Bronze, Concrete and Steel

Ascham Old Girl—Harrie Fasher (1995)

Bushfires and a global pandemic have not stalled the trajectory of accomplished sculptor Harrie Fasher’s career.

Harrie recently moved to Portland, NSW, becoming artist-in-residence at The Foundations. The move was followed by a successful exhibition of new figurative bronze and steel sculptures, Cadence, with King Street Gallery on William in Sydney.

The appointment of a permanent artist-in-residence at The Foundations has provided Harrie with the perfect space to produce her large-scale bronze, steel and concrete sculptures that are known for embodying tension and movement. Located at the heritage listed Cement Works in Portland, a 200-acre industrial site surrounded by old quarry lakes, The Foundations has been reactivated into a cultural and arts hub for the Central West of NSW.

Harrie’s studio, which can be found in the old workshops building, is a hive of activity. Creative process involves everything from drawing, welding steel and metal finishing bronze, to working with clay, wax and more recently pouring concrete. Currently Harrie is building The Portland Foundry. When operational she believes it will offer unprecedented opportunities to explore and realise ideas more efficiently, which will be very exciting for the development of her bronze sculptures.

The Portland Foundry will run alongside the The Portland Workshops, providing a platform for regional artists to learn new skills and engage in creative discussion. Short courses will be offered including sculpture, drawing, painting, animation and theatre as well as crafts such as upholstery and bronze casting.

The close of 2020 sees Harrie maintain momentum. She is a finalist in the Ravenswood Womens’ Art Prize, November 2020, Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi which will be held in 2021, and the Western Sydney Sculpture Prize, also rescheduled for April 2021. Testimony to her commitment to working in regional Australia, Regional Arts NSW invited her to speak on a panel of regional artists at this years’ Art State Conference in Wagga Wagga which was a great success. Well done Harrie!

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