ilovebrokenhill.com , was first published on 8 December 2011 by Jane Deany. My blog is all about the famous outback Australian National Heritage Listed City named Broken Hill, located in the state of New South Wales. I first visited #BrokenHill in 2002 and have returned many times since then. ilovebrokenhill.com will help you discover what's great about this historic mining city, where in the mid 1880's the line of lode, a rich ore body of silver, lead and zinc was found. You will find stories about anything related to Broken Hill.

Tuesday 28 July 2015

Galleries in Broken Hill and Silverton - 2015 update

Art Scene - current list of Galleries in Broken Hill and Silverton as of July 2015

Absalom's Gallery (formerly Jack Absalom Gallery)
638 Chapple St
08 8087 5881

Art Confessions (Tania Marie Reeves)
313A Argent St
0428 715 237

Art on Argent
311 Argent St
08 8087 2306

Beyond 39 Dips - Silverton
19 Stirling St, Silverton
08 8088 7566

Broken Hill Art Exchange
145-157 Duff St, South Broken Hill
08 8088 3171

Broken Hill Musicians Club Gallery Bar
276 Crystal St
08 8088 1777

Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery
404-408 Argent St
08 8088 3440

Bush N' Beyond (Wendy Martin/Ian Lewis)
4 Argent St (off Gossan St)
08 8087 8807

Cowz Art Gallery Silverton
21 Stirling St Silverton Heights
08 8087 2002

Eric McCormick Gallery367 McCulloch St
08 8087 8486

Howard William Steer Art Gallery721 William St
08 8087 4736

Jarrah Mosaics
169 Chapple St
08 8087 4478

John Dynon Gallery - Silverton
2 Sturt St, Silverton

08 8088 6654

Julie Hart Gallery
65 Williams St
08 8087 4448

Pace's Mineral Art Gallery (Laurie Pace)
323 Wilson St
08 8087 6651

Pro Hart Gallery
108 Wyman St
08 8087 2441

Silver City Mint & Art Centre (Big Picture)
66 Chloride St
08 8088 6166

Spirit of the Outback Gallery (Jenny Cattonar)
662 Argent St
08 8087 4828

The Art of Deirdre Edwards (formerly Dee's Studio Gallery)
34 Williams Lane
08 8088 3913

The Homestead Gallery (Andrea Blundell)
377 Chloride St
08 8087 9005

The Horizon Gallery - Silverton (Albert Woodroffe)
Diagonally Opposite Silverton Hotel
08 8088 5331

Wayne Williams Gallery81 Harris St
0428 447 184

West Darling Arts (Gallery)
256 Argent St - Town Hall Facade

08 8087 9035

Whites Mine, Mineral Art & Living Mining Museum
1 Allendale St

08 8087 2878

That should keep you busy!

I think it's time Broken Hill had an 'Art Muster' event! What do you think?

Cheers, Jane Deany

Friday 24 July 2015

Congratulations Jodi Daley & Badger Bates winners Outback Open Art Prize 2015

Badger Bates (L) and Jodi Daley (R)
'Cailin and Tunjili - Steamers Point, Wilcannia 2015'
Winners 2015 Outback Open Art Prize
Art Scene
Earlier this evening the winner of the 2015 Outback Open Art Prize was announced by the judge of the award, John Cheeseman, Director of the Mosman Art Gallery, in Broken Hill at the Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery (BHRAG).

I am delighted to announce that the winner of the $15,000 acquisitive prize was a joint work by local Broken Hill artist Jodi Daley and Wilcannia* artist Badger Bates with their piece entitled -

'Cailin and Tunjili - Steamers Point, Wilcannia 2015'.

John Cheeseman, Director Mosman Art Gallery (centre) and
Cathy Farry Manager 
Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery (right)
Both artists are first time winners of the this prize and of a major art prize.

Congratulations to you both it's a wonderful artwork created from pigment, oil paint and steel.

It was a who's who in the local art world at the BHRAG and the first time I was able to attend. It was also a fantastic opportunity for the many visitors to the city to come and see the fabulous gallery, as the Inland NSW Tourism Awards are on tomorrow night in Broken Hill and there are many tourism specialists buzzing around the tourist attractions over the next few days.

The second prize of $2,500 (non-acquisitive) went to Clara Adolphs, 'Coober Pedy from Mars (Self Portrait)', 2015.

