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WEDNESDAY 3 NOV from 5 pm to 7.30 pm

Ninbella throws opens its doors at 5pm on Wednesday November 3 for a new exhibition called Hot Chixx Make Art. This show is a celebration of the rich and diverse work of 5 extraordinary female artists, some of whom are exhibiting for the very first time.


MELISSA LADKIN is a proud Awabakal woman of the Wonnarua nation with ties to the Githabul Bundjalung people who has been living and working on Bundjalung Country for the past 15 years. “My practice represents the multi-layered history of our people and our intrinsic connection to country”, she says. Melissa has been caring for country for most of her life as a bush regenerator and her reciprocal relationship with the land is reflected in the sacred relationship she has with her material of choice, ochre.


Best-selling author, award-winning comedy writer, host of award-winning TV  and now artist, GRETEL KILLEEN debuted at Ninbella in December 2020 with a series of expressive works painted in response to the 2019/20 bushfires when Sydneysiders were advised not to leave home due to poor air quality. This next collection of works was painted during the 2021 lockdown whilst nursing a broken heart.


After a long stint in the UK, TAMSIN CHANDLER returned to Byron Bay in 2019 to work as a full-time artist. Her principal interest is in human nature and this is expressed in her strangely dark and psychological works rendered in acrylics on framed boards.


MICHE BONETT-HORTON has worked in photography, television and film most of her working life. She ran Rennie Ellis’s Scoopix library and was eventually poached by global firm, The Image Bank, to manage their film library. In this, her first exhibition, she presents a selection of extraordinary photographs taken from a helicopter hovering over the Kununurra region of the Kimberley in north-west of Western Australia. Shot on her 58th birthday, they were taken on a mission with legendary architectural photographer John Gollings to document and preserve ancient indigenous rock art for the Kimberley Foundation run by the Melbourne Myers family.


After completing school in Sydney, Brisbane artist SUSAN DOHERTY trained as a make-up and prosthetics artist, and worked in theatre and film where her interest in the visual arts took root. Her father was an officer in the Australian Army, which meant her family was constantly on the move, interstate and overseas and her work reflects her experience of human nature.

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