‘Standing room only’: Bundanon at critical turning point on 25th anniversary

We remember Arthur Boyd’s vision for Bundanon to see ‘acres of people’ enjoying the intersection of art, life, landscape and science, and what is needed to continue to grow that legacy.
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Arthur Boyd’s studio at Bundanon; courtesy Bundanon Trust.

From a scratchy archive recording, the legendary Australian artist Arthur Boyd can be heard describing: ‘I want to see acres of people … standing room only.’  He is talking about his hopes for Bundanon – his idyllic property on river’s edge at Shoalhaven, near Nowra on NSW’s south coast, which he and wife Yvonne gifted to the Australian people in 1993.

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Gina Fairley is ArtsHub's National Visual Arts Editor. For a decade she worked as a freelance writer and curator across Southeast Asia and was previously the Regional Contributing Editor for Hong Kong based magazines Asian Art News and World Sculpture News. Prior to writing she worked as an arts manager in America and Australia for 14 years, including the regional gallery, biennale and commercial sectors. She is based in Mittagong, regional NSW. Twitter: @ginafairley Instagram: fairleygina