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upstART 2017 – Exhibition and Awards for Students in Years 10–12

Image: mixed media entry from Kinross Wolaroi School.25 November to 10 December 2017

This is the 14th annual youth art exhibition presented by the Cowra Regional Art Gallery. The exhibition consists of works by young artists in Years 10, 11 and 12 from high schools in the Central West. Categories include painting, drawing, mixed media, photography and sculpture. Image: mixed media entry from Kinross Wolaroi School.


The Calleen Collection: 40 Year Anniversary

Peter Gardiner, Landscape 2010 No. VIII, 2010, oil on canvas 210 x 180 cm. Winner of the 2011 Calleen Art Award.

17 December 2017 to 4 February 2018

This exhibition celebrates The Calleen Collection founded in 1977 by Cowra arts patron Mrs. Patricia Fagan, OAM, who also established the acquisitive Calleen Art Award – the winning work becoming part of The Calleen Collection. Following the opening of the Cowra Regional Art Gallery in 2000, The Calleen Collection became the foundation collection of the Gallery.

All the works in The Calleen Collection will be on display, including works by Mandy Martin, Greg Daly, Claire Martin, Rowen Matthews, Meg Buchanan, David Fairbairn, Yvonne Boag, Peter Gardiner and Martin Coyte from New South Wales, and Naomi White, G.W.Bot, Gladdy Kemarre and Zai Kuang from interstate, to name a few.

Outreach Exhibition: Operation Art – Cowra Library

Jaiden Ings, Funny Zoo, Year 1, Murringo Public School, Riverina. Junior ANSTO award recipient.

20 December 2017 to 24 February 2018

Operation Art is an initiative of the Children’s Hospital at Westmead in collaboration with the Department of Education and Communities. This program encourages students from Kindergarten to Year 10 in schools across NSW to create artworks for children in hospital.

It is an important state-wide visual arts exhibition that focuses on creating a positive environment to aid the healing and recovery process of young patients. The touring exhibition is comprised of 50 colourful artworks, including painting, drawing, collage and photography.

Mandy Martin: Homeground

Mandy Martin, Four Riders, 2016, pigment and ochre on linen, 300 x 300 cms (6 panels 150 x 100 cms each). Courtesy the artist and Australian Galleries. Photo: Clare Lewis

10 February to 18 March 2018

This exhibition is a survey project that focuses on work created by Mandy Martin after she came to live near Mandurama in the Central West of New South Wales.

The works chosen for this exhibition reflect 20 years in the region, and address Mandy Martin’s deep unease about the landscape in which she lives. Environmental issues relating to water security, the impact of the region’s coal-fired power stations and open cut mines are central concerns. Homeground features guest artists Alexander Boynes and Trisha Carroll.

A Bathurst Regional Art Gallery Touring exhibition.

The Lady and The Unicorn: A collaboration between Arthur Boyd and Peter Porter

(Left) Arthur Boyd, late 1960s. Photo: Axel Poignant. Bundanon Trust Archive; (right) Peter Porter, 2009. Photo: Norman McBeath. Collection: National Portrait Gallery, Canberra. Gift of Norman McBeath, 2011).

24 March to 29 April 2018

This exhibition consists of an astonishing series of images that highlight Boyd’s command of the technically complex and demanding process of intaglio printmaking.

“This exhibition encapsulates the story of Arthur and Peter’s collaboration, a unique and generative relationship,” says Deborah Ely, Bundanon Trust CEO.

The etchings and painting in the exhibition are all from the Bundanon Trust collection.

Objet D’art

Robert Clinch, Object D’art, hand-painted 1960 Gogomobil Dart sports car.

24 March to 29 April 2018

This exhibition was initiated by classic car collector Jeff Brown (son of renowned art dealer, Joseph Brown). Artist Robert Clinch has painted a classic 1960s DART sports car (owned by Jeff Brown), with more than 60 unique (hyper real) paper darts transforming the vehicle into an art object.

Accompanying the car, this exhibition also includes detailed sketches, test panels and a documentary video about the project.

2018 Calleen Art Award

Zai Kuang, Audery, 2017, oil on canvas (detail), 180 x 90 cm. Winner 2017 Calleen Art Award

5 May to 10 June 2018

The Calleen Art Award was established as an acquisitive art prize in 1977 by local arts patron Mrs Patricia Fagan, OAM, and each year the Gallery acquires the winning work for the Calleen Collection. The Calleen Art Award is a significant art prize for painting in regional New South Wales and a favourite exhibition event within the Cowra community. The winning painting for the 2017 Calleen Art Award was Audery (pictured) by Melbourne-based artist Zai Kuang.