Secluded Artist Centre Opens Doors for final Open Day of 2015 - Sunday 30th November

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25 Nov 2015

The Blue Mountains region is full of artistic talent of many different kinds. Creative people from all over the globe have been attracted to the area and made it their home.
Others prefer to visit for a while, to rejuvenate, to become inspired, and to create. One special place that attracts professional artists from all disciplines for residencies in the Blue Mountains is the Bilpin international ground for Creative initiatives (BigCi) in Bilpin.
Generally not open to the public, BigCi is holding its final Open Day of the year, this Sunday 29th November, from 11am – 4pm. Located along the dramatic Botanists Way, BigCi is only a short drive from Bilpin Springs Lodge, and just 90 minutes from Sydney, it is an artistic event and outing you may not want to miss.

BigCi is an independent artist residency program that supports practicing artists by providing a ground for the professional development of artists from various fields, such as the Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Literature, Music, Photography, Film, and Hybrid Arts. Having time and space to create artworks inspired by their surroundings, many experimental artists find the opportunity to expand their skills base and create new amazing work.

Being located on 8 acres of bushland within the World Heritage listed Greater Blue Mountains, many artists in residence are often particularly interested in projects that explore environmental or ecological issues, and many others use the beautiful natural surroundings as a source of creativity and inspiration for a variety of different artistic pursuits.

The final Open Day for 2015 has a full program featuring an Exhibition of works created on site including installation projects from Ro Murray (Sydney, Australia) and 50 works on paper created in-situ by Mairead O'hEocha (Dublin, Ireland). Artist Talks and Film Screenings will include showing the latest documentary films from the BigCi Directors Choice Environmental Award winner Vanessa Macedo (New Jersey, USA), and an opportunity to enjoy a BYO Picnic Lunch.

Exhibition Open
11.00 am - 4.00 pm
11.30 am - 11.40 am
Artist Talks and Films Screening
11.40 am – 1.00 pm

Picnic (BYO lunch)
1.00 pm – 2.00 pm
Artist Talks and Films Screening
2.00 pm – 3.00 pm

So get out and about in the Blue Mountains this weekend with so many things to do, add the BigCi Open Day to your list. Grab some delicious picnic supplies from the Kurrajong village and make it a day out in the mountains.

Learn more about the artist's with their Artist Statements below:

Vanessa Macedo's interests are in conservation and raising environmental awareness. Her short documentary created in BigCi is inspired by the images, interviews, and sounds of Bilpin and the Blue Mountains. Through her films, she wishes to explore and understand the world we live in and how videos could be the medium of social change within ourselves and our communities.
In addition to her latest film, two of her previous works will also be screened:
The Ship Visitor -4:00 minutes
A Face In The Crowd - 7:40 minutes
Artist in residence at Big Ci Bilpin 

Ro Murray’s multidisciplinary practice of drawing and installation is often ephemeral in nature.
Beyond a form’s materiality or permanence, she is interested in its ability to communicate. Her work negotiates the thorny topics in the news: (un)natural environments, human rights, climate change, unsustainable energy and refugees. At BigCi she worked on two site responsive projects, interpreting the big issues within the local scene.
“BLACK”: In a series of large scale drawings in charcoal, Murray maps exploratory walks in the Garden of Stone and Wollemi National Parks. Here, in this World Heritage Wilderness, coal mining is polluting rivers, destroying unique rock formations and ecosystems dependent on hanging swamps. 
“HOME SWEET HOME”: This work in plywood of life-size figures addresses our differences as individuals within the concept of home, in light of Europe refugee crisis and Australia’s off-shore detention centres. 

Artist Ro Murray next to an artwork 

Mairead O'hEocha For the Open Day, Mairead will install over 50 drawings, which act as a type of journal of her stay at BigCi.  They include specific responses to the information received through her experience as a visitor here. They absorb tangential as well as relevant subject matter through drawing and text.
Mairead is primarily a painter and is interested in how the specifics of place are continually re-framed within the ever-expanding globalisation of culture.
Artist in Residence with portfolio

Address & directions:
available after RSVP
just outside of the property gate
Driving time:
approximately 1.5h from Sydney CBD

This is a free event but RSVP is essential.

RSVP to the BigCi Director, Rae Bolotin in order to receive directions to this beautiful hidden away gem of the Blue Mountains


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