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Art of Lunch: Shane Smithers and Uncle Peter

  • Avalon Restaurant 18 Katoomba Street Katoomba, NSW, 2780 Australia (map)

Introducing The Art of Lunch - a new feast for all the senses held on the last Sunday of each month

The Art of Lunch is a showcase for the extraordinary talents of our local artists, musicians and chefs.

Join us for a delicious three-course themed lunch, while you meet a new artist who will introduce their works displayed within our dining room. Then, relax and enjoy a unique musical performance by our featured musician.

This month’s theme is ’Big Dreaming’, and our featured artist is Shane Smithers, a Darug man of the Burraberongal clan. Music will be provided by song man, dancer and didgeridoo player Uncle Peter Williams.

Enjoy a three-course menu featuring uniquely Australian Bush Flavours created by the Avalon culinary team.


The Art of Lunch - Big Dreaming - Shane Smithers and Uncle Peter Williams
Avalon Restaurant
Sunday May 26 at 1pm
Tickets from $84.50 per person (Early bird offer)



Kangaroo Cigars with Desert Quandong Dip


Oven-baked Tasmanian Salmon with Bush Tomato Salsa, Mountain Pepper, baby spinach and potato hash


Lemon Myrtle and Macadamia Nut Cheesecake with Finger Lime praline

  • Vegetarian options available. Please notify us of dietary requirements at the time of booking


About the Artist - Shane Smithers

Shane Smithers is a Darug man of the Burraberongal clan.He is recognised as an elder in the Durag clan and as a teacher of culture, is referred to as an “Uncle”. Shane is one of the few lore men in the Durag clan. 

Shane is an academic with Macquarie University and holds a PhD in Philosophy, and is currently studying for a DCA at UTS. Additionally he is an artist, he paints, carves and sculpts in a range of materials. He uses traditional Aboriginal symbols and designs in a contemporary style, to tell both ancient and modern stories through his works. The patterns and figures used throughout his work are traditional to the Darug people. Shane uses patterns and symbols to tell intricate stories.


About the Musician - Uncle Peter Williams

Peter is a song man, dancer and didgeridoo player. He performed with his family at the opening of Katoomba Live and Local in April 2018.

Peter is the senior dancer at Waradah Aboriginal Centre, Katoomba. He is from Ngiyampaa country, North West NSW. His clan is Gurul Giyalu Rock People, and their language, Wongaipuwan.

Photo by Lona Logan from Uncle Peter’s performance at Katoomba Live and Local.

About The Art of Lunch

The Art of Lunch is a showcase for the extraordinary talents of local Blue Mountains artists, musicians and chefs. The event stimulates opportunities for creatives, as well as a wealth of new opportunities for local residents and visitors to the greater Blue Mountains region to appreciate their skills and virtuosity.

The first season of the Art of Lunch commences on Sunday, 26 May and every last Sunday of the month until October 2019. The event will take place simultaneously at several restaurants and galleries within the Greater Blue Mountains region, with each venue offering a different theme, exhibition and performance. Art of Lunch guests will enjoy a menu specially designed menu by a chef, a visual art exhibition opened by the artist and a thirty-minute live music concert.

Along with Avalon, other venues participating in the initiative include: Echoes Restaurant, Gallery One88, Wild Valley Art Park at Wentworth Falls and Gang Gang Gallery, Lithgow.

The Art of Lunch is a concept by Earthly Delights, a collaboration between three well established Blue Mountains creatives; Susan Cochrane Artistic Director, Meg Benson Music Hunter and Brad Diedrich Digital Media Designer.

Susan, the instigator of the Art of Lunch, dreams up lavish art events for iconic venues in the Blue Mountains region.

Meg and Brad were heavily involved in the 2018 Live and Local festival and both have feature programs on RadioBM. Meg is famous for organising numerous gigs in key Blue Mountains locations and Brad creates a presence for Blue Mountains in amazing websites and across all social media platforms.