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Deirdre Edwards

Art Mecca - The Art of Deirdre Edwards

34 Williams Lane | Broken Hill | 2880 | Australia / Moonta Bay South Australia
Web: www.djdee.com.au | Email: art@djdee.com.au | Phone: 0411019879

Summarised Biography:

Born 1955, Broken Hill, Australia. Self Employed Artist Manager/ partner of combined Art Studio Gallery and Accomodation, Art Mecca Holiday House www.artmecca.com.au
Currently living between South Australia and my studio Gallery base in Broken Hill, New South Wales plus my travels take me where ever art inspires. 

Professional Memberships:

  • Gaara Arts (founder)
  • Contemporary Art society of Victoria.
  • Royal Art Society of South Australia.
  • NAVA.
  • Linden Contemporary Arts.
  • SA Watercolour Society
  • Red House group
  • Art Exchange
  • Broken Hill Tourist Assocation.
  • Previously an active member of the Willyama Art Society of Broken Hill (17 years). W.A.S Publicity Officer for 4 years.
  • Committee member of The Arthole Community Arts Project; South Mine Precinct, Get off your Arts Community arts project,Committee member Arts Marketing Consortium. .

Publications, Newspapers and Representations:


2014 BDT Book Launch and exhibition at Mining and Minerals Museum BHill
2012 Work chosen to be featured on Australian Rural Health Alliance 2013 calendar
2012 "River Mapping", author and artist, Book and Poetry
2012 Artist exhibits Art Vault, BDTruth 
2011 Winner of Catholic Diocese Award, Pattern of Spirituality Exhibition, Pt Pirie Regional Art Gallery
2011 Local Talk editorial on Gaara arts Inc
2011 Adelaide Live podcast
2011 Mother Nature exhibition Adelaide advertiser
2011 "Mother Nature" Book and art with quotations
2011 Local Artist heads to the Adelaide Fringe, BDTruth 
2010 Winner of aquisitive pt Pirie Art Prize BDT
2010: SA Mining & Energy magazine featured artist
2010 "150 Yrs of Copper" Book and art with history of copper in Yorke Peninsula
2010: Yp Times Artist  feature
2010: Local Talk Magazine featured artist (see home page for link) 
2010: "Paparazzi In Print" Book, dedicated to women of the outback Author & artist http://www.blurb.com/books/1253111
2010: "Parallel 1930" Women artists profile book Written and compiled for Gaara arts
2009: "Dust to Water" Residency - Blog  http://dusttowater.blogspot.com/
2009: "Dust to Water" film (film by Lorna Crane)
2009: Finalist in The Outback Art Prize, Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery
2009: "Featured Artist" in Australian Traveller E-News http://www.australiantraveller.com/component/content/article/4024
2008: Broken Hill South Rotary “Artists Walk of Fame”.
2006: “Jigsaw”, Gilgandra Weekly, ABC, Dubbo City News, Coonabarabran Times, Narromine News.
2005: “Jigsaw”, Barrier Daily Truth, Broken Hill.
2004: Queenscliffe Herald, Vic, Official Gallery Opening and Exhibition feature.
2004: Herald Sun, News Pictorial, Special feature in Visual Art (weekly) by Political journalist, Peter Coster.
2004: Bellarine Echo, Red Earth Art.
2003: Compiled & printed Broken Hill Business and Tourists Calendars, Distributed internationally.
2002: Artists on Future, Barrier Daily Truth, Broken Hill.
2002: Printed brochures for World Diabetes Day, Artist Best Poster Presentation, FORUM 2002, Primary Health Care.
2002: Compiled & printed Broken Hill Business and Tourists Calendars, Distributed internationally.
2001: Willyama Art Society 40th Anniversary Exhibition full page article, Barrier Daily Truth, Broken Hill.
2001: Author of “Backbone of Art in Broken Hill” Short history of The Willyama Art Society of Broken Hill.
2001: Compiled & printed Broken Hill Business and Tourists Calendars, Distributed internationally.
2000: Artwork represented on the cover of handbook in conjunction with University of NSW.
2000: Compiled & printed Broken Hill Business and Tourists Calendars, Distributed internationally.
1999: Compiled & printed Broken Hill Business and Tourists Calendars, Distributed internationally.
1996: Main Street Shop Window Displays.
1991: Willyama Art Society 30th Anniversary Exhibition, Barrier Daily Truth, Broken Hill.

