The inaugural year of exhibitions at the WPCC. In these initial projects can be seen the seeds of the WPCC’s vibrant cultural programme for years to come.
Close to 40,000 visitors had been through the front doors of the Western Plains Cultural Centre (WPCC) since the opening in late September in 2006. With the Centre celebrating its first anniversary with exhibitions from local painters, contemporary histories, and the highly acclaimed Country Energy Art Prize, just to name a few. Other events included the Tibetan Monk visit and Family Fun Day as part of the DREAM Festival.
2008 was jam packed with fresh and lumionus energy hosting 20 exhibitions such as ArtExpress and displaying the Permanent Collections of WPCC. The introduction of video conferencing available to students across NSW became a dynamic and fresh beginning to WPCC. Finishing the year with Christmas lights designed for the building reaffirming Dubbo's position as the vibrant City on the Plains.
The Western Plains Cultural Centre entered it's third year with a great season of exhibitions such as Mervyn Bishop: Journey of a Photographer, Flight to Light by Mary-Anne Kyriakou and in the Dubbo Regional Museum, Year of the Great Flood. With the special display of Great Collections presenting their exquisite works with most of the objects rarely, if ever, on display, WPCC celebrated with a series of talks, tours, workshops and even a dinner.
A year dominated by diversity. Abstraction and cotemporary with works from the MOP Gallery and regional artists McBride and Laurie, not to mention the modernist stylings of local Dubbo woman Marion Hall-Best. Local artists Leah Nicole Torbay, Rosalie Rigby, Katie Barton, Tonya Graham, Gil Pedrana and Katherine Simms explored the life rustic. An extraordinary collector shared his passion in Relics, and the WPCC examined the role of dance in Dubbo’s vibrant arts scene.
WPCC hosted a number of exhibitions that explored who we are and how our modern Aurstralian identity is made. Some exhibitions such as The Governor, acknowledged the leaders of society, in particular Lachlan Macquarie. Other exhibitions explored a different class of people. In Space Invaders, the young talent of street artists and stencillers were showcased, highlighting they are as equally pervasive and their importance in forming an image of who we are equally valid.
The WPCC embraced a very different feel this year from the frenetic and frantic to the contemplative and lingering gaze. Hosting 24 exhibitions this year with more of the larger exhibitions dominating the space and staying for longer than usual, allowing visitors to return to seek old favourites and discover new gems with each visit. The adaptability transforms into the exhibition works with the ideas and approaches to change explored through exhibitions such as Odditorium whilst others tried to encourage a change in audience with Flight for the children
2013 saw the WPCC expand upon the quality exhibitions that have been a hallmark of the Centre. As the only east coast venue for No Worries an exhibition of photos by Martin Parr and presented by the esteemed international photo agency Magnum, the WPCC consolidated its position as one of the State’s most dynamic and diverse Cultural facilities. The year saw exhibitions of works from the Permanent collections of the Centre (Flight and Arlo Mountford: The Folly) as well as furthering our commitment to regional artists through a number of locally produced exhibitions (The Day After Tomorrow, Waste to Art, Cloud, Family Album, Cut & Flow, Dissected by Time and Place, The Courage Chronicles, The Long View, Tracks, Degradation & Reflection and Nightshade). 2013 also saw a host of exhibitions highlighting the rich Australian Indigenous cultures, culminating in unDisclosed: 2nd National Indigenous Art Triennial of which WPCC was once again, the only NSW venue.