Artists share their stories

By John Lewis

A new exhibition based on a collaboration between Splinter Contemporary Artists, photographer Jean-Michel Batakane and members of Goulburn Valley Writers’ Group was launched at the Kyabram Town Hall gallery on Saturday.

Splinter president Meg Doller said work for the Sharing Stories show was made following art activities during the Shepparton Festival’s Converge event in March.

She said the exhibition featured dynamic woven forms, Mr Batakane’s photographs and poetry and prose by writers’ group members.

Ms Doller said Splinter Contemporary Artists had been involved in the Shepparton Festival for many years.

She said the artists’ contribution to the 2019 festival theme of Story Bowl was two free art activities at the Converge event involving weaving and claywork.

She said writers’ group members Robyn Black, Melissa Black and Helene Castles read poems and prose in response to artworks at Saturday’s official opening.

‘‘Hearing the words in their voice and as the writer intended was a moving experience for everyone. We’re thrilled with the outcome of our collaboration, and look forward to again working with GVWG in the future,’’ Ms Doller said.

She said a small number of the hundreds of photographs taken by Mr Batakane at Converge were displayed alongside the literary works.

‘‘They reveal the quiet, sensitive way Jean-Michel documented the event, as well as the joy and intense concentration of participants as they made their own small contribution to a larger artwork and experience,’’ Ms Doller said.

Sharing Stories can be seen from 10am to 4pm, from Monday to Saturday until July 27 at the Kyabram Town Hall Gallery, 199 Allan St.