Thursday October 18th was the BMCAN Launch + Creative Leader Awards where the Blue Mountains Artists Network (BMAN) evolved into the Blue Mountains Creative Arts Network. The night was held at the newly renovated Baroque Room.
BMCAN are the people who support artists, bringing you the popular Blue Mountains Arts Trails, open studio weekends and members exhibitions at the Edge, Gallery One88, Braemar Gallery and the Wild Valley Art Park.
The launch night was an outstanding success thanks to organiser Meg Benson, and seeing the Creative Leaders receive some much deserved recognition was a highlight.
Our new website, which was previewed on the night, will be live very soon but in the meantime here are some pics from the event. Get the full story at the Blue Mountains Gazette here.
Blue Mountains Artists Network (BMAN) is a community of arts-minded volunteers whose aim is to support and encourage the development of members’ arts practices. Legally, BMAN is an incorporated non-profit with tax-deductible status. Along with the Art Trails program, members regularly hold their own exhibitions, details of which you can currently find here. Blue Mountains Artist Network also presents exhibitions at The Edge Gallery.
With the transition to the Blue Mountains Creative Arts Network (BMCAN) the organisation will continue to promote Artists Exhibitions but will also endeavour to promote events and interactions between all future members.
Welcome to the Blue Mountains Arts Trail with open arts studios throughout the year and formal Arts Trail events scheduled during the year.
Please select from current Open Studio, or use the Arts Trail map to select studios which suit you. Click to find out more.
After October, the Arts Trail site will be incorporated into the BMCAN site.
2018 Creative Leaders
The 2018 Creative Leaders have been chosen for their contribution to the creative arts community in the Blue Mountains. Each year BMCAN will acknowledge 10 Creative Leaders. For 2019 we will highlight creatives who are leaders through the excellence of their creative art practice across the genres. This year they are:
Victor Peralta, Julie Ankers, Ann Niddrie, Natasha Sebire, Faye Wilson, Rae Bolotin, Meg Benson, Jo Clancy, Veechi Stuart, Kelly Heylen and Chris Cannell.
Blue Mountains Artists Network Members as well as opening their studios regularly exhibit, and some even run their own galleries. To find out when and where, go to the gallery listings here and work out your own tour of some of the Blue Mountains’ most interesting art.
If an artist is also part of a current Arts Trail or has an Open Studio this weekend then click on the appropriate icon/colour/link.
Wild Mountain Collective
We are a group of people in the Blue Mountains using the arts to explore and celebrate the ‘wild’ and our interconnected relationship with nature and one another, to engage with a philosophy of regenerative living, an attitude of inter-being with all things. In this we acknowledge the 60,000 year cultural relationship between Australia’s indigenous peoples and Australia’s natural environment, recorded in songlines, music, dance, art, storytelling and kinship structures. Click here to find out more.
Find out about the upcoming Wild Mountain Collective Launch here.
The Talking Art Project seeks to tap into the resources of artists gathering together to shape and change culture, or just to ‘feed the creative spirit’ when the aloneness gets too much. It will be an incubator for wild ideas and creative collaborations, ideas that confront the significant issues of our time.
Artists often work in isolation, and the aloneness can lead to a kind of self or process-absorbed madness. No longer . . . or at the very least, it’s a good excuse to get out of the studio for a cuppa!
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