2017 Calleen Art Award

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Audery

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

The exhibition opening and announcement of the 2017 Calleen Art Award winner took place at the Cowra Regional Art Gallery on Saturday night 6 May 2017 from 6pm, with over 120 visitors including many of the finalists.

The exhibition was opened by Cr Judi Smith, Deputy Mayor, Cowra Shire Council and the Calleen Art Award winner was announced by the Awards Judge, Mr Angus Trumble, Director, National Gallery of Australia.

The winner of the 2017 Callen Art Award is Zai Kuang from Melbourne for his work titled Audery oil on canvas 102 x 84cm. Artists statement “My paintings are about children and daily life. I want to explore the relationships between children and their surroundings and the objects in the domestic environment” (except from the exhibition statement).

During the evening guests were treated to the presentation of delightful music by an ensemble of young musicians from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music

The exhibition continues to 18 June 2017.

For more information Tel: 6340 2190. The Gallery is located at 77 Darling Street, Cowra and open from Tues–Sat, 10am–4pm and Sun 2pm–4pm. Admission is free.

The 2017 Calleen Art Award Opening Night

The 2017 Calleen Art Award Opening Night.

2017 Calleen Art Award Opening Night – 6 May 2017

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

The announcement of the 2017 Calleen Art Award winner will take place at a special opening at the Cowra Regional Art Gallery on Saturday 6 May 2017 commencing at 6pm. Guest speakers are Cr Judi Smith, Deputy Mayor, Cowra Shire Council and the Awards Judge Angus Trumble, Director, National Portrait Gallery.

The Calleen Art Award was established in 1977 as an acquisitive art prize by Mrs Patricia Fagan OAM to encourage originality, creativity and excellence. During the past 40 years the Calleen Art Award has developed significantly and through the generous support of the Calleen Trust is worth $20,000 in 2017. This year’s winning painting joins the Calleen Collection, the cornerstone collection of the Cowra Regional Art Gallery.

This year 275 entries were received from across Australia and 49 artists whose work address a wide range of styles and diverse issues have been selected by a panel of experts as finalists.

The awards opening night is a significant cultural event in the region and promises to be a memorable and enjoyable experience.
During the opening event young musicians from the Sydney Conservatorium currently on tour in the region will present a repertoire of music for flute, cello and guitar.

Entry is $15pp ($10 Friends of the Gallery) with a chance to win a lucky door prize. Complimentary food and wine will be served.
The exhibition continues to Sunday 18 June 2017.

For more information please call the Gallery on 63402190.

2017 Calleen Art Award finalists

Sunday, April 30, 2017

The Cowra Regional Art Gallery is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2017 Calleen Art Award.

Susan Baird
Melissa Barber
Hans Bildstein
Stephen Bird
Meredith Brice
Kate Briscoe
Fran Callen
Rhonda Campbell
Jane Canfield
Gregory Carosi
Genevieve Carroll
Lottie Consalvo
Stephen Copland
Dagmar Cyrulla
Sinead Davies
James Drinkwater
Rachel Ellis
Lynne Flemons
Joanna Gambotto
Kay Greenhill
Stewart Hambrett
Craig Handley
Geoff Harvey
Clifford How
Penny Hulbert
Eunice Napanangka Jack

Val Johnson
Zai Kuang
Chris Kunko
Graham Kuo
Selway Lampard
Marie Mansfield
Nic Mason
Tania Mason
Paul McKnight
Alfred W. Miles
Helen Minogue
Annabel Nowlan
Hal Pratt
Matthew Quick
Hannah Quinlivan
Jeannette Siebols
Stuart Smith
Neil Taylor
Sokquon Tran
Lucy Urquhart
Anita West
Madeleine Winch
Zoe Young

Media Release: Autumn exhibitions at the Cowra Regional Art Gallery

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Calling all beanie lovers everywhere, it you loved the first and second collections or maybe you missed them, now is your chance to catch the fabulous new Colours of the Country III: Alice Springs Beanie Festival national tour together with Collection In Focus: New Acquisitions at the Cowra Regional Art Gallery commencing Saturday 25 March 2017.

