Summer ‘must-see’ exhibitions and children’s activities at the Cowra Regional Art Gallery

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Illustration by John Kudelka.

This summer, the Cowra Regional Art Gallery is presenting two exciting and stimulating exhibitions. Opening on Saturday December 14, 2019 at 6pm is the exhibition The Calleen Collection 1977–2019, a vibrant and diverse collection of artworks featuring the winners of the acquisitive Calleen Art Award established by Cowra arts patron Mrs Patricia Fagan, OAM in 1977. This splendid foundation collection of artworks is wide-ranging and exemplifies the diverse and open-ended stylistic trends of Australian art (mainly painting) during the past forty years. The exhibition continues to Sunday February 2, 2020.

During the summer school holidays, the Gallery is presenting creative and fun activities for children from 7 to 9 years and 10 to 12 years. These Summer Art Workshops will take place on January 23 and 24, 2020 and are designed to include art activities in a fun environment as well as allowing for the development of individual skills. All workshops are $20pp (including materials) and numbers are limited. For more information and to register, contact the Gallery on 6340 2190.

Finally, save a date between February 8 to March 15, 2020 to visit the Cowra Regional Art Gallery for the humorous and thought-provoking exhibition Behind the Lines: The Years Best Political Cartoons for 2019. Each year the Behind the Lines exhibition features a broad selection of political cartoons from around Australia, providing an insight into the year in Australian politics. It celebrates the role of political cartoonists in Australia and highlights the power that their drawings have in contributing to our daily political and social discourse.

The Cowra Regional Art Gallery is located at 77 Darling Street, Cowra NSW 2794
Hours open: Tuesday to Saturday 10am–4pm, Sunday 2pm–4pm. Admission free.

The Gallery is closed from Saturday December 21 and reopens Tuesday January 7, 2020.

The Cowra Regional Art Gallery is a cultural facility of the Cowra Shire Council and supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW.

Please contact Gallery Director, Brian Langer on 0429 072 282 for more information.

2020 Summer Art Workshops For Children

Thursday, December 5, 2019

The 2020 Summer Art Workshops are designed by tutors with professional art and/or teaching experience. The workshop program includes a range of art activities in a fun environment as well as allowing for the development of individual skills.

Registration Form | PDF download

Thursday 23 January 2020
Woven Art Workshop with Libby Murray

7–9 years: Workshop participants will create a small wall hanging using natural and man-made materials.
10–12 years: Participants will create a circular placemat/mat or wall hanging using natural and man-made materials.
Session 1: 10am–12.30pm, 7 to 9 year olds
Cost $20 – limit 10 participants (includes all materials).
Session 2: 1pm–3.30pm, 10 to 12 year olds.
Cost $20 – limit 10 participants (includes all materials).

Friday 24 January 2020
Cardboard and Paper Sculptures with Libby Murray

7–9 years: Workshop participants will learn a variety of paper sculpture techniques to create a hanging paper garland and/or sculpture.
10–12 years: Participants will use a variety of techniques to create a 3D cardboard name or portrait sculpture.
Session 1: 10am–12.30pm, 7 to 9 year olds
Cost $20 – limit 10 participants (includes all materials).
Session 2: 1pm–3.30pm, 10 to 12 year olds
Cost $20 – limit 10 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 Friday 17 January 2020 will forfeit the workshop 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 enrollments 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.

UpstART 2019

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

The region’s foremost annual youth art exhibition upstART 2019 was opened last Saturday 23 November at 2.30pm by Cr Bill West, Mayor, Cowra Shire Council. It was an enjoyable afternoon with many of the winners present to receive their award in front of family and friends.

The upstART 2019 exhibition is an impressive showcase of artworks by talented young artists in Years 10, 11 & 12 from eight high schools and provides a wonderful opportunity for each participant to have their work presented in a regional public gallery. There is a diverse range of subjects, styles and mediums that feature in the exhibition including painting, sculpture, drawing, ceramics, mixed media and photography.

This year there are over 60 artworks on display by students from the region. The participating schools are: Canowindra High School, Cowra High School, Dubbo School of Distance Education, Henry Lawson High School, Parkes High School, St Raphael’s Catholic School Cowra, Henry Lawson High School
and Young High School.

This is the sixteenth year the Cowra Regional Art Gallery has presented this youth art event with the generous assistance by art teachers from the participating high schools as well as the support of sponsors: Eckersley’s Art and Craft, Webster Optometrists, The Vineyard Motel, Yellow House Cowra, in-kind sponsor LT131 Pizza and community donors the Friends of the Gallery and the Cowra Art Group Inc and private donor Mrs Margaret Henley.

This year’s judge was Madeline Young, Director of the Corner Store Gallery Orange. She was very impressed by the creativity and high standard of works on show commenting that many of the winning works included a great use of colour, clever and unique concepts and were very well presented.

