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GLAMfest 2023, Broken Hill


Gawler Place, Broken Hill
8 April 2023

Curated by Jo Crase from West Darling Arts

A West Darling Arts Initiative

Throughout 2022 nine artists and musicians worked with community museums to unearth Broken Hill's many stories, culminating in GLAMfest: an evening of illumination, art, music, food and more in historic Gawler Place in Broken Hill's CBD on 8 April 2023. 


Two of these artists were the Cad Factory's own Sarah McEwan and Vic McEwan.

Sarah's GLAMfest partner collection is the Broken Hill Trades Hall Trust. ​Sarah collaborated with sisters Rosslyn Ferry and Diana Ferry whose great grandmother Ellen Sophia Woodman (nee Perry) opened the Trades Hall building in 1899. Ellen Sophia was President of the Eight Hour Work Committee who fundraised to construct the building. Rosslyn and Diana's father Phillip Ferry was Secretary of the Broken Hill Trades Hall Trust and in 1999, one hundred years after her great grandmother opened the building, Rosslyn was elected as the first female Secretary of the Trust.

Sarah collaborated with retired miner Ross Brealey who worked in various mine sites in Broken Hill from the late 1950s to the 1970s. Sarah and West Darling Arts commissioned Wilyakali and Barkindji artist Cheryl Blore to add a First Nations perspective to the collection and one banner is painted by Cheryl. Sarah also collaborated with textiles artist Julie Montgarrett to assist in sewing the banners. In the 1970s Julie was employed at the Melbourne Trades Hall Trust to create banners which are still in their collection. 

Vic's GLAMfest partner collection is the West Darling Machinery Preservation Society and the J. Wooller Photographic Collection.


Visit the GLAMfest website to learn more about the event and the artists.


GLAMFEST is supported by the Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund - an Australian Government Initiative. 

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