Artistic talents shine bright in Australian themed artwork challenge

CHALLENGE: Bordertown's Walkway Gallery has created a challenge which sees people given a section Leo Smaniottois' painting titled En Passant and create their own interpretation of that section.
CHALLENGE: Bordertown's Walkway Gallery has created a challenge which sees people given a section Leo Smaniottois' painting titled En Passant and create their own interpretation of that section.

Talented artists from around the Tatiara have undertaken a creative challenge that will see them work together to contribute to one common goal.

The challenge sees artists given a section of Leo Smaniottois' painting titled En Passant, with each person given a creative license to be bold and artistically daring.

Tatiara District Council's arts and cultural development officer Naomi Fallon said the original painting is special, as it covers multiple aspects of Australian history.

"The painting has all the aspects of Australian history - we've got the first fleet, aboriginal representation, Ned Kelly and burning. It has a strong Australian representation," Ms Fallon said.

"We advertised the squares on our social media and people would say 'I want section one, I want section 5' - there's 11 sections in total, and it was first in best dressed."

Ms Fallon said the numerous great ideas shown by each artist have been fantastic, with one stunning section being cleverly created by using just leaves.

"We've had some really interesting ones. There's been one that has created with leaves, which is on our social media and it's amazing," Ms Fallon said.

"However, it is really fragile, so we don't actually have it at the gallery yet.

"Some people have taken quite a bizarre approach, but once all the sections are put together, it will make a very cool piece of artwork."

Ms Fallon said she expects the final product to be completed sometime this month, as she is still waiting for a couple of sections to be completed.

"Eventually we will put all of the squares together and I will put somewhere near the original painting which will be nice," Ms Fallon said.

During the COVID-19 pandemic Bordertown's Walkway Gallery has found different ways to showcase art, without having people being at the gallery.

This challenge is another example of the gallery adapting with the times and giving the district's talented artists an opportunity to showcase their talents.