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Regional Student Youth Art Exhibition and Awards

Image: Scott Leary Turkish Landscape 2011 acrylic paint (detail). 2011 Merit Award Year 10.

24 November to 9 December 2012

This is the ninth 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.

FORM FIRE AND FRUITION: Geoff Crispin – a regional practice in clay

Image: Geoff Crispin Copper Red Pot 2010. Porcelain wood-fired, copper and red glaze. Image courtesy Grafton Regional Gallery

20 October to 18 November 2012

Geoff Crispin has a national reputation for his wood-fired stoneware and porcelain works, and is considered one of Australia’s outstanding ceramic artists. His work reflects his preoccupation with exploring and developing local raw materials wherever possible, trying to bring out and enhance their inherent qualities. He is an exhibiting member of the Australian Ceramics Association, and his current work is a synthesis of technology, raw materials and various production methods (throwing, slip casting and slab building). He has worked extensively with remote indigenous communities, in particular, in the Tiwi Islands and Ernabella. This is a Grafton Regional Gallery touring exhibition curated by Angela de Martino Rosaroll.

2012 Archibald Prize: NSW Regional Tour

Image: Tim Storrier The histrionic wayfarer (after Bosch). Image courtesy of Art Gallery of NSW.

Image: Tim Storrier The histrionic wayfarer (after Bosch). Image courtesy of Art Gallery of NSW.

1 September to 14 October 2012

The Archibald Prize is one of Australia’s oldest, most prestigious art awards. JF Archibald aimed to foster portraiture, support artists and perpetuate the memory of great Australians. Among many controversies, these aims have certainly been fulfilled; many believe the Archibald Prize has done more than any other event to stimulate public interest in portrait painting in Australia. The prize was first awarded in 1921 and over the years some of Australia’s most prominent artists have won, including William Dobell (1943, 948, 1959) Brett Whiteley (1976, 1978) and William Robinson (1987, 1995). The subjects of Archibald winners have been equally celebrated in their fields and include ‘Banjo’ Patterson, Margaret Olley, Patrick White, Paul Keating, John Bell and David Wenham. The 2012 winner is Tim Storrier for his self portrait The histrionic wayfarer (after Bosch). The Archibald Prize is an Art Gallery of NSW exhibition toured by Museums and Galleries NSW.

New Directions: Sydney Printmakers

Image: Anne Starling Child's Play 2011. Linocut, carborundum collograph (detail). Courtesy the artist.

Image: Anne Starling Child's Play 2011. Linocut, carborundum collograph (detail). Courtesy the artist.

4—26 August 2012

The medium of fine art printmaking is often misunderstood, particularly since new technologies such as digital printmaking have emerged and become integrated within many art practices. It is timely to observe traditional printmaking techniques such as etching, lino, woodblock and lithograph displayed alongside computer-generated images or ‘hybrid prints’, in which several techniques are combined.

New Directions showcases over 50 works, all high quality forms of fine art limited edition printmaking, and celebrates 50 years of the Sydney Printmakers group, which was established in 1961.

Olive Cotton: Photographs

mage: Olive Cotton Interior c 1926/2001. Silver gelatin photograph 13.9 x 20.2 cm. Collection Cowra Regional Art Gallery. Donation by The McInerney Family 2007. Courtesy Josef Lebovic Gallery.

Image: Olive Cotton Interior c 1926/2001. Silver gelatin photograph 13.9 x 20.2 cm. Collection Cowra Regional Art Gallery. Donation by The McInerney Family 2007. Courtesy Josef Lebovic Gallery.

4 February to 11 March 2012

Olive Cotton: Photographs is an exhibition of Olive Cotton photographs from the Cowra Regional Art Gallery Collection and works on loan from the Josef Lebovic Gallery, Sydney. The exhibition includes significant photographs that highlight Olive Cotton’s love of nature, her astute powers of observation, as well as her enduring interest in the play of light. Olive Cotton lived and worked in the Cowra district for more than 50 years.

