2019 EXHIBITIONS

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15 DECEMBER -10 FEBRURARY 
2019

TWISTED SISTERS: IMPERFECT

The Twisted Sisters, Cecily Walters and Toni Morrison, recreate the spirit of the universe in wool. Employing modern techniques to one of the oldest fabrics they construct energetic three dimensional pods and sculptures that bring together the vastness of the solar system to the earthy familiarity of our natural world.

Image Credit: Cecily Walter, Wave, 2018, Merino Wool and Silk Waste. Image courtesy of the artist.

A HomeGround exhibition

15 DECEMBER - 3 MARCH 2019

MAKE THE MARK: HSC WORKS

Dubbo and Wellington's senior students display their HSC works. The voice of youth is always iconoclastic, hopeful and searching - this year's collection of works will no doubt showcase the concerns and sharp intellect of todays young people.

Image Credit: Sebastian Clarke, Bleating Drought, 2018, drawing and water colour

A WPCC exhibition

UPON A BROKEN WORLD: Life after WWI

As the world emerged from the horrors the war, it realised that something had fundamentlaly changed. Sprawling Empires and powerful families had vanished, replaced by a new breed of young, energetic and world-aware citizens.  The world had become Modern. This WPCC curated exhibition examines the great upheavals that followed 1918 and shows that the entire modern age is a memorial  to the Great War.

Image Credit: Armistice Day, Sydney, 1918, Australian War Memorial, H11563

3 NOVEMBER - 10 MARCH 2019

A WPCC exhibition

23 FEBRUARY - 28 APRIL 2019 

GREG PRITCHARD: THE FOREST

A HomeGround Exhibition

In February 2019, Greg Pritchard will create a major gaffer tape installation called The Forest. The exhibition will represent a great forest of branches, projecting moving elements like waterfalls, animals and birds. The Forest will submerge audiences giving them a sense of being surrounded by a great forest, with trees overarching around them accompanied by recordings projected back into the installation. Since 2006 Greg Pritchard has worked with gaffer tape and is one of the few artists in the world who uses it in a figurative way. The Forest will be  unique in scale and will be created over a two week period in situ. This is a HomeGround exhibition.

Image Credit: Image from Tatiana and the Ruby Wombat, Old Fire Station, 2016, Dubbo, Image courtesy of the artist. 

9 MARCH - 5 MAY 2019

DEFYING EMPIRE: 3RD NATIONAL INDIGENOUS ART TRIENNIAL

Defying Empire: 3rd National Indigenous Art Triennial brings the works of 30 contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists from across the country into the national spotlight. From the National Gallery of Australia, Defying Empire 50th anniversary of 1967 Referendum that recognised Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as Australians for the first time. It explores the ongoing resilience of Australia’s Indigenous people since first contact, through to the historical fight for recognition and ongoing activism in the present day.

Image Credit: Daniel Boyd Untitled (DOC) 2016 National Gallery of Australia, Canberra Purchased 2016

11 MAY - 16 JUNE 2019

WASTE TO ART

Official Opening

11 May 2019 | 2.00pm

A WPCC Exhibition

Waste to Art is an annual competition and exhibition showcasing the creative re-use of discarded materials through art and craft. Engaging with the community, Waste to Art attracts school children, artists and community members and encourages them to challenge perceptions about ‘rubbish’ and its impact upon the environment. The result is a highly imaginative and thought provoking collection of artworks celebrating recycling and living sustainably. This is a WPCC exhibition in association with NetWaste.

Image Credit: Alan Stanger, Wake Up and Smell the Roses, 2017, recycled coffee waste

16 MARCH - 23 JUNE 2019

DENDROGLYPHS:

CARVED COUNTRY

Carved trees (Dendroglyphs) are powerful markers of Aboriginal occupation of the land and of the distinct and distinctive visual style of the Wiradjuri and Gamilaroi peoples. The practice of carving elaborate designs into  trees is common in only  a small part of Australia, and these trees, now rare and closely held by local communities, are striking testaments of continued culture. The exhibition is supplemented by a commissioned artwork from local Aboriginal artist Paris Norton. This is a WPCC exhibition.

Image Credit: Dendroglyph in situ, c1960. Photographer unknown.

Official Opening

16 March 2019 | 2.00pm

A WPCC exhibition

4 MAY - 30 JUNE 2019

JACOB RAUPACH: 

ALL THAT IS SOLID

MELTS INTO DUST

Official Opening

4 May 2019 | 2.00pm

All That Is Solid Melts into Dust is an exhibition of new photographic and film works by Wagga Wagga-based artist Jacob Raupach, created during his residency in Beijing China in 2018. The works move between the village and the city, examining the shifting relationships between the urban, social and the architectural. Raupach uses photography and film to transform the everyday into a theatrical stage to reframe our understanding of the present and revaluate the economic, material and global realities of our time.  

