Joint Winner - Christine McMillan spent much of her art life exploring the meaning of these words ‘push the idea’, advice given to her by artist Ken Unsworth. Her works investigates complex ideas, from environmental concerns, to stories of the collection of materials, and sculptural pieces that demonstrate the effects of force on clay.

Christine uses a range of materials including Xanthorrhoea resin, echidna spines, carp scales, Stipa seeds, clay and coal. The work in this survey is the result of identifying, experimenting and getting to know the characteristic of each material, and demonstrates the artist’s impressive ability to move seamlessly across media.

Christine is an artist and arts educator. She has exhibited in a series of shows at Number 47 Rylstone and in regional galleries including solo shows at Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, Western Plains Cultural Centre, New England Regional Art Museum and Bundaberg Art Gallery. She has exhibited at Mount Tomah Botanic Garden and the University of Wollongong Gallery.

Christine is Arts and Health Coordinator at Arts OutWest (AOW). She curates exhibitions, develops and manages arts health projects with health workers, artists, clients and educators.

Christine McMillan