Lee Grant, Chris Scroggy lounging around at the Quarterdeck, Narooma (detail), 2020, Pigment print, 80x100cm

Untold Eurobodalla, Lee Grant and Amadis Lacheta
Exhibition: Sat 12 December 2020 – Sun 7 February 2021
Opening night: Friday 11 December 2020, 5.30pm to 7.30pm
Opening hours
: Tuesday – Sunday, 10am to 4pm
Closed Thursday 24 December 2020 from 12pm, reopening Tuesday 5 January 2021 at 10am

What makes where we live special, and why have people chosen to settle here? What creates culture in a place and how does our community contribute to and celebrate that unique culture?

Robust regional communities are diverse, creative and responsive to change. The people living in them are multi-faceted and often have numerous talents and means of expressing those gifts that make them interesting on a personal and collective level.

Untold Eurobodalla takes a lateral approach to examining the multitude of ways that local residents contribute to the place they call home and shares their distinctive stories through photography, film and the written word.

At a time of significant challenge for many people in the aftermath of the bushfires, and with the ongoing renegotiation of life due to COVID-19, reminding ourselves of what really matters, cherishing what we have and building on our strengths are vital pathways to the future.

The Untold Eurobodalla website will launch in Feb 2021. Visit https://www.untoldeurobodalla.net.au/

Artist profiles

Lee Grant

Lee is a photographic artist based on the South Coast of NSW. She has a Bachelor of Arts (Anthropology) and a Master of Philosophy (Visual Arts) from the Australian National University. She works on commissions and long form independent and collaborative projects dealing with themes of community, identity and belonging and how landscape (both natural and inhabited) relates to these concepts. Working across mediums, Lee’s practice combines photography, video, sound and text in projects that are often underpinned with institutional and found archives. Her practice has a strong focus on bookmaking as an outcome as both published and limited-edition artist books. Lee produced her first book Belco Pride in 2012, followed by The Five Happinesses in 2015 and won the prestigious National Photographic Portrait Prize in 2018. Her photographs are included in the collections of Parliament House Canberra, the National Library of Australia, Monash Gallery of Art, Canberra Museum and Art Gallery as well as numerous private collections. Lee continues to work on commissioned and personal projects in Australia and Asia, with a special interest in North and South Korea and Japan. More recently, Lee has continued her love of storytelling with contributions to several short documentary film projects including the local Far South Film production The Oudmaker of Narooma amongst others.

Amadis Lacheta

Amadis has worked for the past 25 years across the arts, sustainability, government, business and community sectors in NSW, around Australia and overseas. She has a Bachelor of Music in composition and piano from the University of Adelaide, and strongly values how the arts can significantly contribute to the wellbeing of communities within and beyond the confines of professional arts practice. As a composer, writer, gardener and home builder she takes a transdisciplinary and holistic approach to creativity. She has written for Green Magazine, Earth Garden and other publications on the topics of sustainable gardening, architecture, food production and renewable energy. In her work as a director of seminal Melbourne place making consultancy Village Well, she championed what makes places unique from a physical, environmental, cultural, social and economic perspective. Through her roles in local government she developed various successful business sustainability and resilience programs. She currently supports the community within the Eurobodalla and across the wider region through her work with peak body Community Industry Group and as an advocate for Seniors Rights Service. Her two great loves are nature and culture, and she is motivated by the importance of recognising our place within the interconnected web of life.

Public programs

As part of the Untold Eurobodalla exhibition program, we’ll be running a series of creative activities and events for all ages.

For COVID safety we ask Bas visitors to follow the NSW guidelines by:

  • practicing social distancing
  • washing hands thoroughly before and after attending
  • using the hand sanitiser provided
  • registering details
  • staying home if feeling unwell.

Opening night

Friday 11 December, 5.30pm to 7.30pm

Join us at the Bas for exhibition opening night. This is an opportunity to meet the artists, enjoy a glass of wine and dive into lively conversation with fellow art-lovers.

This event will take place indoors and outdoors. A maximum of 60 people can attend, with a maximum of 30 indoors at any time.

