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Artist, Arts development worker, Curator, Gallerist, Teacher


Ceramics, Drawing, Environment, Painting, Photography, Sculpture

Artist Bio:

Hillary Austin is an ex pat Ozzie Painter of over 35 years who recently moved to Leigh NZ from the Northern Rivers NSW. Hillary is known predominantly for her gestural landscape painter.
Hillary & her husband Richard Calder opened the Foundation Gallery & Arts Hub doors and started the Barefoot Artists (children from Leigh and Surrounds) who attend the arts education program through the Hub and in holiday arts programs not long after. The Foundation Gallery though privately owned and operated seeks to serve its community of professional and amateur artists and enthusiasts with Community group shows, art classes age range from 5-75, Holiday and specialist workshops, life drawing and community art initiatives.


Across the Paddocks Oil on Canvas 2020 SOLD 30x30


Blessings on the Blossoms Acrylic on canvas POA 2400x1500


Tankfulleigh Leigh central water tank mural, The Barefoot artists term 2/3 collaborative project


The Barefoot Artists Logo


Barefoots working on their colour theory at the Hub



Hillary Austin Calder BA Vis Arts 1984-86 Grad Dip Professional Arts Studies 1987, Production Design Scholarship diploma Australian Film TV & Radio School 1992
Richard Calder BA Education 2002


Many group and solo shows.
Solo show Foundation Gallery February 2021