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Returning

Image: Petra Meer, The Continual Sea, 2009. Used blankets and dressing gowns, cotton thread.

Image: Petra Meer, The Continual Sea, 2009. Used blankets and dressing gowns, cotton thread.

5 February to 6 March 2011

This exhibition features work by eight textile artists with a connection to Tasmania. Their works reflect on the fact that they have at some stage been drawn away from Tasmania but have returned. They engage with a wide range of ideas including fashion, Australian history, and travel. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

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Cultural Connections

Image: Sarit Cohen, Three Salad Bowls, 2010, 15 x 17 cm, slip cast porcelain

Image: Sarit Cohen, Three Salad Bowls, 2010, 15 x 17 cm, slip cast porcelain

12 March to 10 April 2011

This showcase exhibition of paintings, prints, ceramics and video is presented by the Cowra Regional Art Gallery, in association with the Cowra Festival of International Understanding. Each year, the Festival features a different guest nation, with Turkey the guest nation for 2011. Cultural Connections brings together the work of four artists of Turkish descent with varied contemporary art and craft practices: Huseyin Sami, Gokcen Altinok and Ebru Arda (based in Sydney), and Sarit Cohen (based in Canberra). The exhibition is supported by the Cowra Shire Council and the Turkish Embassy, Canberra.

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2011 Calleen Art Award and Central West Regional Artists Award

Image: Peter Gardiner Landscape 2010 No. VIII 2010, Oil on canvas 210 x 180cm. Image courtesy the artist.

Image: Peter Gardiner Landscape 2010 No. VIII 2010, Oil on canvas 210 x 180cm. Image courtesy the artist.

16 April to 29 May 2011

Always exciting and entertaining, the awards foster and encourage originality, creativity and excellence. The Calleen Art Award (acquisitive) was established in 1977 and has developed into a major national art award with 2011 prize money of $15,000. The Central West Regional Artists Award (non-acquisitive) was established in 2009 by the Cowra Regional Art Gallery and includes $2,000 prize money. There is also a People’s Choice Award of $500.

The winner of the 2011 Calleen Art Award is Newcastle based artist Peter Gardiner for his painting Landscape 2010 No.VIII 2010, oil on canvas 210 x 180 cm.

The winner of the 2011 Central West Regional Artists Award is Stuart Town based artist Tim Winters for his painting The Pinnacles Desert 2010, mixed media on canvas 150 x 150 cm.

2011 Exhibition Catalogue – PDF Download

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There’s A War On! World War II at Home World War II

Image: Knitted Comforts booklet. Image courtesy Albury City Collection.

Image: Knitted Comforts booklet. Image courtesy Albury City Collection.

4 June to 3 July 2011

It was a time of great change for the people of NSW. For some, supporting the war effort led to adventure, love, lasting friendships and new experiences. For others, wartime meant loss and hardship. There’s a War On! World War II at Home showcases the varied experiences of the men, women and children who fought the war on the home front. A Museums and Galleries NSW touring exhibition. Museums and Galleries NSW is assisted by the NSW Government through Arts NSW.

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Max Dupain on Assignment

Image: Max Dupain, Grocer serving sugar (detail), 1948.

Image: Max Dupain, Grocer serving sugar (detail), 1948.

9 July to 7 August 2011

Max Dupain (1911–1992) is widely considered one of Australia’s greatest photographers. This exhibition showcases the diversity and breadth of Dupain’s commercial career, tracing his development as a photographer and artist from the 1940s to the 1970s.

A Touring Exhibition from the National Archives of Australia.

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Sacred Footsteps Tour

sacred footsteps10 to 14 August 2011

This tour of three Tibetan monks and two assistants is travelling across Australia. In Cowra, they will create a unique sand mandala in the gallery over five days, using traditional patterns. This is a rare opportunity to meet Tibetan artists.

Daily Schedule

Wednesday 10 August
9.30am Welcome & blessing of the space
10am – 4pm Beginning the mandala

Thursday 11 August
9.30am Chanting mediation with the monks
10am – 4pm Monks create the mandala

Friday 12 August
9.30am Chanting mediation with the monks
10am – 4pm Monks create the mandala

Saturday 13 August
9.30am Chanting mediation with the monks
10am – 4pm Monks create the mandala

Sunday 14 August
9.30am Chanting and mediation
10am – 2pm Monks complete mandala
2pm Mandala dissolution ceremony

Monks accommodation kindly supported by the Vineyard Motel, Cowra.

