Naracoorte-born artist’s works in China

Artist: Deidre But-Huseim's work which won the 2016 Kennedy Prize.

Artist: Deidre But-Huseim's work which won the 2016 Kennedy Prize.

A Naracoorte-born artist is among five from SA having their work displayed in China for the first time, as part of the State Government’s cultural delegation to Shandong.

The artworks by Deidre But-Huseim and four others will be featured in the joint exhibition produced by the SALA Festival (South Australian Living Artists’) and Shandong Young Artists’ Association – Sights and Impressions from South Australia.

Opening today (Wednesday, May 10) at the Dashun Gallery, Jinan, the exhibition will include selected paintings by Deidre as well as Thom Buchanan, Luke Thurgate, Louise Feneley and Damien Shen.

They will appear alongside paintings of their visit to South Australia by the Shandong Young Artists’ Association Delegation: Yang Xiaogang; Chen Tao; Wu Lei; Fan Lei; Li Bingjie; Zhang Jian; and Zhang Xinwen.

The exhibition is one of the key activities of a cultural exchange of artists between South Australia and

Shandong, under the Friendly Cooperation Action Plan which kicked off with the visit of the Shandong Young Artists’ Association delegation to Adelaide in September 2016.

As part of the 2017 China Business Mission, a delegation of five South Australian artists is visiting Jinan from May 8-13.

Hosted by the Shandong Young Artists’ Association, their program includes: painting and drawing trips in Jinan and nearby towns and countryside; visits to art galleries, museums and artists’ studios; giving demonstrations and talks to local artists, and to visual arts students and lecturers in universities and colleges; and a joint exhibition with their hosts.

Born in Naracoorte, Deidre is a visual artist who has oil painting at the core of her practice. She regularly presents workshops at the Art Gallery of South Australia and lectures in painting at Adelaide Central School of Art.

She has held several solo exhibitions in Melbourne, Adelaide and Sydney, and is held in Artbank and in private collections both nationally and internationally.

As well, she has exhibited in the South East and is a past winner of the Tatiara Art Prize.