Yesterday I volunteered to take a fellow D.A.C.C. Boardmember’s place, to ‘mind the store’, i.e., sit in our ‘centre’, to look after any visitors who may, hopefully, wander through, from the Dutch shop, via the restaurant (where it was cosy and warm) past the oak (heavy) furniture and through the open doorway, into the section, where I had the radio’s volume turned up, set to ABC Classic FM, to try to let people know I was there. (We do have signs set up.)
I passed the time by working on my painting of the daughter of a fellow Hazelhurst student.
Yesterday NOBODY came that far. Sydney was cold (Well! In our terms- ) and wet and our DACC is in the colder section of this factory building.
There was just me and our books and pictures and memorabilia- and the
set of 10 Aboriginal prints, produced for the occasion of the 400 year bi-lateral relations between the Netherlands and Australia, first displayed at the NSW Art
Gallery when Dutch Crown-prince, Willem Alexander, and his wife, Maxima were in Sydney, last year.
Now, the next challenge, is to display them.
Our original purpose-build centre, in the grounds of the Abel Tasman Retirement Village, is no longer ours and art is only art, when it can be experienced – or something like that! ( It’s the only bit of philosophy I remember from a course I did. Is art Art, when it’s in a desert, where nobody sees it? )
Typical Dutch weather, yesterday, in Sydney, you might say. The day wasn’t wasted. The painting is improving. It’s hard, doing a portrait.
(DACC= Dutch Australian Cultural Centre. It now needs more wall space so the prints CAN be displayed.)
The aboriginal art prints commemorate the arrival of Dutch explorers, 401 years, ago, “putting Australia on the map.”