Cost: free

Bookings are essential

To make a free booking to attend opening night click on the link below:

Artist talk

Saturday 12 December, from 11am

Join Lee and Amadis as they discuss their exhibition and the collaboration which produced it. This is also a great opportunity for the public to hear directly from the artists about the ideas and themes explored in the exhibition and their art practices more broadly.

Cost: free

Bookings are essential

To make a free booking to attend the artist talk click on the link below:

Exhibition tours

Thursdays, from 11am

Join us at the Bas for an intimate viewing of the Untold Eurobodalla exhibition. Get to know the stories behind the faces, the artists’ processes and gain behind the scenes gallery insights at our weekly exhibition guided tour.

This is a promenade style tour that will run for 15 to 20 minutes. A minimum of 5 people is required for each tour. You will be notified should a tour be cancelled.

Exhibition tours will be available every Thursday at 11am during the exhibition, with the exception of Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.

Cost: free

Bookings are essential

Kids’ Claymation workshops

In these workshops, kids can learn the art of storytelling through Claymation – an animation technique using characters made with clay.

Using the community and storytelling themes drawn from the Untold Eurobodalla exhibition, workshop participants are can tell their own stories about our region by creating their own clay characters, developing a storyboard and exploring the elements of making a short movie.

Suitable for kids aged 12 to 15.

Cost: $5 per person.

Bookings are essential

Find out more and make a booking by clicking on the link for your preferred location below:

HeART Space healing energy workshop

HeART Space is a spontaneous, playful, active, creative experience with a focus on community, connection and storytelling.

Using a combination of man-made, natural and recycled materials participants are invited to create an interactive 3D art installation, tell the evolving story and process the experience with the group.

Participants will have the opportunity to reconnect with self, community, their creative process, what’s important and what is possible. Each participant is given a crate of materials to work with but must bring three items to use:

  • one that represents resilience/connection
  • one that represents renewal/grounding
  • one that represents possibility/place or a personal strength.

Each workshop has a maximum of 10 participants.

Cost: $20 per person.

Bookings are essential

Find out more and make a booking by clicking on the link below for your preferred location:

Black and white photo of hands holding a ribbon in a heart shape

Bush Resonances: a micro-residency

When: Monday 11 to Wednesday 13 January, 9am to 12pm daily
Where: Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Garden, Deep Creek Dam Drive, Batemans Bay

Bush Resonance is a three-day outdoor residency for artists to explore their practice though body, imagination and landscape.

How is the environment recovering from the fires that ravaged it in early 2020? How can we pay deeper attention to the subtler aspects in our environment?

Throughout the residency artists can explore the intimate immensity of body, imagination and landscape. The experience will engage all the senses; from deepening awareness in time-based activities, to opening up new ways of perceiving, and to exploring the porous interconnection between human and non-human.

Cost: $50 per person.

Bookings are essential

Book your place online by clicking the link below:

Person in a raincoat standing on top rocks
Image credit: Martin Fox

Allegories of Ash: Linda Luke and Liberty Kerr

When: Friday 15 January, 10am to 10.30am
Where: Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Garden Function Room, Deep Creek Dam Drive, Batemans Bay

What would the bush say if it could speak? What would the burnt-out spotted gum declare? What did the silent falling ash witness on its way to the forest floor? From its monstrous shape and sheer mythical proportions that was the black summer bushfires, communities crash landed into grief, ash and a changed biosphere.

‘Allegories is Ash’ is an intimate performance between a dancer, a cellist and the bush. It is a dedication to the flora, insects, birds, animals and human communities impacted by the fires.

Cost: $10 per person.

Bookings are essential

Tickets available online by clicking the link below:

Painting titled 'Liberty's Backyard Bush'
Image credit: Martin Fox

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The Basil Sellers Exhibition Centre recognises Aboriginal people as the original inhabitants and custodians of all land and water in the Eurobodalla and respects their enduring cultural and spiritual connection to it. The Bas acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land in which we live and pays respect to Elders past, present and future.