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Operation Art

Image: Olivia Yates, Monster, 2017, Kindergarten, Samuel Gilbert Public School, Castle Hill.

19 January to 17 February 2019

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.

War and Pieced: The Annette Gero Collection of Quilts From Military Fabrics, SPECIAL EVENT TALK

Intarsia with Soldiers, c.1760-1780, possibly Prussia, maker unknown (initials JSJ), wool, all hand sewn, intarsia. Photo: Tim Connolly, Shoot Studios.

Exhibition Dates: 23 February to 28 April 2019
Special Event – Exhibition Talk: 23 February 2019

Not to be missed!! This stunning exhibition – a blockbuster exhibition just back from New York – is a unique showcase of spectacularly complex geometric quilts made from military fabrics by soldiers and military tailors in the time of war. Once termed “soldiers’ quilts” or “convalescent quilts”, the pieced textiles in this exhibition are associated with World War I and World War II, as well as the earliest quilts from the Napoleonic Wars, the late eighteenth century, conflicts in India, South Africa and wars during the nineteenth century.

The visual virtuosity of the quilts, often incorporating many thousands of pieces no larger than 2–3 centimetres square, assumes a deeper emotional resonance as we consider them within the matrix of war and its aftermath. As works of art, they demonstrate that something beautiful can be an outcome of war. This Cowra Regional Art Gallery exhibition is drawn from the unparalleled collection of internationally acclaimed quilt authority, Dr. Annette Gero.


“Wartime Quilts” presented by Dr Annette Gero, on Saturday 23 February 2019, 2–3pm

Venue: Cowra Civic Centre – Theatrette, Darling Street (opposite the CRAG), followed by afternoon tea and special book signing by Annette Gero of her award winning book Wartime Quilts, Appliqués and Geometric masterpieces.

Cost: $10pp ($5 Friends of the Gallery, membership card must be shown at the door)
Tickets available from the Cowra Visitor Centre – Tel: (02) 6342 4333
or from online:

No reserve seating

2019 Calleen Art Award

Wendy Sharpe Erksineville Train Station

Wendy Sharpe, Erskineville Train Station, 2018 oil on canvas, 145 x 182 cm. Winner Calleen Art Award 2019.

4 May to 16 June 2019

The Calleen Art Award was established as an acquisitive art prize in 1977 by arts patron Mrs Patricia Fagan OAM, with the winning work joining the Calleen Collection, the foundation collection of the Cowra Regional Art Gallery.

The Calleen Art Award is a major Gallery event and a favourite annual exhibition with the Cowra district audiences and visitors to the region. This visitor recognition and its ongoing development as a nationally significant and prestigious art award for painting has also benefited from the support by the Calleen Trust, providing prize money of $20,000 in 2019.

The winning painting of the 2019 Calleen Art Award is Erskineville Train Station (pictured) by Wendy Sharpe. Recent winners include Brian Robinson (2018) Cairns, Zai Kuang (2017) Victoria, Tania Mason (2016) NSW, and Yvonne Boag (2015) NSW.

List of finalists:

  • Peter Allen-Ankins
  • Louise Anders
  • Susan Baird
  • Michael Bell
  • Max Berry
  • Kate Briscoe
  • Annabel Butler
  • Anthony Cahill
  • Tam Cao
  • Carol Christie
  • Dagmar Cyrulla
  • Inel Date
  • Sinead Davies
  • Mark Dober
  • Mary Donnelly
  • Kate Dorrough
  • Philip Edwards
  • Michele England
  • Glenda Fell Jones
  • Keith Fyfe
  • Jennifer Gabbay
  • Oscar Giammichele
  • Craig Handley
  • Geoff Harvey
  • Vicki Hersey
  • Penny Hulbert
  • Janne Kearney
  • Yvonne Langshaw
  • Peter Larsen
  • Steve Lopes
  • Marie Mansfield
  • Kiata Mason
  • Nic Mason
  • Tania Mason
  • Rowen Matthews
  • Helen McCarthy Tyalmuty
  • Bridgette McNab
  • Matilda Michell
  • Hal Pratt
  • Glen Preece
  • Sarah Randall
  • Christine Read
  • Petra Reece
  • Lucy Roleff
  • Marion Rounsley
  • Megan Seres
  • Wendy Sharpe
  • Gary Smith
  • Sally Stokes
  • Leah Thiessen
  • Anita West
  • Judith White
  • Christine Wrest-Smith

Balnhdhurr – A Lasting Impression

23 June to 21 July 2019

Nyapanyapa Yunupingu, Hunting Dhawu, 2001, screenprint 47 x 39cm

In a remote corner of Arnhem Land sits Yirrkala Print Space, where, for over twenty years, the ancient craft of printmaking has not only survived, but prospered. Balnhdhurr – A Lasting Impression is a vibrant acknowledgement of the creative energies, talent and commitment of generations of Yolngu artists who have utilised and pushed the boundaries of such a medium to share significant cultural and historical stories.

