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Mandy Martin: Homeground

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

10 February to 18 March 2018

This exhibition is a survey project that focuses on work created by Mandy Martin after she came to live near Mandurama in the Central West of New South Wales.

The works chosen for this exhibition reflect 20 years in the region, and address Mandy Martin’s deep unease about the landscape in which she lives. Environmental issues relating to water security, the impact of the region’s coal-fired power stations and open cut mines are central concerns. Homeground features guest artists Alexander Boynes and Trisha Carroll.

A Bathurst Regional Art Gallery Touring exhibition.

The Lady and The Unicorn: A collaboration between Arthur Boyd and Peter Porter

(Left) Arthur Boyd, late 1960s. Photo: Axel Poignant. Bundanon Trust Archive; (right) Peter Porter, 2009. Photo: Norman McBeath. Collection: National Portrait Gallery, Canberra. Gift of Norman McBeath, 2011).

24 March to 29 April 2018

This exhibition consists of an astonishing series of images that highlight Boyd’s command of the technically complex and demanding process of intaglio printmaking.

“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.

Objet D’art

Robert Clinch, Object D’art, hand-painted 1960 Gogomobil Dart sports car.

24 March to 29 April 2018

This exhibition was initiated by classic car collector Jeff Brown (son of renowned art dealer, Joseph Brown). Artist Robert Clinch has painted a classic 1960s DART sports car (owned by Jeff Brown), with more than 60 unique (hyper real) paper darts transforming the vehicle into an art object.

Accompanying the car, this exhibition also includes detailed sketches, test panels and a documentary video about the project.

2018 Calleen Art Award


Sowing the Crops and Reading the Stars, 2018 enamel spray paint, liquitex paint marker 152 x 122 cm

5 May to 17 June 2018

The Calleen Art Award was established as an acquisitive art prize in 1977 by local arts patron Mrs Patricia Fagan, OAM, and each year the Gallery acquires the winning work for the Calleen Collection. The Calleen Art Award is a significant art prize for painting in regional New South Wales and a favourite exhibition event within the Cowra community. The winning painting for the 2018 Calleen Art Award was Sowing the Crops and Reading the Stars (pictured) by Cairns-based artist Brian Robinson.

2018 Calleen Art Award


Remember Me: The Lost Diggers of Vignacourt

21 July to 2 September 2018

The small French village of Vignacourt was always behind the front lines. For much of the First World War it was a staging point, casualty clearing station and recreation area for troops of all nationalities moving up to and then back from the battlefields on the Somme. Remember Me: The Lost Diggers of Vignacourt tells the story of how one enterprising photographer took the opportunity of this passing traffic to establish a business taking portrait photographs.

Captured on glass, printed into postcards and posted home, the photographs made by the Thuillier family enabled Australian soldiers to maintain a fragile link with loved ones in Australia. The Thuillier collection covers many of the significant aspects of Australian involvement on the Western Front, from military life to the friendships and bonds formed between the soldiers and civilians.

The exhibition showcases a selection of the photographs as handmade traditional darkroom prints and draws on the Memorial’s own collections to tell the story of these men in their own voices.

Image: Band of the 2nd Australian Pioneer Battalion, November 1918. In the middle row, third from right is Private Stanley Walter George Thorpe of Norward, South Australia. Courtesy Kerry Stokes Collection, the Louis and Antoinette Thuillier Collection. AWM P10550.003


9 September to 7 October 2018

ARTEXPRESS is a showcase of Higher School Certificate work representing best practice in visual arts education. The exhibition is a wonderful event that connects communities through the visual arts, and offers us a glimpse into the lives, hopes and concerns of our young people. ARTEXPRESS grew from humble beginnings to a major event in New South Wales. The impact of the exhibition has surpassed its original function as a display of exemplary Visual Arts bodies of work and it remains internationally unique.

ARTEXPRESS is not one, but a series of exhibitions that take place over an 11-month period. The exhibition on show at the Cowra Regional Art Gallery (for the first time) is unique to the Cowra region, including works from both metropolitan and regional centres and from both Government and non-Government schools with fairness in regards to gender balance and expressive form. The exhibition includes everything from ceramics, drawing and graphic design, to painting, photomedia, printmaking, sculpture, textiles and fibre, as well as time-based forms.

JamFactory Icon Gerry Wedd: Kitschen Man

Image: Gerry Wedd, Gram Jar, coil built, terracotta, coloured slip decoration, 1120º, 640 x 430mm. Photo: Andrew Cowen.

14 October to 18 November 2018

Willow pattern ceramics submerged in political jibes, classic urns decorated with lyrical portraits, garniture figurines poised in confrontational narratives, Gerry Wedd’s work is a day at the beach – with a smash of homebaked reality pie in your face for good measure.

Traditional ceramic styles imbued with meaty metaphor burst the seams of this solo exhibition by Gerry Wedd, showcasing the breadth of this iconic artist’s career. This JamFactory Icon exhibition is one of an annual event celebrating masters of creative excellence.

JamFactory Icon Gerry Wedd: Kitschen Man is a JamFactory touring 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 and the Australia Council for the Arts, the Australian Governments arts funding and advisory body.

Gerry Wedd Education Kit

UpstART 2018

Image: Katie Brown, Touch (detail), Year 12, drawing.
Winner, 2017 UpstART People’s Choice Award.

25 November to 9 December 2018

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 and the 15th annual youth art exhibition and awards presented by the Cowra Regional Art Gallery in association with high schools in the central west.

Making a Splash: Mermaids and Modernity

Image: Effy Alexakis, Gorgona shop, Plaka, Athens, 2017. Digital photograph; Lambda print, 20 x 25cm; 27 x 32cm framed. Collection of the artist.

16 December 2018 to 3 February 2019

This exhibition features a diverse range of new works, including painting, photography, sound and installation by ten artists offering fresh interpretations of the mermaid – such as, whimsical mermaid imagery and folklore, as well as new associations that connect contemporary issues with particular places and circumstances. Presented by the Cowra Regional Art Gallery, in partnership with Macquarie University Art Gallery.