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Thursday, September 15, 2022 - Friday, September 16, 2022
16:00 - 19:00

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An exhibition bringing together the talent of eleven local artists for one night only at Boomtown Wine.

Kindred is the culmination of the Introduction to Professional Arts Practice course, the first of its kind run by the Castlemaine Community House. Local artists with varied backgrounds and experience came together over the nine-week course to gain an introductory understanding of the intricacies of being a professional artist.

On display are works including printmaking, sculpture, mixed media and digital presentations through the PechaKucha platform.

Course co-facilitators Helen Kelly and Zoe Amor bring many years of professional arts experience as makers, producers, directors and curators. The course covered a broad range of topics, covering: presenting work to the public including commercial gallery representation and non-traditional options; marketing and promotion, including writing artist statements, CVs and biographies; and business skills such as record keeping, taxation and copyright.

– Zoe Amor
– Diana Orinda Burns
– Sally-Ann Charnock
– Brenda Hine
– Helen Kelly
– Lorraine Le Plastrier
– Malini Lewis
– Teagan Niessen
– Tiffany Raae
– Emma Ragheb
– Luca Royle

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Arranging, modelling, casting, drawing, painting and printing - Zoe creates work that is iconic and contemporary, informed by a deep appreciation for the natural world, cultural diversity and the architecture of dreams. Working across mediums, combining research in aesthetics, sociology and ecology, Architecture of a dream (AOD) embraces the potential of multidisciplinary compositions as visions for the present/future reflecting on how creative and cultural expression connect us to broader social and ecological circumstances and transitions.

At the core of her work is a desire to understand the beneficial connections that exist between humans and other life forms, to (re) generate a deeper appreciation and respect for the natural world. These thoughts are reflected in the Cross Pollination series; Dusk, the first sculptural commission for the Castlemaine Art Museum now residing in the Castlemaine Botanical Gardens; Kamarooka in the Bendigo Bank Collection and the Red Box Bush series inspired by indigenous species of Central Victoria. Zoe is a finalist in the Paul Guest Prize 2022 at Bendigo Art Gallery and highlights from her studio and art life is currently on show in an Orbit exhibition at Castlemaine Art Museum until 20 November, 2022.

Zoe has travelled and worked extensively in the arts and cultural spheres as an artistic director, curator, consultant, designer, writer, drawing lecturer and public arts facilitator. She has been the recipient of awards and grants; curated numerous exhibitions, and her work exhibited in award, solo and group exhibitions, commissioned and held in public and private collections.

A Winemaking Co-operative…. Boomtown is a shared winemaking space established at The Mill, Castlemaine in January 2015 and is home to Minim Wine, Analog, Jeffrey Wine and Puta Bida. We make our own wines together, sharing equipment and ideas, and make a small range of simple, local wines under the Boomtown label. Boomtown is a place for young and aspiring winemakers to make a start on their own wines, contribute their own ideas and learn about Central Victorian wines. Our cellar door is open Friday nights in summer for reckless good times and weekend days for more serious wine business.  Boomtown winery is located on Dja Dja Wurrung country. The Djaara (Dja Dja Wurrung people) have lived on these lands and cared for this country over many thousands of years. We acknowledge and offer our respect and deep gratitude to the traditional owners of the lands on which we farm and work.

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The Mill Complex, Shed 10/9 Walker St, Castlemaine VIC 3450
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