Broken Hill Heritage Festival : Desert Pearls

Desert Pearls Video Still from Performance showing woman in colour pushing a black and white statue of a colonial man


Cynthia Schwertsik in collaboration with Susan Thomas and the Broken Hill Art Exchange with Tahnee Arnold and Willyama High School Students, Sarah-Jane Smith, Claudia Standley, Jasmin Fryer, Hanna Metcalfe and Grace Molloy.

Videography and photography by Alexandra Rosenblum.


The achievements of sombre men find their way into public spaces, honoured in monuments, statues, and plaques, whilst individual women usually go unrecognised for their contributions to socio-political progress.


Desert Pearls engages with a history of defiant women. During 2020, artist Cynthia Schwertsik worked with Susan Thomas and the Broken Hill Art Exchange, and teachers and students from Willyama High School to unearth and revive stories of women who have been active figures in the history of Broken Hill. Desert Pearls is a documented public intervention, performed and produced in the early evening of November 14th, 2020. The video is the culmination of discussions between women of multiple generations, conversations of frustration and hope.



  • Thursday, 01 April 2021 | 10:00 AM - Sunday, 04 April 2021 | 04:00 PM


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