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Selling An American Dream: Australia’s Greek Café

Astoria Café interior, Hunter Street, Newcastle, NSW, late 1940s. Photo courtesy N. Raftos, from the ‘In Their Own Image: Greek Australians’ National Project Archives, Macquarie University.

13 February to 13 March 2016

This major photography exhibition explores an important chapter in the development of Australian culture.

The exhibition curator’s photographer, Effy Alexakis, and historian Leonard Janiszewski, have utilised a revealing interplay of historical and contemporary photographs to present a social history exhibition that has powerfully resonated with audiences across the country.

The exhibition celebrates the golden age of Greek-owned cafés in Australia – from the 1930s to the late 1960s. For anyone who remembers enjoying a milk-shake, ice-cream sundae, milk chocolate treat or hamburger at their favourite café, this exhibition is not to be missed.



Nic Mason, Fox and numbat, oil on canvas, 2015, 76 cm x 76 cm.

19 March to 24 April 2016

This solo exhibition by Nic Mason references her long background in conservation management and ongoing relationship with the Australian landscape, specifically the bush and big skies of the Blue Mountains and west of the Great Dividing Range. This environmental focus by Mason who lives in Napolean Reef near Bathurst is mixed with stories from her domestic and family life.

The two combined echo Mason’s disquiet about the impact of introduced pest animals on threatened Australian fauna and convey her immersion in living and bringing up a family within this landscape. Narrative and symbolism are integral to this work, where Mason plays with the rendering of animal masks and her recurring red bag. Wild is the first substantial body of work shown by Nic Mason and hosted by Cowra Regional Art Gallery, following her win of the 2015 Central West Regional Art Award.

The Wilkins Collection: A Survey

Laura Rose Morris, The Ponds, 2013, painting, 80 x 129 cm.

20 March to 24 April 2016

This survey exhibition of selected pieces from The Wilkins Collection focuses on landscape and figurative works. The works, acquired during the past 20 years from former Higher School Certificate Visual Arts Examination submissions, presents a unique range of vibrant and inspiring artworks by young artists from across NSW.

The Wilkins Collection (named in honour of Mr. William Wilkins (1827–1892), the first Under-Secretary of the Department of Public Instruction in New South Wales) was established in 1974 and has over 900 artworks after 40 years of collecting.

This prestigious collection is managed by The Arts Unit, NSW Department of Education, and each year, the collection continues to grow through the acquisition purchase of 10 new bodies of work. Acquisition works are selected from student submissions in the annual ARTEXPRESS Exhibition Program, showcased throughout NSW Metropolitan and Regional Galleries. The ARTEXPRESS Program is a partnership between the NSW Department of Education and the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards showcasing exemplar works from the NSW Higher School Certificate Visual Arts Practical Examination.




AFTERDARK Cowra: Saturday 9 April 2016 at 7pm

after-darkCOWRA CIVIC CENTRE: Saturday 9 April 2016 at 7pm

Twenty leading Australian photo-media artists and creatives working across all areas of contemporary photo-media have been selected by guest curator Hamish Ta-mé to present photo-based quick fire projections at the Cowra Civic Centre Saturday 9 April commencing at 7pm. The exhibiting artists are:

  • Toby Burrows
  • Mark Kelly
  • Jonny Lewis
  • Rita Zimmermann
  • Zelko Nedic
  • David Knight
  • Stephen Dupont
  • Hamish Ta-mé
  • Anne Lynam
  • Murray Fredericks
  • Patricia Lovechek
  • Shani Nottingham
  • Sally Mcinerney
  • Jesse Willesee
  • Garth Knight
  • Tamara Dean
  • Kate Baker
  • Marco Bok
  • Gordon Undy
  • Bob Kersey
  • Jason Kibbler
  • Nicole Welch
  • William Bennett
  • John Daly.

The works have been inspired by subjects including still life, landscape, portraiture, the environment, travel, documentary and society.

Photo-media creatives from the Central West have also been selected by the curator providing a spotlight on the region. Presented by the Cowra Regional Art Gallery AFTERDARK COWRA is based on the PechaKucha format of presenting 20 images shown at 20 second intervals.

It’s a live event, informal and promises to be a fun night. Entry by a gold coin donation. Coffee, Tea, Cake available.

* Age restrictions apply – not suitable for children under 15 years and over 15 year olds must be accompanied by an adult.


