Marella: The Hidden Mission

Photographer unknown, Rita and Ralph at Marella Aboriginal Farm Kellyville, c.1957 35mm slide. Courtesy Jackie Palmer, Sydney Anglican Mission Society Council, Parramatta.

Photographer unknown, Rita and Ralph at Marella Aboriginal Farm Kellyville, c.1957 35mm slide. Courtesy Jackie Palmer, Sydney Anglican Mission Society Council, Parramatta.

6 February to 7 March 2010

A thought-provoking and uplifting exhibition which tells the story, through photographs, newsletters and oral history, of Marella Aboriginal Mission Farm in Kellyville, NSW, 1940s–1980s.

Just as the social history material in the exhibition reveals a rare telling of very precious and personal histories, the accompanying artworks by artists from Moree, Tinga, Dubbo, Sydney, Cowra and Queensland examine this little-known chapter of the removed generations’ history.

A Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest Touring Exhibition.

The Two of Us

 John Seed, Crab Nebula, 2009, welded steel. Courtesy the artist.

John Seed, Crab Nebula, 2009, welded steel. Courtesy the artist.

13 March to 11 April 2010

It is with great pleasure that the Cowra Regional Art Gallery presents the work of celebrated artist Judy Cassab and John Seed her sculptor son. Judy Cassab was born in Vienna in 1920 and came to Australia from post-war Hungary with her young family in 1950. From the 1960’s to the present she has developed an international reputation for her portraits, and was the second woman (Nora Heyson was the first) to win the Archibald Prize,
which she won twice.

The exhibition brings together a wonderful selection of Judy Cassab’s colourful art works including portraits and still life paintings, landscape paintings and mixed media works inspired by trips to Central Australia and Fraser Island, as well as, several figurative drawings and prints. The works in the exhibition by John Seed have been selected from a new series he began in 2009. These consist of abstract welded forms influenced by star-borne objects and intricate mandalas constructed from galvanised steel off-cuts he collects from scrap yards.

The Cowra Regional Art Gallery is extremely grateful to Judy Cassab and John Seed for their support of the exhibition and the unique opportunity to exhibit their work in association with the 2010 Cowra Festival of International Understanding. I would also like to acknowledge Robert Maconachie from Eva Breuer Gallery for his splendid catalogue essay.

Finally, the genesis of this project began when I discussed the exhibition with the Ambassador of Hungary Gábor Csaba in 2009. I would like to acknowledge his support and the generous support of the Embassy of the Republic of Hungary.

Brian Langer – Director, Cowra Regional Art Gallery.

The 2010 Calleen Art Award and Central West Regional Artists Award

2010 Central West Regional Artists Award Winner  – Rachel Ellis – Midday, side fence, Bathurst 2009 Charcoal, wash on paper 108 x 177 cm (image courtesy the artist)

2010 Central West Regional Artists Award Winner – Rachel Ellis – Midday, side fence, Bathurst 2009 Charcoal, wash on paper 108 x 177 cm (image courtesy the artist)

17 April to 23 May 2010

The Calleen Art Award is an acquisitive award for painting, open to artists living in Australia. It was established in 1977 through the support of Cowra resident and art patron Mrs. Patricia Fagan OAM. During the past 33 years and with the support of the Calleen Trust, the award has grown in significance as a national art award, with prize money now worth $12,000.

The Central West Regional Artists Award is a non-acquisitive award for painting and drawing. It was established in 2009 by the Cowra Regional Art Gallery in partnership with the generous support of a private donor. The award is open to artists living in the local government areas of Bathurst, Blayney, Cabonne, Cowra, Forbes, Lachlan, Lithgow, Mid-Western Region, Oberon, Orange, Parkes and Wellington. The 2010 award includes prize money of $2,000.

The exhibition consists of works by finalists of both awards as selected by a panel of judges appointed by the Cowra Regional Gallery. Winners of both awards are announced by the judge at the exhibition opening.

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Strike a Pose … with Lee Lin Chin

Angels in Orbit, space-age inspired garments just in time for the moon landing in 1969. Courtesy NAA: A1200, L81933.

Angels in Orbit, space-age inspired garments just in time for the moon landing in 1969. Courtesy NAA: A1200, L81933.

29 May to 4 July 2010

From mini skirts of the 1960s, to the bohemian fashions of the late 1970s, Strike a Pose … with Lee Lin Chin showcases photography from these two dynamic decades, with images drawn exclusively from the National Archives of Australia diverse photographic collection. With fashion icon and SBS World News presenter Lee Lin Chin as guest curator, the exhibition also celebrates the emerging local fashion industry of the time, along with its personalities, trends and influences.

