A field all foreground and equally all background

Our June workshop is fast approaching, with the clear winter air at this time of the year we’re using it as an opportunity to remember Les Murray, a poet piercing the depth of a rural experience in country far to the south of Stanthorpe.

This is a painting and drawing workshop, participants are encouraged to bring materials of their choice, we will also provide a selection specific to the weekend’s aims. The Haneena Hill homestead provides a warm and comfortable board and accommodation over the weekend.

This quote from Murray’s poem Equanimity sets the theme for the June workshop:
Fire-prone place-names apart
there is only love; there are no Arcadias.
Whatever its variants of meat-cuisine, worship, divorce,
human order has at heart
an equanimity. Quite different from inertia, it’s a place
where the churchman’s not defensive, the indignant aren’t on the qui vive,
the loser has lost interest, the accountant is truant to remorse,
where the farmer has done enough struggling-to-survive
for one day, and the artist rests from theory—
where all are, in short, off the high comparative horse
of their identity.
Almost beneath notice, as attainable as gravity, it is
a continuous recovering moment.

Please checkout reference pages on the website for information regarding workshop schedule and what to bring.

We look forward to hearing from you.

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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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