Welcome to the visitors and congratulations Jodi, Badger and Clara.

Badger Bates (L) and Jodi Daley (R), winners Outback Open Art Prize 2015
'Cailin and Tunjili - Steamers Point, Wilcannia 2015', p
igment, oil paint and steel.
Exhibition details -

Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery
404-408 Argent Street, Broken Hill NSW 2880, Australia

Exhibition dates - 24 July - 6 September 2015.

Opening hours are 10 am – 5 pm weekdays and 11 am - 4 pm weekends.

Entry is by gold coin donation.

Tomorrow morning Saturday 25 July 2015, 11am is a morning tea at the BHRAG where there will be the opportunity to meet some of the finalists.

Everyone is welcome.

Finalists for the Outback Open Art Prize 2015.
Clara Adolphs, Coober Pedy from Mars (Self Portrait), 2015
Lyn Ahmat, Outback Heat Shimmer, 2015
Jessica Anderson, The Homeland, 2015
Jodi Daley and Badger Bates, Cailin and Tunjili – Steamers Point Wilcannia, 2015
Badger Bates, Danger Lurking, 2015
Ian Bell, Jim Jim, 2014
Ray Blick, Boots for Nev, 2015
Cynthia Bourke, Walking in Two Worlds, Mr Eddy My Grandfather, 2014
Dean Burns, Snapper MLA 210, 2015
Anh Do, Stranger at the Bus Stop, 2015
Philip Drummond, Nothing to Regret, 2015
Laura Grace, Water, 2014
Jody Graham, Pinhole Camera Memories from Fowlers Gap, 2015
Michele Heibel, Chance of Rain, 2015
Anna Henderson, Myall Station, 2015
Margaret Hutchings, Rabbit Proof Fence, 2014
Andrea Jenkins, Deserted, 2015
Gail Kellett, Vale Classics, 2015
Gladdy Kemarre, Anwekety (Bush Plum), 2014
Anne Kern, Desalination Tower, 2015
Nadia Kliendanze, Aussie Gothic, 2015
Carmen Ky, Finding Fossils Sandy Desert, 2015
Kathryn McGovern, Trophy, 2015
Lindy McSwan, Horizon Lines, 2014
Pat Moss, Stephens Creek Nine Mile, 2015
Annabel Nowlan, Drovers Wife V, 2015
Geoff Overheu, Flies, 2015
Geoff Overheu, Ants, 2015
Brenda Runnegar, Hay Plains, 2015
Luke Sciberras, Wilcannia Study for Fishing Barrel Gallipoli, 2014
Debbie Sheezal, River run, 2015
Natalya Shinn, Above White Cliffs, 2015
Salli Sixpence, Return to Country, 2015
Andrew Stacey, Warrawong Lagoon, 2015
Christopher Stenning, 1963 – In Memoriam, 2014
Alli Symons, Willy Willies From Many Lands Across Australia, 2015
Shane Vink, Red Planet Winter, 2015
Steffie Wallace, Moonlit Dust Storm Mutitjulu, 2015
Patricia Walsh, Desert Gold – Channel Country, 2015
Sally West, The Windmill – Plein Air, 2015
Sally West, The Road Boss – Plein Air, 2015
David Wiggs, A Fine Line, 2014

*Wilcannia is about 196km east of Broken Hill on the Darling River.

Cheers, Jane Deany

Broken Hill's 2015 Outback Open Art Prize winner will be announced tonight 24 July

Art Scene
The winner of the annual “Outback Open Art Prize” will be announced tonight at the Broken HillRegional Art Gallery (BHRAG). The event has come to be known as the highlight of the cultural calendar in Broken Hill.

There are 43 finalists this year. Finalists were selected from nearly 200 entries. The finalist's works will be exhibited at the BHRAG. The prestigious acquisitive first prize is valued at $15,000.

This year's judge is John Cheeseman, director of the Mosman Art Gallery.

The exhibition opens tonight 24 July 2015 at 6.00 pm at –

404-408 Argent Street, Broken Hill NSW 2880, Australia

Exhibition dates - 24 July - 6 September 2015.

Janine Mackintosh 'Droughts and Flooding Rains' 2011
Winner 2011 Outback Open Art Prize
Acacia Pycnantha (Golden Wattle), twigs, linen thread,
and bookbinders gum on canvas © Image courtesy the artist
Opening hours are 10 am – 5 pm weekdays and 11 am - 4 pm weekends.

