Podcasts – Western Connections

Western Connections is a series of interviews and chats with artists, arts workers and various people within the industry who have some kind of rural or regional connection.  Whether they live and work in the country, exhibit in regional or rural areas, have country based studios or perhaps they originated from a country town. Whatever the connection, they are linked in some way to country areas.

17 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.

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.

08 April 2018 Peter Solness is an award winning photographer with over 35 yearsindustry experience. Peter’s recent photographic work is in 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.

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.


18 February 2018 John McRae – The first chat in the series 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.