Reflections on the Summer Cool Workshop

The artists who participated in the Summer Cool workshop brought a considerable skill base and quality of aesthetic decisions to bear in the presence of the natural environment of Haneena Hill.

Necessarily these encounters are improvisations as the sites are complex interactive ecologies. we arrive at a forest textured with stringy bark, the geometry of cypress and scribbled lines of angophra, interlace with large fallen timber glowing surfaces of red and yellow fungus.

A stone ledge or entire granite hillside, a group of ancient lichen covered boulders giving pause to reflect on the formative geological processes in deep time, their volumes misted by acacia and melaleuca foliage.

Artwork by Lynda Shale

Each workshop here has a freshness in the encounter between the complex natural landscape and the artist whose own complexities are encouraged into the spaces between two natures.

Artwork by Yeen Danser

The outdoor art making and interior living, meals and conversation combine for a successful weekend.

Find out more:

  1. Workshops dates in 2019
  2. Reviews by participating artists
  3. Sample Itinerary
Artwork by Sandy Dunstan

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Nameer Davis BAHo, MA maintains a full-time studio practice together with weekly teaching in painting and drawing at the Brisbane Institute of Art. Born in England, growing up in Nigeria, Australia and the UK, with extensive travels to China and Europe, Nameer's work reflects a diversity of cultural influences most recently through pattern and textile. Barbara Penrose BAHo, MA exhibits regularly and has numerous public art commissions across Brisbane and Regional Queensland. In 2006 and in 2011 Barbara was the recipient of Australia Council grants for experienced artist to produce new work. With a background in installation art, sculpture and painting, her current practice mediates between painting, drawing and ceramics.

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