CONTAINER OF DREAMS: Tabulam artist Clare Urquhart and two of her ceramic caravans currently on display at the Northern Rivers Community Gallery in Ballina.
CONTAINER OF DREAMS: Tabulam artist Clare Urquhart and two of her ceramic caravans currently on display at the Northern Rivers Community Gallery in Ballina. Graham Broadhead

Love of the nomad's life becomes artistic endeavour

THOUSANDS of people do it each year, and Clare Urquhart loves the idea of it.

And that's hitching up the caravan and hitting the open road.

Ms Urquhart, from Tabulam, has put that love of the "nomadic lifestyle" into her art, which is currently on display at the Northern Rivers Community Gallery in Ballina.

She has created 10 miniature ceramic caravans which are on exhibition, covering the era from the 1920s through to the 1980s.

"I love the idea that you can just get away from it all," she said.

"For me, caravans represent escape and adventure - the nomadic dream.

"Home is where you park it."

Ms Urquhart owns a 1970s-model Millard four-berth caravan, and has lived the caravanning lifestyle.

But she also recognises that, for some, a caravan is their dwelling, either permanently or temporarily.

"They have a duality that's quite compelling and I am fascinated with the memories and stories of nostalgia assigned to these objects," she said.

Her exhibition, titled Container of Dreams, opened at the Ballina gallery last Friday night and will run until June 23. Three other exhibitions also were opened last Friday.

At a glance

The Northern Rivers Community Gallery is located on the corner of Cherry and Cranes Sts and open Wednesday to Friday from 10am to 4pm and weekends from 9.30-2.30pm (closed public holidays). Entry is free.



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