Acknowledgements:

2014 Tracks into the Past, History of BHill mining & PtPirie Smelting, book Artist & Author
2012 River Mapping New Limited edition hardcover and softcover, self published book including poetry
2011 "Mother Nature" Exhibition Booklet with quotations
2010: "150Yrs of Copper" Exhibition booklet
2010"Paparazzi In Print" Book dedicated to women of the outback Author & artist http://www.blurb.com/books/1253111
2010: Written and compiled profile book for Gaara arts ExhibitionParallel 1930
2008: Artists’ Walk of Fame”, Broken Hill South Rotary. Plaque placed in Argent St. Broken Hill street paving.
2004: Nomination-Far West Award for Excellence in Visual Arts    Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery.
2002: Acquisition of artwork and Acknowledgement of its use in association with Cross-Cultural Training Programs for Rural Health, Western Division – the artwork was reproduced on the cover of a handbook.
2002:World Diabetes Day Poster –painting “Futures on the Frontier” collaboration with Pro Hart and Irene Kemp - Regional Diabetes Centre Team Members Best Poster Presentation.
2000 - Current: Art Exhibition Volunteer and Organiser of Lifeline Annual Art Exhibition, Broken Hill.

Arts Projects:

2014 Work in Conjunction with BHill Historical Society to research photographs
2013 Simple etchings Pt Pirie Regional Art gallery
2013 Watercolour workshop, Studio
2012 Desert Equinox through Outback Regional Networks
2012 Watercolour workshop Gaara arts Inc
2012 Residency Art Vault Mildura
2011: Adelaide Fringe festival
2009: Residency "Dust to Water" Pambula /Merimbula incorporating Canberra. Sponsored By Desert to Coast Artists. http://dusttowater.blogspot.com/
2009: GOYA "Get of your Arts" committee member Arts Broken Hill
2008: Polymer Printmaking Workshop Consultant, Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery.
2007: Red Desert Live - art on musical items, Auction fundraiser.
2006: Broken Hill Artists Fundraiser Noarlunga Arts Centre, Fundraising project for breast cancer victim.
2004: Gecko sponsorship of Regen Festival- West Darling Arts.
2004: Art Mural- Westside Plaza Combined Arts Project.
2004- current: Sponsor of Silver City Show Art section.
2004- current:Sponsor of Silver City Cup fashions awards.
2003: “Arts for Skates Sake” skate board painting and Auction fundraiser.
2002: Arthole- A community Arts Project, South Mine Precinct.
2000: “Broken Hill, Past Present and Future” Westside Plaza.
1995-97: Down Mainstreet Art Trail.

Solo Exhibitions:

2014 Tracks into the Past, Art, historical Photos and Memorabilia, Mining & Minerals Museum BHill
2013 Tracks into the Past SALA Exh. Pt Pirie Regional Art Gallery
2012 River Mapping, The Art Vault, Mildura including Residency
2011: " Mother Nature, the Sun, the Earth & the Seasons" Hotel richmond, Rundle Mall
2010: " Tutworkers & Tributers, 150Yrs of Copper" Moonta Gallery of the Arts (see book in publications)
2010  "Paparazzi In Print" Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery http://www.blurb.com/books/1253111
2009: “Cafe DeArt” Cafe on Argent, Broken Hill.
2007: “Textures of the Outback”, Richmond Library, Feb.
2006: “Art on Argent Café”, Broken Hill.
2006: “Jigsaw”, Gilgandra Heritage Coo-ee Centre, Newell Highway, Gilgandra, Feb.
2005: “Jigsaw”, The Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery, Sept.
2004: “Outback to See” Outback to Sea Gallery, Melbourne, Oct.
1993: “Post Office Exhibition”.

