Miriam Williamson

Miriam Williamson is an independent curator/artist based in the Blue Mountains. Her creative practice originated in post-punk and electronic music, before expanding to visual art where she has exhibited work in solo and group shows. Her collaboration with Itch-ee and Scratch-ee on the track Sweetness and Light won the inaugural Aria Award for Best Dance Track.  

Originally from Central Western NSW, Williamson has participated in regional arts festivals Cementa in Kandos and The End in Hill End drawing on her family’s history in the region. Along with artist Brad Allen-Waters, Williamson currently co-directs the artist run initiative, The SLAB, based in Hazelbrook, in the Blue Mountains, and she has had a long association with critically acclaimed MAP Projects.  Miriam designed and co-curated The Altitude Project, a multi-artform contemporary art event, referencing astronomy and aviation, held across three historic sites in the Blue Mountains.Miriam currently curates the exhibition program at the NSW National Parks Blue Mountains Heritage Centre in Blackheath


Image: Bag Hut, Cementa17, Photo Ian Hobbs

Bag Hut explores shifts in memory, time and place. While memory fogs individual perception, the landscape embraces all. The family tree, burdened by its own weight, drops a branch here and there. The work references the temporary depression-era hut built by my grandfather in Kandos in 1923. He moved across from Hill End, seeking work in the local mines and eventually the cement works. Bag Hut is a site-specific installation sourcing local materials similar to those my grandfather used. The site shares the same aspect as the original structure, looking out to Cherry Tree Hill with Mount Rocky behind.

Bag Hut The End Festival, 2017

Seeds of Empire, Explorers: narratives of site, Woodford Academy