Meg Collidge: Farm Life

Published on 02 July 2019

Puddle in the Tracks

The Burnie Regional Art Gallery (BRAG) is currently hosting an exhibition that celebrates the red dirt and life on the farm.

The exhibition, Meg Collidge: Farm Life, opened on Friday 28 June and will be on display in the main gallery at BRAG until Sunday 4 August. The exhibition represents nearly two years work from the artist, working from her studio in Elliott.

Hobart arts writer and curator Sean Kelly said about the exhibition, “When I saw the paintings Meg had been making, I realised that she has never taken the soil out of her shoes - that unique red volcanic soil of the North West. That soil that doesn’t just infiltrate the boots, the car and the house but more significantly, infiltrates the heart and the soul.”

Burnie City Council Mayor Steve Kons said “Meg Collidge is a mid-career artist from our community who we support with our gallery exhibition program. Her paintings show us what she sees in everyday life. Her subjects range from cropping to weeds to changing seasons and open skies. Meg is a keen observer of the workings on the farm.” 

Burnie Regional Art Gallery is pleased to also present Australia Wide Six, a nationally touring exhibition by members of the Ozquilt Network. The exhibition will open to the public on Wednesday 10 July.

The exhibition features 39 works, each 40x40cm, demonstrates the scope and variety of ‘stitched and layered textiles’. Materials used range from cotton and silk to paper and plastic. Techniques include hand and machine stitching, digital printing, needle felting, gelatine printing, plant-dyeing, collage and painting. The works address many different themes with diverse interpretations and styles. Australia Wide Six is an initiative of Ozquilt Network Inc. whose mission is to raise the status and profile of art quilters, art quilts and art quilt making in Australia.

The Burnie Regional Art Gallery is a Burnie City Council initiative and is assisted through Arts Tasmania by the Minister for the Arts. The Burnie Regional Art Gallery is free to the public.

For further information and images please contact:

Dawn Oelrich - Director
Burnie Regional Art Gallery       
P 03 6430 5874 |doelrich@burnie.net