Masters at work: Two must-see exhibits from local artists

We’re lucky to have a plethora of talented artists living and working among us on the North Shore. Don’t miss your chance to see the world around us reflected through the stunning works  of local photographer and artists Lidia Mincev and David Starr in a new exhibition from Hornsby Shire Council in association with the 2018 Head On Photo Festival.

The eye of the artist can bring the mundane to a bright new life, or show us beauty in unexpected ways. This month, Hornsby Shire Council is presenting two exhibitions in association with the 2018 Head On Photo Festival, with works by local artists. Below are three compelling reasons to make this exhibition a must-see for you and your family!

  • What: Hornsby Shire Council  presenting two exhibitions in association with the 2018 Head On Photo Festival
  • Where: Wallarobba Arts and Cultural Centre, 25 Edgeworth David Ave, Hornsby
  • When: Tuesday 15 May to 27 May 2018, Opening Night Event on Friday 18 May, 6pm
  • Cost: Opening night is free, but please register here

David Starr hanging exhibition (Photo: Hornsby Shire Council)

1. Rub Shoulders at the Free Opening Night Event

The exhibition will feature a once-off, five minute performance by Lidia Mincev, to an original piece of music titled, The Spare Rib Storyteller, composed specially for the Spare Rib Storyteller exhibition by Igor Vasilev Novogradska. Attendance, open to all, is free, but registration essential. To register your attendance, click here.

2. Take in the Historic Surrounds

Take in the mesmerizing work as you wander through the Wallarobba Arts and Cultural Centre, the artistic hub of Hornsby Shire. The Wallarobba Homestead was built in 1903 and has served many purposes over its 115 year life, but now features a community art studio, a purpose-built printmaking room, art classes, an artists’ lounge, Hornsby Art Society Office and multiple gallery spaces.

3. Support Local Artists

Both photographer David Starr and artist Lidia Mincev can open your eyes to a colourful, more meaningful interpretation of the simple scenes we see every day. And if there’s an image you fall in love with, you can support local artists by purchasing one of their original works. All of David’s photographs are one-off, framed prints, while Lidia’s artworks are Artist’s Proof prints on canvas.

The Hidden Valley exhibition installation. (Photo: Hornsby Shire Council)

What to Expect: The Artists and Their Works

Exhibition 1: The Spare Rib Storyteller – Lidia Mincev

The Spare Rib Storyteller is an artistic collage representing the part of woman’s ‘theatre of life’ that portrays desire, love, pain, fear, loss, wisdom and beauty.Through the three series of artworks, the Lidia seeks to engage the viewer in an intimate dialogue and contribute to the continuing development of a visual language that celebrates women as individual entities to be valued in their own right.

The Spare Rib Storyteller – Lidia Mincev

The artist, local Lidia Mincev, was born in Macedonia into a family of artists, and grew up surrounded by art. She completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts with Archaeology at the University of Saints Cyril and Methodius, in Skopje, Macedonia. She has worked as an art administrator at the Art Gallery of New South Wales and the University of NSW Galleries. Over the last three years Lidia has worked intensely on her own creative practice in which she combines multiple mediums with various artistic techniques including painting, sculpture, installation and photography – a mix that embodies her inherent contradictions.

The artist, local Lidia Mincev, preparing her work

Exhibition 2: The Valley Within – David Starr

The Valley Within is a series of macro photographs that explore the beauty hidden within the Australian bush and the creative potential that abounds from a simple urban bushwalk. The artist drew inspiration from the bushland near his home in Hornsby’s Old Man’s Valley.

Photo credits: The Valley Within by David Starr

The artist, David Starr, is a photographic artist who lives in Hornsby Shire. David started as a film photographer working with transparency and negative film. In 2008, he transitioned to digital media. His first group exhibition was in 1996 and surveyed androgynous forms of nudes and flowers. Since then he has had nine solo exhibitions, exploring nature, the female nude, Australian landscapes and European cities. David believes the essence of his art is in the initial seeing.


If you are a photographer with a link to Hornsby Shire, interested in developing and delivering an exhibition in association with the 2019 Head On Photo Festival, then Hornsby Shire Council wants to talk to you!

Expressions of interest for this project close Monday 26 August 2018. To register your interest or for more information call 9847 6572 or email [email protected]


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