Soldiers Hill Artist Collective SHAC comprises a group of artists of varied art methods who live in the historic district of Soldiers Hill, Ballarat. The collective is the brainchild of Lynne Makings an artist who was struck by the many local artists she met whilst she and her husband Ken were walking out and about in the district.
The collective has developed into a vibrant community group; a forum for members to meet like - minded neighbours, learn, collaborate and be inspired to create. SHAC extend their community outreach through their annual ArtWalk and Open Studio events and are now exhibiting works in local businesses shopfronts, in Soldiers Hill. SHAC artists have held pop up exhibitions in vacant shops, exhibitions at Fairbanks Eye Gallery, Mercure Inn, Backspace and also participate in solo and group exhibitions.
Featured artworks of SHAC are now on display at the old Butchers Shop in Soldiers Hill, corner of Neil and Seymour Street. This historic building is wonderfully located on the fringe of the CBD and is an easy walk to view the art works within the windows.
The building is approx. 100 years old and owned by Julie Bennett. The former Paterson's Butchers is one of the many examples of preserved shop houses that were once home to local businesses.