After the Gold Rush

For a rough, mining town in the Australian outback, Broken Hill has some surprisingly boho credentials. Movie buffs might recognize its spartan New South Wales landscape in films like Mad Max or Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. Now it's also earning a reputation as a mecca for aspiring artists.

With year-round light of relentless intensity, Broken Hill has always lured the occasional painter. But authorities are giving formal encouragement these days through the establishment of international artist exchanges, artist-in-residence programs and annual scholarships. Hobby artists from around Australia are also flocking to the town for workshops in outback...

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