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Archibald Prize 2016

Image: Archibald Prize finalist, Natasha Bieniek, Wendy Whiteley, (detail) oil on wood 13.5 x 18.5 cm ©the artist. Photograph: © AGNSW, Mim Stirling.

Image: Archibald Prize finalist, Natasha Bieniek, Wendy Whiteley, (detail) oil on wood 13.5 x 18.5 cm ©the artist. Photograph: © AGNSW, Mim Stirling

21 January to 19 March 2017

Prestigious and controversial, the Archibald Prize is considered Australia’s foremost portraiture prize, a veritable who’s who of Australian contemporary culture – from politicians to fashion designers, sporting heroes to artists. Its primary aims are to foster portraiture, support artists and perpetuate the memory of great Australians. Many believe the Archibald Prize has done more than any other single event to stimulate and sustain public interest in the art of portrait painting in Australia. An Art Gallery of New South Wales touring exhibition in association with principal sponsor, ANZ.

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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

Audery

Winner of the 2017 Calleen Art Award – Zai Kuang, Audery, 2017, oil on canvas, 180 x 90cm

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.

The winner of the 2017 Calleen Art Award is Zai Kuang, Audery.

People’s Choice Award

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

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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 May 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.

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.

Behind the Wire: Cowra Breakout/Cowra POW Camp

Image: Stephen Copland, Flesh and Blood (detail), 2017, oil stick, acrylic and oil paint, ink, wax on primed craft sheet, 153 x 220 cm. © Stephen Copland

Image: Stephen Copland, Flesh and Blood (detail), 2017, oil stick, acrylic and
oil paint, ink, wax on primed craft sheet, 153 x 220 cm. © Stephen Copland

5 August to 20 August 2017

From 1941 to 1947, Cowra was the site of a major prisoner of war camp. The exhibition Behind the Wire includes photographs of the POW camp and a selection of rare artefacts made by the prisoners from pieces of scrap materials such as wood, metal and leather. Other items include paintings such as two alter panels realised by Italian POWs for the camp chapel.

Dream of Ghosts: an installation by Stephen Copland

Dream of Ghosts is an installation by artist Stephen Copland comprising video, sculpture, painting, drawing and artist books that imagines a poetic translation into the ‘Cowra Breakout’. An exhibition project commissioned by the Cowra Regional Art Gallery for the 2017 anniversary of the Cowra Breakout, which took place on 5 August 1944. Dream of Ghosts is funded through Create NSW.

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Soft Core

Image: Michael Parekowha, Cosmo McMurtry, 2006, woven nylon substrate, pigment, electrical components, 330 x 180 x 280 cm. Courtesy the artists, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney and Michael Lett Gallery, Auckland.

Image: Michael Parekowha, Cosmo McMurtry, 2006, woven nylon substrate, pigment, electrical components, 330 x 180 x 280 cm. Courtesy the artists, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney and Michael Lett Gallery, Auckland.

26 August to 8 October 2017

Soft Core presents artistic practices that explore the many facets of ‘softness’—from large-scale inflatables and forms made from soft materials to materials that simply look soft. On show is work by Tully Arnot, Mikala Dwyer, Tully Moore, Tony Oursler, Michael Parekowhai, Patricia Piccinini, Todd Robinson, Koji Ryui, Kathy Temin, Louise Weaver, Simon Yates and Paul Yore. An exhibition curated by Michael Do, in conjunction with Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre and toured by Museums & Galleries of NSW. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government’s Visions of Australia program.

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The Lachlan Valley Biennial Art Awards

The Lachlan Valley Biennial Art Awards

Image: Jane Tonks, Ganguddy Country (detail) acrylic, winner 2015 Barbara Bennett Memorial Award.

14 October to 29 October 2017

The 2017 Lachlan Valley Biennial Art Awards focuses on artists living within a radius of 100 kilometres from Cowra. The exhibition is a community partnership between the Gallery and the Cowra Art Group, and is the ninth time the Gallery has hosted this regional art event. Over 120 entries are usually received for exhibition, including artists from Young, Boorowa, Grenfell, Parkes, Forbes, Bathurst, Orange and Canowindra. The exhibition includes painting, drawing, watercolour and miniatures.

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