Lachlan Valley Biennial Art Awards 2021 opens at the Cowra Regional Art Gallery

Saturday, May 22, 2021

Ada Clark, co-winner of the Lachlan Valley Biennial Art Awards Major Prize Award with her painting, Colours of Autumn, oil on canvas
Lachlan Valley Biennial Art Awards 2021 Judge, Emma Collerton, Curator, Bathurst Regional Art Gallery

Now on at the Cowra Regional Gallery is the wonderful regional art exhibition the Lachlan Valley Biennial Art Awards 2021 showcasing 100 artworks by 61 artists based within a radius of 100 klms from Cowra. This includes artists from  Darby’s Falls, Millthorpe, Grenfell, Woodstock, Canowindra, Greenethorpe, Bathurst, Young, Koorawatha, Orange, Gooloogong, Newbridge, and Cowra.

The Lachlan Valley Biennial Art Awards (LVBAA) was established as a stand alone exhibition project by the Cowra Art Group following over 20 years presenting exhibitions in association with the annual Festival of the Lachlan Valley (1986-1992) and the Cowra Festival of International Understanding.

The opening event including the announcement of the winners was broadcast online by the Cowra Regional Art Gallery (this was due to COVID-19 restrictions) on Wednesday 19 May 5.30pm and can now be seen on the Gallery website. Cr Bill West Cowra Mayor launched the exhibition. He congratulated the Art Group and the participating artists as well as acknowledging the artistic talent in Cowra and the region

“Walking in here it is quite inspiring and amazing to look at the work, not only of the art and the talent we have in the region, but to have it showcased in such a way, the diversity and the quality is outstanding. I would hope that when people come and look at this exhibition they would understand and appreciate the talent and the quality of the artists we have in our region.” said Mayor Bill West.

The 2021 judge was Emma Collerton, Curator. Bathurst Regional Art Gallery.  The judge selected  two co-winners of the Major prize and four highly commended.

“As you can see when you walk around the exhibition space there is so much diversity with the styles, the techniques, and the subject matter…. I had a very hard job, so I went to the committee and I said can I please choose two? And they said ok” said Emma Collerton.

List of winners and highly commended are:

TRISHA WALSH, Untitled, mixed media. Co-winner LVBAA Major Prize Award 2021

ADA CLARK, Colours of Autumn, oil on canvas. Co-winner LVBAA Major Prize Award 2021

Highly Commended:

LINDA CHANT, The Stems Fell Gently, drawing

ISABEL HARNDEN, Golden Hour, oil on canvas

WAYNE MILES, Flowers in a Glass Jar (after Olley), acrylic and enamel on plate glass

JOEL TONKS, Late Afternoon, Ophir, acrylic on canvas

This is a “must-see” exhibition and unique opportunity to enjoy the works of local talent from across the region. The Lachlan Valley Biennial Art Awards continues at the Cowra Regional Art Gallery to  12 June 2021. Gallery hours are Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 4pm and Sunday 2pm to 4pm and admission is free. The Cowra Regional Art Gallery is located at 77 Darling Street Cowra 2794. For more information contact the Gallery administration on 63402190.

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For more information contact Brian Langer, Gallery Director, Cowra Regional Art Gallery on 0429072282 or email blanger@cowra.nsw.gov.au

Cowra Regional Art Gallery is a cultural facility of the Cowra Shire Council.

Lachlan Valley Biennial Art Awards

Thursday, May 13, 2021

ARTISTS FROM THE REGION ON SHOW AT THE COWRA REGIONAL ART GALLERY!

From Bathurst to Boorowa, from Orange to Young, from Grenfell to Parkes and Forbes, as well as, Cowra and everywhere in between, artists have been putting the finishing touches to their entries for the Lachlan Valley Biennial Art Awards 2021.

Presented by the Cowra Art Group in collaboration with the Cowra Regional Art Gallery (since the gallery opened in 2000) the Lachlan Valley Biennial Art Awards (formally “the Festival Art Exhibition”)  has been presented by the Cowra Art Group since 1986.

Over 100 entries have been received in 2021 and all participating artists have the opportunity to see their work displayed professionally in a purpose built regional public gallery. The judge this year is Emma Collerton, Curator, Bathurst Regional Art Gallery. 

The Major Prize Winner will be announced online via livestream on Wednesday 19 May 2021 at 5.30pm. To watch online, go to the Cowra Regional Art Gallery’s YouTube Channel. A recording of the event will be available to watch on the Gallery website at www.cowraartgallery.com.au/lvbaa-2021 at a later date.                                                                       

Exhibition dates are 20 May to 12 June 2021 and admission is free. The Cowra Regional Art Gallery is located at 77 Darling Street Cowra 2794. Gallery Hours are Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 4pm and Sunday 2pm to 4pm. For more information contact the Gallery administration on 63402190.

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For more information contact Brian Langer, Gallery Director, Cowra Regional Art Gallery on 0429072282 or email blanger@cowra.nsw.gov.au

Cowra Regional Art Gallery is a cultural facility of the Cowra Shire Council.

Calleen Art Award 2021

Saturday, May 1, 2021

ENTRIES NOW OPEN – CALLING ALL ARTISTS!

The Cowra Regional Art Gallery is pleased to announce entries are now open for the prestigious Calleen Art Award 2021 – acquisitive prize for painting open to established and emerging artists living and working in Australia 18 years and over. The Calleen Art Award was founded in 1977 by Art Patron Mrs Patricia Fagan OAM with the aim to support innovation, creativity and originality in the visual arts and is made possible by the generous support of the Calleen Trust.

