PORT : Katherine Boland

Welcome to our latest pop-up gallery space, situated on the wharf in Eden at the brand new Welcome Centre.

OPEN: Mon - Fri 9am to 5pm, Sat 10am to 4pm and Sun 10am-2pm at the Eden Visitor Welcome Centre, with an exhibition opening morning tea on Sat Aug 6 from 10am.


6 August - 30 October 2022

This exhibition features recent work by south east coast artist Katherine Boland. 

Incorporating non-traditional media and processes in her work, Katherine seeks to distil classical interpretations of the beauty of the natural world in an organic, abstract space. She often begins the act of mark making by subjecting the surfaces of her large timber panels to the transformative power of flame; using fire itself as a drawing medium. Rather than present a factual reality or reference recognisable forms, Katherine investigates the dynamics of landscape. Her works are emotional landscapes, aimed to sweep you in, to entice you to forgo worldly material concerns; to be quiet and contemplate a state of being.

Much of Katherine's work explores her lifelong relationship with fire—a relationship which came into sharp focus when a fatal fire sparked the end of her 27 year marriage in 2002. After living through the 2019/20 Australian bushfires, Katherine was compelled to make art to raise awareness about climate change and the ecological perils facing the planet. In the aftermath of the fires, she was selected to participate in OUTPUT: ART AFTER FIRE - a pilot project supported by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade through their Australian Cultural Diplomacy Grants Program which supported artists in southeast New South Wales and the American west to create artwork about their bushfire experiences.

Katherine has exhibited extensively throughout Australia and internationally and has been the recipient of numerous art prizes and grants, including the Heysen Art Prize for Interpretation of Place in 2009. Her work is included in corporate, public and private collections in Australia, Europe, Asia and the USA and her memoir, Hippy Days, Arabian Nights, was published by Australian publisher, Wild Dingo Press in 2017. Katherine graduated from the Melbourne Institute of Experiential and Creative Art Therapies (MIECAT) with a Graduate Diploma in Therapeutic Arts Practice in 2019 and has since run several writing workshops for bushfire affected communities in her region.