Tim Winters is the first artist in residence under the Orange Health Service's Arts and Health program.

Based in nearby Stuart Town in central west NSW, Tim is an award winning artist and highly regarded as a teacher in the region.

Tim has been influenced by the unique Australian landscape ever since migrating from England at the age of 16. His work encompasses painting, printmaking and drawing and he is also known for his architectural projects.

A key focus of the residency involves providing art making workshops for staff and residents at Bloomfield Psychiatric Hospital in Orange, NSW. These sessions are not intended as art therapy, but rather as cultural enrichment sessions that provide positive distraction and personal expression. Tim is also developing participatory artworks with residents and staff for display at the end of the residency. These works will hang alongside an exhibition of Tim's paintings completed during the residency.

A major aim of the Orange Arts + Health program is to de-stigmatise mental illness and change the community perception of the role and function of the arts in the regional and rural health context. As such the Artist in Residence program is providing Mental Health staff, consumers at Bloomfield and the general public with an opportunity to meet and work alongside a significant practicing artist.

The Artist in Residence Program is an initiative of Mental Health and Drug and Alcohol Service and is supported by a generous grant from Arts NSW.
 



Installation of Tim Winters paintings completed during the residency.

Staff Comments from the workshops:

It was great way to get in touch with my feelings and creative side. I loved coming to the sessions as I felt as though I could breathe! I was able to learn something about myself and others and appreciate the differences in our artworks. I enjoyed finding the beauty in everyone’s individual artwork. 
~ Sarah McFetridge, Speech Pathologist


45 minutes of lunch time brain recharge.
~ Scott Hedly, Psychiatric Registrar


Really looked forward to getting out of the office each week to participate in the program - it was great for my own mental health!
~ Christina Hunt, Co-ordinator, Infant & Peri Natal


Brilliant time out! 
~ Gillian Diamond, Clinical Nurse Co-ordinator, Quality


The Artist in Residence program gave me an opportunity to explore art in a way that I have never before. The experience made me realise that art is a skill that must be fostered and developed through practice and exploration using different mediums and perspectives. Tim provided me with guidance and support to create artwork that is truly beautiful and unique.
~ Jessica Smith, Occupational Therapist


Fantastic Workshop - it allowed my mind to run free with ideas.
~ Sharon Taylor, Allied Health Assistant
                                                       
     

Tim Winters artist statement:

"16 years old, arriving from grimy London; entranced by the sparkling rippling water, the pure surf, the salt bleached sand …
later - In an urban life commuting from Potts Point, winding down to Woolloomooloo, staring at the great ore carrier ‘Lake Eyre’ ironically anchored in Sydney Harbour; Cahill Expressway, glistening water, to and fro of ferries, Harbour Bridge - seduced by the water borne life and coexistance of land and water … later still - How many times can you fall in love?

The diamond light, the red earth, the ethereal and ephemeral history and mystery of the ancient land …

My work encompasses drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpture."

- Tim Winters

Selected Exhibitions and Awards

‘Artist in Residence’, Greater Western Area Health Service, Bloomfield Campus, Orange (2012)

Central West Regional Artists Award (2011)

‘Artist at Work’, Western Plains Cultural Centre/Dubbo Regional Gallery (2010)

‘International Visiting Artist’, Peacock Visual Arts, Scotland (2008)

Winner of the Country Energy Art Prize for Landscape Painting (2007)

Director of the Ironbarks Printmaking Summer School (2007-2011)

Collections

Represented in the permanent collections of Artbank, Art Gallery of New South Wales, State Library of Victoria, Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, Dubbo Regional Gallery, Orange Regional Gallery, ICOMOS Australia and the Australia-Japan Society.

For more information and images please visit
Tim Winters' Website.