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

Media Release: UpstART 2016

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

The official opening of the always exciting and popular UpstART exhibition and announcement of the award winners is on Saturday 26 November from 2pm. Special guest to open the exhibition is Cr Bill West, Mayor, Cowra Shire Council.

The exhibition is an impressive showcase of artworks including painting, drawing, photography, printmaking, mixed media and sculpture by 114 students from 11 high schools in the region. The participating schools for 2016 are Blayney High School, Canobolas Rural Technology High School, Canowindra High School, Cowra High School, Forbes High School, Hennessy High School, Henry Lawson High School, Kinross Wolaroi School, Molong Central School, Parkes High School,
and St Raphael’s Catholic School.

In celebrating the creativity of this year’s participating young artists the Gallery also acknowledges the commitment of the art teachers from each of the participating schools who have assisted the in organization the exhibition and the generosity of the awards sponsors Webster Optometrists, the Vineyard Motel, Yellow House Cowra and 131 PIZZA (formerly Cowra Eagle Boy’s Pizza), as well as, the community donors, Friends of the Gallery and the Cowra Art Group; and private donor Mrs Margaret Henley from Cowra.

The 2016 awards judge is Libby Oldham Director, Jayes Gallery, Molong.

UpstART provides new opportunities for young artists in the region by displaying their artwork in a leading public gallery and reaching new audiences.

For more information contact the Gallery on 63402190.

Exhibition Dates: 26 November to 11 December 2016

Media Release: Punuku Tjukurpa

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Where the traditional and the modern meet…

An exhibition celebrating the stories and Law of Anangu culture told through intricate carvings and artefacts, Punuku Tjukurpa is the first touring exhibition of artworks from the Maruku Arts archive based at Mutitjulu, near Uluru in the Northern Territory.

Established in 1984, Maraku Arts is the trading arm of Anangu Uwankaraku Punu Aboriginal Corporation, which translates literally as ‘wood belonging to all Aboriginal people’.

Hosted by Cowra Regional Art Gallery and presented by Artback NT, Punuku Tjukurpa is an exhibition showcasing a rich, sacred history and deserves national attention.

As explained by Louise Partos, Executive Officer of Artback NT – “Punuku Tjukurpa offers a privileged insight into one of Australia’s finest art movements and is an exhibition of national significance. Punu (carved objects made of wood) is a significant and prolific art form in Central Australia and its production and display are integral to the maintenance of culture and to the sharing of knowledge”.

The exhibition includes eighty-eight punu works made by three generations of artists featuring burned designs on carved wooden forms including piti (wooden bowls), miru (spear throwers), tjara (shields), kulata (spears) and beautiful carvings of desert birds and animals.

While not as well known as painting from the region, punu is a significant and prolific art-form in central Australia and its production and display is integral to the maintenance of culture and to the sharing of knowledge.

Through this exhibition the profile of Aboriginal artists working with wood, both past and present, will be lifted as they have often been overlooked by a painting focused art world. Work included is both secular and sacred, and illustrates innovation through changes in working styles a well as the types of objects created. The exhibition also features some of the most magnificent pieces and ephemeral material from the early days of Maruku Arts.

The exhibition is an acknowledgment of the sharing of culture – of that which is secular and that which can be sacred. It is a celebration of innovation in wood carving, including many forms of punu. It represents an extraordinary opportunity to view the historical and contemporary trajectory of one of Australia’s finest art movements, providing the viewer with a pathway into culture rarely seen.

The official exhibition opening is on Saturday 15 October commencing at 2pm with a Smoking Ceremony and Welcome to Country. Guest speaker is Steve Fox, Curator of Punuku Tjukurpa, former PUNU MAN and Director of Maruku Arts, plus visiting artists in the exhibition from Maruku Arts NT. SA special public program including an illustrated talk by guest speaker Steve Fox and demonstrations with artists in the exhibition including carving and burning using both contemporary and traditional tools will take place at the Gallery on Sunday 16 October from 2pm. All welcome, admission is free.

The exhibition continues at the Cowra Regional Art Gallery to 20 November 2016. Gallery hours are Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 4pm and Sunday 2pm to 4pm. For more information phone 63402190.

Media Release: 2016 September school holidays and art workshops for children

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

The Cowra Regional Art Gallery is pleased to present an interesting range of Art Workshops for Children during the September School holidays from 29 – 30 September. All materials are provided by the Gallery. The following is an outline of the workshops and age groups.

Thursday 29 September 2016
Make Your Own Tic Tac Toe

Children will design and paint their own Tic Tac Toe game. Each child will be provided with smooth pebbles to create two teams for the game using an insect theme. Backboards will also be provided to decorate.

Two sessions – 7 to 9 year olds – 10am to 12noon and 10 to 12 year olds – 1pm to 3pm. Cost $20 pp – limit 10.

Friday 30 September 2016
How to Make Sock Puppets

Children will design and create two sock puppets using a variety of materials. From mythical creatures to cute, cuddly pets. Each child will be encouraged to individualise their creations.

One session – 7 to 9 year olds – 10am to 12noon. Cost $10 pp – limit 10.

Printmaking

Using inspiration from the works in Three Ways, the current exhibition at the Cowra Regional Art Gallery, students will use the theme of ‘landscape’ to create a series of prints by hand with quick drying clay as the printing plate and acrylic paint.

One session – 10 to 12 year olds – 1pm to 3pm. Cost $25 pp – limit 10.

Please bring your imagination and an old shirt or apron to wear as it will be messy. Tutors for the workshops are Libby Murray and Kerry Patten.

Contact the Gallery on 63402190 for registration forms (one per child). All classes are designed for the age groups mentioned and class sizes are restricted. Please register early as all payments must be made no later than 26 September 2016 to secure a place. The Gallery is open Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 4pm and Sunday 2pm to 4pm.

The location for these fun activities is the Art Gallery Multipurpose Room
77 Darling Street. Places fill quickly. To avoid disappointment REGISTER EARLY.