Broads at Belco

Banksia Field (detail) by Elizabeth Borghero

Broads at Belco

The Broad Collective: Belinda Allen, Lee Bethel, Elizabeth Borghero, Caroline Corby, Sonja Karl, Sam Newstead, Leanne Thompson, Kerry Toomey

West Gallery, Belconnen Arts Centre

Opening: 6pm Friday 31 March 2023

Exhibition: 31 March – 14 May 2023

The aim of the Collective is to present work of women artists, striving to strengthen professional attitudes and women’s representation in the arts. The Broad Collective adds to and expands the notion of visually understanding the landscape. Landscape is not contained to the traditional canvas or the bold vista and women have stepped off the verandah and onto the land.

From manipulating the fold, the grid and the seed to the use of culturally significant materials to clay, cloth, wax and stick the diversity of each artists practice shares a connectedness with nature and with its impermanence. Within the Broad Collective we have a Kamilaroi woman with strong, immediate connections to her Piliga birthplace; and women who left their birth place as adults to migrate to Australia, others whose families made the migration decision and those who trace their arrival from colonial days.

Our general theme is a sense of place and human interaction and its effects in the broader context of land, landscape and environment. Exploring the history and significance of the landscape while reconnecting with place and questioning our position within it, the group views the landscape and environmental issues through a female lens.

In Conversation: Broads at Belco

An artist talk with members of The Broad Collective: Leanne Thompson, Kerry Toomey, Lee Bethel & Sam Newstead

2pm Saturday 1 April 2023

FREE, registrations required

Join us for a special artist talk with Leanne Thompson, Kerry Toomey, Lee Bethel and Sam Newstead from The Broad Collective to learn more about their exhibition, Broads at Belco.

About The Broad Collective

This collective, initiated by Hazelhurst at the Moran Gallery in 2019, is developing and expanding their work with exhibitions in the Broadhurst Gallery in 2021 (Current), Chrissie Cotter Gallery in 2022 (Recovering Roots) Art in the Library 2022 Bundeena and an artist residency at Stuart Town Printmaking Studios 2022.

BELINDA ALLEN works in a variety of photographic and digital media. She has been a finalist in selective exhibitions and awards Australia-wide. Her photographic and mixed-media work explore stories in the relationship of ‘landscape’ to human history and culture.


Facebook: @belinda.allen.0

Instagram: @bforbelle

LEE BETHEL has held many solo exhibitions and is represented by the Egg and Dart Gallery, Thirroul. She has been selected in many competitive group shows.


Facebook: @lee.bethel.9

Instagram: @leebethel

ELIZABETH BORGHERO exhibiting works of ceramics, painting and sculpture along with the more traditional mediums of oil, paint and clay, also with recycled and natural materials and recycled cans. She has won and been selected as a finalist in several competitions for her work.


Facebook: @liz.borghero

Instagram: @lizborghero

CAROLINE CORBY obtained a Diploma in Art and Design from the London School of Arts and Crafts majoring in Sculpture. Since emigrating in 1991 the Australian landscape is Caroline’s inspiration and she loves to travel into the outback to work.

SONJA KARL is a contemporary multi-disciplinary artist with a diverse practice working in unorthodox materials in 2D and 3D. She has been engaged in solo and group exhibitions, artist in residencies programs and community cultural development


Facebook: @sonjakarlart

Instagram: @sonjakarlart

SAM NEWSTEAD artistic career has taken her from the UK, through Hong Kong to Australia. Her illustrations, public art and murals can be seen throughout the UK, Asia and Australia. Sam studied graphic design and illustration in the UK.


Facebook: @sam.newstead.9

Instagram: @samantha_newstead

LEANNE THOMPSON is a multi-disciplinary artist utilising work on paper, sculpture, solar powered sound and light and the public domain. She is currently collaborating with farmers in regional NSW working on large-scale repair of degraded land with community engagement.


Facebook: @leanne.thompson.378

Instagram: @leannethompsoncreate

KERRY TOOMEY is a Gamilaroi woman from Pilliga and now lives in Bundeena. Inspired by stories of family, her work grapples with themes of Indigenous displacement and oppression, survival and resistance. She enjoys working with sculptures, watercolour and photography.

Instagram: @kerry.toomey