Image Credit: Jacob Raupach, Untitled (Beijing III), 2018, archival pigment print, dimensions variable

A HomeGround exhibition

22 JUNE - 21 JULY 2019

STEEL: ART DESIGN

ARCHITECTURE

Official Opening

21 June 2019 | 6.00pm

Steel is a medium rich in human history. An alloy of iron and carbon, steel dates back to 4,000 years ago and traces the technical and cultural development of multiple civilisations. First forged in hand-made furnaces, steel production and its subsequent use, expanded in the 17th century with the technical innovations of blister and crucible steel. By the 19th century mass steel production had been invented and steel burgeoned as a material of choice. Steel: Art Design Architecture allows the viewer to think about the way this material responds to the various disciplines and how it blurs the boundary between utilitarian and precious. This is a Jam Factory exhibition.

Image Credit: Lorraine Connelly-Northey, Narrbong (fibre bags) Koolimans (coolamon/bush bowl) and Digging Sticks,2016, rusted iron and pipe, dimensions variable. Image taken by Tom Roschi 

27 JULY - 25 AUGUST 2019

ART EXPRESS

Official Opening

26 July 2019 | 6.00pm

A selection of exemplary works submitted for the 2018 HSC Visual Arts practical examination. At once vibrant, melancholic, serious, playful, vehement and sublime, the works created are a snapshot of a new generation’s hopes and fears. Often spectacular in their technical skills, these works also bring a maturity of thought and understanding often denied of the younger generation.

A partnership between NSW Department of Education and the NSW Education Standards Authority

6 JULY - 8 SEPTEMBER

SAM PAINE:
THE FIVE OBSTRUCTIONS

Official Opening

6 July 2019 | 2.00pm

A HomeGround Exhibition

Sam Paine is a Mudgee based artist whose medium is traditional representational painting.  Inspired by the Lars Von Trier film The Five Obstructions, his exhibition will feature five paintings created based on a series of rules which have been placed before him by five contemporary artists hailing from the city and country. These obstructions will ultimately challenge Paine’s traditional practice and alter the very nature of his work as he explores and immerses himself in different art thoughts and practices. The result is an exploration of experimental ideas from varied art fields used in collaboration with traditional painting processes. This is a HomeGround exhibition, produced in collaboration between WPCC and Orana Arts.

Image Credit: Sam Paine, Experiment in Ochre #2, ochre tempera. Image courtesy of artist

10 AUGUST - 13 OCTOBER 2019

CONTAINER

In today’s global world you may have drunk coffee from Brazil or a smoothie containing frozen fruit from China. You could be wearing clothes made in India, watching a TV made in Japan while sitting on a sofa containing wood from Argentina on a laminate floor manufactured in Sweden. All of this has been made possible by a rectangular steel box – the shipping container.

 

Container is an exhibition housed entirely in six 20-foot shipping containers that lifts the lid on the history and impact of containerisation and the way the humble shipping container has revolutionised the way we live.


Visitors can literally ‘step inside the box’ to learn about shipping, ports, cargo, the impact of containerisation on the ocean, the origins of everyday objects and even container architecture.

31 AUGUST - 4 NOVEMBER 2019

PLAY ON: THE ART OF SPORT

Official Opening

30 August 2019 | 6.00pm

10 years of the Basil Sellers Art Prize.
A NETS Victoria and Ian Potter Museum of Art touring exhibition. 

Play On: The art of sport celebrates 10 years of the Basil Sellers Art Prize, the prestigious and distinctively Australian biennial exhibition that reflects upon one of our great national obsessions – sport. Featuring the winners and other key works from all five installments of the Prize, Play On: The art of sport brings together diverse explorations of the personal and collective significance of sport and sporting culture from some of Australia’s most accomplished artists. The exhibition encompasses a dynamic range of media, with works that  respond to an equally extensive range of sporting genres, including community footy, women’s boxing, ground-keeping,  gymnastics and AFL.

 

Image Credit: Khaled Sabsabi, Wonderland(still, detail), 2014, dual-channel HD video; 16:9 ratio, not synched, colour, sound, 25:30 minutes This work was made with the assistance of Guido Gonzalez and Saif Jari.
Courtesy of the artist and Milani Gallery, Brisbane    

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