"The ‘Collins Street farmer’ represents the corporate organisations that have taken control of our food chain. He looks down at a hamburger that consumed around 2,500 litres of water to produce.
The city scape in the background describes the affluent Western world fed by these farming practices, people disconnected and too busy to think about where their food comes from and how it is produced.
Look carefully in the top left corner and you will see a bulldozer clearing the last remaining old growth forest. Acres of monoculture corn and soy sprawl across the horizon where these forests once stood. The primate on the stump sits helplessly wondering where its home has gone. The dead canary sends an alarming message to stop these unsustainable practices before all species on the planet are doomed.
The cows are locked in small yards. Part of the production line, they are force-fed corn on a conveyor belt. The markings on the cows form the world map indicating that this is a world problem, while on the other cow the face of an African child peers out, wondering why that corn isn’t grown to feed his starving country.
The whole scene plays out in knee-deep rising water caused by global warming and rising sea levels.
My mural was inspired after watching a documentary called ‘Cowspiracy - the sustainability secret’. For me it was a game changer. I became a vegetarian the very next day.
“Filmmaker Kip Andersen uncovers the most destructive industry facing the planet today – and investigates why the world’s leading environmental organisations are too afraid to talk about it.
Animal agriculture is the leading cause of deforestation, water consumption and pollution, is responsible for more greenhouse gases than the transportation industry, and is a primary driver of rainforest destruction, species extinction, habitat loss, topsoil erosion, ocean “dead zones,” and virtually every other environmental ill. Yet it goes on, almost entirely unchallenged.”
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Tim's ‘Cornography’ – mural can be found on the Benalla Senior Citizens Community Centre building, 17 Fawckner Drive, Benalla on the wall looking towards the Sir Weary Dunlop Learning Centre.
‘Cowspiracy – the sustainability secret’ at www.cowspiracy.com/facts/
Tim Bowtell's 'Asha' portrait the first of a series of artwork by NEA artists on display at the Benalla Rural City Council Offices in Bridge Street
Over the coming months artwork by a NEA artist will be exhibited in the display window of the Rural City of Benalla offices in Bridge Street. This is the result of an arts bank like leasing project inspired and facilitated by Benalla's Mayor, Councillor Don Firth.
The first painting, on display in the Council window, is Tim Bowtell's portrait of 'Asha'. .
Tim Bowtell loves to paint all manner of subjects and executes them in the most appropriate medium.
Tim is fascinated by building and architectural images – many of his works reflect this. Paintings of buildings of local interest – the Benalla Council Chambers prior to restoration; BPACC; the signal box near the railway station, are now in private collections.
Tim’s interest in social issues is reflected in works including his acquisitive prize winning painting for the 2016 Tatong Art Show ‘Chinese New Era’; the Gandhi wall opposite NEA; (Wall to Wall Festival 2016) and his thought provoking 'Sticks and Stones' wall on the railway side of the 'Primal' gym building (Wall to Wall Festival 2017). Tim's latest wall (on the library side of the Benalla Senior Citizens Community Centre has roots in his reaction to watching documentary film 'Cowspiracy'.(Wall to Wall Benalla 2018).
Street Art painting has taken a grip since Tim had the opportunity to paint a mural in the 2016 Benalla Wall to Wall festival. Tim enjoys creating aerosol works on canvas as well as on walls and enjoys the challenge of commissioned work. His commissioned works at the Mokoan rest stop and Winton Wetlands are much admired.
Tim works from his open studio at NEA.
'Asha' Tim Bowtell 200cm x 150cm
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After identifying a need for training to start more actively using NEA's Instagram account, the media team called upon Candice (@candicejanecreative), who had helped to set it up. Here's Tim's first choice as a post - Mal Webster's 'All Star Sneakers'.
Thank you so much for spending time training us, Candice. Your presentation and practical support were excellent!. We are going to recommend another training session for our volunteer exhibitors and would recommend you highly to anyone seeking Instagram training.
There are links to our Instagram page on the News Page and in the footer - here's the direct link. https://www.instagram.com/northeastartisans/
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NEA;s Tim Bowtell is currently exhibiting work at Chocolate Lane
Pamella Francis from Chocolate Lane cafe in the lane near the Bridge in Bridge Street loves art. An active member of the Hay arts community before coming to Benalla, Pamella has created a unique 'chocoholics heaven' in a little lane next to the Commercial Hotel.
Late last year Pamella and NEA's Tim Bowtell developed the concept of a partnership between Choolate Lane and NEA which has resulted in an occasional program of exhibitions featuring NEA artists or artists recommended by NEA members.
Merv Beamish's Pop Up Exhibition commenced the exhibition program in mid December 2016, with Merv's warm, impressionistic oil pastels and acrylics perfect for a cafe environment and adding to the welcoming atmosphere at Chocolate Lane.
To add to the atmosphere during the Wall to Wall Festival, Adam Knapper was suggested to Pamela. Adam, who has strong links to the Molyullah area and NEA through his family, exhibited at Chocolate Lane from March 31st to May 13th.. Adam's engaging collection of quirky, affordable café art clearly drew upon his involvement in the graffiti art movement of the eighties. You can read Adam's bio here.
