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Faces of the South West
22 Oct 2014
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The Faces of South West project aims to explore the day-to-day realities of life in small towns and share peoples aspirations and thoughts for the future, particularly within the context of the broader political and economic changes that rural Australia is experiencing and often allows ‘unheard’ voices to make comment. The South West Arts creative team have worked closely with local photographers in each local government area to develop an exciting and one of a kind Exhibition.

The Exhibition involved huge paste ups (in the style of renowned photographic artists JR) of selected portraits from each photographer being positioned on walls in nine towns in the South West of New South Wales. There is also currently a Touring Photographic Exhibition of the project making its way throughout the nine LGA's involved in the project.

Along the way, our participants expanded their skill base by working alongside professional artists to develop a portfolio of work for this project. The public art, online exhibition and touring photographic exhibition is the culmination of many months work, training and mentoring within the creative team in this unique project overseen by South West Arts.

Local photographers selected to work on the project include- John Haig (Deniliquin), Mary-Anne Butcher (Conargo Shire), Kerri Weymouth (Murrumbidgee Shire), Filomena Pingiaro (Hay Shire), Alicia McInnes (Wakool Shire), Helen Sandford (Carrathool Shire), Andrea Patford-Mitchell (Berrigan Shire), Zowie Crump (Murray Shire), Laura Mann (Balranald Shire) and the professional photographers and mentors for this exciting project are Nina O’Brien-Hehir (Deniliquin), Nick Robinson (Deniliquin) and Kate Butler (Conargo).

The project received Funding from the Regional Arts Fund and is supported by nine Local Government bodies across SW NSW and numerous site owners.

South West Arts Inc. is a NSW Regional Arts Board. Please see www.southwestarts.com.au for more information.
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