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Viola Dominello, Rachel Fairfax, Rod Holdaway and Ian Marr will have works featured in this year's Annual Packsaddle Fundraising Exhibition, 25 October - 10 November at the New England Regional Art Museum (NERAM), Armidale, NSW. The exhibition raises funds for the museum and the Packsaddle Artist Studio, which is used for art workshops and also has accommodation for visiting artists. The exhibition also provides an opportunity for the local community to view the work of artists based all around Australia.
In 2005 Viola Dominello received her Master of Fine Arts from the College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales. Prior to this she studied at the University of Foreigners Siena (Italy), Scuola Internazionale di Grafica Venezia (Italy), New York University (USA), Julian Ashton School of Art, Hornsby Technical College and the City Art Institute. Dominello received the Wynne Trustees Watercolour Prize in 2010 and in 2012 she was a finalist in the James Kiwi Watercolour Prize. Since 1989 Viola Dominello has exhibited in over seventy group exhibitions and since 1993 she has had thirteen solo exhibitions including three in Venice, Italy. Dominello was awarded a Borsa di Studio Scholarship from the Italian government on two occasions (1999 & 2003) and she also received an Assistant Fellowship from Scuola Internazionale di Grafica Venezia, Italy (2000). Dominello's work is represented in many collections, including Artbank, Peabody Energy (USA) and Scuola Internazionale di Grafica (Italy) as well as numerous private collections.
Rachel Fairfax is a figurative painter who also creates drawings and ceramic works. She completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) at the National Art School, Sydney where she is now a lecturer in painting and drawing. She received Reg Richardson Fellowships in both 2003 and 2004 and her work is regularly selected for national prizes. In 2012 she was selected in the Waverley Art Prize for the fifth time and received a Highly Commended award. In 2009 the Sydney Morning Herald named her one of Australia's 10 leading artists. Fairfax has participated in over sixty-five group exhibitions since 2000 and holds solo exhibitions regularly. Her work is held in numerous private and public collections including Artbank; Bathurst Regional Art Gallery; and St Vincents Hospital.
Rod Holdaway has studied painting and sculpture at the Adelaide School of Advanced Education, philosophy and linear perspective in Italian Renaissance art at Deakin University as well as printing, photography and drawing at TAFE. In 1995 he received his Bachelor of education from the Australian Catholic University. Holdaway has exhibited in several solo exhibitions and numerous group exhibitions, including three years consecutively in the Dobell Prize for Drawing (2007, 2008, 2009). In 2010 Holdaway was a finalist in the Kedumba Drawing Award and previously he has had work selected for the Redlands Westpac Art Prize, Mosman Art Prize and the Waverly Art Prize. His work is represented in corporate and private collections in Australia, New Zealand, Germany and Ireland.
In 2007 Ian Marr had a solo exhibition at Bathurst Regional Gallery, titled Beautiful Chaos. Having shown in over eighty-five group exhibitions and countless solo exhibitions Marr is extensively represented in public collections including the Bathurst Regional Art Gallery; Bourke Shire Council; Broken Hill City Art Gallery; Curfew Tower, Cushendall, Northern Island; Greater Shepparton City Council; Kedumba Collection, Wentworth Falls; Mildura Arts Centre; North Sydney Council; Orange Botanical Gardens Orange Regional Gallery; Sydney Conservatorium of Music & Wingecarribee Shire Council. Marr is also represented extensively in private collections in Australia and Ireland. An avid traveller, Ian Marr has completed eleven artist's residencies since 2003 across Australia, China, Finland and New Zealand. In 2009 he was the winner of the 20th Kedumba Drawing Award.