The winner of the Calleen Art Award 2021 will be announced on Saturday 2 October 2021 and will receive $25,000 in prize money. The winning artwork will join the Calleen Collection at the Cowra Regional Art Gallery. All entries submitted will be presented to a panel of art professionals to select the shortlist of finalists for exhibition. An independent guest judge is invited to select the winner of the Calleen Art Award 2021 from the finalists.

An entered artwork must be an original and unaided painting by the artist in any painting medium including oil paint, acrylic or watercolour and produced in the last two (2) years prior to the closing date19 July 2021. A free exhibition of the short-listed works of art will take place at the Cowra Regional Art Gallery from 3 October to 21 November 2021. The exhibition also includes a People’s Choice Award of $1,000 supported by the Friends of the Gallery determined by votes from the public during the dates of the exhibition. This is announced at the end of the exhibition.  

All information to enter online can be found at the Gallery website link at www.cowraartgallery.com.au/calleen2021 or by telephoning the Gallery at (02) 6340-2190.  

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For more information contact Brian Langer, Gallery Director, Cowra Regional Art Gallery on 0429072282 or email blanger@cowra.nsw.gov.au

Cowra Regional Art Gallery is a cultural facility of the Cowra Shire Council.

John Gollings: the history of the built world.

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Final weeks until 9 May 2021 – a “must see” exhibition.

John Gollings is Australia’s pre-eminent photographer of the built environment. For the past 50 years he has been synthesising his joint interests in photography and architecture to explore the cultural construction of social spaces.

John Gollings: the history of the built world is the first major survey of Gollings’s photographic practice. While Gollings is well known for his documentation of new buildings and cityscapes, this survey exhibition situates these images within the broader context of his photographic practice. Alongside his commercial work, Gollings has always engaged in projects concerned with architectural history and heritage. This includes photographs of iconic modernist buildings, ancient sites of spiritual significance and the ruins of abandoned cities. Gollings’s interest in architectural heritage is also apparent in his documentation of places such as Melbourne and Surfers Paradise, where he has recorded the evolution of the built environment over extended periods of time.

Constantly innovating with photographic technologies, and investigating new architectural subjects with a restless enthusiasm, Gollings has developed a distinctive visual style. This style typically conveys a personal or physical connection with the structure being photographed. Rather than documenting buildings in a way that reproduces the impersonal elevation plans of an architectural diagram, Gollings embeds the viewer in face-to-face encounters with built environments. Using a range of compositional techniques and visual effects to invest architecture with personality, he portrays buildings as lively habitats rather than static monuments. John Gollings: the history of the built world is an MGA travelling exhibition. The exhibition closes 9 May 2021.

Cowra Regional Art Gallery is located at 77 Darling Street, Cowra, NSW, 2794
Open: Tues to Sat 10am – 4pm, Sun 2pm – 4pm – Admission free, www.cowraartgallery.com.au                                                 

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For more information contact Brian Langer, Gallery Director, Cowra Regional Art Gallery on 0429072282.

2021 Summer Art Workshops for Children

Friday, November 27, 2020

Our school holiday art workshops are designed to inspire young artists to develop and explore under the guidance of local artist tutors. The workshop program includes a range of art activities in a fun environment, as well as allowing for the development of individual skills.

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Thursday 21 January 2021
ABORIGINAL INSPIRED FIBRE SCULPTURES with Libby Murray

In this workshop participants will explore the craft of fibre sculptures, inspired by the woven sculptures by Tjanpi Central Desert Weavers. These artists collect desert grass (tjanpi), wool, raffia and other objects to create quirky animal forms and beautiful baskets.

Session 1: 10am to 12pm – 7 to 9 year olds
Cost $15 – limit 8 participants (includes all  materials).

Session 2: 1pm to 3pm – 10 to 12 year olds. 
Cost $15 – limit 8 participants (includes all materials).

Friday 22 January 2021                         
MOSAIC CREATIONS with Catherine Bennett

A mosaic is a picture or pattern made by arranging small pieces of stone, tile, glass, and ceramics. In this workshop participants will create their own mosaic mirror artwork.  

Session 1: 9.30am to 12.30pm – 7 to 9 year olds
Cost $25 – limit 8 participants (includes all materials).
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Session 2: 1pm to 4pm – 10 to 12 year olds                     
Cost $25 – limit 8 participants (includes all materials).

General Information

Bookings can be made by telephone on 6340 2190, however, only a completed registration form and payment will secure a workshop place. Only one registration form per child. Forms can be photocopied or a new form can be obtained by contacting the Gallery.

Remember workshop numbers are limited (See registration information). Places fill quickly. To avoid disappointment REGISTER EARLY.

Mail your registration form and payment (cheque or money order by mail – no cash) to:

Cowra Regional  Art Gallery
77 Darling Street Cowra NSW 2794
or hand deliver your form with your payment.

Enrolments cancelled after Tuesday 19 January 2021 will forfeit the workshop fee unless the position can be filled.

The Gallery reserves the right to combine classes if minimum enrolments are not reached. If a session is cancelled due to low enrolments prepaid fees will be refunded.

Where: The Nguluway Room (formerly Multipurpose Room), 77 Darling Street

Car parking: Car parking is located next to the Art  Gallery off Darling Street.

What to Wear: All participants are advised to wear appropriate old clothing or a smock and enclosed shoes. Participants should bring a snack and drink.

The organisers will not be responsible for any damage to clothing or loss of personal property.