Calleen Art Award 2019: People’s Choice winner announcement

Monday, July 1, 2019

Peter Larsen with his award-winning artwork.

The votes are in and the winner of the People’s Choice for the Calleen Art Award 2019 is Cowra-based artist Peter Larsen for his dramatic painting Hopeless Despair, 2019, watercolour, 120cm x 97cm. “This work arises from drought and its emotional toll on farmers…. we’re all affected by it and that’s why I wanted to do that painting” Peter Larsen said.

The Calleen Art Award 2019 exhibition consisted of an amazing range of 53 outstanding paintings selected from 300 entries received by the Gallery from around Australia.

Congratulations to Peter Larsen who receives $1,000 courtesy of the Friends of the Gallery.

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

Public program event: Saturday 6 July 2019 @ 2.30pm

Monday, June 24, 2019

Nyapanyapa Yunupingu, Hunting Dhawu, 2001, screenprint 47 x 39cm.

Guest speaker Denise Salvestro will present a floor talk about Balnhdhurr—A Lasting Impression and the Yirrkala Print Space. Denise Salvestro has a PhD from the Australian National University on the history of print making by Yolngu artists and the development of the Print Space at Yirrkala. As part of her research, Denise studied Yolngu Matha Language & Cultural Studies at Charles Darwin University in Darwin.

All welcome admission free.

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 tel 6340 2190.

Balnhdhurr: A Lasting Impression

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Nyapanyapa Yunupingu, Hunting Dhawu, 2001, screenprint 47 x 39cm.

In a remote corner of Arnhem Land at the Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Centre sits Yirrkala Print Space.

Balnhdhurr—A Lasting Impression celebrates twenty years of onsite printmaking at the Yirrkala Print Space, unique amongst remote community art centres with twenty years of continual production of limited edition fine art prints by locally employed and trained Indigenous printmakers.

The exhibition consists of the works from 50 artists, many that are historically significant and reveal the significant impact the introduction of bright acrylics had on artists, which allowed them to explore a whole new genre of artistic storytelling that became a joyous explosion of colour and expression.

The works in the exhibition are a vibrant acknowledgement of the creative energies, talent and commitment of generations of Yolngu artists who have utilised and pushed the boundaries of such a medium to share significant cultural and historical stories. Balnhdhurr is a coming together of cultures and time, providing an opportunity for a wider audience to recognise the accomplishments of a sustainable, functional and thriving print studio operating in an isolated landscape.

Since Yirrkala Print Space began in 1995 when a purpose built area was designed to host a printing press it has become an integral and vital component of the community.

Balnhdhurr – A Lasting Impression continues at the COWRA REGIONAL ART GALLERY to Sunday 21 July 2019. The exhibition is presented by Artback NT in association with Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Centre.

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 tel 6340 2190.

Wendy Sharpe: Floor Talk, Saturday 25 May, 2PM

Thursday, May 16, 2019

The winner of the 2019 Calleen Art Award, Wendy Sharpe, will be a guest speaker at the Cowra Regional Art Gallery on Saturday, 25 May at 2pm. The ‘floor talk’ is a Public Program Event of the gallery, and Wendy will discuss her winning painting, Erskineville Train Station.

Wendy Sharpe Erksineville Train Station

Wendy Sharpe, Erskineville Train Station, 2018 oil on canvas, 145 x 182 cm. Winner Calleen Art Award 2019.

77 Darling Street, Cowra NSW 2794
Open Tues to Sat 10am–4pm, Sun 2pm–4pm
Admission free

For further information, please contact the Gallery Director, Brian Langer:
E: blanger@cowra.nsw.gov.au
Tel: (02) 6340 2192

2019 Calleen Art Award winner announced

Monday, May 6, 2019

The exhibition opening of the Calleen Art Award 2019 acquisitive prize for painting took place at the Cowra Regional Art Gallery on Saturday night 4 May 2019. Over 130 people crowded into the Gallery for the announcement of the winner including many of the finalists. Guest speakers were Cowra Mayor, Cr Bill West, who opened the exhibition, Jenni Fagan representing the Calleen Trust and the 2019 Award Judge, Jane Watters, Director, S.H. Erving Gallery, Sydney.

This year the Gallery received 300 entries and 53 paintings (by 53 artists many from regional New South Wales) were selected as finalists.

The winner of the Calleen Art Award 2019 is Wendy Sharpe for her painting Erskineville Train Station, 2018, oil on canvas 145 x 182 cm. This work joins the Calleen Collection as the 2019 winner at the Cowra Regional Art Gallery.

Wendy Sharpe Erksineville Train Station

Wendy Sharpe, Erskineville Train Station, 2018 oil on canvas, 145 x 182 cm. Winner Calleen Art Award 2019.

Artist Statement: “When I first moved to Erskineville in inner Sydney, it was a rundown rough area full of life. It was also one of the cheapest places to live. Although it has changed a lot, I am glad to say some of eccentric characters are still here, and a few more added.

I walk from Erskineville to my studio in nearby semi industrial St Peters everyday. This walk is often spent thinking about what I am working on. What I see around me often feeds into to what I am painting.”

Judges Comments: “The painting captures with great theatricality a dynamic inner city street scene through the lens of night. The narrative intent of the work leaves the viewer to contemplate and consider the possible outcome in almost a film noir manner. The painting includes a portrait of the artist as an observer of the scene unfolding in front of her. Curiously Sharpe does not consider herself a portrait painter despite being awarded the 1997 Archibald Prize. However she masterfully uses her subjects almost as characters in a play – the colour, shadows and spotlights – work in unison to create a compelling picture that I kept coming back to.”

During the evening guests were treated to the presentation of delightful music by an ensemble of young musicians from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Sydney.

The Calleen Art Award 2019 exhibition continues to Sunday 16 June 2019. For more information, phone: (02) 6340 2190.

The Gallery is located at 77 Darling Street, Cowra and open from Tues–Sat, 10am–4pm and Sun 2pm–4pm. Admission is free.