2018 Calleen Art Award finalists announced

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

The finalists for the 2018 Calleen Art Award have been announced. The Award is an acquisitive painting prize established in 1977 by Mrs Patricia Fagan OAM. Always popular with the local community and visitors to Cowra the Calleen Art Award has advanced significantly and through the generosity of the Calleen Trust is now worth $20,000. There is also a People’s Choice Award which is non-acquisitive and worth $500 in prize money.

This year 205 entries were received by the Gallery from across Australia and 46 works consisting of an engaging range of styles as well as themes and subjects have been selected as finalists by a panel of art professionals.

Previous winners include Zai Kuang (2017), Tania Mason (2016), Yvonne Boag (2015), Naomi White (2014), Gladdy Kemarre (2013), G.W.Bot (2012), Peter Gardiner (2011), Claire Martin (2010) and Rowan Mathews (2009).

The 2018 Calleen Art Award opening night on Saturday 5 May promises to be a memorable and enjoyable Gallery event. For more information about the Calleen Art Award opening and announcement of the Calleen Art Award winner for 2018, stay in touch through the Gallery Facebook page.

The list of 2018 finalists are:

  • Xiao Bai
  • Susan Baird
  • Michael Bell
  • Kate Briscoe
  • Annabel Butler
  • Daniel Butterworth
  • Jemma Calavassy
  • Jane Canfield
  • David Collins
  • Peter Cook
  • Kathryn Cowen
  • Dagmar Cyrulla
  • Tracy Dods
  • Bridget Dolan
  • Kate Dorrough
  • John Downton
  • Shannon Doyle
  • Graeme Drendel
  • Ashley Frost
  • Keith Fyfe
  • Craig Handley
  • Rachel Hannan
  • Samir Hamaiel
  • Hope Hardy
  • Geoff Harvey
  • Vicki Hersey
  • Kerry Johns
  • Val Johnson
  • Col Jordan
  • Hui (Kathy) Liu
  • Steve Lopes
  • Robert Malherbe
  • Nic Mason
  • Rowen Matthews
  • Kerry McInnis
  • Paul McKnight
  • Wayne Miles
  • Annabel Nowlan
  • Hal Pratt
  • Claire Primrose
  • Petra Reece
  • Brian Robinson
  • Brenda Runnegar
  • Stuart Smith
  • Sally Stokes
  • Zoe Young

The announcement of the 2018 Calleen Art Award winner will be made at the Official Opening of the finalist’s exhibition on Saturday 5 May 2018. The exhibition will continue to 17 June 2018.

Key dates

  • Entries closed Friday 2 March 2018
  • Opening and Awards Presentation Saturday 5 May 2018
  • Exhibition dates Sunday 6 May–Sunday 10 June 2018

Exhibitions of excellence and diversity during Autumn 2018

Monday, March 19, 2018

During autumn the COWRA REGIONAL ART GALLERY, a cultural facility of the Cowra Shire Council, is offering a unique program of vibrant and diverse exhibitions for the enjoyment of the local community and visitors to Cowra.

Opening Saturday March 24 from 1.30pm the Gallery is presenting two exhibitions that highlight artist collaborations. The first exhibition is THE LADY & THE UNICORN – A collaboration between Arthur Boyd & Peter Porter consisting of an astonishing series of images by Arthur Boyd one of Australia’s most significant artists who worked across numerous mediums throughout his career. Boyd’s success in London in the early 1960s and throughout the 1970s introduced the opportunity for numerous high profile commissions and for him to undertake collaborations with fellow artists. London based, Australian-born, poet Peter Porter collaborated with Boyd over fifteen years and they produced between them four significant limited edition books of prints and poems.

For THE LADY AND THE UNICORN, the second project with Peter Porter, and possibly their greatest, Boyd produced a series of 24 bold and evocative etchings in response to Porter’s reinterpretation of the 16th century tale that has inspired musicians, poets, novelists and artists since it’s rediscovery in the 1840s.
“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.

The second exhibition opening at the Gallery on Saturday March 24 from 1.30pm is OBJET D’ART an astonishing art project and collaboration between classic car collector Jeff Brown and artist Robert Clinch. It showcases an iconic 1960s Australian Sports car, the Goggomobil Dart, transformed into an art object by contemporary realist painter Robert Clinch who painstaking hand painted the car over a period of five months with his signature paper darts. The dart motif has persisted in Clinch’s paintings since 1985 and signifies imagination, transience, purity and fragility.

Both exhibitions continue to Sunday April 29.

Opening Saturday May 5 from 6.30pm is the always popular CALLEEN ART AWARD an acquisitive art prize for painting in any style or subject. The CALLEEN ART AWARD was established in 1977 by art patron Mrs Patricia Fagan OAM with the aim of forming the CALLEEN COLLECTION for the people of Cowra to enjoy. The award has advanced significantly through the generosity of the CALLEEN TRUST. This year over 200 entries were received from across Australia and 46 finalists have been selected by a panel of art professionals. The winner will receive a prize of $20,000 and the winning work will join the CALLEEN COLLECTION housed at the COWRA REGIONAL ART GALLERY. There is also a People’s Choice Award which is non-acquisitive and worth $500 in prize money.

