Friday, 1 June 2018


intərˈakSHən is the coming together of two artists, both artists drawing inspiration for their individual art practice from Japan, its arts culture and spirituality.  The photography of Bernadette Daly and the handcrafted Raku pots of Rex Ashworth sit within the window interacting gently.

Friends for a long time, intərˈakSHən is their first creative collaboration.


Daly an abstract photographer with a background in Shiatsu and Oriental Therapies is strongly influenced by the principles of Taoism and Buddhism. Her photography style comes from a place of mindfulness and awareness. 


“Being an observer in my environment, I am looking closely at the detail that can sometimes be overlooked or disregarded and viewed as undesirable or ugly. I see the beauty in imperfection, I am inspired by the transformation that takes place when an object starts to decompose from weathering and the interaction that takes place between the elements when materials are visibly vulnerable to the effects of weathering and human treatment.

Depicting objects that weather and decay, I look at dirt, rust, peeling paint, scratches to portray a mark of time. This photographic series aims to inspire people to look for beauty in unexpected places.”

Images on display at WINDOWSPACE BEEAC are from ‘Impermanence’ series, exhibited at Edmund Pearce Gallery, Melbourne in 2014
Bernadette studied photography at Photography Studies College 2011 – 2013

WINDOWSPACE–BEEAC is very happy to introduce the work of Rex Ashworth, an artisan quietly living and working in the Colac Otway region  practicing his craft.

”Beeac was my place of birth in 1962. It is an honour to share my work with passers by and I love the concept of WINDOWSPACE.

I have had an interest in ceramics since my teenage years. My passion led me to undertake a Bachelor of Visual Arts with a major in ceramics at Ballarat University, under the direction of Peter Pilven and Bob Allan. I have also undertaken a Graduate Diploma of Education to share my love of ceramics and knowledge with others.
Throughout the years I have exhibited my pieces at Ballarat, Melbourne, Colac, Queenscliff and Cairns where I was an active member of the Cairns Potters Club.
I have been heavily inspired by Oriental Ceramics – particularly traditional Japanese Raku. My forms are wheel thrown and hand finished in the hope that they resemble an ancient vessel. The pieces are the result of placing the pots in a reduced atmosphere to create an unexpected finish – from a high metallic lustre, to a smoky marble or white crackle effect. Raku brings an element of chance and unpredictability."

79 Main St, Beeac


Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Vivienne Wheeler - Collage Workshop



Join Viv and hear about her work, her techniques and how to construct a collage

You will be provided with all the materials you need to construct your own collage.  The studio at the back of WINDOWSPACE -BEEAC will be warm with a fire burning, tea, coffee and light refreshments will be provided.


WINDOWSPACE, 79 Main Street, Beeac


Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Artist opportunity - State Library

Russell Street Welcome Zone art commission

Attention all artists: $20,000 art commission

Submit your proposal for a striking artwork to feature in the Library’s newly redeveloped Russell Street entrance, opening this spring. Proposals should be inspired by local flora, fauna and natural history from the Library's collection.

Expressions of interest

We are looking for an experienced artist to create an eye-catching, site-specific work to be reproduced as a large-scale exhibition vinyl wall graphicfor temporary display in the new Russell Street Welcome Zone entrance foyer to the Library.
We are now accepting Expressions of Interest (EOI) for this project. 

More information

If you have specific questions about the EOI requirements or selection process, contact Paula Nason, Exhibition Project Manager, at or on (03) 8664 7269.

Sunday, 29 April 2018


Yellow composition 1 (detail 2018)

Wheeler started painting in the 1970s with a strong interest, but very little tuition; in the early years was influenced by the Impressionist and Modernists, and most of the C20th art movements.  As an amateur painter Viv received over 60 awards. and is also represented in numerous City Council, Shire and corporate collections in Australia and USA.  

After her beginning as a mainly self-taught artist Viv went on to study and gain a Bachelor of Arts (Visual - Painting) Degree, turning more towards abstract subject matter. 

Some many years later Wheeler states “my main interests are still colour, texture, simplification and effects of light – most of my work is fairly strong and I love the interaction of juxtaposed colours”.

‘Yellow composition 1’ (2018) is an example of Wheeler’s simplicity, strong brush strokes, colour and glimpses of collage.  This collage and acrylic on canvas “carries well over a distance”, it can be seen clearly from across the road or when driving by and a close-up view the marks of old work and newspaper underneath can be seen.  Newspaper with brush strokes on the curved wall in the window is a material of choice and is often seen in Wheeler’s latest work. 

Vivienne tends to create a history through her work utilizing collage and found objects and building up the paint surface from below.  Some pieces Vivienne will complete very quick with a clear, practical matter of fact approach while sometimes the work will go through many transitions – Yellow composition 1 is one such piece.

