Outstanding National Archives exhibition hosted by Cowra Regional Art Gallery

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Image: Letter from Returned Sailors and Soldiers’ Imperial League of Australia regarding their Poppy Day appeal, 1932
Credit: naa.gov.au

A new touring exhibition Shell-shocked: Australia after Armistice developed by the National Archives of Australia to mark the 90th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice at the end of World War I commences at the Cowra Regional Art Gallery on Saturday 9 June 2012.

This memorable exhibition explores the personal impact of war on Australian men, women and children, and the nation’s attempts to recover from the loss or injury of almost three-quarters of its soldiers serving overseas. It shows how the nation channelled its grief into public commemoration, honouring the fallen with national monuments and ubiquitous small town memorials. The exhibition features photographs, personal letters, service files and memorabilia from the National Archives collection.

Shell-Shocked is accompanied by Mapping our Anzacs, an innovative and popular website encouraging users to explore the collection and create and share content. Mapping our Anzacs presents information on servicemen and their communities in a fundamentally different way, using Google Maps technology. Visitors can explore some of the Archives most popular records and add personal photos, letters and other mementos using the online scrapbook.

The exhibition is on tour from 2010 – 2013, visiting fifteen museums and galleries around the country. It is presented by the National Archives with the assistance of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs and Visions of Australia.

The Shell-shocked: Australia after Armistice will be opened by Frank Bridges Vice President Cowra RSL Sub Branch on Friday 8 June 2012 commencing at 6.30pm.

For more information about the exhibition please contact the Gallery on (02) 63402190.

2012 Calleen Art Award and Central West Regional Art Award Winners Announced

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Top: G.W. Bot Glyphs: Tree of Life 2012, watercolour and graphite on colombe paper 100cm x 100cm  Bottom: Genevieve Carroll The Wattle Room: Portent of the Enlarged Thought 2011, oil on canvas 120cm x 130cm

Top: G.W. Bot Glyphs: Tree of Life 2012, watercolour and graphite on colombe paper 100cm x 100cm
Bottom: Genevieve Carroll: The Wattle Room: Portent of the Enlarged Thought 2011, oil on canvas 120cm x 130cm

The award winners of the 2012 Calleen Art Award and Central West Regional Art Award were announced at the awards exhibition opening on Saturday 21 April at the Cowra Regional Art Gallery. Over 120 people attended the opening including many of the finalists. Cr Bill West, Mayor Cowra Shire Council opened the exhibition. The announcement of the award winners was by the 2012 awards judge Jason Smith, Director/CEO Heide Museum of Modern Art (Bulleen, Victoria).

This year the Gallery received 228 entries from across Australia and 60 artworks were selected as finalists.

The Calleen Art Award was established in 1977 through a gift by Mrs. Patricia Fagan OAM. Now in its 35th year the Calleen Art Award is an acquisitive award worth $16,000 through the generous support of the Calleen Trust. The Central West Regional Art Award is non acquisitive and worth $2,000. The Friends of the Gallery have also donated $500 for the People’s Choice Award which will be announced at the end of the exhibition.

“The high calibre of works by the finalists in the 2012 Calleen Art Award was striking and made the selection of one recipient for the major award particularly challenging. What I looked for was a work that kept drawing me back as a viewer. I always look for particular formal qualities of pictorial composition, balance, material sophistication and excellent technical execution. These qualities help convey the artist’s concept. Pictures, for me, must be well made in order to attract and keep the attention of my eye. Of course, subject matter and content are enormously important, and in the 2012 Award there is a spectacularly wide-range of subjects.” said Jason Smith.

The winner of the 2012 Calleen Art Award is Canberra based artist G.W. Bot for her artwork Glyphs: Tree of Life 2012, watercolour and graphite on colombe paper.

Jason Smith – Judges Comments
“I selected GW Bot for the Calleen Art Award because I found her work to be deeply enigmatic. It appeared simultaneously as a moonlit nocturnal landscape with phenomena, and as a dynamic field of abstract gestures. Her work is quietly but intensely alluring. It is beautifully crafted as an object, but its materiality emphasizes the textures of landscape.” Jason Smith

G.W. Bot – Artist Statement
“Over the past few years I have thought of the landscape as a language that I have called ‘glyphs’. Glyphs constitute a language suggested by the markings found in the Australian landscape. All of my work is intimately interrelated thematically and essentially deals with questions of environments – personal and public – and an individual’s path through these environments as an allegory for a person’s passage through life”. G.W.Bot

The winner of the 2012 Central West Regional Art Award is Hill End based artist Genevieve Carroll for her artwork The Wattle Room: Portent of the Enlarged Thought 2011, oil on canvas.

Jason Smith – Judges Comments
“I selected Genevieve’s work for the Central West Regional Art Award as it is a lively painting that celebrates the very act of painting and the manifestation in paint of thought. It has an experimental sense in terms of its painterly surface and mark-making, its definitions of solid and amorphous spaces, and its great use of colour. I found it an affirming painting.” Jason Smith

Genevieve Carroll – Artist Statement
“The still life arrangements in this painting bring together chaotic figurative and abstract compositions where objects are consumed and heightened by the use of unbounded colour. Inspired by literature, my garden and kitchen at Hill End, this is an ongoing autobiographical body of work, The Wattle Room, is concerned with understanding the psychological and seasonal landscape of where I live.”

Calleen Art Award – Highly Commended Award

  • Alison Chiam White Flower in a Jam Jar 2012, oil on canvas (Vincentia, NSW)
  • Matthew Quick Pure Tenacity 2012, oil on Italian linen (Collingwood, VIC)
  • Naomi White The Natural Land 2012, oil on canvas (Hometown, QLD)

Central West Regional Art Award – Highly Commended Award

  • Rowan Matthews Close Up Cudgegong River 2012 oil on canvas (Mudgee, NSW)
  • Anne Stanley Fragment 2011, mixed media (Cowra, NSW)

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.