Jeff Mincham: Ceramics

Jeff Mincham, Edge of the Day 2009 multi-glazed, mid-fired earthenware 47 x 64 x 19cm. Photographer: Grant Hancock. Image courtesy Object

Jeff Mincham, Edge of the Day 2009 multi-glazed, mid-fired earthenware 47 x 64 x 19cm. Photographer: Grant Hancock. Image courtesy Object

20 August to 25 September 2011

The fifth exhibition in the ongoing series, Living Treasures: Masters of Australian Craft. Produced by Object: Australian Centre for Craft and Design, the Living Treasures series celebrates the achievements of the most influential and iconic figures of the Australian crafts movement. Mincham is an artist in his creative prime: his most recent works showcase the unique results of his passionate research and experimentation with surface textures and firing techniques. The work he is creating today is new, exciting and, at times, exquisite.

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Lachlan Valley Biennial Art Awards

2009 Watercolour Winner: Jane Paterson, Lachlan River Bend to Bend 2009 watercolour. Image courtesy Gwen Clark

2009 Watercolour Winner: Jane Paterson, Lachlan River Bend to Bend 2009 watercolour. Image courtesy Gwen Clark

1 October to 16 October 2011

These Awards are open to art enthusiasts living within 100 kilometres of Cowra. This distinctive biennial exhibition presented by the Cowra Art Group has been running since the 1960s and is a unique opportunity for local artists to show their work in a public gallery.

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Rachel Ellis: New Works

Rachel Ellis Brick house, Bathurst (detail) 2011. Oil on linen.

Rachel Ellis Brick house, Bathurst (detail) 2011. Oil on linen.

22 October to 20 November 2011

In March 2009, the Cowra Regional Art Gallery launched the Central West Regional Artists Award. The award is $2,000 (non-acquisitive) and the winner is invited to have an exhibition of new work at the gallery. The 2010 award winner, Bathurst-based artist Rachel Ellis, will present new paintings and drawings responding to the city of Bathurst and environs.

REPLANT: A new generation of Botanical Art

Fiona Hall Green Ant Nest 2006 etching 33 x 24.5cm Courtesy Nomad Art Productions

Fiona Hall Green Ant Nest 2006 etching 33 x 24.5cm Courtesy Nomad Art Productions

22 October to 20 November 2011

This exhibition straddles the boundaries of science and art, showcasing the remarkable world of plants found in tropical areas of northern Australia through six indigenous and non-indigenous Australian printmakers and a photographer. Artists represented in the exhibition are: Winsome Jobling from Darwin, Debra Wurrkidj from Maningrida, Marita Sambono from Nauiyu, Irene Mungatopi from the Tiwi Islands, Fiona Hall from Adelaide, and Judy Watson from Brisbane. Each artist explores the unique characteristics of native plants that survive and prosper in the climatic extremes of Australia’s tropical north.

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Regional Student Youth Art Exhibition and Awards

Image: Esther Wilson Why Should We Be Proud of a Country That Isn’t Proud of Us? Anonymous (detail) 2010 charcoal drawing on paper (winner 2010 Merit Award Year 12).

Image: Esther Wilson Why Should We Be Proud of a Country That Isn’t Proud of Us? Anonymous (detail) 2010 charcoal drawing on paper (winner 2010 Merit Award Year 12).

26 Nov to 11 December 2011

This is the eighth 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. Award categories include painting, drawing, mixed media, photography and 3D art.

2010 Jacaranda Drawing Award: The JADA

 Peter Alwast Trees, Waterfall, Back 2010 (winner 2010 JADA). Collection Grafton Regional Gallery.

Peter Alwast Trees, Waterfall, Back 2010 (winner 2010 JADA). Collection Grafton Regional Gallery.

17 December 2011 to 29 Jan 2012

This premier biennial arts event promotes excellence and innovation in Australian drawing. The exhibition’s diverse and outstanding works from a wide cross-section of established and emerging artists from across the nation give it broad appeal. The 2010 JADA consists of works by 46 finalists, selected from 429 entries. The JADA is a Grafton Regional Gallery touring exhibition.

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