Viv Wheeler earlier work - 'Spring Nautica'

Grey Gully Mist (2018)
This work is currently being shown in 'Scapes of the Land' exhibition
at Red Rock Regional Theatre and Gallery, Cororooke
until 27th May


On Saturday May 12 2018, 2-4pm Viv will talk about her work and will take participants through a collage workshop

WINDOWSPACE-BEEAC, 79 Main Street Beeac.

All welcome

Charge to cover costs - $5.00

Please RSVP  by 9th May.

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

SALT - Barking Spider Visual Theatre, Floor Talk

The artists from Barking Spider Visual Theatre will speak about the making of



Saturday 14th April at 2 pm

Come along to WINDOWSPACE-BEEAC and join in the conversation about the  inspiration behind the installation and the process of making.  Listen to the story of the imagined woman behind the dress.

Light Refreshments

Free event

79 Main Street, Beeac

Saturday, 31 March 2018



for her outstanding exhibit 
Paradiso perduto (2017-18), steel, 300 'fronds'
130 - 210 cm high (variable)
presently showing in the Lorne Sculpture Biennale 2018
(Endangerment and biodiversity)

(Judging by the sold stickers this is a much appreciated work.)

Heller exhibited with WINDOWSPACE-BEEAC in June/July 2015, with out of place, (2015) and she and Bronwyn Razem gave an 'in the window' performance - 'weaving in the window' (July 2015).

Barking Spider Visual Theatre-SALT, a collaboration

SALT, April (2018)

SALT plays with the dream world.
This is a dream of another time and place-
A place where the impossible to possible and the improbable is

What you will see........

When you look in the window of WINDOWSPACE-BEEAC, you will see, illuminated, a debutante dress.  This dress is hovering, floating above a bed of glittering, sparkling salt.  This dress is not static though.  As if inhabited by the ghost of a long forgotten dancer, the dress rotates, slowly around and around. The dancer - the imagined young woman in the dress, is changeling: transforming from human to Brolga - or is it the other way round?

Within the dress itself appear shadows.  These tell a cyclical tale of a young woman transforming to a brolga and back again, alluding to the local Dreamtime story.

Scattered throughout the salt are left over things, forgotten and abandoned things - forgotten and abandoned from a woman's story that has never been told.  These objects themselves are being repossessed by nature, by lichens and flowers, by bugs and birds, and by rot and decay. Some of these things though, float, hover - sometimes spin, above the salt, with minds of their own.

This is the universe where a woman is centre - a changeling.
This is a woman's story that possesses the land.


SALT is a visual arts/installation project addressing historical female representation in local history with a focus on the region's Salt Lakes. SALT is a partnership with WINDOWSPACE-BEEAC, Studio 92 SkillConnection Colac, Colac Otway Arts Trail and enLIGHTen Me Festival, Birregurra.  SALT was led by regionally-based Barking Spider Visual Theatre and engaged artists of diverse abilities across Colac-Otway area.  The project was developed at Barking Spider's studio at Red Barn Farm in Cundare North.

The artists are Penelope Bartlau and Jason Lehane, who are new to the area, having bought a small property in Cundare North in 2015. The farm - Red Barn Farm, has a big old barn, and this is the artistic engine room for the artists, and for Barking Spider Visual Theatre - their company.  Penelope and Jason were joined by artist Kyoko Imazu, another stable Barking Spider artist.

The artists trialled leaving objects-including Penelope's mother's wedding dress, a cow skull, macramé shell plant holders, pearls, feathers and bones, in highly salted baths.  Following the "how to salt crystals" method, they hoped to grow salt crystals on these objects - but the crystals wouldn't take.  So they went to Plan B-still using salt crystals as a main feature of the installation, but with objects buried/submerged in the salt, and the dress embellished with feathers from local birds.

Kyoko worked on the shadow puppets, Jason was responsible for the lighting, and Penelope pulled together the other elements for the installation.

About the artists

Penelope and Jason each have multiple art-form practices, which combined encompass theatre creation, performance and design, puppetry, installation creation, writing, lighting and set design and story telling.  Penelope is the artistic director of Barking Spider Visual Theatre and Jason is one of the company's core artists: they have been artistic collaborators for 15 years.  For SALT Jason created the lighting design and collaborated with Penelope on the overall installation design.  Penelope worked on the detailing within their installation.

Kyoko is a Japanese artist whose practice encompasses paper-cuts, printmaking, bookbinding and ceramics.  Kyoko made the shadow puppets for the installation.  Barking Spider Visual Theatre works across museums, galleries, theatres, communities, schools, festivals, residencies, workshops for radio and for site -specific projects.  Please look us up on social media or our website.



Come and listen to the artists talk about SALT and the collaboration

Saturday 14 April  2pm at WINDOWSPACE-BEEAC 
79 Main Street, Beeac

In the meantime, drive by look through the window both day and night and see the story, the glistening salt, lights and shadows and imagine.  

lights on 31 March 
1-29 April 2018