Broken Hill Art Exchange - an inspiring residency - Cynthia Schwertsik
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Broken Hill Art Exchange – an inspiring residency

Broken Hill Art Exchange – an inspiring residency

Broken Hill has a women’s memorial – nevertheless ,so far I have only found one specific woman: Lieutenant Vivien Bullwinkel memorised. This project turns the focus on the heritage of female presence in Broken Hill through storytelling and a mural.

After presenting My Name in Adelaide Central Gallery in July this year and shaping the project together with curator Andrew Purvis I was convinced that I would find many women in rural Australia. Broken Hill Art Exchange offered a residency and I have spent a week searching and painting. This project is an invitation to share stories and turns the focus on the local history and it has space for personal stories.

Pam’s:

there never was a Pam, the lady that opened the shop always wanted a daughter that she would call Pam, but she ended up with boys only so she named the shop Pam.

Charlotte’s:

25 odd years ago when the cafe opened it was called Charlotte, as the owner thought that was an elegant name, worthy to make her cafe special.

Camille’s:

Camille was the name of the apprentice when the hairdresser went into business, Camille is now in the local nursing home.

Cora’s:

Cora established a Asian food store – today she still sells spring rolls at the monthly farmers market.

Irene did name the drapery after herself, the shop has long closed, the name is still framing the building.

4 Comments
  • Susan Thomas
    Posted at 22:24h, 24 November Reply

    Thank you for this inspiring piece highlighting how woman are represented in urban spaces through their names. A perfect piece for the Broken Hill Art Exchange’s Residencies@The Grand – Heritage Courtyard.

    • CynthiaSchwertsik
      Posted at 02:55h, 16 January Reply

      It was such a good time in Broken Hill – I hope we work together soon again. (and I do not know why I am tempted to write spell it -Brocken- dyslexia creeping through the keyboard!)

  • Nice and thanks for everything
    Posted at 20:35h, 21 December Reply

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    • CynthiaSchwertsik
      Posted at 02:52h, 16 January Reply

      you are so right – spell check is desperately needed!

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