• May 5 at 2 pm. Join us to meet the artists at the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Aboriginal Art Exhibition Standing Up Alive

Learn about their inspiration. Experience the vibrancy of their dance and music and their passion for their art:. And the artists are: Wayne Brennan, Dr Shane Smithers, Chris Tobin, Leanne Tobin, Uncle Peter Williams. This is an opportunity to meet and talk one-on-one. 

Each of the artists will discuss their work and inspirations, before local aboriginal dance performances by Uncle Pete’s dancers.

The exhibit is open to media and the public to 13 May 2018. Entry to the exhibit is free and all works are for sale. 


Let's learn a little about these Artists:



Dr Shane Smithers is a Darug man of the Burraberongal clan. His traditional lands extend along the Hawkesbury River and up into the Blue Mountains, including the Mt Tomah area. Shane spent many years searching caves and rock platforms, old books and museums looking for the art of his people. He learnt more about the symbols and designs from the old people than from books and pictures. Today, Shane paints and carves the stories that he learned on canvas and in wood. Shane’s style includes intricate patterns, designs and symbols that tell old and new Aboriginal stories with a flair and vitality invited by his bold contemporary style.



Leanne Tobin is from the Boorooberongal and Wumali clans of the Darug nation of the Sydney region but also acknowledges her mixed Irish and English heritage which is reflected in her work. Leanne uses her art to tell local stories and to evoke an environmental conscience and respect towards the land and its original people. Her work seeks to connect the observer with the land they stand on, highlighting their shared role in caring for country while also conveying the intrinsic spiritual connection Aboriginal people have with the land; a connection that is often hidden beneath the concrete and tar of the city and suburbs. 



Chris Tobin is a Darug man from Western Sydney who resides in Katoomba's Blue Mountains. As a descendant of the local people who traditionally cared for this part of the world, one of the ways Chris seeks to do this in a contemporary setting today is through art and education; believing that if people could learn more about the Aboriginal culture and history of this country they would love the country more and hopefully develop a better relationship with it than what is currently on offer. Chris also runs an art camp in the bush most Saturdays up at Bell (Fb page: Blue Mountains Artists camp) where visitors are invited to come sit around the camp fire and learn more about the country and its people.



Peter Williams is from Brewarrina North West NSW: A descendant of the Garulgiyalu clan of the Ngemba Nation. An Aboriginal performer, artist, song writer, cultural educator and musician, he is studying his own traditional language and creating new dances and songs from his tribe’s stories and teachings and passing on the culture to a whole new generation of young aboriginal children in Brewarrina, keeping his clan’s culture alive. He has danced professionally for over twenty years for many dance companies from NSW and Queensland and performed around Australia and the world.



Wayne Brennan of Kamilaroi ancestry through his mother’s side of the family, is a trained archaeologist specialising in rock art and is passionate about the natural world. He is a cultural and natural heritage educator who has worked for the National Parks & Wildlife Service for the past 27 years. Wayne offers 3 separate programs for schools.


Location for the Meet & Greet with the Artists: BMBG Visitor Centre. Free Entry. 2 pm.
Contact Kirstin Wilder if you wish to film: 02 4567 3000
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It is autumn. Yet, difficult to recognize due to the ongoing heat in Western Sydney. But, we are a hearty bunch -- swimming in the river, hiking on mountain trails and canoeing with great enthusiasm, and waiting for autumn.



Yet instinctively, we know it is time to stock up on autumn fruits and veggies!  If only we could find the perfect vendors?  Rouse Hill House & Farm has been planning for this moment.



Anticipating a cooler May, Rouse Hill House has scheduled its fantastic Autumn Harvest on Sunday 6th May. We love the produce vendors, the food and with 20 stalls from jams to cider the choices are great. This is the very best handcrafted locally grown foods through embracing sustainab le practgices and reviving traditional preparation and preservation methods. Think smooth, soft cheeses, artisan breads -- all to carry home. We purchased some wonderful oils infused with lemon (wonderful) and vinegars last year -- continuing to order online from this vendor throughout the year!




Set the alarm, roll out and plan on a smooth coffee and a sweet at the festival before you start your tasting, browsing and shopping from a smashing handpicked by the staff at Sydney Living Museums.


Food Heritage at Rouse Hill House & Farm

  • The Cook and The Curator with Sydney Living Museums’ colonial gastronomer Jacqui Newling and curator, Scott Hill
  • The Australian Bee Story (Jacqui Newling, joined by Ben and Rob Porteous of Bilpin Bush Honey)
  • The Rouse Hill Chickens (Scott Hill joined by Dave Ingham of Rentachook) and demonstrations from cheese making to cultivating mushrooms, beekeeping for beginners and raising backyard chickens.


As the walk uphill, past the old Rouse Hill school house may be a bit tiring for some, transportation (golf carts) is provided! In case of rain earlier in the week, wear your boots. It can get muddy, but that is part of the fun!



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