Celebrating the uniqueness of the Eurobodalla Shire through visual expression is a powerful experience, exhibition attendees are discovering.
The Bas Creative Arts Officer Elizabeth McCrystal said several people have been moved to tears by Untold Eurobodalla, on display at The Bas, Moruya, until February 7.
Shire artists Lee Grant and Amadis Lacheta set out to understand the region's culture and how the community celebrates its uniqueness through photography, film and written word.
The exhibition examines the way residents contribute to the place they call home.
The project reminds the community to cherish what we have and build on strengths, during the COVID-19 pandemic and post-bushfires.
Ms Lacheta said regional communities were special through diversity and creativity and responsiveness to change.
"The people living in them are multi-faceted and often have numerous talents and means of expressing those gifts that make them interesting on a personal and collective level," Ms Lacheta said.
Who is Lee Grant?
Lee is a photographic artist based on the South Coast of NSW. She has a Bachelor of Arts (Anthropology) and a Master of Philosophy (Visual Arts) from the Australian National University. She works on commissions and long form independent and collaborative projects dealing with themes of community, identity and belonging and how landscape (both natural and inhabited) relates to these concepts. Working across mediums, Lee's practice combines photography, video, sound and text in projects that are often underpinned with institutional and found archives. Her practice has a strong focus on bookmaking as an outcome as both published and limited edition artist books. Lee produced her first book Belco Pride in 2012, followed by The Five Happinesses in 2015 and won the prestigious National Photographic Portrait Prize in 2018. Her photographs are included in the collections of Parliament House Canberra, the National Library of Australia, Monash Gallery of Art, Canberra Museum and Art Gallery as well as numerous private collections. Lee continues to work on commissioned and personal projects in Australia and Asia, with a special interest in North and South Korea and Japan. More recently, Lee has continued her love of storytelling with contributions to several short documentary film projects including the local Far South Film production The Oudmaker of Narooma amongst others.
Who is Amadis Lacheta?
Amadis has worked for the past 25 years across the arts, sustainability, government, business and community sectors in NSW, around Australia and overseas. She has a Bachelor of Music in composition and piano from the University of Adelaide, and strongly values how the arts can significantly contribute to the wellbeing of communities within and beyond the confines of professional arts practice. As a composer, writer, gardener and home builder she takes a transdisciplinary and holistic approach to creativity. She has written for Green Magazine, Earth Garden and other publications on the topics of sustainable gardening, architecture, food production and renewable energy. In her work as a director of seminal Melbourne place making consultancy Village Well, she championed what makes places unique from a physical, environmental, cultural, social and economic perspective. Through her roles in local government she developed various successful business sustainability and resilience programs. She currently supports the community within the Eurobodalla and across the wider region through her work with peak body Community Industry Group and as an advocate for Seniors Rights Service. Her two great loves are nature and culture, and she is motivated by the importance of recognising our place within the interconnected web of life.
The Basil Sellers Exhibition Centre, at the corner of Vulcan and Campbell Streets, Moruya, is open Tuesday to Sunday, 10am-4pm.
For more information, go to The Bas' website.