Selected Group Exhibitions:

2014  NYP Art Group Annual
2014 Red House Group
2014 Gaara Archies Exhibition
2014 Stronger Women BHill Regonal Art Gallery Gaara arts inc
2013 Common Threads Gaara arts BH Regional Art gallery
2012 Water One Drop at a Time, Gaara arts Town Hall Facade
2012 Plastic Lives, a womans Tale Gaara Arts B Hill Regional Art Gallery
2011 Brooching Art Gaara ArtsInc B. Hill Regional Art Gallery
2010: "Pt Pirie Art Prize" Pt Pirie RegionalArt Gallery
2010   2010 Outback Art Prize Finalist Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery
2010  "Carte Postale" Composites in postcards, Angela Fitzpatrick's Gallery Space
2010: "Parallel 1930" Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery
2009: "400's & Under" Angela Fitzparick's Gallery Space
2009:  Finalist in Outback Art Prize
2009: " Advanced Photopolymer Print Exhibition" Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery
2009: " Portrait workshop exhibition" (self portrait) Broken Hill regional Art Gallery
2008: “Polymer Print Exhibition” Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery.
2008: “Polymer Print Basics Exhibition” Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery.
2008: “Off the Wall” Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery.
2007: “Women’s Exhibition”, Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery.
2006: “RSASA; The South Australian Story”, Art Gallery of S.A.
2006: “Moving Art” New England.
2006: “Corowa Federation Festival Art Exhibition.
2006: “Outback Waltzing Matilda” Queensland.
2006: “Drought” Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery  Travelling Exhibition .
2006: “Drought” Sydney Music Festival.Travelling Exhibition
2006: “Drought” Cowra Art Gallery. Travelling Exhibition
2005: “Drought” Combined travelling exhibition, CSIRO Discovery Centre, Starting at Canberra in October.
2004/5: Pt Pirie Travelling Exhibition,  Pt Pirie Art Gallery.
2005: “Vanguard”, Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery.
2005:  Opening Exhibition Uralla Heritage Art Gallery.
2004: “The Big Back Yard” Darling Park, Darling Harbour, Sydney.
2004: “Roxby Downs Future Art” Roxby Downs Cultural Centre.
2004: Horizon Galleries 15th Anniversary Exhibition.
2004: “The Tree in Changing Light”, Bowerhouse Gallery, Sydney.
2004: “Strut”, Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery.
2003: “The Power” Unionism in Broken Hill, Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery.
2003 “Pt Pirie Biennial” Travelling Exhibition; Pt. Pirie Art Gallery
2003: “Amazonia”, Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery.
2003: “Outback Art”, Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery.
2003: Natural History Art Exhibition, S.A. Museum.
2002: “The Futures”, Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery.
1996: “The Salon Des Refuses” Broken Hill City Art Gallery.
1996: “Living Desert Artists of Broken Hill”, Shirley Steels Galleries, Wagga Wagga.
1996: “Women Artists of Broken Hill”, Broken Hill City Art Gallery.
1996: “Easel on Wheels” Town Square, Broken Hill.
1996: “9 x 5 “The Bush” Exhibition” Rotary, Broken Hill.
1996: “Living Desert Art Show”.
1994: “Charles Sturt Festival Of Arts” Broken Hill.
1993: “Broken Hill Art” Heritage Art Gallery, Broken Hill.
1992: “9 x 5 Exhibition” Broken Hill.
1992: “Artist Cavern Art”, Artist Cavern, Broken Hill.

Group Exhibitions, memberships & Fundraisers:

Ongoing Previous
  • "Gaara Arts" Women Artists of Broken Hill
  • “The Collectors” Contemporary Art Society of Victoria.
  • “Contemporary Art”, Contemporary Art Society of Victoria.
  • “Linden Postcard Exhibition”, Melbourne.
  • “Christianity, An Australian Perspective”, Pt Pirie Biennial.
  •  Broken Hill Lifeline Exhibitions.
  • Royal Art Society of South australia
  • SA Watercolour Society
  • Moonta Gallery of the Arts combined exhibitions
  • Willyama Art Society Exhibitions.
  • Port Adelaide Art Shows.
  • Jamestown Art Exhibitions.
  • Uralla Art Exhibitions.
  • Fairfield City Art Shows.
  • Musswellbrook Art Shows.
  • Taree Art Exhibitions.
  • Murray Bridge Art Shows.
  • Hawker Art Shows.
  • Jindabyne Art Shows.
  • Mainstreet Art Shows
  • 1996-97: “Drummoyne Art Society”.
    1996: “Laura Art Prize “Exhibition” Laura.
    1996: “Lions Art Exhibition” Cooma.
    1995-97: “Outback Art Prize” Broken Hill.
    1995: “Fairfeild City Art Exhibition” Sydney.
    1986-93: “Mulga Tree Gallery”.
  • Members Combined Exhibitions –Yearly & Biennial Exhibitions:

