Soldiers Hill Artist Collective celebrate community with Our Place exhibition

SHAC members Elaine Wheildon, Robert Allan and Wendy Whitford.

SHAC members Elaine Wheildon, Robert Allan and Wendy Whitford.

Our Place is the latest exhibition from the Solders Hill Artist Collective, a play on both the contents of their new collection and the sense of community, history and creativity the artists share.

The 39 practicing artists that comprise SHAC all live in Ballarat’s oldest suburb of Soldiers Hill.

Mardi Featherston and Magdalene Kazmierczak are two of SHAC’s newest members and find inspiration working with the group and planning various exhibitions.

“We enjoy working in an environment that is not at all elitist, but very welcoming and encouraging to emerging artists,” said Ms Featherston, a digital artist.

Exhibitions feature works in almost every artistic medium, with SHAC members including potters, painters, printmakers, weavers, photographers, graphic artists and sculptors, many of whom have their works on display in Our Place at the Backspace Gallery.

Our Place is open Thursday to Sunday from 12 noon to 4pm at Backspace Gallery until October 8.