December 2020 at Noorong Hall

The Noorong Hall in southern NSW was transformed into a studio for professional artist Wendy McDonald as part of this TWIG Taster.

Held to whet people’s appetites ahead of the planned ACRE21 festival, this TWIG involved Wendy working for a week from the hall and exploring nearby farms. She also hosted a workshop for local kids.

The Saturday night TWIG event was an especially welcome and positive one for locals, who were coming out of the COVID19 lockdowns and border closures that had plagued most of 2020.

Wendy showed various iterations of her work, right from their beginnings as notes and sketches, as well as a series of photos of the local area taken during her residency.

There were also tunes from Peter Redfern, locally produced food served up for dinner, and even a few games of ping pong on the hall’s very own table.

Partners – Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery, Swan Hill Rural City Council, Regional Arts Victoria, Creative Victoria

Photos by Mitchell Barkman and Felicia Chalmers

My interpretation of The ACRE Project is its really about connecting artists and art practitioners with farmers and community, people of community coming together to talk, be interested, to connect, listen, to learn and have a damn good time.

- Wendy McDonald, TWIG artist