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It’s a writing joy to be part of the Island to Inland project, to observe the artists in their studios and environments, to witness the creative process and making of the artworks, and to report on them. I unashamedly admire artists, their creative sparks and realisations of their ideas. All ten artists of the Island […]

After the End

It has been 3 solid months since the last performance of Life is Short and Long at the Waterside Workers hall in Port Adelaide and the Wirrabara Institute. Only a month or so ago, I received this message from a local:  “Hey there Emma, good morning.  Just to say that your excellent performance / production […]


Immense populations occupy Deb Sleeman’s thoughts: ‘When there are a lot, they are forced to move’. Each spring 23 million Short-tailed Shearwaters, come to summer breeding grounds in southeast Australia from summer feeding grounds in the Arctic. They take more than a day to pass points on the south coast of Kangaroo Island as they […]

Still life: perpetual motion

How still is a still life? The environment that inspires still-life painter Ria Byass, that surrounds her home, is, like Ria, never still, even on days of intense calm. Ria lives at the apex of D’Estrees Bay where the Southern Ocean has taken a bite out of coast that once belonged to mainland Australia. She […]

Fine print

‘I am working with this idea of journeying, moving into the unknown, letting go and then the reinventing in that process.’ Audrey Harnett has come to value isolation. She knows that she can take it – she has put herself through that tough test – but she also knows that it’s her choice to be […]

Nikki Carson – Memoirs

Though not born in this Bordertown, I moved here with my family when I was nine years old. My father’s home town, my extended family have a long history in the area. I began playing the piano at a very young age, thanks to my father, who would sit and play and sing nursery rhymes […]

It’s personal

For Kenita Williamson her art has always been integral to her life. From making animals in her room as a young girl, to being an art teacher, to pouring her heart and soul into her free-ranging pieces for Island to Inland, art is healing and strengthening. Not that she wants to tell those who view […]


James Dodd, Country Arts SA, This is A Border (Town), Mural Timelapse from James Dodd on Vimeo.

Police State

So, it turns out, historically, that Bordertown owes its whole existence to police. During the Victorian gold rush of the 1850’s most of South Australia’s able-bodied men fled, spurred on by gold fever. Mostly, they didn’t even come back to SA when they had found gold, leaving the state workforce and economy crippled and on […]

Interview with Emma Beech and Steve Mayhew

Myself and Steve Mayhew, creative producer at Country Arts SA, were interviewed for the Vitalstatistix blog. I thought it was a good one, and worth sharing on this page as it looks at our processes in general and state of the arts we are working in at present, all which affect Life Is Short and […]