years, but has now returned to Australia. Her distinctive writing has gained her critical acclaim in France, where she’s been described as a “female Jack Kerouac”. The French literary magazine Lire has included her in a list of what it called the fifty most important writers in the world – those it believes will have a significant influence on the literature of the 21st century.

Karly Lane

Karly Lane lives on the mid-north coast of New South Wales. Proud mum to four children and wife of one very patient mechanic, she is lucky enough to spend her day doing the two things she loves most – being a mum and writing stories set in beautiful rural Australia.
Her bestselling novels include North StarMorgan’s LawBridie’s ChoicePoppy’s DilemmaGemma’s BluffTallowood BoundSecond Chance TownThird Time LuckyIf Wishes Were HorsesSix Ways to SundaySomeone Like YouFool Me OnceSomething Like ThisTake Me Home and the bestselling Callahans of Stringybark Creek series – The Wrong CallahanMr Right Now, and Return to Stringybark Creek. Karly Lane’s seventeenth novel, Take Me Home (May 2021), was inspired by her own recent journey through beautiful, mysterious Scotland.

Sami Bayly

Sami Bayly is a natural history illustrator based in Armidale, NSW, who loves all things weird and wonderful. She finds the beauty and importance of all animals regardless of their appearance, and hopes to share her appreciation with others.
Sami’s first book, The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Ugly Animals, won the Children’s Indie Book of the Year Award and the Australian Book Design Award for Younger Readers. It was a CBCA Honour Book and was shortlisted for an ABIA Book of the Year for Younger Children and longlisted for the ABA Booksellers’ Choice 2020 Book of the Year Awards. Her second book, The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Dangerous Animals, was shortlisted for the Children’s Indie Book of the Year 2020 and the CBCA Eve Pownall Award, an ABIA Book of the Year for Younger Children and an Australian Book Design Award for Younger Readers.

Bernadette Trela

Bernadette Trela is a practicing painter and teacher.  She has studied Fine Arts and Visual Arts Degrees, including Post Graduate Studies from the Sydney based institutes NAS, SCA and COFA. Bernadette has been a finalist in the Salon des Refuse, Paddington Art Prize, among others and has won the Waverley/Woollahra Art Prize and Northbridge Art Prize.
Bernadette’s solo exhibitions have included shows at Mary Place, Ivan Doherty UNSW, Verge Gallery Sydney Uni, Sheffer Gallery and her work has been shown in a range of group exhibitions at NAS, COFA, SCA and may other locations since the late 1990’s.
Her practice references Northern European Romantic sensibilities and the notions of the Sublime while exploring ambiguity in paint and surface. You can visit Bernadette’s website and social media pages to see more of her work online and you can see works in the flesh at Bondi’s 2026 Gallery. 

Diana Plater; Author, Writer and Jounalist

Diana Plater is an Australian author, journalist, travel writer and teacher. Her latest book is Whale Rock, a novel set in Sydney, the NSW south coast and Nicaragua. It won Gold for Popular Literary Fiction in the Global Ebook Awards 2019.
You can find out more about Diana’s impressive career and other publications on her website You can purchase Whale Rock at these online locations: MoshShop and SmashWords, as well as Amazon, Amazon UK and Amazon Australia and Booktopia.
In store it’s available at Gleebooks in Glebe, Sydney and Muse Books in Canberra.


Fleur MacDonald; Artist

Artist Fleur MacDonald and I had a great day in Kandos recently and recorded this conversation. Fleur has been a professional practising painter since 1985 and has exhibited widely.  Her work is held in many collections around the world.
Fleur’s upcoming exhibition is not to be missed at the Western Plains Cultural Centre in Dubbo. opening Saturday 22 February 2020.


June August; American silk screen artist

Recorded July 2018 – Women are central themes in the work of June August, an American artist known for her large, vibrant and clever screen prints.  With an MFA from Tufts University in Boston, June has work in the permanent collection of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts among other collections.  A year spent as a Research Fellow at the University of Fine Arts in Tokyo has deeply influenced her work and her continued international art practice finds her producing work in Paris and Edinburgh.  You can find our more about June and her work at
June and myself were exhibitors at the Parallax Art Fair in 2018 where we met and recorded this interview. June’s work is on display at Parallax once again this February 16 & 17, 2019 at Kensington Town Hall, London.


Western Connections

Ana Young; Interdisciplinary artist

Recorded July 2018 –  Ana Young is an interdisciplinary artist who likes to work across drawing, painting and sculptural installations.  Her work has been displayed in the Tom Bass Scuplture Prize, the Dobell, Fisher’s Ghost and Kedumba Awards and at Chalkhorse Gallery in Sydney. Most recently her work was displayed as part of the Bush to Bay: Hinton and the Artists’ Camps exhibition at Mosman Art Gallery.  Coming soon, you can see her work as part of another group exhibition at the Broadhurst Gallery, which is part of the Hazelhurst Regional Gallery. 25 Aug – 04 Sept. 2018. Ana has a studio in Hill End and has produced various works there over the years.


Western Connections

Peter Solness; Light Painter

Recorded 08 April 2018 – Peter Solness is an award winning photographer with over 35 years industry experience.
Peter’s recent photographic work is that of a genre called Light Painting. Twice awarded the NSW Parliamentary Plein Air Photographic Prize for his Light Painting images, he is coming out to the Central West to conduct workshops and is available for bookings.
This podcast was used in Peter’s exhibition Lamplight at Bathurst Regional Art Gallery 2019.


Kerry Negara; Documentary maker, writer and producer

Recorded October 2018 – Melbourne based documentary maker Kerry Negara came to Sydney to speak at the opening of my exhibition A Portrait of Landscape and Time in Hill End at Leichhardt Library. Kerry spoke about her experience researching and making the film A Loving Friend. Kerry’s impressive production about artist Donald Friend’s self confessed paedophilia in Bali, highlights the trail of damage he caused and the appalling disappointing attitude of some art elites.  Her film has influenced my project, inspiring my own research and the making of some paintings in response.  Follow the link below to listen to our conversation.
This interview contains ADULT content


Western Connections

John McRae; Photographer

Recorded 18 February 2018 –  This chat is with photographer John McRae.  He lives in Sydney but grew up in regional Victoria and is taking his next exhibition “Spot the Arab” to Ballarat to exhibit at the Backspace Gallery. he talks with me about how he developed his exhibition and the themes within it.


Western Connections

Rosemary Valadon; Painter

18 March 2018 Rosemary Valadon – Hill End based artist Rosemary Valadon is a regular in the Archibald, Sulman, Blake and Portia Geach Art Prizes.  She chats about living and working in regional NSW, her art practice and process and upcoming exhibitions in Orange, Sydney and Maitland.

January in Beijing


Pathways to China

Brian Wallace; Gallerist Beijing

Recorded January 2016 – During a fantastic Red Gate Gallery Residency in China, 2016, I conducted interviews with various artists and gallerists as part of my research in Beijing .  I’m calling the series Pathways to China and I hope you enjoy meeting some of the people I chatted with while I was there! The first interview is with Australian Brian Wallace, founder of Red Gate Gallery in Beijing.


Western Connections

Kylie Shead; Creative Producer

Recorded 01 May 2018 –  Kylie Shead is the Creative Producer at Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre and a driving force behind the biennial Catapult Festival and annual Writers’ and Readers’ Festival.  Kylie trained at NIDA, has worked on large scale projects and theatre productions and thrives on bringing events into fruition!  Listen to our chat here and head along to the festival 4-6 May 2018.

ART VOX  Lucy Jean Green; Kinetic artist and paper sculptor

While I was in London, July 2018. I was invited to present my Kate Kelly: Sister of an Outlaw paintings and book at the Parallax Art Fair and I gave a talk at the Kensington Central Library, London. I took the opportunity to interview a number of artists who were also exhibiting their works. Thanks to those artists who were great company and interesting people!
Lucy Jean Green – – Lucy is a kinetic artist and paper sculptor whose beautiful work is often displayed in bell jars or small glass fronted boxes.  The stage like interiors showcase beautifully handcrafted mini stages or sets, often featuring mythological stories about birds which echo the elegant wing movement via a side crank.

 ART VOX  Lester Robinson; Framer, UK

Recorded July 2018 – Simon Robinson and Son is a framing business based in Cambridge in the UK.  Lester Robinson had a chat with Rebecca about art and framing and the exciting London National Gallery Grand Tour Project they were a part of.  Lester has also done framing for the Hammond exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum which consisted of hundreds of black and white photographs.  You can find out more at

ART VOX  Judith Brenner; Painter

Recorded July 2018 – Judith Brenner is an English painter who works with the themes of alchemy.  Using metal powders and experimenting with other materials on canvas, her works evolve and change as a matter of chemistry and they reflect the energy of various environments and landscapes that inspire her.  If you’d like to see her work, visit or pop in to an open day at Wimbledon Studios in London.  She’ll be at the Wimbledon Art Fair 15-18 November and is also exhibiting her life drawing works in a show with Anneka Rice from Nov 27 –  Dec 8 at the OSO Arts Centre in Barnes London .
Judith and I met at Parallax Art Fair in London July 2018, where we were both exhibiting and we recorded this chat.