In many cases the news articles below contain information which is out of date. Contact us if you are ensure whether information regarding events or exhibitions is current.
Ian Dowling Represented in Understory.
Date: February 2017
South West artist Ian Dowling has contributed a sculptural work to Understory Art and Nature. Thanks to Ian's work and the recent contribution of multiple artworks by Bridgetown artist Kim Perrier, Understory is buzzing with fresh creativity. It's well worth a visit, whether or not you've been before. Ian working on the installation in February 2017.
John Duncan - Forest to Sea Exhibition.
Date: January 2017
South West artist John Duncan has taken over the Painted Tree Gallery to stage our first exhibition for 2017. Forest to Sea will be on display until 6th February. The gallery is located alongside the Northcliffe Visitor Centre and open 7 days per week, 10am to 4pm. Come and take a look. Exhibition Poster.
Once in a Decade Festival Arrives.
Date: November 2016
The Act Belong Commit Southern Forest Arts Festival will be held on the 26th and 27th on November. The Festival celebrates the decade since the establishment of the Northcliffe Information and Visitor Centre, and the opening of Understory, Northcliffe's unique multi-arts trail. An indicative program can be downloaded now, and the final program will be available very soon. We look forward to seeing you at our once in a decade festival!
Book Making with Jane Flower
Date: 8 August 2016
A range of book making workshops are running throughout the week from August 22nd to August 27th 2016 at Northcliffe's Painted Tree Gallery. Workshops are broken up into small and large projects to suit all skill levels, led by the fantastic artist Jane Flower. More Info.
Mountain of Words
Date: 22 June 2016
Artist Olga Cironis invites you to come to the Painted Tree Gallery in Northcliffe on Saturday 25th June or Sunday 26th June, between 9am and 4pm to donate a lock of your hair. Become part of an ongoing hair weaving artwork by one of Western Australia's premier contemporary artists. This performance work is touring throughout Australia and Europe over the next two years as Olga weaves a hair ribbon at least 500 metres long. More Info.
Date: 10 March 2016
Contact Diana Moss if you're a woman and you're available on the 18th, 19th or 20th March, to participate in an exciting art project by fine art photographer Jon Green. Your role will be to pose with an apple and your photo may be featured in an upcoming book or in exhibitions. Jon Green's show will open in the Painted Tree Gallery on 19th March 2016 at 6pm, with a mini-concert by flamenco guitarist Tim Andrew at 7pm. The opening will feature fresh produce from the Souther Forests Food Council. More Info.
Kim Perrier Casting Workshops
Date: 12 February 2016
Learn the secrets of creating perfect plaster casts of faces from artist Kim Perrier. These workshops are part of the "Rising From the Ashes" project to create a series of sculptures commemorating the 2015 bushfire. The sculptures will include cast faces of Northcliffe and Windy Harbour residents.
Our Touring Exhibition
Date: 18 December 2015
New Funding to Support a Bushfire Commemoration Artwork
Date: 1 December 2015
Southern Forest Arts has been successful with two recent funding applications to undertake a community collaborative project in 2016 to commemorate the 2015 Northcliffe bushfire.
Nationally esteemed artist, Kim Perrier, (a long-term resident of Bridgetown) will work with the Northcliffe community to create a series of sculptures for multiple locations around town, including the school's new Nature Play Space, outside the Visitor Centre and along the Understory Art and Nature Trail.
The $6,290 from Community Arts Network and $7,954 from Country Arts WA will be pooled with SFA's own funds, $2,500 from the Shire's Bush Fire Recovery Fund (devolved by the Northcliffe Community Development Group) and $2,500 from Dairy Australia.
Competition for very limited state and federal arts funding dollars is fierce so Northcliffe has again done well to appear in the winners and grinner's circle. In the latest Country Arts WA round of 32 applicants only 9 were successful. This success recognises the importance of communities coming together to create artworks that respond directly to events of significance as a part of the healing and recovery process. The Northcliffe artwork will commence on the one year anniversary of the lightning strike that began the fire.
Above: Kim Perrier's Ashes to Ashes sculpture, 2015
Kim Perrier's "Ashes to Ashes" sculpture, above, recently took out the People's Choice award in the prestigious 2015 Sculpture by The Sea event held in Bondi, Sydney. It also received the People Choice award when exhibited in Cottosloe's Sculpture by The Sea event earlier this year.
Above: Kim Perrier, detail from Ashes to Ashes
Kim intends to expand upon the themes and materials used in "Out of the Ashes" in the work he will create for Northcliffe. Currently titled, "Rising From the Ashes" the Northcliffe series will include taking face and body casts of a broad range of people within the Northcliffe community and then casting them in a unique charcoal and glue material that Kim has pioneered. The piece will honour community spirit in the face of challenge - it will recall the devastation of the fire, give thanks to those who worked so tirelessly to extinguish the flames and importantly give a sense of looking forward to the future.
We will be calling for volunteers to have their face and/or body cast in January. Kim will also be running a series of hands-on skill development workshops during January and February to teach casting techniques. You can pre-book for either of these activities now by contacting Fiona Sinclair at email@example.com
Art Camp for Girls Aged 12-16 at Blooming Wild Festival
Date: 12 September 2015
Southern Forest Arts have put together a partnership to provide a unique weekend experience. Running during the Blooming Wild Festival in Northcliffe, 12 & 13 September, and in Manjimup on 19 and 20 September, these fun lessons with a professional artist are for girls aged 12 to 16 years old. Materials and lunch are provided and bookings are essential.More information.
