Deague,s Challenges

David Deague explains that by its very nature, establishing an outback camp has as many variables as there are flies, snakes, feral cats, centipedes in swags and the real killers – dehydration and disorientation. The William Creek and Beyond project represents a unique point in history of Australia art. David Deague enabled ten of Australia’s established and emerging artists to visit and work in some of the most remote areas of Central Australia and to travel through some of the continent’s most striking landscapes and regions of cultural and historical interest.

David Deague’s modern expedition explored the immense wilderness of Lake Eyre, the Painted Desert, Dalhousie Springs, the bizarre township of Coober Pedy in South Australia, Chambers Pillar, the West Macdonnell Ranges, the extraordinary rock formations of Kings Canyon, and the monumental icons of Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Kata Tjua (the Olgas). Permission was also granted to visit the Aboriginal settlements of Papunya and Kintore in the Northern Territory. David Deague felt that it was a journey unlikely to be repeated or forgotten.

David and Kristene Deague, through the Deague Family Art Foundation, initiated the William Creek and Beyond project. I was asked to coordinate the project and select the artists for the diverse range of styles and generational mix. David Deague’s idea was to try and facilitate the creation of a range of innovative, unique artworks based on first-hand experience of some of Australia’s most daunting visual panoramas.

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