Twenty years ago, three women decided to create a safe space for contemporary artists to share their passion with like-minded people.
Splintering away from tradition, Splinter Contemporary Artists was formed.
Tatura resident Lynne Hume was one of the three women involved in the group’s inception and continues as its longest-serving member.
Growing up, Mrs Hume was always interested in art, however, it was not a career to be pursued by women.
‘‘Artist was a male job,’’ Mrs Hume said.
‘‘I remember at school being told it was a man’s realm and at 15-16 years old, you believe that.’’
Mrs Hume decided to follow her passion in the ’90s, studying a diploma of visual arts where she further pursued contemporary artistry.
‘‘Contemporary art was not well accepted back then, people would laugh or think it was weird,’’ Mrs Hume said.
‘‘People thought you were wasting your time.’’
The Splinter Contemporary Artists group began with a handful of people and during the years has included 84 artists, working with their own mediums inspired by a contemporary concept.
‘‘Splinter gave me my identity,’’ Mrs Hume said.
Working as the archivist of the group, it was her responsibility to collate all artist information for the group’s recent 20th anniversary book, titled Splinter Contemporary Artists: 20 Years of Creating.
Mrs Hume along with other members worked tirelessly to find previous members to showcase their work in the book.
In the end, 40 past and present members contributed their works of art and a passage about their time with the group.
‘‘The council helped with the project and Meg Doller did the bulk of the work,’’ Mrs Hume said.
The book took about 12 months to put together and the launch took place at the opening night of the Shepparton Festival this year.
Mrs Hume believes just 17 copies are left of the 2000 published.
As the last standing original member of the first three members, Mrs Hume emphasises the importance of innovation.
‘‘I’m very happy to see us reach 20 years,’’ she said.
‘‘The longevity of any group is embracing new and young ideas.’’
The group is open to anyone who practises contemporary artistry, after passing a panel of members.
Those interested are encouraged to message the facebook page Splinter Contemporary Artists to find out more.