Australia first Drawing Festival. A $5000 Acquisitive Art Award

Australia first Drawing Festival. A $5000 Acquisitive Art Award
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Australia. Wild Valley Art Park in the Blue Mountains will launch a unique creative art festival in September 2013 – Australia’s first Drawing Festival and Sketchbook Drawing Trail.


Australia first Drawing Festival. A $5000 Acquisitive Art Award

The self-drive art experience, Draw on the Mountain, captures World Heritage backdrops, iconic tourist attractions and less known natural locations in the Blue Mountains and surrounds.

Draw on the Mountain is part of the inaugural 10-day Drawing Trail Festival, from 20-29 September 2013, at Wild Valley Art Park – Australia’s only eco arts village.

The Festival Program features workshops and master classes by Australia’s leading artists, including Wedderburn artists David Fairbairn and Suzanne Archer, renowned oil painter and landscape painter Lucy Culliton, Byron Bay’s Liz Powell, and local artists Michael Herron and Michiyo Miwa. The Festival will culminate in an exhibition by participating artists in the Sketchbook Drawing Trail with works judged for a major $5000 acquisitive prize, as well as awards for enthusiasts and children’s categories. The self-guided Sketchbook Art Trail includes key mountain destinations such as the Norman Lindsay Gallery and Gardens in Faulconbridge , Wentworth Falls Lake and lookout, Lawson bushwalks & waterfalls, Scenic World and the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre in Katoomba, the derelict blast furnaces in Lithgow and the incredible natural beauty of Hassans Wall nearby. Wild Valley Art Park itself is also on the drawing route offering 17 acres of inspirational bushland, waterways and valleys at the former Planet Ark headquarters in Wentworth Falls.

Festival Director, Selena Seifert states the Draw on the Mountain Festival was inspired by her personal experience some years ago with The Brooklyn Art Library in New York. There they run THE SKETCHBOOK PROJECT – a dynamic global project involving participants from around the world who are invited to contribute to a travelling library collection of handmade books.

The idyllic natural setting of Wild Valley Art Park – one of the key locations on the art trail – is attracting artists from around the world for resident placements, workshops, events, yoga or simply to experience the superb location in the peaceful cottage.


Australia first Drawing Festival. A $5000 Acquisitive Art Award

The Drawing Trail Festival Workshops include:

– Masterclass – Distorted Point of View with David Fairbairn teaching participants to look beneath the surface and structures inside our faces and bodies, such as veins, skeletons and muscles, resulting in dynamic works full of linear lines and structure.

– On Site – Drawing & Painting with award winning and renowned artist Lucy Culliton where participants will have individual tuition at Norman Lindsay’s iconic National trust property and gardens.

– Masterclass – Plant, Paper, Print with Liz Powell using the natural surrounding of Wild Valley to source plants and materials to explore and create with. Students will incorporate these into making paper and creating their own prints on the printing press.

– Workshop for Adults & Children – Rainforest Sketching with tutor Michael Herron includes a ride on the new Scenic Railway plus a tour of the rainforest with sketchbooks in hand.  Workshop – Fantastic Flowers with Suzanne Archer takes participants on a journey from small studies of exotic flowers and other plant material to the development of more creative, imaginative larger drawings using compositions arranged from your original observations.  Classes Beginners to Advanced – A Stroke of Perfection with Michiyo Miwa. Learn the graceful contemplative form of Japanese ink painting known as sumi-e, learning to control brush strokes with simplicity and harmony.

COSTS The Draw on the Mountain Sketchbook Trail Competition $45 per adult & Children under 16 $20 – this includes a sketchbook and map for self-guided Mountain destinations as part of the art trail. Each participant will have work shown in the competition exhibition.

TO REGISTER for the trail or workshops, visit Or contact Wild Valley Art Park owner and Festival Director, Selena Seifert on 02 4757 4791.

ABOUT Selena Seifert, Jasper Russell & Wild Valley ArtPark

Wild Valley Art Park is a self-sufficient eco arts centre located on 17 acres of bushland and rainforest in Wentworth Falls, in the Blue Mountains.

Originally built as a sustainable village project by Mission Australia in a disused quarry, it then became the headquarters of Planet Ark. Selena Seifert and Jasper Russell bought the property a couple of years ago and their eco arts centre vision is being realised.

An impressive array of 300 solar panels and a series of lakes, wetlands & water tanks, has created a truly ‘self sustainable’ Jasper & Selena, Owners, Wild Valley Art Park enterprise. The mud brick buildings now house a gallery space, four artist studios, and two workshop areas for art, yoga and drama classes as well as a continually evolving sculpture garden. Visitors to Wild Valley can see artists working in a variety of mediums including, painting, textiles, mosaics, pottery and sculpture. It provides the ideal setting for established artists to reconnect and build on their creativity while students can continue their artistic journey in various workshops, specialty tutorials and events. Wild Valley also offers short stay eco accommodation, yoga and facilities for special events. Selena Seifert is a practising artist and teacher. She studied at The National Art School and then later at the College of Fine Arts, both in Sydney. She taught workshops in mosaics and painting in many art centres in Sydney before starting Scribbly Bark Studio in Wentworth Falls. With the establishment of Wild Valley in 2012, Selena undertook an arts administration course at St George School of Fine Arts and she now runs the gallery and workshop programs at Wild Valley Art Park. Jasper Russell is Selena’s husband and business partner. He is the Wild Valley’s web and graphic designer as well as the caretaker for the property. Wild Valley Art Park, 321 Blaxland Road, Wentworth Falls. Gallery open every Sat & Sun 10am – 4pm.


Australia first Drawing Festival. A $5000 Acquisitive Art Award

ABOUT ARTISTS & WORKSHOPS for Draw on the Mountain Festival David Fairbairn has received over forty awards and prizes including the Dobell Prize for Drawing and the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize. In 2012 he was awarded the Mosman Art Prize and the Sunshine Coast Art Prize. Fairbairn teaches at the National Art School, Darlinghurst, Sydney. He is extensively represented in both public and private collections, including the National Gallery of Australia. A major survey exhibition Lineage: David Fairbairn Selected Portraits 1998 – 2011, curated by Campbelltown Arts Centre, travelled to regional galleries across Australia in 2011 and 2012. Lucy Culliton is one of Australias most renowned oil painters. Her work has featured in several Achibald, Wynne and Sulman prizes. In 2006 she won the Portia Geach Memorial Award. Her popular landscape and still life themes are highly praised and collected. Her work is held in the National Gallery of Australia. Suzanne Archer has an extensive exhibiting history with more than 30 solo exhibitions and over 90 group exhibitions. She has received various awards including the Dobell Prize for Drawing in 2010 and the Wynne Prize in 1994. She has also won the Fishers Ghost Award in 1997 and 1998, and a fellowship from the Visual Arts/Craft Board, 1993. Michael Herron is a Blue Mounatins based artist that has been exhibiting artist since 1987. He has received numerous awards including the Sydney Morning Herald Travelling Arts Scholarship, the Dyson Bequest and the Moyra Dyring Studio in the Cite International Des Arts in Paris. Michael has held annual exhibitions at the Tim Olsen Gallery in Paddington, Sydney and is represented in many corporate and private collections.


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