Essington: New works by Joanna Logue

Back road to Bathurst (detail), 2010, Oil on linen 122 x 183cm. Courtesy the artist.

Back road to Bathurst (detail), 2010, Oil on linen 122 x 183cm. Courtesy the artist.

10 July to 15 August 2010

In March 2009 the Cowra Regional Art Gallery launched the Central West Regional Artists Award in conjunction with the Calleen Art Award. The award is $2,000 (non-acquisitive) and the winner is also invited to present an exhibition of new work at the Cowra Regional Art Gallery.

The inaugural winner of the award was Joanna Logue and this exhibition – Essington: New works by Joanna Logue is presented in association with the award. The exhibition is a multi-layered installation project of paintings, photographs and video art inspired by the natural environment and atmosphere of the landscape surrounding Joanna Logue’s home and studio in Oberon.

FRUiTS: Tokyo Street Style

Photograph by Shoichi Aoki from FRUiTS magazine no. 35, April 2000. Photo courtesy of Shoichi Aoki.

Photograph by Shoichi Aoki from FRUiTS magazine no. 35, April 2000. Photo courtesy of Shoichi Aoki.

21 August to 10 October 2010

FRUiTS: Tokyo Street Style is the first major exhibition for Japanese photographer Shoichi Aoki. The exhibition showcases a vibrant and engaging collection of images taken in Tokyo between1997–2002. The works capture a radical Japanese fashion subculture that has inspired fashion designers world wide. Guest speakers from the Powerhouse Museum will also talk about the works during the exhibition. A touring exhibition developed by the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, in association with Shoichi Aoki and supported by Museums and Galleries NSW and Arts NSW through the ITEG program.

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The Eternal Now: Shibori Textiles by Barbara Schey

Tutankhamen (detail), 32 x 30cm, Gold lame tied in Miura shibori technique. Courtesy the artist.

Tutankhamen (detail), 32 x 30cm, Gold lame tied in Miura shibori technique. Courtesy the artist.

21 August to 10 October 2010

This exhibition features the work of Sydney based textile and Shibori artist Barbara Schey including Shibori textiles shown at major textile exhibitions overseas and new works presented in Australia for the first time. Barbara will also talk about her work in the exhibition and present a two-day Shibori workshop. This exhibition has been funded with the support of Arts NSW.

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Robert McFarlane: Received Moments, Photography 1961–2009

Bob Hawke on stage Newcastle Town Hall, 1976, silver gelatin print. Courtesy the Artist and Josef Lebovic Gallery, Sydney.

Bob Hawke on stage Newcastle Town Hall, 1976, silver gelatin print. Courtesy the Artist and Josef Lebovic Gallery, Sydney.

16 October to 21 November 2010

A significant survey exhibition of acclaimed Australian photographer Robert McFarlane. The exhibition will feature 80 framed works exhibited alongside a selection of Robert’s critical writings and publications, artists material such as diaries, notebooks and catalogues.

Since the 1960s, Robert McFarlane has been an influential figure in Australian photographic practice and criticism. A Manly Art Gallery and Museum Touring Exhibition. Robert McFarlane is represented by Josef Lebovic Gallery, Sydney.

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2010 Regional Student Youth Art Exhibition and Awards

Tori Evans (Orange High School), Wat 59, Collage/Mixed media. Year 10 Merit Award 2009 Regional Student Youth Art Exhibition and Awards.

Tori Evans (Orange High School), Wat 59, Collage/Mixed media. Year 10 Merit Award 2009 Regional Student Youth Art Exhibition and Awards.

27 November to 8 December 2010

The seventh annual youth art exhibition and awards presented by the Cowra Regional Art Gallery focusing on the work by young artists from central west high schools in years 10, 11 and 12. The exhibition is a showcase of their creative skills and imagination. The work exhibited includes painting, drawing, mixed media, photography and 3D art.

This project is supported by principle sponsor Country Energy, as well as local business and local donors.

Countryscapes

Wendy Teakel and her winning work Black Soil Country

Wendy Teakel and her winning work Black Soil Country

16 December 2010 to 30 January 2011

Countryscapes, the $35,000 Country Energy Art Prize for Landscape Painting, is one of Australia’s richest annual landscape art prizes.

This is the eighth year that Countryscapes has been held and entry is exclusive to artists whose principal place of residence is within Country Energy’s network distribution area, which covers 95 per cent of New South Wales.

The prize is open to all artistic styles, mediums and contexts, ranging from figurative to abstract, charcoal to traditional oil paint and landscapes to seascapes.

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