ISLAND to ISLAND by award winning artist Tim Winters

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Image: Tim Winters As Above So Below 90 x 90 cm mixed media on canvas.

Image: Tim Winters As Above So Below 90 x 90 cm mixed media on canvas.

Commencing Saturday 17 March 2012 the Cowra Regional Art Gallery will present an exhibition project featuring paintings, prints and works on paper by Stuart Town based and award winning artist Tim Winters.

The exhibition ISLAND to ISLAND includes a series of calligraphic prints inspired by the neolithic landscape of Orkney islands, a group of small islands located near Scotland in the North Sea; a series of mixed media works on paper exploring the tiny island of Sark landscape located in the Channel Islands near France; and a series of large paintings on canvas related to specific sites inspired by the forms, colours, textures and the ‘diamond light’ found in the outback of Australia.

The exhibition is presented as a collaborative project with Tim Winters in association with him winning the 2011 Central West Regional Artists Award.

During the exhibition ISLAND to ISLAND there is also a special showcase of new acquisitions received by the Cowra Regional Art Gallery during the past 3 years. This exhibition includes not only art works by leading Australian artists received through the past two Calleen Art Awards and the support of private donors, but also, through the Commonwealth Governments Cultural Gifts Program. The Gallery also purchases work by prominent regional artists with the assistance of the Friends of the Gallery. Artists featured in FROM THE COLLECTION: New Acquisitions include Lucy Buttenshaw, Joseph Brown, Judy Cassab, Peter Gardiner, Joanna Logue, Claire Martin and HJ Wedge.

Both exhibitions will be opened by Professor Mandy Martin, ANU Canberra on Saturday 17 March at 1pm. Prior to the official opening Tim Winters will present a floor talk about the works in his exhibition commencing at 12.30 pm. Admission is free. (Note: the Gallery will be closed prior to the floor talk).

Regional Student Youth Art

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Opening night

Image: Opening night

On Saturday 26th November, Cowra Regional Art Gallery Director Brian Langer welcomed a large crowd of young people, teachers and parents, congratulated those young artists who entered the Awards, and thanked the Awards Judge artist Joanna Logue for officiating. Joanna was the winner of the Country Energy Award in 2006 and Central West Regional Artists Award in 2009.

This is the eighth year the Cowra Regional Art Gallery has presented this unique youth art project and the Director made mention of the generous support received from award sponsors and donors including major sponsor Essential Energy and local sponsors Webster Optometrists, Cowra Eagle Boys Pizza and The Land Newspaper as well as award donors the Friends of the Gallery, Cowra Art Group Inc. and Cowra Arts Council. Private donations for several of the awards were also received from Mrs. Margaret Henley, Mrs. Pamela Heikkinen and Mr. Tommy Jeffs.

This year the Gallery received 141 works by students in years 10, 11 and 12 from the following central west high schools Blayney High School; Boorowa Central School; Canowindra High School, Cowra High School; Forbes High School; Hennessy Catholic College, Henry Lawson High School, Grenfell; Young; Mackillop College, Bathurst; Molong Central School; St. Raphael’s Central School, Cowra; Young High School. The Awards categories this year were painting, drawing, 2D digital, mixed media, Craft (ceramics/textiles), photography and sculpture. It was pleasing to have some of the award winners present on the day to receive their award certificates.

Cl Bill West, Mayor of Cowra Shire Council, opened the exhibition and he congratulated the artists, wished them well for their future, and encouraged them to continue to nurture their talents. Awards Judge Joanna Logue spoke about the challenge and difficulty in deciding the winners as she had found something worthwhile in every work she looked at. Joanna gave an interesting description on each of her selections as she announced the winners.

Jacaranda Acquisition Drawing Award

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Image: (L to R) Down the Macleay from Bellbrook to Temagog, Mike Riley Turtles all the way down, Berenice Carrington

(L to R) Down the Macleay from Bellbrook to Temagog, Mike Riley. Turtles all the way down, Berenice Carrington

Commencing at the Cowra Regional Art Gallery on Saturday 17 December 2011 is the Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award (JADA), flagship awards event of the Grafton Regional Gallery. The award now worth $15,000, aims promote excellence and innovation in contemporary Australian drawing. The JADA commenced in 1988 and has developed into a premier biennial arts event of broad appeal with entries from a wide cross-section of established and emerging artists. This JADA exhibition was launched in 2010 and the Cowra Regional Art Gallery is the fifth public gallery to host this diverse showcase of 46 drawings selected from a record number of 429 entries from all over Australia, including 23 drawings produced by artists working in regional areas.

Jude McBean, Gallery Director Grafton Regional Gallery said, “Mark making is part of who we are and what we do and have done from an early age. The involvement provides a very intense relationship between the viewer and the mark. This is just part of what makes the Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award so engaging”.

