A Chosen Life – Paintings by Cait Wait and Poetry by K A Nelson

Bound by a thirty year friendship and a love of art, travel and place, Cait Wait and K A Nelson present a unique collaborative exhibition of paintings and poems. A Chosen Life is both a reflection and a celebration of the choices these two artists have made and their consequences; expressed with a sense of hope, nostalgia and wit.

Cait Wait currently lives in historic Beltana, SA. She has been a practicing artist and arts educator for thirty years in a variety of places including Santa Teresa (where she established Keringke Arts and led the Santa Teresa Church mural project), the Pacific Island nation of Kiribati (working with Australian Volunteers for four years), Europe, Africa, Alice Springs, Arnhem Land and Darwin. Since 2010, Cait has been working with indigenous artists to create glass windows for St Mary’s Cathedral in Darwin.

K A Nelson once lived and worked in New Zealand, PNG, and Central Australia as an adult educator. She went to Canberra 1995 and apart from short stints in Alekarenge and a longer stint in Willowra has lived there ever since. In the last five years she has won three poetry prizes, had poems published in the Canberra Times, Award Winning Australian Writing, Australian Poetry, an anthology of Canberra poets and an Australian Catholic University chapbook. She is working on her first collection.

The exhibition will be opened by Craig San Roque on Friday 16th October at 6pm

Exhibition Dates 16 Oct to 30 Nov 2015

Time: 10am – 4pm
Cost: $40 includes materials and morning tea
Bookings are essential. Please contact Heritage Alice Springs
PH 8953 6073 / Email [email protected]

The structure of the workshop will be two x two-hour blocks.

Participants will work with either Cait or Kerrie for two hours in the morning to produce small artworks or poems.

After lunch the two groups will swap places, mingle or continue working in the art form they prefer. The focus of the workshop can be loosely termed ‘ekphrastic’. The Greeks coined the term, which simply means one art form informing another. Think John Keats’ Ode to a Grecian Urn!

Participants are asked to bring a small picture or object that they think is beautiful, pen and paper. All other materials will be supplied. We think everyone participating will have the opportunity to write and paint if they wish, and there will be a mini ‘exhibition’ of art and ‘performance’ of poetry at the end of the day.

The Residency is located on the corner of Parsons and Hartley Streets

Image copyright Cait Wait. Verse copyright K A Nelson
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