Entry is by gold coin donation.

The second prize is non-acquisitive $2,500, and there is also an $800 encouragement prize awarded.

Total prize pool $18,300.

The judge will look for works that reflect the spirit and diversity of the Australian outback.

The prize is once again proudly sponsored by Mrs Raylee J Hart.

Good luck to the finalists and do try and get along to the exhibition. I am sure it will be well worth it. The gallery alone is worth a visit, it houses a wonderful permanent collection.

Cheers, Jane Deany

Saturday 18 July 2015

Archibald Prize 2015 / 2014 and Broken Hill

Art Scene
The winner of the Archibald Prize 2015 was announced yesterday at the Art Gallery of NSW in Sydney. Congratulations to the winner - Newcastle artist Nigel Milsom with his portrait of barrister Charles Waterstreet. (See image via Tweet below). Waterstreet represented Nigel after he was previously charged with armed robbery.

Nigel's life has turned around. The coveted and prestigious Australian art prize is worth $100,000.

The 47 finalists included Queensland artist Jessica Le Clerc's work. Her portrait was of artist David Hart (Pro Hart's son).

Living inside of stories by Jessica Le Clerc
Image from Art Gallery of NSW
As I watched the awards, Jessica's piece had the good fortune to be hung behind the podium from where the prizes were announced.

The larger than life portrait of Hart, which she painted in about a week and was titled 'Living inside of stories' enjoyed some wonderful coverage even though she didn't win.

It's an honour to be amongst the finalists.

Here's a link to Jessica's website and a little more about the piece.


Here's the YouTube clip link showing an interview with Jessica and the story behind the work. (it's only three minutes long).

Jessica Le Clerc YouTube interview.

Congratulations Jessica. I really like what you have painted. It's a great work and I hear David was very happy with it too.

Archibald Prize 2014 - touring exhibition winds up with last day on show in Broken Hill tomorrow, Sunday 19 July 2015.

Here's a link to the article I wrote about the event 'Archibald Prize 2014 tours Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery 5 June - 19 July 2015'.

The 2015 finalists exhibition commenced earlier today.

Here's a link to more information about the locations to see the works as it tours Victoria and New South Wales in the coming year.



Jane Deany

Wednesday 8 July 2015

NAIDOC 2015 - We All Stand on Sacred Ground: Learn, Respect and Celebrate

Image/logo from www.naidoc.org.au
Community Event
This year, NAIDOC week runs from Sunday 5 July to Saturday 12 July 2015, so we are right in the midst of this important annual Australian event.

NAIDOC week celebrates the history, culture and achievements of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. The event is held each year on the first full week of July.

NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee.

The theme this year is "We All Stand on Sacred Ground: Learn, Respect and Celebrate".

The host city for the National NAIDOC Awards Ceremony is Adelaide. A special awards ceremony and ball will be held in that city on Friday 10 July.

Every year the recipients of the National NAIDOC Awards will be announced in the following categories:

  • Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Person of the Year
  • Female Elder of the Year
  • Male Elder of the Year
  • Caring for Country Award
  • Youth of the Year
  • Artist of the Year
  • Scholar of the Year
  • Apprentice of the Year
  • Sportsperson of the Year

Nominations for the 2015 National NAIDOC Awards have now closed.

Best wishes to all of the nominees

In Broken Hill, West Darling Arts is hosting a special exhibition "We All Stand on Sacred Ground" which is an exhibition showcasing Aboriginal Art from the West Darling (Western Region of NSW).

Broken Hill Town Hall Facade

Participating communities include Broken Hill, Menindee, Wentworth and Wilcannia. These communities are home to incredibly talented artists and include works on canvas and sculptural works. All Aboriginal artists from the Western Region of NSW have been invited to participate.

The exhibition is on at the Town Hall Facade Gallery -

256 Argent Street (the main shopping street) in Broken Hill.

The official exhibition opening was last Friday night 3 July.

The exhibition runs from 29 June to 17 July 2015, Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm.

Check out the NAIDOC website for more information. www.naidoc.org.au.

Enquiries - Aboriginal Affairs Broken Hill 08 8088 0002.

Enjoy, cheers, Jane Deany