Northcliffe is "Rising from the Ashes"
Date: 15 August 2015
Southern Forest Arts are pleased to be working in partnership with a range of local community groups (such as the Northcliffe Visitor Centre, Northcliffe District High School and the Northcliffe Community Development Group) to commission a series of sculptures that will commemorate the 2015 Northcliffe Bush Fire. The proposed work, titled "Rising from the Ashes" will be located in numerous sites around town, including out the front of the Visitor Centre, in the new Nature Place Space at the school and at various points along the Understory Art & Nature Trail.
Bridgetown artist, Kim Perrier, will work with the local community to create the works based on casting the faces and bodies of local residents in charcoal.
Dairy Australia has already committed $2,500 towards the project. We are currently applying for additional funds to a range of other sources.
The project is due to commence in early 2016.
Creative Regions Funding Win
Date: 11 June 2015
We have some good news to share. In fact, the most exciting news for Southern Forest Arts and the Understory Art in Nature attraction for many years. Amongst the $24 million announced in June 2015, the Royalties for Regions Creative Regions project of the WA State Government, was some funding for Southern Forest Arts. Amongst other things, we hope we can begin to address some of the issues which have adversely affected us for some years: the building of sustainability, addressing of volunteer burnout and funding of further development. While more specifics about this development will be released soon, rest assured Southern Forest Arts will utilise the funds to strengthen its key areas of operation - the Understory-Art in Nature cultural tourism attraction and the Painted Tree Gallery - as well as the possibility of expanding into new activities. More information.
Sculpture and Exhibition Launch Celebration
Date: 22 April 2015
Denmark artist/musician, Peter Keelan, will be installing a new sound interactive sound sculpture on Understory which will be launched to coincide with the opening of our After the Burn exhibition at the Painted Tree Gallery. This event will be held at 11am on 2nd May 2015.
Forest Rhythm Free Workshops
Date: 4 September 2014
Join Denmark artist/musician, Peter Keelan, in the creation of a brand new interactive sound sculpture for Understory - Art in Nature (Northcliffe). The first few sessions will focus on exploring the different sound properties of potential materials and the development of design concepts. Come to one session, or come to all.
Southern Forest Arts AGM
Date: 14 March 2014
Southern Forest Arts AGM will be held on
Monday 14th April at 3.30pm at the Northcliffe Community Resource Centre. Download your Membership Application or proxy and committee nomination forms.
Frame Play Exhibition and Competition
Date: 13 June 2012
The Northcliffe Community Resource Centre has extended the deadline for entries to the Frame Play photo exhibition and competition to 21st June. The exhibition will show throughout July at thePainted Tree Gallery in Northcliffe.
Kinkin Project Concludes
Date: 13 June 2013
In 2012 Southern Forest Arts and its project partners worked on a program for locals to commission Balinese artist, Kinkin, to create watercolour portraits of 'Faces and Places of the South West'. 11 Patrons each invested $200 in the project with 100% of this investment going to the artist. The commissioned works were executed by the artist and used to stage an exhibition at the Painted Tree Gallery. Initially our team hoped to use this funding to 'kickstart' a one month residency for Kinkin within the region (based at the Painted Tree Gallery in Northcliffe). In June 2013 the committee decided that this aspect of the project would not go ahead. We thank our project partners and patrons for their patience, generosity and understanding. Most importantly we thank Kinkin for sharing with us his amazing artistic gift.
Gold Leafing a Tree
Date: 21 October 2011
Thomas Heidt, an artist based in Australind, has made several visits to Northcliffe over the past few months exploring the area and meeting Southern Forest Arts committee members in preparation for the sculpture he will create later in the year. He hopes to find a dead tree with an interesting shape, relocate it near the trail and then completely cover it in gold leaf. The work will take many weeks to complete.
During this time, we hope people will visit Thomas along the trail and watch his work as it develops. Normal entry fees to the trail will not apply for local residents. Thomas will also install a small exhibition in the Painted Tree Gallery during his stay of some past and present works providing further insight into his creative practice.
Can you help us find the tree Thomas is looking for?
Ideally, the tree needs to be:
- still standing
- 5-6 metres high
- in an easily accessible location (eg in a paddock with few other trees around, few steep inclines, not too far from town etc)
- an interesting form
The following images may give you an idea of the forms that interest Thomas and perhaps trigger your memory of a tree you have seen that could be just the one he seeks.
Radio Advertising Campaign
Date: 18 September 2010
Southern Forest Arts has been successful in its application for a Shire of Manjimup Community Grant for just over $1,000. The grant will be used to pay for radio promotion of Northcliffe's natural and cultural heritage (including Understory). We'll be working in partnership with the Northcliffe Visitor Centre and going live during the forthcoming wildflower season. Our thanks to the Shire of Manjimup for helping us try something different with our marketing.
Homeland by artist Peter Hill
Date: 7 September 2010
Located alongside Understory, the Painted Tree Gallery provides visitors and art lovers in the Southern Forest region an opportunity to experience some truly inspiring exhibitions. From the 9 to 15 September, Homeland, by artist Peter Hill, is an exclusive preview of paintings which are fresh out of the studio and destined for an exhibition at the Brigitte Braun Gallery in Melbourne. Peter finds that sharing his work locally feels perilous however is a really worthwhile part of his process.
Date: 10 November 2009
Regional Arts Australia and SBS have collaborated on a series of vignettes to feature eight great arts projects from across regional Australia. Understory was chosen as the WA representative. This has been an exciting opportunity for our organisation and our participating artists, writers and musicians.