A special pre Christmas opening has been planned for Friday 16 December commencing at 6.30pm including Baroque key board music by Tracey Callinan, champagne and a lucky door prize. The opening is a Friends of the Gallery fund raising event and entry is $10/$5 Friends and concession card holders.

New exhibitions – REPLANT: a new generation of botanical art and RACHEL ELLIS: New Works

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Image: Judy Watson bat-wing coral tree, red bean tree 2006 etching on paper. Courtesy Nomad Art.

Image: Judy Watson bat-wing coral tree, red bean tree 2006 etching on paper. Courtesy Nomad Art.

Cowra Regional Art Gallery is pleased to present the exhibition Replant: a new generation of botanical art, an excursion into the remarkable world of plants in the tropical north of Australia, as seen through the eyes of six different artists from diverse cultural backgrounds. This beautiful print exhibition presents intricate etchings that explore the unique characteristics of native plants that survive and prosper through the climatic extremes of monsoonal rains, long dry seasons and intense wild fires.

The artists represented in Replant come from diverse cultural and stylistic backgrounds – Winsome Jobling from Darwin, Debra Wurrkidj from Maningrida, Marita Sambono from Nauiyu, Irene Mungatopi from the Tiwi Islands, Fiona Hall from Adelaide, and Judy Watson from Brisbane. The evocative photographs of Peter Eve, a Darwin based photographer, add to the mix of this reflective and informative exhibition.

Gathering at the Daly River, the artists initially explored different aspects of indigenous plant species from the region, drawing on traditional plant knowledge contributed by Yolgnu custodians as well as collaborating with ethno-botanist Glenn Wightman who guided the group through protocols and knowledge systems, which interweave cultural and geographical boundaries. Together they distilled ideas and visions in an acutely observed survey of Top End flora and environment.

The exhibition is curated by Angus and Rose Cameron of Nomad Art and assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, the Northern Territory Government, Artback NT and toured by Museum and Gallery Services Queensland.

The exhibition Rachel Ellis: New Works consists of recent paintings by Rachel Ellis which respond to her immediate surroundings in and around the city of Bathurst. In 2010 Rachel won the Central West Regional Artists Award which includes an exhibition of at the Cowra Regional Art Gallery the following year.

There is a special opening on Saturday 22 October commencing at 1.30pm with guest speaker Fiona Sivyer, Manager Nomad Art Gallery in Canberra. Admission is free. The Gallery will also have a special closing for the Rachel Ellis exhibition with guest speaker Richard Perram Director Bathurst Regional Art Gallery on Sunday 20 November at 2pm.

Exhibition Dates 22 October to 20 November 2011

Record Nominations for the 2011 IMAGinE Awards!

Friday, September 9, 2011

imagine awards 2011And Cowra Regional Art Gallery has been nominated in the all important Exhibitions and Public Engagement category. Celebrating and acknowledging excellence and innovation, these awards offer a great guide to some of State’s most inspiring institutions and collections for the public.

Museums & Galleries NSW, Museums Australia (NSW), Regional Public Galleries of NSW and Museums Australia (ACT) have announced the nominations for this year’s IMAGinE Awards and Cowra Regional Art Gallery has been nominated in the Category – Exhibitions and Public Engagement for the Gallery curated component of the exhibition There’s a War On! World War II at Home. This included a showcase of visual art and craft objects, photographs and memorabilia from the gallery collection as well as community and private collections in Cowra.

Established in 2008 the IMAGinE Awards celebrate the achievements and extraordinary diversity of the NSW and ACT museum and gallery sector and those who work within it, both paid and volunteer staff. Comprising of over 650 organisations and approximately 5000 paid and volunteer workers, these galleries and museums also provide major contributions to their local communities, economies and cultural life as well as playing an important role in tourism across urban and regional NSW and the ACT.

Michael Rolfe, Museums & Galleries NSW CEO, said this week, “Record nominations highlight the diversity, strength and excellence in the sector. Both large and small and regional and metropolitan institutions stand side-by-side as equal nominees across the four Awards Categories – Collections Management, Exhibitions & Public Engagement, Education & Audience Development and Individual Achievement.”

“Additionally, the significant contribution that individuals make to their communities through museums and galleries across NSW and the ACT has been brilliantly showcased with the highest number of entries ever received in the individual achievement category,” continued Rolfe.

“The nominees and their projects provide great learnings and insights for fellow nominees. And the Imagine Awards are also an important opportunity for the public to learn more about these fascinating organisations and their unique collections and programs across NSW and the ACT as they highlight the best of the best,” concluded Rolfe.

This year’s Awards night will be held at the Australian Museum in Sydney on Friday September 30, with special guest MC Libbi Gorr and will reveal THE most inspiring and innovative exhibitions and collections on offer in NSW and the ACT.