Easel does it: artists get creative on The Ghan

Artists in Residence program puts artists to work on The Ghan to mark 90th year

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WORK OF ART: Artists will travel and create on The Ghan as part of its Artist in Residence program celebrating its 90th anniversary.

WORK OF ART: Artists will travel and create on The Ghan as part of its Artist in Residence program celebrating its 90th anniversary.

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Join painters, printmakers and more on The Ghan to celebrate its 90th anniversary.

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A GROUP of creative Australians are making an art of luxury train travel, grabbing their easels and paraphernalia for a journey on The Ghan.

Ten Australian artists will be boarding The Ghan - the outback passenger train service which runs through the heart of the country from Adelaide to Darwin - to take part in an Artist in Residence program celebrating the train's 90th anniversary.

The artists have been hand-picked by The Ghan's operator Great Southern Rail.

They will create works inspired by their iconic outback journeys and their work will be displayed in a free art exhibition at The Ghan's Adelaide Parklands Terminal between June and August.

Great Southern Rail managing director Steve Kernaghan said The Ghan has inspired pioneers, adventurers, royalty and artists alike for nine decades.

Travelling on the train this year will be painters, illustrators, ceramicists, designers and installation artists.

Artists who have travelled so far are Darwin-based sculptor and printmaker Haneen Martin, Adelaide-based painter and illustrator, Daniel Connell, and Adelaide-based ceramicist Sam Gold.

Lauren Simeoni, a jeweller from Adelaide, will travel on June 5 while on June 12, Alice Springs-based water colourist Mervyn Rubuntja will step aboard. On June 17 it will be the turn of Adelaide based ceramicist Kerryn Levy.

Some of the artists will be running interactive workshops for guests during the journey between Adelaide and Darwin.

Throughout June, July and August, The Ghan will celebrate 90 days of celebration onboard with special events for guests travelling during this period.

www.greatsouthernrail.com.au

Read more: The Ghan is turning 90 with birthday celebrations kicking off in June 2019

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