The Boondocks Experiment- Hawkesbury Regional Gallery

The beaten track refers to a much travelled path. Choosing this path usually results in security, predictability, planning, knowing where you are headed and how you are going to get there. This notion is comforting for some but a terrifying direct road to boredom for others.

Off the beaten track is part of The Boondocks Experiment: 2014, a festival for young people in the Hawkesbury and beyond. It brings together a group of young artists who instinctively knew there was another way and set out to find it.

They reinterpreted their built and natural environment, redefined its usefulness and ‘conquered the world’ in the process. This selection of works is a record of how the artists traversed land, city or mindscapes. Some of these artists have gone on to carve a livelihood from their arts practice others have gone on to have stellar careers. This exhibition is a celebration of fearless explorations and journeys that take you off the beaten track.

‘The Boondocks Experiment- Off the Beaten Track’ runs from 14 February – 13 April 2014 at Hawkesbury Regional Gallery in Windsor, NSW

Curated by Tia McIntyre in collaboration with Elliot Jones

Boondocks opening night

Photo from opening night by David Jones



The Design Files story February 2014 and other recent articles

Some recent articles on ‘Light is Fugitive’ at Gallery Ecosse:

The Design Files

Broadsheet Sydney

Arent & Pyke In/ Out Design Blog

Laurajones-portrait by Carine Thevenau

Efflorescent- Goulburn Regional Art Gallery

EFFLORESCENT – a Contemporary Take

31 January – 12 April 2014

Efflorescent is definitely not just about a vase of flowers. A contemporary take on a floral exhibition, it looks at the many ways artists are moved to create works from their connection with flora, whether it is a literal representation, a borrowing of an organic form or the use of plant materials as a medium.

Artists include; Tony Ameneiro, Leonie Andrews, Jason Benjamin, Nicolette Benjamin Black, Susannah Blaxill, Lucy Culliton, Janna Ferris, Harriet Goodall, James Guppy, Fiona Hiscock, Laura Jones, Tony Lennon, Heidi McGeoch, Julian Meagher, Emilie Patteson, Carolyn Sullivan, Shona Wilson

Opening Friday 31 January @ 6pm

 Link to Goulburn Regional Gallery exhibition details


Laura Jones, Robertson #1 2013, oil on linen, 163 x 123cm

Portia Geach Memorial Award 2013

My painting Cowboy has been selected as a finalist for the 2013 Portia Geach Memorial Award.

As stated on the Trust Company website:

The Portia Geach Memorial Award is a celebration of female Australian artists. It’s Australia’s most prestigious portrait prize for female artists and has greatly contributed to the development of female artists in this country.

It was established by Florence Kate Geach in 1961 in memory of her sister, Portia Geach and is awarded each year to the best portrait painted from life of some man or woman distinguished in Art, Letters or the Sciences.

A record number of finalists year-on-year have been selected for the shortlist of Australia’s most recognised portrait prize for women, the Portia Geach Memorial Award, with its trustee – The Trust Company – today announcing 58 finalists.

The judging panel for 2013 is comprised of Jane Watters, Director S.H Ervin Gallery; Dr Lindy Lee, Senior Lecturer, Sydney College of the Arts; and Artist Ben Quilty.

Laura Jones, Cowboy 2013, oil on linen, 60 x 50 cm

Autoportrait at Gallery Ecosse

Autoportrait, a self-portrait feature is the 26th exhibition held by Gallery Ecosse which showcases a select group of represented and invited artists including some Highlands based names, most notably Archibald Prize winner and AGNSW Trustee Ben Quilty. Self-portraits have been made by artists since the earliest times, in many cases becoming an integral part of an artists practice. A self-portrait can reveal so much about an artist, from moral and psychological issues through to a strong form of narrative taken from the artists life-experience. Dominic Knight discusses the exhibition in his foreword text in the Autoportrait catalogue

Read an article about the exhibition by Alex Speed in The Australian:

Article in the Highlife: