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Ronnie Grammatica: 200 Years On

200 Years On features photographic works by Crescent Head - based artist Ronnie Grammatica. In this body of work, the artist retraces the journey of 19th Century British explorer John Oxley through Regional Australia. In acknowledging his own cultural identity and sense of belonging, Grammatica has documented some of the individuals he encountered along the way, revealing a diverse and interconnected human landscape. 200 Years On highlights the growing diversity of our communities in regional NSW, exploring the stories of individuals and places, and how each has developed since Oxley’s
day.

This is a HomeGround exhibition, produced by WPCC and supported by Orana Arts and Wingewarra Dental.

200 Years On: Ronnie Grammatica

The relationship between a photographer and sitter is a very personal one. Listen here as Grammatica discusses in detail his process when producing this photographic body of work and how this particular portraiture series influenced and transformed his arts practice. 

200 Years On: Ronnie Grammatica

AUDIO TOUR
200 Years On is a photographic show that documents the diverse community of Regional NSW through the eyes of artist Ronnie Grammatica. To hear more about the Individual Stories of the subjects featured in 200 Years On, click on the buttpm below.

Image Credit: Ronnie Grammatica, Anthony, 2020, archival pigment print on cotton rag, image © artist.

Anna Nordstrom: Sang Into Existence

Sang into Existence by Lismore-based artist Anna Nordstrom is an investigation into the continual environmental, societal, and climatic changes that Australia has faced in recent years. Inspired by her journey from Lismore to Dubbo; these mixed media works, primarily created from discarded construction materials from renovated and destroyed houses, explore and reflect on the meaning embedded within the materiality that surrounds us. Sang into Existence is an exhibition that explores notions of history and memory associated with life in Australia, by reinterpreting the unwanted materials that once formed our home. Video Credit: Behind the Scene, 2020, Shot and edited by Raimond de Weerdt, Lismore Art Space. 

This is a HomeGround exhibition, produced by WPCC and supported by Orana Arts and Wingewarra Dental.

Dissonant Rhythms: Ross Manning

Dissonant Rhythms is Brisbane-based artist and musician Ross Manning’s first-ever survey exhibition. Best known for his use of everyday materials, Manning’s exhibition features sculptures that repurpose ceiling fans, fluorescent tubes, and overhead projectors, creating exquisite interplays of light and sound. Over the past decade, Manning has developed what could be described as his own world, animated by light and sound. He is an obsessive creator of systems that are driven by their own logic, and of moving objects propelled by electricity and their own kinetic forces. This is a sculptural practice with a totalising scope and vision: just as it appears to consume all manner of household and industrial objects, hardware, and technologies, so it harnesses visible and audible frequencies. It then uses those same energies of light, sound, and motion to colonise nearly every surface and wavelength in its vicinity.

 

A travelling exhibition organised by Institute of Modern Art (IMA), toured by Museums & Galleries Queensland. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, and supported by the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian Federal, State, and Territory Governments. Queensland venues are further supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.  The IMA is a member of Contemporary Art Organisations Australia (CAOA). Ross Manning is represented by Milani Gallery, Brisbane.

Behind the Lines: The year's best political cartoons 2019: The greatest hits tour

Behind the Lines is an annual exhibition from the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House that celebrates the role of political cartoonists in Australia and highlights the power that their drawings have in contributing to our daily political and social discourse. Framed by the world of rock music and under this year’s theme song of The Greatest Hits Tour, Australia’s leading political cartoonists amped up the satire on 2019’s greatest political hits. Behind the Lines features over 80 artworks from over 30 political cartoonists from across Australia. This exhibition is supported by the National Collecting Institutions Touring and Outreach Program, an Australian Government program aiming to improve access to the national collections for all Australians. Curated by Jennifer Forest, Museum of Australian Democracy, Old Parliament House.

WPCC is one of 6 venues in the country to be showing a travelling version of the show, listen to WPCC curator Kent Buchanan discuss the art of cartooning and its role in politics.

Leo Cremonese: The Colour of the Invisible

The Colour of the Invisible by Kandos-based artist Leo Cremonese, features work that offers access to realms outside of the human domain. Using a combination of painting and installation, the artist fuses disparate materials and colours in an effort to create harmony within the physical and giving form to what is usually invisible. The exhibition asks us to reflect on our natural surroundings and allow ourselves to embrace the unknown and unseen. The Colour of the Invisible highlights the artist’s adaptability in transforming an outdoor private experience into the context of the gallery space, and bringing the non-human to the human domain.  This is a HomeGround exhibition, produced by WPCC and supported by Orana Arts and Wingewarra Dental. The Colour of the Invisible is also supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW.​

The Colour of the Invisible: Leo Cremonese Official Opening

Hear about our newest HomeGround exhibition The Colour of the Invisible where Kandos based artist Leo Cremonese creates an immersive installation within  the gallery space.

The Colour of the Invisible Q & A between Artist Leo Cremonese and DRC Curator Mariam Abboud Part One

 

The Colour of the Invisible is an exhibition whereby Kandos based artist Leo Cremonese explores and interprets his own personal relationship with nature as he transforms the gallery space into an immersive installation. Click here to hear more from our artist Leo Cremonese and DRC Curator Mariam Abboud as they discuss the process involved in developing the works within the show and the evolvement of his artistic practice.

The Colour of the Invisible Q & A Part Two  

 

Click here to listen to the last installment of this Q & A between artist Leo Cremonese and DRC Curator Mariam Abboud  as they further delve into the evolvement of Leo’s practices and the challenges he has faced in transforming an outdoor private experience in a public space.

Leo Cremonese Artist Practice

Witness our Kandos based artist Leo Cremonese explore his artistic practice as he journeys within the bushlands surrounding his home in Kandos.

Video Credit: "Virtual Studio Tour, Clandulla 2020", Shot at Clandulla State Forest in May 2020, Filmography by Alex Wisser.

Fleur MacDonald - Based on a True Story

Based on a true story is an exhibition that explores and pays homage to the traditional craft of doily making. Inspired by the legacy of historical Kandos local Lucy Williams, artist Fleur MacDonald reimagines this traditional practice of doily making by painting renditions of traditional doilies on found domestic wooden serving bowls. Through this the process, the artist’s intention is to highlight the importance of this craft, and to emphasise the potential for past handicrafts and their associated intricacies, to be lost through time. This is a HomeGround exhibition, produced by the WPCC and supported by Orana Arts.

Curators Pick - Mariam talks about the piece of work, the artists inspiration and how as a curator the piece evoked a strong memory when curating the installation at WPCC's Home Ground Exhibition.

Creative Process - See a time-laps video of Fleur MacDonald, the process around creating her pieces for the WPCC Home Ground Exhibition.

Curators Vision - Listen to how our curator Mariam drew on family memories to pay homage to the artists exhibition Based on a True Story, Fleur MacDonald.

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