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Miriam Williamson & Brad Allen-Waters

Williamson Park | 2024

Williamson & Allen Waters Bag Hut Miriam Williamson
Williamson & Allen Waters Bag Hut Miriam Williamson
Williamson Park. @ Williamson Park
The park is the site of an alleged attempt on the life of the artist’s father by a hit and run driver as he walked home from the night shift at the Kandos Cement Works on the 8th September 1952. An outspoken union shop steward and advocate for social justice Jack Williamson was agitating for industrial action to improve conditions for workers and aiming to realise his political ambitions. The artists re-open this unsolved case and through fact and mythology produce an onsite installation and accompanied by the final edition of ‘The Kandos Voice’ based on ‘political propaganda produced by Williamson at the time.

bio:

Originally from Central Western NSW, Miriam Williamson has participated in regional arts festivals in Kandos and Hill End drawing on her family’s history in the region. She has a long association with the critically acclaimed Modern Art Projects Blue Mountains (MAPBM). In recent years Miriam has extended her practice to curatorial projects, most recently the Underground exhibition at Blue Mountains Cultural Centre 2023/2024. Initially trained in graphic design, Brad Allen-Waters is a self-taught multi-disciplinary artist working mainly with sculptural and light forms. He was a founding member of the artist-run initiative Shepard and Newman, based in Darlinghurst in the 1980s. He has exhibited in both independent and major galleries. His work is held in several private collections and the National Gallery of Australia.

statement:

Miriam Williamson’s work explores a sense of place, and cultural and social histories through a range of media often activating underutilised sites. Originating in post-punk music and sound, her curatorial and art practice often involves collaboration with artists and musicians to realise site-specific projects. Brad Allen-Waters has taken a somewhat heuristic path to his present practice. Working as a graphic designer, set builder, lighting technician, architectural model making and silversmith, he incorporates laser-driven kinetic sculptures as tools for the exploration and expression of the oscillations that drive and keep life in time, from the astronomical to the molecular. His obsession with techno-aesthetics furthers his interdisciplinary dialogue cross-referencing metaphor and allegory in art, science, architecture and design.

Materials | multi media
Location | Williamson Park
The Aesthetiscope, 2017. laser, stainless steel, optical lenses, repurposed objects, Photography by David Brazil

Ian Milliss - collaborator and editor of ‘The Kandos Voice’