The Wrapt Team

The Wrapt in Rocky team began in 2008 and brings that experience to the new Wrapt Retreats. Peta Lloyd joins the team as a Partner in managing the Retreat with Nanette Balchin. This team also includes Michelle Black with marketing, Trish Craig on enrolments and tutor support and Julie Thornton and Anni Simmons to help the students and tutors.

Nanette Balchin: Artistic Director

I am the proud creator and artistic director of Wrapt in Rocky, Wrapt Retreats and other art events in Central Queensland. I am passionate about creating learning opportunities that allow artists to thrive in a professional challenging and open hearted creative environment. Wrapt Retreats are one more step in my vision to expand the variety and location of quality art retreats across regional locations in Queensland.
This year Peta Lloyd artist “bricoleur” collaborator and friend has joined with me to manage the Wrapt Retreat and to add her talents enthusiasm and ideas.
Peta brings a tutor’s perspective and is an experienced organiser of international book collaborations as well as multiple community workshop events. We both believe all artists thrive in a creative and inspiring environment and aim to make each Wrapt Retreat rewarding for you.
A challenge for me has been to devote myself to Wrapt in Rocky while at the same time creating and growing as an artist. So in 2016 I held the last of 5 Wrapt in Rocky events. Now my arts practice can truly take the fore. I am a mixed media artist and work with painting printmaking artist’s books and my new medium of assemblages. During 2016, with Peta Lloyd and Emma Ward I have set off on an adventure to tour our exhibition “Caravan of Curiosities” to 4 regional towns. The challenge has been immensely rewarding and nourishing for all of us.
Collaboration is integral to everything I do. I have held 4 major group exhibitions and have competed in regional awards and other exhibitions. For 15 years I have been an active community artist, arts administrator, advocate and volunteer in Capricornia Printmakers, Arts CQ Inc, the Mill Gallery, Cooee Bay Artists, The Village Festival and many and varied CQ Arts events.

Peta Lloyd: Partner in Wrapt Retreat 2017

Peta Lloyd is a visual artist incorporating printmaking and collage into assemblages, artist books, box works and wall narratives. Peta describes herself as a Bricoleur, a ‘Jill of all trades’, recycling, remaking and reusing a diverse range of items, she restores and re-stories them as part of her process.
Peta teaches classes in printmaking and book arts at her studio in Central Queensland and various centres around Australia. Peta has coordinated several international and national collaborations featuring books and postcards.
Peta’s works are held in both public and private collections: State Library Qld, Mackay Artspace, Rockhampton Regional Gallery and Central Qld University. She is currently focussing on “Caravan of Curiosities” a collaborative exhibition with 2 CQ artists which they are touring to 4 regional towns in Qld. Peta’s “Crocodile Series” was recently exhibited at Rockhampton Regional Gallery.

I am thrilled to be on the Wrapt Retreat journey with my long time friend and fellow collaborator.

Nanette and I both know the creative thrill and satisfaction that occurs whilst teaching or learning. As a teacher and a student, I’m like the proverbial ‘pig in mud’, whether I teach a class or participate as a student in a class, I’m inspired by, and in awe of, others creative thinking and doing!

I passionately believe in the power of creativity for personal growth and a feeling of achievement, a very real satisfaction is gained from learning something new or something old, with a new twist, in an environment that is safe, fun and inspiring, where your own unique creative personality is encouraged to blossom and grow.

My goal is to assist Nanette to achieve her vision of providing quality and needs satisfying art retreats within regional Queensland.


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The Wrapt Vision

The Wrapt Retreat is about creativity, camaraderie and quality. Wrapt aims to create the environment and opportunity for you to be challenged and inspired in your chosen arts practice. Wrapt Retreats focus on keeping the event small and intimate for you but still challenging inspiring and professional. Some retreats are residential and other offer the mix of residential and day students.
We aim to provide a really positive learning environment combining a great mix of talented skilled and experienced tutors with a shared passion for your art form with the benefits of all the creative know-how gained from your fellow students.
The Wrapt Retreat has the advantage of being a smaller scale more intimate winter school and our focus is on you for our friendliness and unique Central Qld warmth and hospitality.