Alison Winchester

I first studied various courses at TAFE: Creative Arts, Childcare and Disabilities. Over 20 years I studied textiles and made many quilts by hand and machine. I still do sewing today, focusing on dress making. In 2013 I was involved with Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Arts Centre as a Volunteer Tour Guide for 5 years. I was the receipt of the 2015 & 2016 Accessible Arts Grant over $30,000 in total allowed me to develop a body of work. During that time I was also in an artist residency at Hazelhurst. I exhibited at N.S.W. and Australia Aphasia Association. In 2017 My large sculpture ‘Lovers and Dreamers‘ (2017) was accepted at Harbour Sculpture show at Hunters Hill and Sculpture Killalea at Shellharbour. In 2018 my new medium glass sculptures ‘Our Fallen Stars’ are at Hidden Rookwood Cemetery, Lidcombe and Shellharbour Civic Council Centre.

Bowral is a small country town. A magical place. So many past stories to tell. Emily Bradman, the mother of Sir Donald Bradman was very good friends with my great grandmother Mary – Louise Stinson while living at the small town Cootamundra. It wasn’t until 1911 the Bradman family moved to Bowral. The stories of Mary Poppins was created by the imagination of Helen Lyndon Goff (later changed to P.L Travers), who was a teenager when her family lived in Bowral 1908 – 1917.
Her mother was highly stressful emotional at the time, so PL Travers read stories to her younger sisters as a way to comfort them while putting them to bed. It was there that PL Travers created the character Mary Poppins in Bowral.

Are you Will, who comes from Bowral, the next person to start a brilliant creative idea? Time will tell.

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