Not the Way Home | 13 Artists Paint the Desert

Twelve months in the making, Not the Way Home | 13 Artists Paint the Desert, has opened to to great success at the National Trust S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney.

Not the Way Home | S.H. Ervin Gallery – photograph by Jason Davis | www.jdimages.com.au

In May 2011, we led 13 artists to Fowlers Gap – an Arid Zone Research Station managed by the University of New South Wales, 90 minutes west of Broken Hill – for a two-week arts laboratory. Sponsored by the internationally renowned Winsor & Newton, who supplied a wide variety of fine art materials, we invited the artists to create a body of work that responded to their time in the landscape.

The project was documented daily on a project blog, managed by ABC Open producer Sean O’Brien, then chronicled in Issue 18 of the magazine through a series of essays by writer James Compton and studio interviews with Owen Craven, the exhibition’s curator, both of whom accompanied the artists on the tour. These two media platforms allowed readers the unique opportunity to follow the artists’ creative journeys from the very beginnings and back into the studios, where they tackled with their ideas and memories of the space and place to make a series of work for exhibition. Duck Print Fine Art also joined the tour, producing a box set of prints – one print by each artist.

Not the Way Home | S.H. Ervin Gallery – photograph by Jason Davis | www.jdimages.com.au

Not the Way Home at Sydney’s S.H. Ervin Gallery sees the final instalment of project – an exhibition of work from each of the participating artists that will tour nationally until 2013. Running until 1 July, the gallery hosts a series of floor talks by the artists every Sunday afternoon at 3pm.

Until 1 July
S.H. Ervin Gallery
Observatory Hill, The Rocks

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