“a very fine river: convict stories from the Hunter”

On a hunt for convict escapees from Sydney in 1797, Lieutenant Shortland is said to have described the Hunter River NSW on first viewing as ‘a very fine river’. Not long after, a convict camp known as King’s Town was established, rapidly becoming known as a place of incarceration and great hardship.

Five Hunter based artists interpret this important period of Newcastle history in a poetic art project curated by Rob Cleworth and Nicole Chaffey (in consultation with the Newcastle Museum and the Aboriginal Reference Group) at the Lake Macquarie Art Gallery July-Oct 2014.

The works depicted below are by Sophia Emmett (glass), Ruth Feeney (installation) and Carolyn McKay (HD video).
Photographed on behalf of the artists.