Discover a trail of art through Soldiers Hill on the third annual SHAC ArtWalk through local homes and businesses

ARTWALK: Carrie Muffatti, Lynne Makings and Ken Makings with poodles Percy and Blossom inspect art on display for ArtWalk. Picture: Kate Healy
ARTWALK: Carrie Muffatti, Lynne Makings and Ken Makings with poodles Percy and Blossom inspect art on display for ArtWalk. Picture: Kate Healy

Soldiers Hill is renowned as a pocket of Ballarat with art at its heart, and for the next two weeks the community is opening its arms to show off its creativity.

The third Soldiers Hill Artist Collective ArtWalk invites visitors in to 14 local businesses and three homes to see the artistic creations of Soldiers Hill residents.

“It’s an attempt to bring visitors in to see the art that comes out of the creative identity of Soldiers Hill,” said artist and organiser Lynne Makings.

The self-guided walk through the autumnal streets of Soldiers Hill is open to the public from Saturday May 19 until Sunday May 27 with maps and yellow squares on the footpath to guide the way through the 17 venues.

.Ms Makings’ home, and two others, will be open on weekends and feature works from a variety of different artists. Businesses who are part of the SHAC ArtWalk will be open during their regular hours with art on the wall for visitors to inspect.

Last year Ms Makings had about 900 people through her home, which this year will showcase art from Magda Kazmierczak, Mardi Featherson, Neale Thompson, Christine Nordenadler, Abi Robertson, Wendy Whitford and herself.

Walkers will find themselves inside a butcher’s shop, pubs, cafes, hairdressing salons, and offices in their pursuit of art.

Artwork from 23 artists will be exhibited with genres including textile art, painting, printmaking, sculpture, work in varied and mixed media, installation, fibre art, digital painting, furniture and photography.

“The artists of SHAC continue to produce exciting and varied work of an exceptional standard,” said Soldiers Hill Artist Collective chair Cliff Adeney.

“ArtWalk is the best way that SHAC can bring its art to the local neighbourhood and wider Ballarat community.”

All works of art are for sale directly from the artist.

SHAC ArtWalk maps will be available from Ballarat Visitor Information Centre, the Art Gallery, all participating venues in Soldiers Hill, and other venues. It is also online at www.shacballarat.org.au and on SHAC’s Facebook and Instagram pages.