The Laudanum Project ¦ Mayday Hills, Beechworth ¦ March 17-18, 2017

MACABRE: Nick Ravenswood and Gareth Skinner perform in ‘The Baby Farmer’

Beechworth Lunatic Asylum is to be rekindled with the dark arts of theatre.

Melbourne’s ‘The Laudanum Project’ – direct from the Adelaide Fringe Festival 2017 – presents The Baby Farmer, an ambitious and confronting work in which the story of a helpless child and her unbalanced mother unfolds against a tapestry peppered with destiny, innocence and evil. The two-night performance coincides with an exhibition of works in charcoal on brown paper by Victorian artist Chloe Neath…

Writers, Readers and Poets’ Weekend  ¦  Beechworth  ¦  February 10-12, 2017

L’USAGE du monde: Nicolas Bouvier (c. 1953) route vers Téhéran

Beechworth Arts Council’s Writers, Readers and Poets’ Weekend 2017 attracted more than 190 people to explore ‘The way of the world’.

In 1953 a young writer named Nicolas Bouvier set out from Geneva in a Fiat Topolino to meet his friend, artist Thierry Vernet, in Belgrade. Without much money the pair was to journey for the next nineteen months – through Yugoslavia, Greece, Turkey, Iran and Afghanistan – to the Khyber Pass… 

Spring Arts Show annual series  ¦  Beechworth  ¦  November 2017

FRUIT: Still life from Beechworth painter Kay Hampton.

Beechworth Arts Council is developing an annual series following the success of its inaugural Spring Arts Show.

Works in a range of media from 10 women artists were exhibited in Beechworth’s Old Stone Hall, with new-elected Indigo mayor Jenny O’Connor telling the opening attended by more than 60 people that she hoped during her two-year term to foster the development of arts and other cultural pursuits across the shire.