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Sue Lawty

Author: Sue Lawty
The artists of Northeast Arnhem Land are famous for the quality of their fine bark paintings. In my search to find images on the Yirrkala.com website I kept being drawn to the hauntingly beautiful work of Gulumbu Yunupingu. Her painting is actually atypical in that the compositions lack any figurative element and I think it is perhaps in this abstract quality, where the mind is untethered, where...
Author: Sue Lawty
Of Time ‐ Place ‐ History ‐ Geography ‐ Geology ‐ Life ‐ Links ‐ Web Community ‐ Commerce ... and Art So. Eastern Arnhem Land. I carried on zooming over the map, compelled to explore deeper. Flying as the girl in my childhood dreams, above the red earth tracks and trails, ridges and bluffs, inlets and promontories of this ancient land. And then a few miles to the west of Nhulunbuy, among the...
Author: Sue Lawty
There has been a wealth of really interesting World Beach submissions recently… including a small cluster from a remote region in Northeast Arnhem Land at the top end of Australia. I wonder did they hear the Radio Australia broadcast? I don’t know. I find maps generally, supremely engrossing and the World Beach map particularly so. Each entry stimulates a strong desire to zoom in to...
Author: Sue Lawty
I was there (so early) this morning. Darkness. Stab of the alarm. Hot tea. Ringing phone…. …. and a warm welcome to Radio Australia from the soft accented Barbara Heggen and Isabelle Genoux. Then immediately transported to the Pacific through a lively track from the New Caledonian Islands. And straight into the interview. You can listen to it here: Sue Lawty / World Beach Project...
Author: Sue Lawty
UPDATE: The World Beach Video is now LIVE on YouTube and Vimeo !
Author: Sue Lawty
And last week an interview with Lily Feng for the BBC World Service. It was for a Chinese Radio broadcast and online report about the World Beach Project, going out to Chinese communities around the world. I hope I said the right words to inspire ‐ it would be great to see the idea developing and extending to fill the blanker parts of the map. Sadly, I’m unable to read what Lily has written...
Author: Sue Lawty
Earlier this month I was interviewed about World Beach by journalist Florence Waters resulting in a fine spread in the Telegraph Review. Unfortunately the critical point of working with ONLY STONES was slightly lost in translation, so if anyone got the wrong end of the stick (or seaweed), that’s a shame. The online version has been amended and includes even more of your great images ‐ all...
Author: Sue Lawty
UPDATE: The video is now LIVE on YouTube and Vimeo ! Filming a few weeks ago... against the backdrop of the cross channel ferries... I found myself crunching across the open canvas of St Margaret’s Bay on the Kent coast with an equally empty canvas in my head. The frisson of a new place, the unknown, the expectations, coupled with the knowledge that we had just a few hours between the tides...
Author: Sue Lawty
The 500th contribution to the World Beach Project has just been published! Congratulations Everybody! I wonder… is it pure coincidence that the entries attached to these landmark numbers* seem particularly apposite? People chose to write many things in the text box alongside their stone drawings. In the 500th, Tim Spain talks of ‘Galaxies like grains of sand’ For me, this links...
Author: Sue Lawty
Australia May 2008…. ...and travelling west over the Murrumbidgee River (a break from the intense textile talk in Canberra ), Chrissy (G W Bot) introduced daughter Katie and I to her land. Katie drawing in Lower Molonglo Valley, West of Canberra. An expansive land of ochre hills and faded horizons, of red earth, broken rocks and tracks, of spikey grasses and rustling gum trees, of...

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