The Calleen Art Award exhibition continues to June 10, 2018.

Stay up-to-date with Gallery events, workshops and special activities on Facebook and Twitter or telephone the Gallery on 6340 2190.

The COWRA REGIONAL ART GALLERY is located at 77 Darling Street COWRA NSW 2794. Open from Tuesday to Saturday 10am–4pm, Sunday 2pm–4pm. Admission Free

Mandy Martin: Homeground

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

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

Cowra Regional Art Gallery is proud to present Mandy Martin: Homeground.

This twenty year survey exhibition concentrates on Mandy Martin’s deep unease about the landscape in which we live. Environmental issues relating to water security, the impact of the region’s coal-fired power stations and open cut mines are central concerns.

Each of the twenty works in the exhibition have been carefully selected, creating a suite of works that distil the essence of Martin’s practice since she moved to Mandurama in the Central West in 1995.

The survey includes examples of Martin’s collaborative practice including paintings with the indigenous artist Trisha Carroll and digital projections with the Canberra based artist and curator, Alexander Boynes.

Martin is one of Australia’s most important artists whose career spans over 40 years. She has had numerous exhibitions in Australia, Mexico and the USA and has exhibited in France, Germany, Japan, Taiwan and Italy. Her works are in many public and private collections in Australia including the National Gallery of Australia. In the USA she is represented in the Guggenheim Museum New York; the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, the Nevada Museum of Art, Reno and many private collections.

The exibition runs from 10 February to 18 March 2018.

A Bathurst Regional Art Gallery Touring exhibition.

The Calleen Collection: 40 Year Anniversary

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Opening at the Cowra Regional Art Gallery on Saturday 16 December is the exhibition THE CALLEEN COLLECTION: 40 Year Anniversary, a diverse collection of Australian art assembled during the last 40 years as the winners of the acquisitive Calleen Art Award. The Calleen Collection and the Calleen Art Award were established in 1977 by Cowra arts patron Mrs. Patricia Fagan, OAM.

Through the generosity and vision of Mrs Fagan, the Calleen Collection forms an important and distinctive association with the Cowra Regional Art Gallery as its foundation collection. The Calleen Art Award supported by the Calleen Trust has also developed as a substantial annual art prize, open to artists across Australia.

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 Kermarre and Zai Kuang from interstate, to name a few.

The opening is not only a special preview of this must-see exhibition but also the special guest speaker is Mr. Angus Trumble, Director of the National Portrait Gallery. Gallery doors opens at 6pm for 6.30pm, admission is free and finger food will be served. The Cowra Regional Art Gallery is located at 77 Darling Street and open Tuesday to Saturday 10am–4pm, Sunday 2pm–4pm. Admission is free. For more information contact the Gallery on 6340 2190. The Gallery is closed for the Christmas/New Year holidays on Saturday 23 December 2017 and re-opens on Tuesday 9 January 2018.

Soft Core

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Koji Ryui, Have A Nice Day 2014, unfired clay, polyethylene bag, dimensions variable. Courtesy the artist and Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney.

The exciting touring exhibition Soft Core opens at the Cowra Regional Art Gallery Saturday 26 August. Guest speaker exhibition curator Michael Do will present a floor talk from 2.15pm prior to opening Soft Core. The exhibition continues to Sunday 8 October 2017.

This “must-see” exhibition presents a diverse range of artistic practices that explore the many facets of ‘softness’. There are not only works that utilise tactile materials, co-opted for their versatility and their mutability between function and emotion, but also, works that require activation – such as electricity or inflation to become whole while others inhabit their softness quietly.

Soft Core includes leading artists from overseas and Australia including internationally renowned US video and installation artist Tony Oursler; Michael Parekowhai arguably New Zealand’s most celebrated artist; and Koji Ryui from Japan, now living in Australia. Australian artists are Patricia Piccinini who famously designed the Skywhale hot air balloon; Louise Weaver who renders sophisticated animal sculptures decorated with ornate crocheted, embroidered and sequined pelts that evoke folklore and enchanted fables, Paul Yore who combines hand-woven tapestries and kitsch found objects to shape phantasmagorical imagery, saturated in psychedelic colours, playful techniques and imaginative compositions, as well as, Tully Arnot, Mikala Dwyer, Tully Moore, Todd Robinson, Kathy Temin and Simon Yates.

In the 20th Century, artists began to disassemble the notion of traditional sculpture by adding and subtracting constructions, incorporating found objects and designating everyday items as art. These adaptive and divergent methods of form making continue today in a generation of artists who define sculpture in the negative condition: not bronze, not stone, not the macho force of the blast furnace.

Soft Core is presented by the Cowra Regional Art Gallery 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.

For more information contact the Gallery Director Brian Langer on (02) 6340 2192 or 0429 027 282 or email blanger@cowra.nsw.gov.au

Cowra Regional Art Gallery is located at 77 Darling Street Cowra NSW 2794
Hours: Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 4pm, Sunday 2pm–4pm. Admission is Free.
Office: (02) 6340 2190
Email: cowraartgallery@cowra.nsw.gov.au