elizabeth pedler | wellstead
work in progress
stage 1: october - november 2019
About the artist
Elizabeth Pedler was born and raised in Perth, and completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts with First Class Honours at the University of Western Australia. Her work has been shown at Disrupted Festival of Ideas, Tarrawarra Museum of Art, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, Perth Fringeworld Festival, Harvest Music Festival (Melbourne), Melbourne Fringe Festival and Gertrude Street Projection Festival. Elizabeth has held solo or two-person exhibitions at free range Gallery, Moana Project Space (Perth), Kings ARI, Blindspace Artist Run Space, TCB Art Inc and Top Shelf Gallery (Melbourne). In 2012 she was awarded an ArtStart grant, which has facilitated the expansion of her practice and allowed her to travel internationally to research the field of contemporary art. In 2015 Elizabeth was a recipient of the Young People and the Arts Fellowship, from the State Government of Western Australia's Department of Culture and the Arts. From 2014 to 2017, Elizabeth undertook a Phd (Art) at Curtin University, Western Australia, focusing on the methods of generating participation in relational and socially engaged art practices. When not writing in the third person, Elizabeth is usually researching or producing original and transformative art experiences.
About the community
Wellstead is a small rural town situated in Western Australia in the Great Southern region between Albany and Esperance. The name commemorates the Wellstead family who settled in the area in 1860 and had held grazing land between Cape Riche and Bremer Bay. Farmland was opened up in the area in the 1960s for cerealcropping and land was set aside for a town site. The town site was gazetted in 1965 shortly after establishing a telephone exchange. John Wellstead still lived in the area in 1881 and sold 700 head of cattlevia the market in Albany early the same year. He died in Albany in 1896 but his sons, including John Jr., continued the family pastoral interests in the area. The surrounding areas produce wheat and other cereal crops. The town is a receival site for Cooperative Bulk Handling.
Wellstead Community Resource Centre and Richard Davy, Windi Windi farm