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History

The first exhibition in March 2002 was initiated by the late Ann Burchell to raise funds to assist the Friends of the Porongurup Range with the purchase of a 1260 acre farming property now known as Twin Creeks Conservation Reserve. 

Art in the Park was held in the Porongurup National Park up until 2018.  The exhibition will continue as an important community event at Karribank. 

Proceeds from the exhibition meet some of the operating costs for Twin Creeks which is managed by Friends of the Porongurup volunteers. Proceeds also provide funds to continue the exhibition.


Barbara Coppin

Barbara was a staunch member of the Friends of the Porongurup Range and generously continued sponsorship until her death in 2010. An outspoken environmentalist, Barbara was an active “greenie” in her earlier years. Later, she financially supported groups and organisations which were involved in land care and conservation including assistance in the purchase of the Twin Creeks.

Barbara Coppin sponsored the 2002 “People’s Choice” award in honour of her father (The H.E. Braine Art Award) which was presented to Linda Morrison for The Watchers.  In addition to Linda’s exhibit, the list of artists for the first exhibition included: Hilde Ranson, Anne Luscombe, Jodie deBurgh, Melanie McQuillan, Kevin Draper, Wendy Diletti, Christine Baker, Trish Powell, Adam Webb. Maureen James, Richard Blythe, Richard Cooper, Richard Malpass. Alice Hearn, Angus & Melanie Mackenzie, Peter MacDonnell, Alex Erskine, Les Sharpe & Ian Ranson.

Barbara bequeathed a legacy to the Friends upon her death. The Barbara Coppin Fund will continue to support Art in the Porongurup prize winners.

 

The Watchers
Left: The Watchers by Linda Morrison. Middle: Barbara Coppin 2005. Right: Barbara Coppin and Lucia Quearry 2009

The Porongurup Fire
The community was profoundly affected by the February 2007 Porongurup Bush Fire which challenged the Art in the Park organisers as well.  Damage to the park and surrounding areas was extensive and many sections deemed unsafe. Nearly 50 artists had created works and were anxious for the exhibition opening on 7th April.  Permission was finally granted for the event to be held in a restricted section of the Park with only a fortnight left before the opening. Orange barrier tape blocked off access to the remainder of the park where stumps were burning underground and trees dropping weakened limbs and branches.  In spite of the challenges, Art in the Park 2007 was a success.

 

Ode the Bush Spirit Storage Vessels of the Mountains Planatenet Potters, sign affected by fire

2007: Ode the Bush Spirit, David Derrin, Storage Vessels of the Mountains, Plantagenet Potters, Sign affected by fire.

 

The May 2015 issue of The Understorey includes photos and results of the 2015 Art in the Park.

The issue can be downloaded here.


 
 
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