About

Bo Wong. Photo by Jean Paul Horré.

Bo Wong. Photo by Jean Paul Horré.

I’m a photographer living in Western Australia, shooting art and design related people and projects. My portfolio of work is at www.bowong.com.au.

This online journal is a response to my own move to a regional area after a career in creative industries in the city. I wondered how other creatives are making it work, with the tyranny of distance and the overhanging ‘hokey’ label attached to the arts in regional Australia. The more I researched and talked to others, the more I could see that there is a thriving arts scene happening all over Australia – artists and designers contributing to the national industry on their own terms. Whether they’re regional for affordable housing, larger studio space, proximity to family or connection to country and nature, creatives can have the physical and mental space they need for their work, away from the distractions of cities – and head to the big smoke whenever it suits them.
After years of working photographing artworks and artists for institutions and organisations, I decided to share my favourite part of the job with the public – behind the scenes in studios, workshops and art centres all over Australia, from Newman to Newcastle and the thousands of kilometres zig-zagged in between.

Contributing Writers

 

Some of the lovely folks contributing to this blog….

Pippa Dickson

Pippa Dickson is an advocate for art and design nationally through her roles as a writer, Chair of Design Tasmania, Director of the National Association of Visual Arts and Co-Chair of the National Craft Initiative. She is CEO of GASP (the Glenorchy Art & Sculpture Park) a national award winning 9 hectare public art space in Hobart and was recently named in the inaugural 50 Design Honourees from the Australian Centre of Design for her contribution to design.

Pippa Dickson is an advocate for art and design nationally through her roles as a writer, Chair of Design Tasmania, Director of the National Association of Visual Arts and Co-Chair of the National Craft Initiative. She is CEO of GASP (the Glenorchy Art & Sculpture Park) a national award winning 9 hectare public art space in Hobart and was recently named in the inaugural 50 Design Honourees from the Australian Centre of Design for her contribution to design. Read her most recent story for Design Satellite.

Georgina Reid

Georgina Reid is the founder & editor of The Planthunter. When she is not stalking shrubs, she is designing gardens, doing workshops and talking at events like Melbourne Writers Festival. She has qualifications in journalism and design, and a very serious passion for plants. If she were a tree, she'd be a lemon scented gum. Photo by Daniel Shipp

Georgina Reid is the founder & editor of The Planthunter. When she is not stalking shrubs, she is designing gardens, doing workshops and talking at events like Melbourne Writers Festival. She has qualifications in journalism and design, and a very serious passion for plants. If she were a tree, she’d be a lemon scented gum. Photo by Daniel Shipp

Rebecca Gleeson

Rebecca has been tapping away at the keyboard for over 15 years. As a professional writer, she loves nothing more than teasing a good story out of interesting people, places and events; and then finding the most evocative words to convey that story. Actually, scratch that. She may love coffee more.

Rebecca has been tapping away at the keyboard for over 15 years. As a professional writer, she loves nothing more than teasing a good story out of interesting people, places and events; and then finding the most evocative words to convey that story. Actually, scratch that. She may love coffee more. Read her most recent story for Design Satellite.

Allison Fogarty

Allison Fogarty is Contributing Editor of The Field Guides, and works as a freelance writer specialising in food, art and design. Allison studied Professional Writing and Editing at Deakin University, Melbourne and writes poetry when no one is looking.

Allison Fogarty is Contributing Editor of The Field Guides, and works as a freelance writer specialising in food, art and design. Allison studied Professional Writing and Editing at Deakin University, Melbourne and writes poetry when no one is looking. Read her most recent story for Design Satellite.

Clare Longley

Clare Longley is a young artist and aspiring arts professional. She graduated in 2014 from Victorian College of the Arts with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Visual Art, Painting), and has since gained experience working with Sculpture by the Sea and various other arts organizations within Australia such as TCB artinc and Nite Art. In her spare time you might find her gazing out her window at the anonymous bulldog that lounges on a sun chair in her neighbours yard.

Clare Longley is a young artist and aspiring arts professional. She graduated in 2014 from Victorian College of the Arts with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Visual Art, Painting), and has since gained experience working with Sculpture by the Sea and various other arts organizations within Australia such as TCB artinc and Nite Art. In her spare time you might find her gazing out her window at the anonymous bulldog that lounges on a sun chair in her neighbour’s yard. Read her most recent story for Design Satellite.