Monday, October 17th, 2011
MORE than 200 people gathered at the York Mill on October 8 for the official launch of McCaffrey 2011, an art exhibition highlighting a variety of two and three-dimensional forms across various disciplines.

WA Regional Development and Lands Minister Brendon Grylls opened the showcase of art works from artist Robert McCaffrey, describing him as a “treasure of the Wheatbelt region”.

Running until November 1, the exhibition features vibrant works created by McCaffrey while artist-in-residence at Tasmania’s Cataract Gorge, along with others he has developed over the past two years.

Living near Kondinin in the Wheatbelt, 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.

The York Mill owners Charlie Morgan and Caroline de Mori said the launch attracted people from near and afar – both metropolitan and regional areas – but they were particularly pleased with the number of locals who attended.

“The response to the launch of Robert’s exhibition and art sale demonstrated that creativity and interest in art and culture is thriving,” Ms de Mori said.

“This was the first of a series of monthly artistic exhibitions at York Mill showcasing a variety of endeavours from iron works to photography.

“Robert’s art works have been well-received and he hopes to sell most, if not all, of the 100 pieces before the exhibition closes.”

Ms de Mori said that there was a wealth of talent in the region and she hoped the launch of McCaffrey 2011 would entice others.

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

Artist Robert McCaffrey, left, and WA Regional Development and Lands Minister Brendon Grylls at the launch.

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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


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