Tuesday, September 27th, 2011
ACCLAIMED Wheatbelt artist Robert McCaffrey is exhibiting his latest works at the York Mill Gallery this October, highlighting a variety of two and three-dimensional forms across various disciplines.

Running from October 1 to November 1, McCaffrey 2011 showcases new concepts in symbolic imagery, using coloured monoprints on paper and canvas, and innovative techniques in creating illuminated canvases.

The exhibition, to be launched by Regional Development Minister Brendon Grylls on October 8, features works created by McCaffrey while artist-in-residence at Tasmania’s Cataract Gorge and others he has been developing over the past two years, all lush and rich in texture.

“They’re tactile pieces that invite touch – glossed surfaces that resemble glass, glazed canvases, plush textiles and embellished fibre work,” McCaffrey said.

“The overriding theme within most of the work is organic, in nature and sentiment.”

He also has a reputation as a fashion designer, concentrating on menswear, and produces one collection a year. Selected items from the 2012 collection will be on show as part of McCaffrey 2011.

Living just outside Kondinin, McCaffrey lectures in visual arts and contemporary craft with the CY O’Connor Institute and has students at the Quairading, Northam, Kellerberrin and Merredin regional campuses.

Born in a small country town on the Darling Downs in Queensland, he caught a Greyhound bus to WA in 1982 – and has been here since.

Over the past 10 years, McCaffrey has established various community arts projects and practices and staged several events and functions to raise the visual arts profile in the Wheatbelt region.

The York Mill owners Charlie Morgan and Caroline de Mori said the exhibition was part of their overall plan to create a vibrant visitor destination worth the short one-hour trip from Perth.

“The York Mill has a variety of rich inviting spaces and is known as one of the largest regional galleries in WA,” Ms de Mori said.

“This naturally lends itself to paintings, sculptures, pottery and a variety of hand-made produce that simply embraces the talents of designers and artists like Robert McCaffrey.

“The creativity and innovation on display in his exhibition are nothing short of awe-inspiring.”

The York Mill – sponsor of McCaffrey 2011 – is at 10 Henrietta Street, York. The gallery is open 10am to 4pm every day except Wednesday. For more details, go to www.theyorkmill.com.au.

mccaffrey-inspired wren: Robert McCaffrey’s Inspired Wren framework is featured in his latest exhibition, McCaffrey 2011, at the York Mill Gallery.

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The York Mill's Charles Morgan and Caroline de Mori

Current chair of the EON Foundation and LandCorp board member, Caroline de Mori is a former journalist who founded and managed two successful corporate communications businesses while Charles Morgan is a venture capitalist in the resources and mining sector.

He is a former WA Science and Innovation Council chairman and a philanthropist, recently donating a genome sequencing machine to the State.

They believe the York Mill, which they bought in April this year, is a good investment because it is one of the most iconic sites in the region.

“When the Mill came on the market, we felt there was a great opportunity to help preserve the town and the region's heritage while contributing to drawing visitors to the area so they could enjoy what’s on offer and benefit the regional economy,” Ms de Mori said.

She admits there are challenges ahead – and the main one is to create a centre of excellence for local and regional talent at the York Mill.

“We want to inspire day-trippers and weekenders to step out into the beautiful Avon Valley,” Ms de Mori said.

“It's only an hour from Perth and the York community is very active in organising lots of events and activities.

“It may sound old-fashioned but it's really a great day out for the whole family – nanna will enjoy it as much as the children, who can run around in the fresh country air.”
Sara Ronald
P: 0459 0277 70
W: www.theyorkmill.com.au


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