This is a “must-see” exhibition and visitors will be delighted by the showcase of vibrant and interesting artworks on display. Visitors are also invited to vote for their favourite work and, at the end of the exhibition, the students whose work has the most votes will receive the People’s Choice Award supported by the Friends of the Gallery.

UpstART 2019 continues to Sunday 8 December 2019.

UpstART 2019 Award Winners

Years 10, 11 & 12

  • Winner Year 10: Lara George, Cowra High School, Year 10
  • Winner Year 11: Luke Wilson, Cowra High School, Year 11
  • Winner Year 12: Nicola Carter, Cowra High School, Year 12

Open Section

  • Winner – Drawing: Alanna Bush, Cowra High School, Year 12
  • Winner – Mixed Media: Will Hazzard, Dubbo School of Distance Education, Year 12
  • Winner – Photography: Lowanna Murray, Cowra High School, Year 10
  • Winner – Digital Art: Lloyd Ducksberry, Hennessy Catholic School, Year 12
  • Winner – Ceramics: Amy Knapman, Hennessy Catholic College, Year 10
  • Winner – Painting: Shiayn Newham-Gregg, Cowra High School, Year 12
  • Winner – Sculpture: Brooke Windsor, Hennessy Catholic College, Year 12

For more information contact the Gallery on (02) 6340 2192.

Cowra Regional Art Gallery
77 Darling Street Cowra NSW 2794
Phone: (02) 6340 2190
Hours: Tuesday to Saturday 10am–4pm, Sunday 2pm–4pm
Admission Free

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

HELEN GEIER: THROUGH TWO DECADES

Friday, October 18, 2019

Cowra Regional Art Gallery is pleased to announce the launch of a new exhibition on Saturday 19 October at 2.30pm.

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. The influence of travel is also a strong impetus providing thematic stimulus and diverse
cultural and (art) historical references.

Meridian 2012 acrylic on canvas 150 x 250cm

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.

Prior to the exhibition opening Helen Geier will present a floor talk at 2pm – All Welcome.

Red Tears 2016 Watercolour, gouache and ink on double Arches 300gram watercolour paper 49 x 57cm

Exhibition Dates are 20 October to 17 November 2019

For more information contact Brian Langer, Gallery Director on 63402192.

Cowra Regional Art Gallery
77 Darling Street, Cowra NSW 2794
Phone: (02) 6340 2190
Hours: Tuesday to Saturday 10am–4pm, Sunday 2pm–4pm
Admission free
Email: cowraartgallery@cowra.nsw.gov.au
Website: www.cowraartgallery.com.au

Cowra Regional Art Gallery is a cultural Facility of Cowra Shire Council

Cowra Regional Art Gallery presents Real to Reel: The Craft Film Festival

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Amazing spectacles sculpted from scrap (still), 2018, 3’49”, Director, producer, camera, editor: Rachel Clara Reed.

For One Night Only…
Celebrating Craft from around the World…
On the big screen…
Cowra Regional Art Gallery presents Real to Reel: The Craft Film Festival!

An exciting film festival from the UK, dedicated to craft and the moving image, giving a platform to a wealth of films that explore themes of making, makers, materials and process. The films screened are selected by a Crafts Council (UK) committee, from an open international call for submissions. The 33 films selected in 2019 and programmed across two sessions range from 30 seconds to 14 minutes, and feature three films from Australia.

Discover a world in miniature, performance that intertwines clay and dance, the beneficial impact of creativity on health, an outdoor gym that makes bread, animation celebrating the special role that dogs play in remote community life and documentaries about making, from giant pots to replica birds’ eggs, and more, in this diverse range of shorts.

Date: Friday, 1 November 2019
Venue: Cowra Civic Centre – Theatrette, cnr Darling Street and Bartlett Ave
Time: 6.30pm–9pm (two sessions with an interval at 7.30pm)
Cost: $30pp and $25pp – Students and Friends of the Gallery (student concession card/ Friends membership card must be shown at the door).

Tickets are available from the Cowra Visitor Centre tel (02) 6342 4333 or online at: www.trybooking.com/bftst or at the door (if available).
(Seating is limited and there is no reserve seating)

Real to Reel: The Craft Film Festival is produced by the Crafts Council UK and Crafts magazine. Its tour to Australia is courtesy of Maker&Smith. The Cowra Regional Art Gallery screening is in partnership with the Australian Design Centre, Sydney.

Cowra Regional Art Gallery is located at 77 Darling Street, Cowra. Open Tuesday to Saturday 10am–4pm, Sunday 2pm–4pm. Admission free.

For more information visit www.cowraartgallery.com.au or telephone (02) 6340 2190.
The Cowra Regional Art Gallery is a cultural facility of the Cowra Shire Council