NEA's Tim Bowtell. is currently exhibiting work at Chocolate Lane. Check out Tim's paintings during Chocolate Lane's winter opening hours - Thursdays, Fridays and Saturday mornings.
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Tim's workshops have been deferred while he works on a range of other projects. News of upcoming workshops will be included in the emailed newsletter (if you are not on the mailing list - send details to firstname.lastname@example.org) and this website.
Some photos from Tim's previous intermediate workshop in March.
Photos -Tim Bowtell, Nicole Reed, Benalla Ensign,, Bev Lee and Jeanette Clarke
Oil Painting with Tim Bowtell
Sunday March 5th 10am-1pm
Be guided in the process of oil painting for the beginner to the more advanced.
Book your place and make payments at NEA. Cost $35.
*Materials list will be emailed to you.
For more information call Tim on 5768 2655 or 0438 368 230 or
The Winton Wetlands 'fish on trees' project is finally finished as the heat of summer descended upon us. The Wetlands team wanted the fish to 'POP' and they certainly do!
Adding the blue and green rings 5 meters up the old trees was made possible with the hire of a cherry picker from Delatite Steel Benalla. After about half an hour getting to know the machine I was manoeuvring high up between the trees with precision. While I was up high Sam was taking care of business down low filling all the fish with colour. Unfortunately I under estimated the amount of yellow paint and needed to return a few days later to complete the job. This enabled me to carefully touch up different areas till I was completely happy.
January 22, 2017
If you haven't read Tim's first post on the Winton Wetlands Project you might like to check out this slide show of images of the project from go to whoa.
The January workshop program is almost over. With so much on offer it felt rather like a 'summer school program'.! Marg Zaal's concept of running simultaneous drawing workshops to small groups in the events room gallery worked really well and was received very positively by both presenters and participants. Thank you to Marg and all NEA artisans who presented these workshops.
The ambience and discrete working spaces in the events room gallery inspired Marg Zaal to develop the drawing workshop format pictured during the second in a series of three workshops on January 13th. Marg's vision - of three small group workshops by artists with different drawing specialities, offered on three different occasions to allow participants to chose more than one - worked really well..
I am currently working on a new project at Winton Wetlands. This road and trees were under water before Lake Makoan was de-commissioned.
The idea was to paint fish designs specific to the area. I decided to create a large fish across multiple trees that join up when the viewer gets to a certain point along the road - cool idea, difficult to achieve!
Fortunately I had Jake and Sam to be my painting hands and I communicated to them from the viewing point, where to paint marks on the trees - sometimes via mobile phone! I then added some other smaller fish to compliment the larger one and give reference for the larger fish when it doesn't line up.
I will be filling them with colour and will be adding rings 5m up the trees to mark the historical waterline when Lake Makoan was at its capacity.
Location is Boggy Bridge Rd a few km's past the Winton Wetland Hub.
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Festival time at North East Artisans is here - with the Rite of Spring exhibition and the East End Street Party happening later today. There will be lots of activity in the events room, now a dual purpose second gallery space, with the opening of the Rite of Spring exhibition at NEA at 5 pm on Friday and the East End Street Party on outside. More news to come! Click on the poster image for a slide show of the Rite of Spring's poster collection.
Art shows are on in abundance, with the 2016 Benalla Festival Regional Art Show at Tatong organised by NEA member De Sales Turner and supported well by NEA artisans. This year Tim Bowtell won the acquisitional 'Best in Show' prize with his painting 'Chinese New Era' and Julie Guppy. 'Best Local Artist' with her painting.'Tall Trees'. Judges were Tony Flint and Shanlee Cleeland.. Speaking to de Sales, it seems Tim's painting will hang at different times in community locations. The Art Show at Tatong is open until Sunday 6th November.
Merv Beamish recently donated a painting as a fundraiser for the Benalla Shorts Film Festival. Merv's painting was won by Laurie Watters, pictured here with Tim Bowtell at the Cup Eve Picnic Party when her horse in the phantom cup call won the race. (I bought lots of tickets - hoping I'd take Merv's painiting home with me!)
While workshops have quietened down a little, the last week has seen a healthy lift in sales at NEA's Gift Shop and Gallery, including larger sales by artists who have been supporting NEA by exhibiting and taking studios. Good things can come to those who wait! At least one of our artisans in wood has received a commission which was also exciting to hear. We have very much enjoyed having Colin Robson's sculptures and bird nesting boxes in the gallery over the past year - Colin is taking a break for a while, but we are hopeful he will return soon.
It's interesting following up on activities of past and present NEA artisans. Karthika and Beth have taken their passions a step further recently - opening shops in picturesque Nunn Street - Karthika 'Good Vibes Store - Organic and Eco Products' and Beth 'Beth's doll house- toys for girls and boys'.
Many artisans are on facebook - with a link to their Facebook page through the Artisans Index. This came through Margaret Zaal's this week. Isn't it beautiful!
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Bald Archy Exhibition
Benalla Street Art Wall to Wall Festival
Benalla Street Art Map
Benalla Youth Action Committee
Juddy Roller Wall to Wall
Benalla Art Gallery
Shepparton Art Museum
GANEAA (Goulburn and North East Arts Alliance)
Wangaratta Art Gallery
Table Top Games at NEA