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Colours of the Country III – Beanie Festival

Sharon Alice, Spirit ladies from the desert, 2010; Betty Conway, Galahs, 2012; Rhonda Napanangka, Hanging out the washing, 2012. Image Courtesy of The Alice Springs Beanie Festival.

Sharon Alice, Spirit ladies from the desert, 2010; Betty Conway, Galahs, 2012; Rhonda Napanangka, Hanging out the washing, 2012. Image Courtesy of The Alice Springs Beanie Festival.

25 March to 30 April 2017

This collection of beanies encapsulates the whimsical essence of the Alice Springs Beanie Festival and demonstrates the growth of the beanie as an art form and the imagination, creativity and fine craftsmanship in each piece. Colours of the Country III showcases work produced by Indigenous artists from the Central Desert region in this cross-cultural event. An exhibition embraced by a broad cross-section of the community, this exhibition will inspire audiences to laugh, don crazy headwear and bring out those knitting needles all over again.

Collection In Focus: New Acquisitions

Image: Susan Baird, The Connie Dam, 2016, oil on linen, 137 x 137cm. Purchased 2016 by the Cowra Regional Art Gallery with funds donated by the Beryl Rudd Bequest.

Image: Susan Baird, The Connie Dam, 2016, oil on linen, 137 x 137cm. Purchased 2016 by the Cowra Regional Art Gallery with funds donated by the Beryl Rudd Bequest.

25 March to 30 April 2017

This exhibition provides an opportunity for viewers to revisit artworks presented in previous exhibitions at the Gallery and make new discoveries. Works include recent winners of the Calleen Art Award, new works acquired through a private bequest, the Commonwealth Government’s Cultural Gifts Program, artist donations and works purchased through the fundraising efforts of the Friends of the Gallery. Artists include Susan Baird, Jo Bertini, Yvonne Boag, Greg Daly, Keith Fyfe, Joanna Logue, Tania Mason, Sally McInerney, Idris Murphy, Peter O’Doherty, Susan O’Doherty and Jenny Sages.

2017 Calleen Art Award

Image: Winner of the 2016 Calleen Art Award, Tania Mason, Irregular Plasma, 2016, gouache and acrylic on canvas, 102 x 84cm.

Image: Winner of the 2016 Calleen Art Award, Tania Mason, Irregular Plasma, 2016, gouache and acrylic on canvas, 102 x 84cm.

7 May to 18 June 2017

The Calleen Art Award encourages originality, creativity and artistic excellence. The Calleen Art Award is an acquisitive national painting prize in any subject and style, established in 1977 by Mrs Patricia Fagan OAM. The winner of the 2017 Calleen Art Award will receive $20,000 in prize money made possible by the generous support of the Calleen Trust, and the winning work will become part of the Calleen Collection at the Cowra Regional Art Gallery.

Announcement of the 2017 Calleen Art Award winner will take place at the Official Opening on 6 May 2017.

People’s Choice Award

A People’s Choice Award (non-acquisitive) of $500 is awarded at the end of the exhibition.

Stephen Bird: From Painter to Bastard Son of Royal Doulton

Image: Stephen Bird, Self portrait as a Toby Jug, 2010, clay, pigment and glaze, 32 x 18 x 25cm.

Image: Stephen Bird, Self portrait as a Toby Jug, 2010, clay, pigment and glaze, 32 x 18 x 25cm.

24 June – 30 July 2017

An enticing exhibition from its evocative and amusingly irreverent title, to its bizarre and often comically hybrid forms and colourful images, this survey of ceramics, objects and works on paper uncovers Stephen Bird’s diverse art practice and its influence on his well-known ceramic works.Stephen Bird makes highly individualistic ceramics that toy with convention. The exhibition includes Commemorative plates and Toby-style jugs which meld an Australian sardonic humour with traditional English Industrial pottery forms.Throughout the exhibition, Bird’s mastery of glazing techniques and applied decoration on ceramics is matched by dazzlingly bright watercolours and intense graphic detail of works on paper.

Operation Art

Image: Will Hazzard, Lizard Trio (Our Home), Dubbo School Distance Education.

Image: Will Hazzard, Lizard Trio (Our Home), Dubbo School Distance Education.

15 Mayy to 10 June 2017

During May/June 2017 the Gallery presents this regional tour in the Cowra Library. A showcase of artworks by children from schools across NSW, created for children in hospital, it is an important initiative recognising the creative talent and community spirit of young students.Operation Art involves young people in the special work of The Children’s Hospital at Westmead – a total healing environment where design, facilities, gardens and art combine with the best possible medical care to help comfort and heal young patients. Not only do the inspirational paintings contributed to Operation Art aid in the healing process of sick children but they also have a positive effect on their families and hospital staff. Operation Art is proudly sponsored by the Children’s Hospital at Westmead, the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) and the NSW Department of Education.