What are the chances of five artists living near each other, on the same road?
And what is the likelihood of them meeting and developing an exhibition?
That’s just what’s happened to Macedon Ranges residents, Anton Hasell, Brigit Heller, Mike Jones, Heather McCormack and Gemma Nightingale. They all live on the Burke & Wills Track, in the Mia Mia, Sidonia, Banyton and Lancefield areas.
“The track is pretty long. It covers three shires,” Brigit Heller confirmed.
“Being artists from a rural community, we already knew each other. I applied for an arts grant to commemorate the Black Saturday fires.
“Although we were not directly affected, we were by the Benloch fire earlier this year.”
The grant application to Regional Arts Victoria was successful. The five creatives joined forces, and developed a 3D exhibition, “POST”.
Reflecting on rural communities, the challenges they face and the resilience they develop in response to crisis, provided the path for interpretation.
“POST has three sub-themes,” Brigit said.
“The first is post boxes. Second, post-fire, the aftermath and rebuilding. And third, fence posts.
“It’s pretty amazing to see how everyone has interpreted the theme so differently,” Brigit said.
POST is launching at the Baynton Hall this Sunday at 3pm. Entry is free. Please RSVP for catering 0432 120 766. There will be an opportunity to meet the artists and learn about their work.
Baynton Hall is at 51 Darlington Rd, Baynton.