With SHAC Awaken, the art scene in the Southern Highlands is springing back to life, in time for the first weekend of winter!

The Southern Highlands Artisans Collective (AKA The SHAC) is celebrating easing of lockdown restrictions with an all-new, free-to-attend exhibition, aptly named ‘Awaken’.

SHAC Awaken opens with an exclusive preview on Saturday, June 6 at 2pm, with locals and art art lovers alike invited to explore the gallery space, meet the featured artists and enjoy the exhibition over a glass of local bubbles. Of course, social distancing will be adhered to, with attendance by reservation only and in specific time intervals.

SHAC Awaken
Our Lady of the Scared Heart by Ashley Mackevicius (Pigment ink on archival paper, 36 x 54cm)

SHAC Awaken – What is it about?

Artists including Ric Abel, Shaz Collyer and curator, Lily Cummins, feature amongst the 11 high profile names exhibiting their work. The exhibition explores ways in which our world may emerge and evolve out of this pandemic, and what this period of isolation has meant to the artists.

“When you wake up and actually see the world instead of just looking at it with the blindness of inattention, colours are brighter, lines are sharper, images are clearer ” explains Lily. “Art makes us see again. We all have keenly felt, recently, that living has to be about more than just surviving. As we emerge from this period of isolation, we ask through this exhibition, “how does art make you feel, and what room have you made for it?”

SHAC Awaken
Contemplation by Cat Doyle (Acrylic and carbon on burlap canvas, 50 x 25cm)

About The SHAC

The SHAC is a not-for-profit organisation, run completely by a team of passionate volunteers who believe in the value of art for the wellbeing and vibrancy of the community. Housed in Robertson’s historic potato-packing shed, once home to Ben Quilty’s studio, The SHAC has 16 artists working under one roof in converted rustic studios and a SoHo style loft. The SHAC also comprises a major street-front gallery; an emerging artist space; a dedicated workshop room; growing bespoke retail outlets, and now, the home of Moonacres’ Cooking School.

SHAC Awaken
Our Lady of the Scared Heart by Ashley Mackevicius (Pigment ink on archival paper, 36 x 54cm)

SHAC Awaken will run from 6th June to 13th July 2020. Time intervals are available from 2pm until 5pm. Attendance is complimentary, but reservations are essential. All pieces are available for sale throughout the course of the exhibition.


The Gallery

The SHAC, 74 – 76 Hoddle St

Robertson   NSW   2577