News Archive

In many cases the news articles below contain information which is out of date.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.

'Treecycled' installed along the Understory Art & Nature Trail.

Date: May 2019

A new sculpture has been commissioned for the Understory Art in Nature Trail in Northcliffe. With funding support from the Shire of Manjimup, the State Government of WA and Country Arts, Southern Forest Arts organised for Denmark artist, Cecile Williams, to create a new artwork that responds to the local environment. 'Treecycled' is the fourth ephemeral sculpture Cecile has created for the trail over the past thirteen years. The artist is a perennial favourite with the attraction's organisers for her ability to connect deeply with the forest and produce work that is sensitive to the site, aesthetically pleasing and exquisitely crafted.

The inspiration for 'Treecycled' came from a small collection of old hardcover books inherited by the artist. She says "The books bring a new skin, bark and wisdom back to a unique old tree. The written word, the book titles, the colours all weave a new story back into this site. In time, the weather and nature will come to play their part in this continuing cycle, with moss forming a new skin, regrowth, and moisture interacting with the pages, swelling them and urging them to 'open out' and slowly decompose their stories back into the earth. This was their origin, and now they’ve come home. Pictures.

Maitland Hill Exhibition, Noongar Culture Tours and Workshop.

Date: March 2019

Dwellingup artist in residence, Mailtand Hill, is leading a Noongar culture tour, an Art on Country workshop and holding an exhibition of recent work at Northcliffe's Painted Tree Gallery.

Dwellingup artist in residence, Mailtand Hill, is leading a Noongar culture tour, an Art on Country workshop and holding an exhibition of recent work at Northcliffe's Painted Tree Gallery.

Southern Forest Arts is proud to be hosting Noongar artist Maitland Hill, from Dwellingup, in March 2019. As well as running tours and a workshop on Saturday 9th March at Northcliffe's Understory Art and Nature Trail, Mailtand Hill is putting on an exhibition of recent artworks, Wanjoo Boodjara, at The Painted Tree Gallery, Northcliffe. The exhibition will run from 8th March through to 14 April 2019.

Congratulations Alicia Rogerson, the Creative Grid's Newest Mentee.

Date: October 2018

Congratulations Alicia Rogerson, the Creative Grid's newest Mentee.

Alicia was selected by Southern Forest Arts to develop a new body of work for exhibition at the Painted Tree Gallery, Northcliffe, next year.

Bunbury artist, Sue Kalab, will mentor Alicia Rogerson Art over the next seven months.

Visit Alicia's Facebook page and website for more insights into her creative work:

The Connect to the Creative Grid project is an initiative of the Regional Arts Partnership Program supported by the State Government of Western Australia (Culture and the Arts, WA) and Country Arts WA as well as the Federal Government through the Regional Arts Fund. #rappnetworkwa #creativegridwa

Wild Cards and Exhibitionists

Date: July 2018

The artwork of five South West artists is featured in the latest iteration of the 'Wild Cards' exhibition held at the Painted Tree Gallery in Northcliffe until Sunday 26th August.

Click for Exhibition Poster

Paintings, drawings, prints and ephemeral fibre artworks created by Sue Bradshaw, Fay M Dunstan, Julie Cox, Anna Czerkasow and Kimberley Rose-Jones showcase a wealth of talent across a wide range of media.

The exhibition is open daily from 9am to 4pm. Entry is free.

This project has been made possible with the support of the Australian government's Regional Arts Fund which gives all Australian's better access to opportunities to practice and experience the arts. The Regional Arts Fund is administered in WA by Country Arts WA.

The Shire of Manjimup and Southern Forest Arts have been keen partners in support of this exhibition as part of the broader 'I'm a South West Exhibitionist' project.

Pemberton Photography Club Exhibition and Opening Event

Date: March 2018

Pemberton Photography Club have had an active year with membership increasing and many group trips. Come and see the results of an eclipse vigil on Yeagarup Dunes, numerous visits to the coast, and the growing skills and creative capabilities of this group. The PPC 2018 Exhibition will open on Easter weekend, starting on the 31st March 2018, at the Painted Tree Gallery in Northcliffe. An official opening event is scheduled for 5pm, 6 April. Poster.

Gondwana Link Community Forum

Date: January 2018

Learn about the visionary Gondwana Link conservation program and how it connects to our Southern Forest at the Gondwana Link community forum. Wednesday 24th January 7pm at The Painted Tree Gallery in Northcliffe. Light refreshments are provided. Guest speakers are Basil Schur and Keith Bradby. RSVP to Fiona by 20th January. Poster.

Printmakers Debut

Date: November 2017

Coinciding with their debut exhibition, Northcliffe Printmakers are raffling a Robert Ewing print, an Elke Paull-Keller print and an Anne Sepkus naturally dyed scarf. Northcliffe Printmakers are a group formed under the Southern Forest Arts umbrella. You can read all about them here. The Printmakers' group have been meeting for several years and the exhibition From Plate to Print is a great testimony to their work. The exhibition is running September and October 2017 in Northcliffe's Painted Tree Gallery and opens in Manjimup during November at the gallery by the Manjimup Library. Exhibition poster. Raffle Poster.

Barbara and Barry, Sweet, Sour and Saucy.

Date: August 2017

Pull up a cabaret seat and step into the home studio of self-appointed 'experts on love' Barbara and Barry. Thursday 17th August at the Northcliffe Town Hall. Doors open 6:45pm Show starts 7:15pm. This vintage Aussie duo delivers well intentioned, yet questionable love advice through their talkback radio show Sweet, Sour and Saucy. Tickets are available at Northcliffe, Pemberton and Manjimup Visitor Centres. $30 adult door. $25 adult pre-sale. $22 concession. $20 SFA member. $15 student. This is a BYO event and supper will be available for purchase. You are encouraged to dress up in your vintage suave suit, or fabulous frock. Come and join us for this hilarious jazz-cabaret featuring the music of Eartha Kitt, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitz-gerald, Bessie Smith, Nat King Cole! Locally presented by Southern Forest Arts. Tour coordinated by Country Arts WA. Country Arts WA Barbara and Barry Poster.

No Fixed Address - Artist Talk.

Date: July 2017

Join award winning photographer, Kate Heaslip, in an shared conversation around the issue of homelessness in our own backyard. 3pm Saturday 29th July 2017 at the Painted Tree Gallery. Afternoon Tea Provided. Kate Heaslip's current exhibition at The Painted Tree gallery highlights the lives of homeless people in the South West. Kate is also offering a photography workshop on Sunday 30th July with the Pemberton Photography Group. Contact Wendy Eiby at Pemberton Visitor Centre for more info (08)9776 1133. Artist Talk Event Information. Exhibition Poster.

Join Author Nicole Sinclair in a discussion about Bloodlines.

Date: May 2017

At 7pm, 31 May, join author Nicole Sinclair at the Painted Tree Gallery, Northcliffe, for an open discussion about her new novel, Bloodlines. More information.

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

After the Burn touring exhibition

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.

Kim Perrier's Ashes to Ashes sculpture
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.

Kim Perrier, detail from Ashes to Ashes
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

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:
  • dead
  • still standing
  • Jarrah
  • 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.

SBS promotion

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.