WA Music Launches Demos from The Wheatbelt
Compilation 30th August at Cummins Theatre, Merredin.
March this year, ten artists from WA’s Wheatbelt region travelled to Merredin’s
iconic Cummins Theatre to record their original songs. The fresh harvest
of new tracks was recorded under the watchful ears of award winning producers Matt
Gio, Dan Carroll and Andy Lawson. For some of the artists, it
was first chance they’d had to set foot in a professional studio.
When the regional community of Narrogin comes to mind, it elicits thoughts of the agricultural industry, wheat, sheep and hay farming, as well as sporting identities, including Barry Cable, Bevan George and Shaun Marsh who once lived in the town. But away from all the paddocks, shearing sheds and hockey turfs, an emerging, prize-winning artist flies under the public radar, going about her business with little attention or fanfare.
Through a series of exquisitely painted portraits that meticulously capture a range of people in various states of contemplative solitude, Narrogin artist, Casey Thornton, creates a rare opportunity for visitors to escape the hustle and bustle of their modern lives to relish a moment of peaceful calm and reflection.
Artists, curators and photographers from the Narrogin region are contributing to a legacy of positive impact for WA’s cultural industries as key collaborators in the development of a ground-breaking series of fourteen inter-connected exhibitions titled ‘The Alternative Archive’.
A substantial collection of artworks donated to the Town of Narrogin by Peter Taylor in 2015 will go on public display for the first time on Saturday, 30 April.
The paintings, drawings and etchings were collected by Peter’s late wife, Carol, for the most part in secret – hence the exhibition’s title “Landscapes from a Locked Room”.