Network night creates artist connections at the Union Bank

PRINTMAKING PROCESS: Orange visual artist Jane Tonks will talk about her recent exhibition Vertigo Warriors at the Winter Networking Night tomorrow night. Photo: STEVE GOSCH    0711sgtonks1

PRINTMAKING PROCESS: Orange visual artist Jane Tonks will talk about her recent exhibition Vertigo Warriors at the Winter Networking Night tomorrow night. Photo: STEVE GOSCH 0711sgtonks1

UNCOVER the unexpected at Arts OutWest’s Winter Arts Networking night at the Union Bank Wine Bar on Thusday night.

Six Orange artists from a broad range of disciplines will each have six minutes and 40 seconds to talk about their take on art, their artistic processes or recent projects they’ve been working on, accompanied by a slideshow.

The short format, called PechaKucha, began in Tokyo, Japan in 2003 and was a way for design and architecture professionals to share ideas in a constructive environment.

PechaKucha nights have spread to 700 cities across the globe, including the central west, where they have already been held at Cowra, Bathurst and Lithgow.

Renowned Orange painter and printmaker Jane Tonks will talk about her printmaking process and recent exhibition Vertigo Warriors, and hopes people will discover something new about her artwork,which they might not have known before.

“Vertigo Warriors is about my experience of breast cancer and facing an illness. The work took on a positive note, and is about resilience and hope. I hope it resonates with other people,” she said.

Musician and master woodworker Geoff Tonkin, milliner Fiona Schofield, photographer Luke Wong, traveller and author Kelly-Anne Smith and fine artist Joy Engelman will also present their stories. 

Arts OutWest communications officer Maryanne Jaques said the networking night was a vital opportunity for creative people in Orange to meet each other and share ideas.

“The reason we began these networking nights was because people were saying to us that it would be nice to meet other artists, get out and about and have a fun time,” she said.

“When you’re a visual artist, you work on your own and might not get to socialise very often, and that can be very isolating.

“There were some people who came to the event in Cowra who’ve said they were feeling isolated and now they can walk down the street and smile and say hi to others because they had that connection.”

The Winter Networking night will begin at 5pm at the Union Bank and entry is by donation. Finger food will be provided. For more information, contact Arts OutWest on 6338 4657.

alexandra.king@ fairfaxmedia.com.au

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