Environmentally secure under the Royal National Park's umbrella, Bundeena is isolated from urbanity yet near enough to gaze across at Cronulla, the Sydney City skyline and the other world beyond. It's those attractions that have lured in a vibrant sub culture of a burgeoning arts community.
What's this got to do with Melbourne? Glad you asked. Sponsored by the China Construction Bank Melbourne branch, The Bundeena Art Trail exhibition is coming to town. Kicking off October 31, an eclectic cross section of this community's works will be available for viewing on the ground floor at 410 Collins St right through to December.
A studio that launched multiple Archibald hangings
Around 20 of the artists' pieces will be on show on weekdays from 10.30am to 3.30pm. Check out the website at www.arttrail.com.au for a profile of what you could be in store for.
Ask 20 different people on their particular favourite and you will be plated up 20 different responses. Let the record show that my personal choice is the work of Ike Glatz. From studying fashion design in Hamburg, Ike somehow finished up with her young family in Bundeena. From the bowels of her home studio with postcard views, Ike now creates thought provoking works from her life's journey. Put your own twist on her pieces before sourcing Ike's own translation.
The most heralded works are those of Jai Wei Shen. His personal story is a work of art in itself. Having immigrated to Australia in 1989, Jai Wei initially made ends meet drawing tourist portraits around Sydney Harbour. This compulsion unwittingly developed into the genre of historical portraiture that has seen him accumulate an impressive CV of awards, including multiple Archibald hangings and 2 second places.
Whatever your particular art poison, mosey on downtown and take a peek. Something is bound to whet your appetite and the price couldn't be any more attractive. If it's free it's for me.