Ken Orchard and Ed Douglas will embark on a collaborative residency aimed at creating a body of work for exhibition and tour in 2008 inspired by the work of colonial artist George French Angas (1822 – 86). Angas created a series of lithographs of the diggings at Ophir from sketches executed in the field in June 1851. Using this important series of images as a springboard for exploring ‘place’, the pair proposes to locate the areas delineated by Angas, as well as other sites in the district, as reference points for a series of panoramic works on paper (Orchard) and a suite of black and white photographs (Douglas).
Ken Orchard has been a professional practicing artist since 1977, and has undertaken a number of thematic projects reflecting the unique nature of regional Australian landscapes. These have explored historically significant localities, and 19th and 20th century artistic traditions often found in association with Australian mining history. He has participated in many solo and group exhibitions, and won numerous awards, most recently the 2006 Heyson Prize for Landscape Art, and the 2006 Fleurieu Peninsula Water Prize. His works are held in state and regional collections throughout Australia, including the National Gallery of Australia, the Art Gallery of South Australia, the Art Gallery of Western Australia and the Queensland Art Gallery.