Balnhdhurr is a coming together of cultures and time, providing an opportunity for a wider audience to recognise the accomplishments of a sustainable, functional and thriving print studio operating in an isolated landscape. Since Yirrkala Print Space began in 1995, when a purpose-built area was designed to host a printing press, it has become an integral and vital component of the community. The exhibition is presented by Artback NT in association with Buku–Larrnggay Mulka Centre.


75: From Guns to Gardens

Image: Photograph courtesy Roslyn Russell, composite design by Racheal Bruhn.

3 August to 18 August 2019

75 years ago, on 5 August 1944, a mass breakout of Japanese prisoners-of-war from the Cowra POW Camp resulted in the loss of 231 Japanese and four Australian lives (three more Japanese prisoners later died from their wounds). Cowra today is a place of reconciliation and peace between former enemies in World War II.

This exhibition bridges the gap between this tragic event and the reputation of Cowra today as a town dedicated to peace and friendship, and as a place that celebrates international co-operation and understanding across a range of venues and activities. The links between Cowra and Japan are particularly strong, and are a key part of Cowra’s contemporary identity.

Curated by Dr Roslyn Russell PhD, Historian, Museum Curator and Writer, the exhibition includes historic objects and items of decorative art, photographs and other documents. Also on display is a showcase of paintings and crafted objects made from recycled materials by Italian prisoners at the Cowra POW camp. Presented in association with the 75th Anniversary of the Cowra Breakout.

JamFactory Icon: Catherine Truman: no surface holds

Image: Catherine Truman Citizen Scopes-Plyscope, 2014, object constructed from plywood, mirrors, iPhone, moving image, 480x440x340mm. Collaborative work with Deb Jones The Microscope Project exhibition, Flinders University City Gallery. Image: Grant Hancock.

25 August to 22 September 2019

They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Perhaps it is in a vast landscape, or a personal experience. In Catherine Truman’s case, it’s often what she sees through the microscope. She is an accomplished artist, with a love of research flowing in the undercurrent to all of her practice. Truman’s sculptural objects and jewellery, made primarily from carved English lime wood, are a reflection of her ongoing interest in the ways which knowledge of human anatomy has been acquired and translated through artistic process and scientific method.

JamFactory ICON: Catherine Truman: no surface holds is a JamFactory touring exhibition. JamFactory ICON: Catherine Truman: no surface holds has been assisted by the South Australian Government through Arts South Australia and the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, Contemporary Touring Initiative.

Lachlan Valley Biennial Art Awards 2019

Image: Sampa Bhakta, Landscape inspired by the colour of the Canola Field, acrylic on canvas. Winner of the Barbara Bennett Memorial Award 2017. Photograph: Gwen Clark.

28 September to 13 October 2019

An exhibition not to be missed! Presented by the Cowra Art Group Inc and hosted by the Cowra Regional Art Gallery, the Lachlan Valley Biennial Art Awards are open to regional artists living within 100 kilometres from Cowra, including Young, Boorowa, Grenfell, Parkes, Forbes, Bathurst, Orange and Canowindra.

The LVBAA is non-acquisitive and open to entries that are two dimensional artworks in any style or subject. Award categories are painting, drawing, watercolour, printmaking, pastel, mixed media and miniatures. Participants have the opportunity to win several cash prizes, including a People’s Choice Award and the major prize for the most outstanding work in the exhibition the Barbara Bennett Memorial Award.

Helen Geier. Through Two Decades

Image: Helen Geier, Strange light (detail), 2014, w/c, gouache, ink on paper, 56 x 76cm. Collection of the artist.

19 October to 17 November 2019

Helen Geier. Through Two Decades examines paintings and works on paper by Braidwood-based artist Helen Geier, produced between 2000 and 2019. Geier has been exhibiting nationally and internationally for more than four decades. Her exhibition history is substantial, beginning in 1972 and continuing into 2019. Her art explores the activity of painting and is characterised by an incisive intellectual approach. That approach is expressed through examination of the Australian landscape.

Her examinations, however, extend the notion of the landscape to include multiple ways of looking and seeing the landscape. A peripatetic traveller, her work includes interpolations of ways of looking from various cultures, including Indian and Chinese, as well as various expressions of Western cultures – in this exhibition,
18th-century England, and 1920s and 1930s New York architecture. Geier’s visual language is highly developed and sophisticated. Helen Geier. Through Two Decades provides a unique opportunity to view the work of one of Australia’s most significant artists. The exhibition is curated by Peter Haynes, author of Helen Geier, a monograph on the artist’s work published in 2016.

upstART 2019

Image: Georgia Lewis, The water alters me and I alter the water (detail), 2018, acrylic on board. Winner Painting Award, Year 12 Cowra High School.

24 November to 8 December 2019

UpstART showcases the work of regional students in Years 10, 11 and 12, encompassing a broad range of styles and subjects. The exhibition includes experimental and creative approaches to painting, ceramics, mixed media, photography and sculpture. This is a “must-see” exhibition presented by the Cowra Regional Art Gallery, in association with high schools in the Central West.