Art camp updates

In May 2019 i led a art camp to the southern murchison of WA .Ably supported by John and Bridget we based ourselves at Noongal station and 11 artists from a range of backgrounds spent a week creating , From wild dog sculptures to jewellery made from found objects , paintings on corrugated iron , bush dying and local dirt used in mixed media work the creations poured forth. The country is wild and remote pastoral country, hard and beautiful ,amazing sunrises greeted us every morning and birdsong filled the air.Most people chose to camp with a few settling for comfortable beds in the shearers quarters , Camp fire cooking supplemented the incredible food coming from the rudimentary kitchen , Bridget and John never stopped and i was amazed how much creative types eat.

Collecting trips to historic mining sites were a treasure trove for some with broken glass and wire and tin proving to hard to pass up and over the week these became treasures laden with history from times gone by.

Camp Kitchen

Camp Kitchen

Andrews gift to Noongal 2019

Andrews gift to Noongal 2019

The station owner Ellen supported by her partner Trevor were a constant throughout the camp offering local knowledge and support as well as opening their hearts and their home to us outback hospitality at its best. Artists set up work stations around the environs of homestead and shearers quarters and there was a constant exchange of ideas and techniques between participants , the days blurred and life in the rangelands took on a timelessness , work took on aspects of the country , raw earthy tones , muted greens and big open blue spaces. people relaxed got a bit dirty, collaborated and had fun. The last night saw music and performance spontaneously take off around the fire creativity had gone from the abstract to the surreal with Trevors whip cracking and rendition of the man from iron bark a highlight.

collaboration in progress

collaboration in progress

Amazing food

Amazing food

Warming up at sunrise

Warming up at sunrise

Camp oven cooking

Camp oven cooking

And then before we knew it we were packed and heading back to other lives carrying memories and dust and new friendships with us

Thanks to all the participants it was fantastic having you all along for the ride

Tony

Im planning another art camp 1st week in October 2019 to be held at Noongal , the rains been falling the countries fresh opportunity beckons, tell your friends and contact me .

Will post full details in the next week

Matthew Docherty