In the early 1900's 'The Piggery' & 'Piggery Lane' were an important and active part of the Hawkesbury Agricultural College. In recent times the renamed building 'D9' on 'Campus Drive' at Western Sydney University, Richmond NSW. 'THE PIGGERY' is now part of the Hawkesbury Community Arts Workshop and has become the Working Studios and Gallery’s of six artists. Information on open days, workshops, and events will be made available on the Blog.
Saturday was our first 'hands on' open day at the Piggery, most of the resident artists participated as well as visitors, for the 'portrait workshop' we did 20 minute sketches and changed sitters as the planned sitter couldn't make it... next time we will plan other demonstration/participation events and one portrait sitter.
The 'musical jam session' got off to a confidence building start and we will build on this for next time!
Beginning in November The Piggery Lane Studios
will now be open on the first Saturday of the month, and the resident
artists will conduct demonstrations, and workshops and activities for
anyone to watch or to participate in.
On Saturday mornings
resident artists and or guest artists will be there to demonstrate
and to discuss topics of interest.
On Saturday afternoons
from approximately 2-5 pm we will be having figurative/portrait
workshops. There will be a live sitter, or sitters to work from and those interested are invited to participate. There will not be a set cost for this though voluntary donations will
be accepted to cover any costs for sitters.
Starting round about 5pm
we will have a musical 'jam session' for anyone interested in
playing or performing live music, and the invitation is there to
bring along an instrument or music and just see what happens... this
is aimed at anyone who wants to explore this area and not aimed at
We we will provide tea and coffee and anyone is welcome to bring their own refreshments... this is also an opportunity for conversation...
particularly for those interested in the arts... no age limits
I thought it worthwhile to post HCAW's President Josephine Blue's Newsletter which relates to our current exhibition and the Piggery Lane Studios.
What a wonderful Official Opening we had for our Annual Exhibition
on Friday night - although it had been such a hot day that evolved into a
hot evening, we had a good number of visitors and members in attendance
and a friendly ambiance to enjoy. Susan Templeman spoke very positively
and from her heart about the value of the arts in society, offering her
support to our organisation, and Graham Swain, HCAW Patron, shared his
memories of the early days of HCAW. Both Susan and Graham encouraged us
in what we have achieved and to look towards the future.
The Piggery Studios and Gallery looked beautiful with new artworks
on display to showcase members' art making - in the form of painting,
printmaking, drawing, ceramics and jewellery. It is a visual feast to
browse the venue.
Lots of hard work and organisation went into the exhibition -
preparing the venue, hanging and displaying the artwork, food and
drinks, donations, signage, decorations, roster, promotion, invitations,
flyers, cleaning and tidying - thank you to everyone who helped in this
massive task. The exhibition is open this weekend - some of us had a
chance to have an informal discussion around the food table and we
agreed that it would be good to somehow get more visitors to the venue,
so if you haven't visited yet, perhaps you could call in today (Sunday
20th) 10am - 4pm. Chrissy Goska and Rosa Visciano ventured to Hawkesbury
Radio 89.9FM during the week, to be interviewed about HCAW and the
exhibition - a new way to promote HCAW to locals.
Yesterday (Saturday) we welcomed some special visitors to our
exhibition - Sally and Carl Corte who are executors of Kevin Oxley's
estate. Kevin Oxley was the founder of HCAW in 1978. He worked
tirelessly for several years to establish a very strong foundation for
the arts on campus and in the community. Sally is Kevin's ex-partner,
their son is Tim Oxley. Sally and Carl were visiting from Queensland and
brought a painting of Kevin's to donate to HCAW as a fitting tribute to
Kevin and his work in establishing HCAW all those years ago. We are
delighted and proud to have a beautiful contemporary landscape painting
as an example of Kevin's work on display at the Piggery Gallery. Sally
also gave us a 2017 Calendar which features some of Kevin's paintings.
This will be on display and very useful at K13 next year.
During Sally and Carl's visit (with Carl's sister as well), we
visited K13 and K3 to show Sally the places where Kevin first set up
HCAW, the Old Woolshed and Feedshed. Sally had only heard about the
places from Kevin so it was of special interest to see the places and
take photos. We visited Stable Square and Sally noticed some familiar
names on plaques on the pathway of Hawkesbury Foundation from Hawkesbury
Agricultural College days. There was a definite feeling of nostalgia
during this time.
While this was happening, preparations were under way for the
delivery of the new kiln to K13 where Donna and Oggy were dismantling
the old kiln. We are grateful for their tireless work in assisting us in
so many ways. The new kiln has come about by the combined efforts of
members applying for grants from Club Grants (North Richmond Panthers),
Bendigo Bank and others. Thank you to Vicki White for filling in all
those application forms and writing the applications. We have changed
our banking to Bendigo Bank and have been able to have use of a
Community EFTPOS machine from Bendigo Bank, for the exhibition weekend,
making sales more convenient for customers who can use a credit card to
Coming up on Wednesday 30th November at 5pm at K13 is our special
meeting to update our Constitution and to come to a final decision about
new fee structures and to finalise our Licence Agreement with WSU. Our
membership continues to grow which is a positive sign for the future.
Malcolm has started up the Life Drawing Group on Thursday nights at K13
which has already attracted a lot of interest and new members. I'm
looking for someone who would be able to use the "new" old computer at
the K13 office and compile our Membership List in digital format
(Microsoft Office Word). Please let me know if you have these skills and
would be willing to help in this way.
With many thanks for your continued support,
Photos: Graham Swain, Susan Templeman and Del Swain at the Annual Exhibition Opening Night
with Sally Corte, on behalf of HCAW, receiving Kevin Oxley's landscape
painting, at the Piggery Lane Studios and Gallery on Saturday
The Piggery Studios on the campus of Western Sydney University were open this weekend (10th/11th September) as part of the 'Hawkesbury Artists and Artisans Trail' and as part of the Combined Art Societies of Sydney "September is Art Month"
The lambs and Spring Blossoms are out
and we had plenty of visitors throughout the weekend enjoying the artwork, refreshments and company at the Piggery Lane Studios
The Studios will also be open next Sunday 18th September to Join Western Sydney University School of Nursing and Midwifery in celebrating the 125th anniversary 'Back to the Hawkesbury,
The Piggery Lane Studios were open on Sunday when our Earthcare neighbours had a community gardening meeting with Costa Georgiadis.as the main speaker, I listened in on a number of talks about what is going on in the world of the environment, sustainable gardening, social responsibility, effects on society and health etc... a great day weatherwise and a number of visitors were able to share in our contribution to society through the world of the arts.