Larapinta Trail – 2017

In July 2017 Angela joined a group of nine artists, led by Michael Herron, to spend a week working along the Larapinta Trail, west of Alice Springs in central Australia.  Camping in semi-permanent tent sites, and with a trailer laden with easels and painting equipment, we travelled through varied terrains and set up to draw and paint from high ridgelines to sheltered gorges and dry riverbeds.  Discussing the days’ work around the campfire in the evenings was an opportunity to reflect on the benefit of working directly from nature in striking landscapes with dramatically changing light and colours.

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Commissioned Artwork – Blackwattle Bay

The owners of this contemporary home shared a love of the Northern Territory of Australia’s outback landscape, colours, fauna and Aboriginal heritage with artist, Angela Hayson.  This large painting ‘Guardians of the Waterhole’ 2013 was commissioned and is a response to a section of a waterhole and the personified sandstone structures along the water’s edge.

Image and text courtesy of Australian House & Garden    The home featured in Australian House & Garden – May 2015 issue – 5 pages.


Framed etchings above joinery unit and ‘Water-lilies NT’ carved wood block by Angela Hayson. Carved fish sculptures by Guykuda Munungurr. Image courtesy of

Water-lilies NT hand carved wood block and woodcut print.

Lotus Bloom – Lotus Germination – Lotus Pod limited edition etchings

Windy Day limited edition woodcut print

Limited edition etchings

Marks & Traces Series unique prints

Arthur Boyd’s Riversdale Property NSW – 2014

The 3-day drawing weekend at Arthur Boyd’s Riversdale property at Bundanon on the beautiful Shoalhaven River in NSW was facilitated by Sydney architect and artist, Rena Czaplinska-Archer and Bodyweather performer, Victoria Hunt in July 2014.  Thirteen creatives with diverse backgrounds enjoyed explorative creative thinking, integrating sketching, mindfulness, movement and sensory awareness.  Early morning movement sessions in the landscape relaxed the mind, eye and body in preparation for drawing the moving figure and translating emotions on paper in charcoal, pen and ink.  Walking and drawing in the landscape before dinner was time for getting in touch with our natural creative abilities followed by meaningful discussions at the communal dining table.


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Glen Murcutt designed accommodation

Gulf Area of the Northern Territory – 2009

An invitation to visit a vast working cattle station near Borroloola in the gulf area of the Northern Territory’s Limmen Bight River Region provided the privileged opportunity to discover this ancient rugged landscape’s unique lost cities, waterholes and dry creek beds. Camping out in a group of eight, bush walking and exploring the ancient rock formations was richly stimulating and an important resource for my continuing Australian landscape body of work ‘The Lost City Project’.


Fowlers Gap – Drawing & Painting Field trip – 2010

A group of 16 artists participated in a ten day UNSW Art and Design residency program at Fowlers Gap Arid Zone Research Station located on a working sheep station 110 km north of Broken Hill in northwest NSW.

The days were long, hot and dry, and sketching and painting outdoors was sometimes with little protection from the sun apart from hat and long sleeves.  Stopping work only for lunch and dinner allowed many hours of interaction with the harsh, rugged landscape and the changing light throughout the day to create work at the site and then develop it back in the Sydney studios.


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Garma 2008 – Northern Territory, Australia

In August 2008 we arrived by bus at Gulkula in the Northern Territory for a week of camping in a sea of tents.  Each day we attended interesting seminars throughout the day and in the afternoon watched the gathering of the Yolngu tribes each with their own unique body decorations, costumes and choreography for the traditional Bunggul dance.  Evening films were screened in the outdoors and Indigenous music played well into the night.  A bus trip to Yirrkala was a highlight to see the Church Panels and the Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Aboriginal Art Centre which housed significant traditional and contemporary Indigenous paintings and sculptures.

Garma is a celebration of cultural traditions and practices, and the event brought together key Aboriginal leaders, international political leaders, business leaders, intellectuals, academics and journalists to present and discuss critical issues facing Australian Indigenous communities.  The Key Forum theme was ‘Indigenous knowledge: Caring for Country and Culture’ and was organised by Charles Darwin University.  Indigenous open-air seminars were held to address economic development, cultural tourism, youth community leadership programs, students’ contemporary music training, dancing, film program and a collaborative art project.  Additionally, Aboriginal elders demonstrated bush medicine, basketry, canoe making, bark preparation for painting and lino cut prints telling their stories.


Lipa Lipa – Yothu Yindi Foundation Men’s Program 2008
Gapan Gallery displaying Yolngu artists’ works editioned by Buku Larrnggay Mulka Centre, Yirrkala
The Berndt Collection of crayon drawings among the stringybarks
Yirrkala Beach, East Arnhem Land NT