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HILL END IS RECOGNIZED AS A HISTORICAL ARTS PRECINCT THEN AND NOW. Artists such as Margaret Olley, John Olsen and Russell Drysdale lived and painted here at certain stages of their careers. They came because of the unique landscape that Hill End pervades, the distinct seasons, the then eeriness of the abandoned 1870 gold rush cottages that created a distinct dialogue with the landscape of mystery. There is a richness in the diverse landscape that Hill End has that has been a source of inspiration and fascination for artists. Artist’s fall deeply in love with Hill End and its evocative landscape of contrasts. A residency program was set up by Australian curator Gavin Wilson and his wife Maggy Todd in conjunction with Bathurst Regional Art Gallery that has been successfully run for 20 years. This has enabled artists to spend time in either Donald Friends old cottage or Jean Bellettes cottage called Haefligers. This legacy is still going strong with the residency program being recognized as a prestigious one to receive and held in high regard around the world. Bathurst Regional Art Gallery has the Jean Bellette Annex situated in the old hospital on the hill with award winning artists exhibiting throughout the year. Artists and creatives are  always inspired and rewarded by coming to Hill End in more ways than you can imagine, painters, printmakers, multi media, sculptors, writers in all stages of development have been inspired by their visits that has produced exceptional bodies of contemporary artwork. Hill End is going strong with established artists that exhibit nationally and overseas that have made Hill End their home. Each year the artists open their studios for Open Studio Day as a very special viewing of their private worlds.
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