Wild Ground Artist
Wild Ground Artist is an Artist-In-Residency Project, which provides opportunity for local artists to further their artistic practise alongside, and in collaboration with, Wild Ground programs. The residency promotes a symbiotic relationship between artists, Wild Ground children and the outdoor spaces of the Blue Mountains National Park.
Artist-in-Resident – Niki Read
Earlier this year, we invited local artist Niki Read as our very first Wild Ground Artist.
Niki is an interdisciplinary artist who creates art for connection, beauty and legacy. Her current work contributes to a personal aesthetic in response to nature, society and major life experiences. She works with paint, inks, paper, canvas, pencil, found objects, collage, assemblage – both in the two and three dimensional, art books and the written word. Her strong sense of social justice has been the driving force behind her earlier art-making within community-based contexts; theatre, youth, cancer and palliative care. She also currently works in community and cultural development in end of life care and makes legacy artworks for people and their families at the end of life. You can read more about Niki at her patreon webpage: patreon.com/NikiRead
Niki and her four year old son visited Horseshoe Falls weekly alongside Wild Ground families during an 8-week Bush Playgroup program. Coming to ground: Horseshoe Falls is Niki’s artistic response to Horseshoe Falls, Hazelbrook – one of our nature play locations for this year’s Bush Playgroup program.
We look forward to future projects with Niki in the coming year.
Artworks for sale
We’re currently selling two prints of artworks by our Artist-in-Resident Niki Read – Coming to ground: Horseshoe Falls (2018) and Cicada (2017) a painting completed prior to her residency. A small percentage of profits from these sales will go towards the operational costs of Wild Ground, while the remainder will go straight to the artist. We’re excited about the idea of finding creative, sustainable and collaborative ways to support local artists and grow our Wild Ground initiative to keep inspiring and connecting local families to nature and their wild selves. So much of our work is a labour of love and this project will allow our business to grow as a social enterprise.
Visit out shop here: wildground.com.au/artistshop/