Brian Langer, Gallery Director, Cowra Regional Art Gallery 77 Darling Street, Cowra, NSW, 2794 Tel: (02) 6340 2192 M: 0429 072 282

Calleen Art Award

Tania and

Tania Mason and her winning work Irregular Plasma

30 April to 19 June 2016

The Calleen Art Award is an annual acquisitive award for contemporary painting in any subject or style. It was established in 1977 by Mrs Patricia Fagan OAM and is made possible with the generous support of the Calleen Trust.

The winner of the 2016 Calleen Art Award will be awarded $19,000 in prize money and their winning work joins the Calleen Art Collection, an integral part of the Cowra Regional Art Gallery’s permanent collection. Recent winners include Peter Gardiner, Gladdy Kemarre, Naomi White and Yvonne Boag in 2015.

The 2016 Calleen Art Award Judge is John Cheeseman, Director, Mosman Art Gallery. Visitors to the Calleen Art Award can vote in the People’s Choice Award (non-acquisitive) with the winning artist awarded $500 in prize money.

The winner of the 2016 acquisitive Calleen Art Award is Tania Mason from Sydney, for her work Irregular Plasma, 2016, gouache and acrylic on canvas, 102 x 84cm.


Warakurna: All the stories got into our minds and eyes

Eunice Yunurupa Porter, Camel Cull, 2012, acrylic on canvas, 76 x 101 cm. Courtesy Warakurna Artists from the collection of the National Museum of Australia.

25 June to 31 July 2016

An exhibition of contemporary paintings and sculptures documenting a new art movement emerging from the Western Desert community of Warakurna. These paintings combine familiar Western Desert symbols and dots with a new, more figurative style, to recreate scenes of everyday life and to tell historical and contemporary stories.

Western Desert people were among the last Aboriginal people to have contact with Europeans. Warakurna lay in the middle of the flight path of missiles launched from Woomera in the South Australian desert in the 1960s.

A National Museum of Australia Travelling exhibition, supported by Visions of Australia, an Australian government program supporting touring exhibitions by providing funding assistance for the development and touring of Australian cultural material across Australia.



Max and Olive

Max Dupain, Portrait of Olive Cotton, 1940.

6 August to 4 September 2016

Max Dupain and Olive Cotton were two of the great figures in twentieth century Australian culture. Married for a short period, Dupain and Cotton shared a long and close personal and professional relationship that enabled some of the defining images in Australian photography. This exhibition looks at the work of these two iconic photographers produced between 1934 and 1945, the period marking their professional relationship. A regional touting exhibition by the National Gallery of Australia.

  • The education kit for this exhibition is available from the National Gallery of Australia website.
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Three Ways: G.W.Bot, Meg Buchanan, Anita McIntyre

Meg Buchanan, Laminal 3, 2016 acrylic on canvas 91 x 152cm.

10 September to 9 October 2016

‘Three Ways’ showcases the recent work of three artists whose major aesthetic explorations are concerned with the Australian landscape as it impacts on them through the immediacy of their living and working environments and through each artist’s particular histories of their relationship with the land (in its broader sense). The three ways of the title refers not only to the aesthetic and conceptual approaches of the artists but also to the formal means they choose to visualise their imaginative creations. They use a range of means to express the reactions to and embracing of the land. Bot is printmaker, painter and sculptor. Buchanan is painter, printmaker and draughtsman. McIntyre works in clay. Curated by Peter Haynes.





Punuku Tjukurpa

Ivy Ingkatji, Piti, c. 1995, Itara: River Red Gum, 71 x19.5 x 29cm.

15 October to 20 November 2016

A stunning collection of works from the Maruku archive the exhibition is made up of a diverse array of sculptures and paintings from some of Australia’s finest artists. Works include piti (wooden bowls), miru (spearthrowers), tjara (shields), kulata (spears) and beautiful carvings of desert birds and animals. The exhibition also features ephemeral material from the early days of Maraku arts, plus photographs, audio and video.

This is an Artback NT touring exhibition developed in partnership with Maruku Arts. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.





The Affordable Art Show

Max Miller, Nourlangie Rock East MacDonnell Ranges, hand water-coloured etching (detail).

17 November 2016 to 8 January 2017

During December the Gallery is hosting a special end of year fundraiser exhibition with over 100 art prints all for sale. Visitors will be inspired by the range of artworks on view at affordable prices. This is a great opportunity to start an art collection or add to your collection. If your funds are limited you can buy a raffle ticket for only $5.

Funds raised from the exhibition will be used towards the fit out of the new gallery upgrade. A special preview and opening night on Saturday 17 December from 6.30pm.





UpstART 2016: Regional Art Exhibition and Awards for Students Yrs 10-12

Detail of Year 11 student work UpstART 2015.

26 November to 11 December 2016

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