2011 CCP Documentary Photography Award

Image: Thomas Breakwell Squat #4 2010 from the series Squats inkjet print 50 x 60 cm. Winner 2011 CCP Documentary Photography Award.

Image: Thomas Breakwell Squat #4 2010 from the series Squats inkjet print 50 x 60 cm. Winner 2011 CCP Documentary Photography Award.

4 February to 11 March 2012

The CCP Documentary Photography Award is a biennial showcase of contemporary Australian documentary photography. This exhibition, the eighth CC P Documentary Photography Award, demonstrates the breadth of contemporary approaches to documentary practice from traditional black and white narratives through to vibrant colour, all of which have been achieved without digital manipulation. Arguably more important than ever before, and certainly more controversial, documentary photography always draws a large and diverse audience and sparks debate.

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Tim Winters: Island To Island

Image: Tim Winters As Above So Below 90 x 90 cm mixed media on canvas.

Image: Tim Winters As Above So Below 90 x 90 cm mixed media on canvas.

17 March to 15 April 2012

Tim Winters is a printmaker and painter based in Stuart Town, Central West NSW. In 2008, he travelled to Sark, a tiny island in the English Channel and the remote island Orkney, located off the northern coast of Scotland. During this period, he was also an artist-inresidence at the Peacock Visual Arts studio in Aberdeen, Scotland. This journey of discovery to such unusual and isolated islands has developed into an ongoing project, exploring ideas of physical and emotional dislocation contrasted with his experiences of the vast and open spaces of Australia. Tim Winters said, ‘the series of works in ISLAND to ISLAND presented at the Cowra Regional Art Gallery explores the physical nature and philosophical idea of islands and our relationship to them’. Winters was the recipient of the 2011 Central West Regional Artists Award and this exhibition is presented in association with the Award.

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From the Collection: New Acquisitions

mage: Judy Cassab Bald Rock Creek – Girraween 2006 oil on linen on wood 98 x 76 cm. Cowra Regional Art Gallery collection – donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program by Judy Cassab 2011.

Image: Judy Cassab Bald Rock Creek – Girraween 2006 oil on linen on wood 98 x 76 cm. Cowra Regional Art Gallery collection – donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program by Judy Cassab 2011.

17 March to 15 April 2012

This exhibition of new acquisitions showcases recent additions to the Cowra Regional Art Gallery Collection during the past three years. During this period, the collection has progressed in its diversity of Australian art not only through the support of private donors and the acquisition of new works through the Calleen Art Awards, but also through the Commonwealth Governments Cultural Gifts Program and the purchase of works through the fundraising efforts of the Friends of the Gallery.

2012 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.

22 April to 2 June 2012

Always exciting and entertaining, the awards aim to foster and encourage originality, creativity and excellence. The Calleen Art Award was established in 1977 by Mrs Patricia Fagan, OA M. During the past 35 years, the Award has developed into a major national acquisitive art prize for painting. The 2012 Calleen Art Award is worth $16,000 and the winning work will become part of the Calleen Collection at the Cowra Regional Art Gallery. The Central West Regional Artists Award is for painting and drawing and is non-acquisitive. The Award was established in 2009 and the winner in 2012 will receive $2,000 and the opportunity of an exhibition at the Cowra Regional Art Gallery during 2013/2014.

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SHELL-SHOCKED: Australia after Armistice

Image: Shell-Shocked – Wall panel. Courtesy National Archives.

Image: Shell-Shocked – Wall panel. Courtesy National Archives.

10 June to 22 July 2012

An exhibition based on personal stories of immense power. It depicts the grief of mothers whose sons died but had no known burial place – lost forever in foreign fields. Experience the individuality of local town memorials built by communities in an effort to come to terms with their loss and to honour those lives. Reflect on the impact of ‘the war to end all wars’ on Australia. A touring exhibition from the National Archives.