Awards:

2014 Finialist in Waltzing Matilda
2014 Finalist in Sloar art prize
2014 Highly Commended Trickel Crunch RSASA, Fringe award
2013 Highly Commended Gwenda Hacket watercolor Award
2013 Kenewook Lowender Local Award
2013 Copper Coast Collection Aquisition
2013 Finalist in Waltzing matilda Art Prize
2013 Finalist in She, Walker st Gallery
2013 Finalist in Harvest Exhibition festival, McClaren Vale
2012 Work chosen to be featured on Australian Rural Health Alliance 2013 calendar
2012 Peoples Choice Award Desert Equinox Sculpture Exhibition
2012 2nd prize in Outback archies
2012 Finalist in Picture This Brunswick Gallery
2012 Finalist in Waltzing Matilda Art Prize
2012 Finalist in She Who Can Art Prize
2012 Finalist in Solar Art Prize 2012
2011 Finalist in Outback Arches Art Prize
2011 Finalist in Collectors exhibition CAS Vic.
2011 Winner of Catholic Diocese Award, Pattern of Spirituality Exhibition, Pt Pirie Regional Art Gallery
2011 Finalist in Biblio Art Award Exhibition
2010: Bank SA Support participant, Adelaide Fringe
2010: NAVA Marketing grant for NSW Artists
2010: Pt Pirie Aquistive Art prize, Pt Pirie Regional Art Gallery
2008: “Artists’ Walk Of Fame”, Name plaque placed in paving in main business district of Broken Hill Broken Hill South Rotary.
2005: 3rd Prize Overall: Contemporary Art Society of Victoria.
2005: Pt Pirie Biennial Travelling Exhibition; Pt Pirie Art Gallery.
2004: People’s Choice Award, Wentworth Art Prize.
2003: People’s Choice Award, Port Pirie Biennial Art Award, Christianity – An Australian Perspective.
1999: Overall Champion – Art; Still Life: Silver City Show – Broken Hill.
1999: Champion – Art, Silver City Show – Broken Hill.
1999: 1st Prize – Ink, Pencil and Charcoal: Silver City Show – Broken Hill.
1999: 1st Prize – Art, Still Life Silver City Show – Broken Hill.
1999: 2nd Prize – Art, Photography Silver City Show – Broken Hill.
1999: 3rd Prize – Art, Photography; Buildings: Silver City Show – Broken Hill.
1997: 2nd Prize – Best Window Display, Outback Arts Festival – Rotary “Down Mainstreet” Exhibition – Argent St – Broken Hill.
1995: Highly Commended, Fairfield Annual Art Exhibition.
1995: Highly Commended Landscape Watercolour, Silver City Show – Broken Hill.
1995: Certificate of Merit Contemporary Watercolour, Silver City Show – Broken Hill.
1994: Best Watercolour, Charles Sturt Festival of Arts.
1993: College Achievement Award, Tafe NSW.
1993: Highly Commended, Jamestown Art Exhibition.
1992: Highly Commended, Jamestown Art Exhibition.

Qualifications:

2011 NAVA Online Mentoring, Grant Writing and Marketing
2005 “Distinction” in Arts Marketing
Tafe NSW in conjunction with BHRAG
1998 “High Credit” in Drawing
R.M.I.T. University
1998 “Distinction” in Photography
R.M.I.T. University
1998 “Distinction” in Arts and Social Sciences
Monash University
1996 Life Drawing Completion Certificate
Robinson College
1995 Drawing
Robinson College
1990 -1993 Certificate in Painting
Tafe NSW
1992 Acrylics
Robinson College
1991 Watercolour
Robinson College
1985 “Painting in Watercolour”
Broken Hill Tafe College
1972 Show card & Ticket writing
Broken Hill Tafe College

I have obtained qualifications through University Correspondence, Tafe NSW and Robinson College in addition to numerous workshops and attainment art classes.

Collections:

Public & Private: Australian Collection of Shurniak Gallery Inc. Canada.
Public: Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery, Pt Pirie Art Gallery & Copper City Council Art Collection.
Private: Collections Nationally and Internationally.