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About Barracks Art Studios Thirroul Incorporated

An incorporated association for visual artists, providing studios for members and an artist in residence studio for visiting artists.

BAST Studio News

2016 News

Studio Open Days

The studios will be open for the Thirroul Seaside and Arts Festival Saturday/Sunday  2nd /3rd April 2016. Studio artists will be available between 10am – 4pm to sell works directly to the public.

You may make arrangements to meet any of the artists Judy Bourke, Kendal Heyes, Skye Zaracostas, Garry Jones or Maylee Jones over this time,

The artist in residence studio will also be open for visitors.

2015 News


Mary Wingrave, Kendal Heyes and Judy Bourke have work in this exhibition. the exhibition continues for August 2015.  Entry to NSW Parliament House is via the security entrance in Macquarie Street, Sydney.

Julia and Murphy showed their works to visitors to the studio during the Thirroul Seaside and Arts Festival.

 Julia Stjepanovic completed her residency as part of the Made in Wollongong Program funded by a grant from Wollongong City Council.

Murphy Bouma is busy working in the  AIR studio. She is about half way through her residency.

The BAST studios will be open for the Thirroul Seaside and Arts Festival on Saturday and Sunday 21st and 22nd March 2015. Artists will be on hand to discuss their works.

‘On Track’ BAST first studio show, Wollongong Art Gallery

‘On Track’ was the first exhibition the studio has been invited to install at Wollongong Art Gallery. It was set up in the Community Access Gallery on the top floor for 2 months from Thursday 6th September – Sunday 28th October 2018.




‘Gentle Reflections’ BAST exhibition at Clifton School of Arts

In November 2017 members  Frank Nowlan, Garry Jones, T S Zaracostas, Maylee Jones and Judy Bourke  and past Members Michele Elliot and Mary Wingrave  showed their latest works. The title of the exhibition is a tribute to the late Ian Gentle a local sculptor who used to live and work in this building.

Friday 3rd to Monday 6th November 2017 at Clifton School of Arts, A great local gallery.

The Exhibition was open 10 – 5 every day. Opening Friday night 6pm – 8pm at Clifton School

of Arts.

Guest speaker was Thirroul designer Mick Alvisse

Gentle Reflections at Clifton School of Arts

Barracks Art Studios Thirroul  had their first Members Exhibition from 3rd to 5th November 2017. The title of the exhibition was Gentle Reflections.

Members Judy Bourke, Frank Nowlan, T S Zaracostas, Garry Jones and Maylee Jones exhibited with past members Kendal Heyes, Michele Elliot and Mary Wingrave.

The opening was on Friday 3th November 2017 at 6pm.

Binary Code for Ada Byron, Countess of Lovelace

‘Binary Code for Ada Byron (Countess of Lovelace’

Artist Statement

01000001 01100100 01100001 01001100 01101111 01110110 01100101 01101100 01100001 01100011 01100101 01000110 01101001 01110010 01110011 01110100 00100000 01100011 01101111 01101101 01110000 01110101 01110100 01100101 01110010 00100000 01110000 01110010 01101111 01100111 01110010 01100001 01101101 01101101 01100101 01110010 01100011 01101111 01100100 01100101 01101010 01110101 01100100 01111001

Ada Lovelace first computer-programmer code Judy


I have created a binary code textile installation that celebrates the first computer programmer, Ada Byron, (the Countess of Lovelace).

Ada Lovelace was an analytical metaphysicist. She published extensive notes about Charles Babbage’s Analytical Engine in 1843.

Computer language is based on Binary Code. Binary numbers make use of only 2 characters, on and off, 1 and 0.

In a similar way knitting is a system based on 2 stitches, plain and pearl with combinations and variations of these 2.

I have translated text into binary code and developed a binary code knitting pattern using white for plain and black for pearl, that covers a computer, monitor, keyboard and mouse.

‘The Analytic Engine weaves algebraic patterns just as the Jacquard loom weaves flowers and leaves.’ Ada Lovelace 1843

Judy Bourke February 2017