A few weeks ago I was privileged to host a panel discussion with other women artists from the North Sydney area. The night was a lively and fascinating event, featuring a panel of creative women. The event was organised for International Womens’ Day by the Stanton Library and the night was a huge success. In conversation were crime writer, P.M. Newton – whose crime novels I adore; the indomitable Sandra Bates, artistic director of the Ensemble theatre and all-round dynamo, and visual artist Karen Atkins, a renowned artist working in acrylics. As host, I was fascinated to hear how these women work; their muses; their work patterns; their past projects and future passions. The big ‘reveal’ of the night was this: all artists felt driven to do what they do; regardless of remuneration or prestige. Being an artist ain’t about the money; it’s about a need to create, produce and live as an artist, regardless of what others think – critics included. It was incredible to be in such good company. I’d like to thank the librarians at the Stanton for making the night so thrilling. I’d also like to thank the guests in attendance – so great to meet lovely locals and to see Don Bank Museum come to life. Also, a big-shout to my mum and my beautiful friends for their support on the night. We’re hoping to do more of these sessions, so keep your eyes peeled.
The gorgeous Don Bank in the evening
In full flight introducing Sandra, Karen and P.M. and the keen crowd watching on
I was so excited to meet P.M. Newton – here we are together placed in front of a curio cabinet