Yorke Peninsula’s Creative Side
Media Release: 17 August 2016
Once known solely for its coastline & fishing, Yorke Peninsula is now gaining recognition as a location for talented artists to live and visit for inspiration. From galleries and studios to old stone buildings and backyard sheds, there is a feast of arts waiting to be discovered on Yorke Peninsula.
Yorke Peninsula Tourism Manager Brooke Liebelt says “Yorke Peninsula has some amazing artists working in a range of mediums from photography to aerosol art, glass crafts, driftwood sculptures and traditional oil painting. A lot of people don’t think of Yorke Peninsula as being an art and culture destination, but we have some fabulous local talents in all types of media.”
The South Australian Living Artists Festival (SALA) is on during the month of August, and provides an opportunity for local artists to showcase their talents. During the SALA Festival, you can visit the following exhibitions on Yorke Peninsula:
- ‘Chilled on Fibre’, Chill Out Café, Port Vincent. A collection of handwoven and stitched pieces made by artist June Faulkner from natural and synthetic fibres, creating useful and abstract artwork.
- ‘Of The Ether’, The Ascot Gallery, Kadina. An exhibition of mixed media, with artists asked to contemplate the acts of creation through their practice of arts making, consider origins of inspiration and their reasons for making art.
- ‘Twisted’, Moonta Gallery of the Arts. Featuring mixed media works by Copper Coast artists interpreting the word ‘twisted’.
- ‘The Farmhouse Exhibition’, Port Vincent. Oils, pastels & drawings by Allyson & Marie Parsons.
- ‘Burg and Beyond’, Rodig Cottage, Edithburgh. A collection of photographic works inspired by hidden gems of the Yorke Peninsula, and the fascinating world of colour, shapes & texture in everyday life.
- ‘Salty Life’, Studio Surf, Marion Bay. Mixed media, glass, jewellery & sculpture with a saltwater theme.
Throughout the year, there are galleries & studios to visit where the product of Yorke Peninsula’s talented community is on display. The Ascot Gallery at Kadina, and the Moonta Gallery of the Arts have a different exhibition each month; while Studio Surf (Marion Bay), Salt Lakes (Yorketown), Harvest Corner (Minlaton), and The Corner Gallery (Maitland) have an ongoing display of local artists.
“If you’re wanting to create your own piece of art, ROAR Art Escapes offer classes, including fully catered multi-day retreats with a local artist around Southern Yorke Peninsula locations”.
Mrs Liebelt adds, “It’s not just the walls of galleries that are adorned with local artworks. Many Yorke Peninsula buildings have fantastic murals on them depicting stories from that town. A recently unveiled one is by local artist Ann Harris of Coobowie, who created the 45 metre mural on the walls of the Blue Lime Café at Stansbury.”
For more information on Yorke Peninsula or to download the Yorke Peninsula Visitor Guide, head to www.yorkepeninsula.com.au