A colourful display of over ninety beanies Colours of the Country III highlights the whimsical essence of the Alice Springs Beanie Festival and also showcases works produced by Indigenous artists from the central desert region who are regular contributors to this cross-cultural event. Many gorgeous ideas and stories have been crafted into the pieces on display including the work of many Indigenous painters who have translated their imagery from canvas to textiles.

This collection of beanies from the Alice Springs Beanie Festival demonstrates the growth of the beanie as an art form over the years through the imagination, creativity and fine craftsmanship inherent in each piece. The festival has provided a community for lovers and makers of beanies.

This collection will inspire audiences to laugh, don crazy headwear and bring out those knitting needles all over again. The beanie is an icon of Australian headwear and the Cowra Regional Art Gallery is pleased to host this colourful touring exhibition from Artback NT in conjunction with the Australia Council for the Arts and Northern Territory Department of Arts and Museums.

Collection In Focus: New Acquisitions provides an opportunity for visitors to revisit artworks presented in previous exhibitions at the Gallery and make new discoveries. Works include recent winners of the Calleen Art Award, and new works acquired through a private bequest, and the Commonwealth Government’s Cultural Gifts Program, as well as 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.

A special opening for both exhibitions will take place at the Cowra Regional Art Gallery on Saturday 1 April from 6pm. All welcome. Guest speaker is Merran Hughes, Artistic Director, Alice Springs Beanie Festival.                                  

Exhibition dates are 25 March to 30 April 2017

Media Release: UpstART winners

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

The opening of upstART 2016, a showcase of 114 works by some of the region’s best and brightest young artists took place at the Cowra Regional Art Gallery last Saturday 26 November with guest speaker Cr Bill West, Mayor, Cowra Shire Council opening the exhibition.

This is the 13th year the Gallery has hosted this unique exhibition event and young artists from eleven high schools have presented works with a diverse range subjects, styles and mediums including painting, sculpture, drawing, printmaking, mixed media and photography.

This year’s judge, Libby Oldham Gallery Director of Jayes Gallery said she was very impressed by the high standard of works on show and took over 4 hours to arrive at her selections.

This is a “must-see” exhibition and visitors will be delighted by the talent of the young artists and their vibrant and interesting works on display.

UpstART 2016 continues at the Cowra Regional Art Gallery 77 Darling Street to Sunday 11 December.

Gallery hours: Tuesday to Saturday 10am – 4pm, Sunday 2pm – 4pm.

For more information contact the Gallery on 63402190.

List of award winners

Years 10, 11 ,12 Awards

Winner Year 10 Award – Kate Hodges Cowra High School

Merit Award Year 10 – Shania Ambachtsheer Cowra High School

Highly Commended Year 10 – Alice Mair Parkes High School

Winner Year 11 Award – Sarah Williams Molong Central School

Merit Award Year 11 – Maddison Harcombe St Raphael’s Catholic School

Highly Commended Year 11 – Maddison Sparkes St Raphael’s Catholic School

Winner Year 12 – Emalee Johnstaon Molong Central School

Merit Award Year 12 – Maddison Harcombe St Raphael’s Catholic School

Highly Commended Year 12 – Joel Rue Cowra High School

Open Section

Winner Photography Award – Airi Nishihara Year 10 Cowra High School

Highly Commended Photography Award – Bronte McSweeny Year 10 Parkes High School

Winner Drawing Award – Madison Ewins Year 12 Canobolas Rural Technology High School

Highly Commended Drawing Award – Lily Corkhill Year 11 Hennessy Catholic College

Winner Mixed Media/Printmaking Award – Paris Bolton Year 11 Blayney High School

Highly Commended Mixed Media/Printmaking Award – Eloise Colman Year 11 Kinross Wolaroi School

Winner Craft Award (Ceramics) – Chloe Fricker Year 10 Cowra High School

Winner Sculpture Award – George Dover Year 12 Molong High School

Highly Commended Sculpture Award – Maddison Freedman Year 12 Canobolas Rural Technology High School

Highly Commended Sculpture Award – Fran Casti Year 11 Kinross Wolaroi School

Winner Painting Award – Jennifer Berkrey Year 10 Canowindra High School

Highly Commended Painting Award – Jake Fiene Year 12 Canobolas Rural Technology High School