22 FEBRUARY - 19 APRIL
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.
Image Credit: Fleur MacDonald, Destination, 2019, pigment and vanish on wood. Image © Fleur MacDonald 2019
1 FEBRUARY - 3 MAY 2020
TO SERVE!: WOMEN, WORLD WAR 2 & THE PERSISTENCE OF MEMORY
In 1953 the writer L.P Hartley declared “The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there”. These words speak to the challenges of archiving history and the stories and lessons we glean from it. Photographs, letters, clothing, keepsakes, etc. all play active roles in helping us to create a picture of the events of the past, but in the end we are all in service to memory. To Serve examines the role of women in the Central West of NSW and the myriad contributions made by them to the World War 2 war effort at home and abroad. The exhibition highlights the ways in which these stories are passed down through time and the role of Museums and Local History Studies in helping to reconstruct the past for future generations.
Image Credit: Group portrait of the Merrymakers in the Grand Finale - "The Allies" tableau, Dubbo, 24th September 1945, black and white photograph. Collection Western Plains Cultural Centre, Local Studies Collection.
8 FEBRUARY - 19 APRIL 2020
This survey of significant works by Melbourne-based artist Arlo Mountford, spans 15 years of the artist’s practice, from 2003 to 2018. Mountford’s large scale video installations, kinetic sculptures and animations take a wry look at the artistic canon, throwing light on visual art’s ongoing meaning and relevance in contemporary society. Amusing, strange and laden with references from art history and pop culture, Mountford’s animated films are hand drawn with a mouse directly into a computer. He reimagines both real and created spaces from the art world, digitally reconstructing the interiors of iconic museums or retracing the brushstrokes of European masterpieces, well known and loved for centuries.
A Goulburn Regional Art Gallery exhibition toured by Museums & Galleries of NSW.
Image Credit: Arlo Mountford, Murder in the Museum (still), 2005, single channel digital animation, 4:3 aspect ratio, stereo sound, 4:27 minutes. Image courtesy the artist and Sutton Gallery Melbourne. Image © Arlo Mountford 2019
THE WPCC COLLECTION
The WPCC visual art collection focusses primarily on the animal in art. This is a rich vein of exploration for artists and the collection features a dazzling variety of mediums, styles and approaches to the subject. From oils to printmaking, installations to digital media, the WPCC collections features surprising and engaging works from some of Australia’s best contemporary artists.
Image Credit: David Noonan. Owl Wallpaper, 2002-03, screenprint on archival paper, Purchased with funds donated by Friends of Dubbo Regional Gallery Inc
Peoples Places Possessions
Dubbo means red ochre. The city dwells in red soil western plains, infused with pastoral light and productivity. This place breathes the energy and passion of its people, past and present. We all experience place by moving through it, all our senses alive to its shifting shapes and moods. This sense of place is created through the entanglements of nature and culture, past and future dreams, shared stories and collective memory.
In this exhibition we explore pastoral landscapes with symbols of agriculture and family ambition. Dubbo streetscapes reveal the changing facades of shops and the hidden stories within. Storytellers spin yarns about Dubbo events and identities. There are many objects from the old Dubbo Museum, material traces of past lives and aspirations. They speak in eloquent silence about people, place and possessions.