Musician GOLDHEIST and visual artist JAMES NEEDHAM
present a collaborative performance exploring the spirit of place.
Combining their respective artistic practices in an exciting live performance, James Needham will paint landscape inspired by the Barraba district while GOLDHEIST will create the soundtrack, fusing her narrative songs with electro-acoustic soundscape.
Simultaneously curated and improvisational, this spatially-motivated performance explores the spirit of place and the different ways our surroundings impact and inspire us.
A favourite with Barraba audiences, GOLDHEIST (AKA Hester Fraser) has shared her songs and stories with audiences across metropolitan and regional Australia, telling tales of love, life and adventure, current affairs and events. Her most recent performances include a concert for VIVID Festival in 2018 at the Art Gallery of NSW, and the 2017 launch of her latest album Realm at the Sydney Opera House. Her ethos reflects a strong social conscience, with campaigns raising awareness for drought relief and conservation, the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre and Suicide Prevention Australia.
James Needham was born in Rugby, England in 1983. He studied at the Oxfordshire College of Art in the UK, graduating with a Diploma in General Art & Design in 2002. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Art at Sydney’s National Art School. He was a semi-finalist in the 2016 Moran Portrait Prize and received the William Fletcher Foundation grant in 2017. Currently he lives and works in Sydney. His influences range from early realists Courbet and Manet, to contemporary artists such as Lucian Freud, Eric Fischl and Liu Xiaodong.