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For the love of jazz, art and education

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In a beautiful garden, with the weather on its best behaviour, The Old Church was the venue for Milton-Ulladulla's Escape ARTfest and Jazz in the Park on Sunday, 13 October 2019.

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It was a feast of visual art and jazz music, with the day's highlight being the performance of Australian jazz legend, Vince Jones and his band.

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Farmer Rob, in a bidding mood, took up the opportunity to support The Budawang School with a successful bid on a Mick Bales' blank canvas during the Blank Canvas Auction.

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While the audience enjoyed jazz beneath the trees, Mick - a 2014 Archibald Prize finalist - created an abstract work, inspired by jazz, with his unique, visual interpretation of the rhythms, upbeats and improvisations of the performing musicians.

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Mick's painting now hangs on one of the walls of Narrawilly farmhouse, and we're proud to own a work of art that captures our small community's love of art, jazz and education.


  • Rob would like to thank Dr David Miles, Escape ARTFest, Mick Bales, The Old Church, and all the volunteers, artists and musicians who made the day so special.
  • The image of Mick at work on his painting is sourced from Facebook/EscapeARTfest.
  • All other images on this blog post are Rob's own.