Thursday, October 20th, 2011
AS PART of its continuing drive to be the most vibrant visitor destination in the region, the York Mill is hosting an “ore-inspiring” exhibition this November.

From November 5 to 30, metal sculpture artist Wayne Jeffery is showcasing more than 40 of his works – everything from paperweights, wall-hangings and centrepieces through to sculpture works and console tables.

All made from recycled steel, it’s the first time his diverse collection of new and existing works are on display in one location.

Using the theme “life of iron”, the exhibition celebrates the diversity of nature, whether it’s the beauty of the Australian landscape, the role of steel as the backbone of industry and its representation in fine metal art works.

“The ore-inspired theme represents the spotlight on the resources boom in WA, which is often represented with stereotypical work-boot and dump truck images,” Jeffery said.

“This exhibition seeks to put the image of metal into a different perspective, as a material that has such an impact on every aspect of our lives and is an enduring object of beauty and value.”

Some of Jeffery’s work has also already been on display at the York Mill Gallery for more than a year, including the commissioned Marri Tree of Life internal doors.

Award-winning artists Shirley Fisher and Stephanie Boyle from the Byford/Hills district will also have paintings on display, as part of Jeffery’s exhibition.

The York Mill owners Charlie Morgan and Caroline de Mori said the art show was another reason to make the short one-hour trip from Perth.

“The York Mill has a commitment to supporting the community’s diversity through the arts,” Ms de Mori said.

“Events such as these should be nurtured and encouraged to support and develop creative expression.

“We’ve already had come people coming from near and far for previous exhibitions, proving The York Mill is turning into a thriving hub.

“I’m pleased we can attract artists the calibre of Wayne Jefferey and their works receive such a positive reception from the general public.”

The York Mill is at 10 Henrietta Street, York. The gallery is open 10am to 4pm every day except Wednesday. For more details, go to

wj-hightide.jpg: Wayne Jeffery’s High Tide is on show at The York Mill from November 5 to 20.

wj-inspiredwren.jpg: Inspired Wren from metal sculpture artist Wayne Jeffery forms part of his exhibition at The York Mill.

wj-thegathering.jpg: The Gathering is one of more than 40 Wayne Jeffery works on show.

wj-byford_blue.jpg: Byford Blue, another of Wayne Jeffery’s works on show at The York Mill.

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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

Wendy Jeffery

P: 0414 063 250


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