October 2013 at Moulamein with the Lowing family

It was a huge weekend at Nick and Kerry Lowing’s property, Burrindi.

There was great food, live music and artist Robbie Rowlands presenting an inspiring artist’s talk on Friday night in the woolshed to almost 30 locals.

The Lowing family spent plenty of time with Robbie getting to know him, and he getting to them and about their rice farm. He even went on duck patrol and got to check the water.

Saturday and Sunday were taken up with a great lunch and productive workshops in some hot Riverina weather. A small group of family and friends got on the tools to work with Robbie, turning objects found on farm into some beautiful sculptural pieces. They were astonished at what was created using objects like old airseeder parts, an oil tank and a pressure pump pot.

It was the first of four TWIG residencies held in September and October 2013 across the region.

Partners – Swan Hill Rural City Council, Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery, Regional Arts Victoria, Australia Council for the Arts

“I had many of the farmers say how surprised they were to understand my work and my intention. Whilst joking that they would take a second look at their rubbish piles I know that the next week for them would hold some moments when they would possibly visually reconfigure or reconsider what they experience every day.”

  • Robbie Rowlands, TWIG artist

“A great big thanks to Robbie Rowlands for sharing his wonderful gift with the community of Moulamein.”

  • Kerry Lowing, Moulamein farmer and TWIG host