2011 Calleen Art Award and Central West Regional Artists Award Winners Announced

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Image: Peter Gardiner Landscape 2010 No. VIII 2010, Oil on canvas 210 x 180cm. Image courtesy the artist.

Image: Peter Gardiner Landscape 2010 No. VIII 2010, Oil on canvas 210 x 180cm. Image courtesy the artist.

Winners Announced

The winners of the 2011 Calleen Art Award and Central West Regional Artists Award were announced at the awards exhibition opening on Friday 15 April at the Cowra Regional Art Gallery. Over 150 people attended the opening including many of the finalists, some from interstate and as far away as West Australia. Cr Bill West, Mayor Cowra Shire Council opened the exhibition. The announcement of the award winners was by the 2011 awards judge Deborah Ely, CEO of the Bundanon Trust.

The Calleen Art Award was established in 1977 through a gift by Mrs. Patricia Fagan OAM. During the past 34 years, the award has developed into a major art prize for painting and now worth $15,000 through the generous support of the Calleen Trust. The Calleen Art Award is an acquisitive award and the winning work will become part of the Calleen Art Collection at the Cowra Regional Art Gallery.

The Central West Regional Artists Award is a non acquisitive award for painting and drawing. The award was established in 2009 by the Cowra Regional Art Gallery with prize money of $2,000 donated by David Henley, Cowra based artist and patron of the Gallery. The award is open to artists living in the Central West Region of NSW as defined by the local government areas of Bathurst, Blayney, Cabonne, Cowra, Forbes, Lachlan, Lithgow, Mudgee/Gulgong (Mid Western Region), Oberon, Orange, Parkes, Weddin and Wellington. The winner of the 2011 award is also offered an exhibition at the Cowra Regional Art Gallery during 2012/2013

This year 71 artworks were selected from 214 artworks submitted.

The Friends of the Gallery Committee have also generously donated $500 for the People’s Choice Award which will be announced at the end of the exhibition.

The winner of the 2011 Calleen Art Award is Newcastle based artist Peter Gardiner for his painting Landscape 2010 No.VIII 2010, oil on canvas 210 x 180 cm.

Judges Comments

Peter Gardiner’s Landscape 2010 Number VIII dips its hat to the Spanish masters Valezquez and Goya and to the traditions of landscape painting, but takes them to another place. The viewer becomes involved in a dark narrative that hints at an evolving, indecipherable, drama. It is both frightening and contemplative. There is a strong sense of the present in its possible references to catastrophic weather and natural disasters. It is a sensational painting and will be a wonderful acquisition for the Cowra Regional Art Gallery Collection.

The winner of the 2011 Central West Regional Artists Award is Stuart Town based artist Tim Winters for his painting The Pinnacles Desert 2010, mixed media on canvas 150 x 150 cm.

Judges Comments

Tim Winter’s stylish and confident painting celebrates the desert landscape, incorporating rich reds, ochres and pinks – edged with references to plant life with vibrant flashes of green.

Highly Commended – Calleen Art Award

  • Stephen Caldis (Gymea NSW), Pond of Tears 2011, oil on board 86 x 61cm
  • Peta Dzubiel (Elanora Heights NSW), July 2011, oil on canvas 76 x 91.5cm
  • Ross Laurie (Walcha NSW), Midground –Campfire Road 2010, oil on canvas 106.5 x 122cm.

Highly Commended – Central West Regional Artists Award

  • Rachel Ellis (Bathurst NSW), Orange House, George Street, Bathurst 2011, oil on linen 91.5 x 83.5cm.

The Exhibition continues to 29 May 2011

Free passport to adventure for kids

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

kidsCowra Regional Art Gallery 77 Darling Street Cowra is taking part in this year’s Kids’ Adventure Passport which encourages NSW primary school children to visit the state’s cultural venues.

Kids get free entry to 71 museums and galleries as part of the program, which runs until 26 April this year.

Brian Langer Gallery Director Cowra Regional Art Gallery said they were pleased to be involved in the Passport program.

“This is a fantastic initiative for NSW kids in years K-6 and I strongly encourage all local families to get involved. We’d love to see you at our venue.”

Kids can pick up their Passport at any of the participating venues, or register online at www.kidspassport.nsw.gov.au

Each visit to a museum or gallery earns one Passport stamp.

Kids who collect three stamps can apply for a certificate in recognition of their achievement.

Even if they can only visit one or two venues, all children can go in the draw to win prizes and have their drawing of their favourite attraction featured on the Passport website at www.kidspassport.nsw.gov.au

For more information contact the Cowra Regional Art Gallery on (02) 63402190

Cultural Connections – A new exhibition

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Image: Sarit Cohen, Three Salad  Bowls, 2010, 15 x 17 cm, slip cast porcelain

Image: Sarit Cohen, Three Salad Bowls, 2010, 15 x 17 cm, slip cast porcelain

The exhibition Cultural Connections is presented by the Cowra Regional Art Gallery in association with the Cowra Festival of International Understanding. Each year the festival invites a different guest nation, with Turkey the guest nation in 2011. Cultural Connections brings together four artists of Turkish descent with varied contemporary art and craft practices. The artists selected for this unique exhibition are Gokcen Altinok, Ebru Arda, Sarit Cohen and Huseyin Sami. Gokcen Altinok is a printmaker who works intuitively and touches on the themes of connection and displacement within a cultural and abstract framework. Ebru Arda works with stop motion animation and her work in the exhibition called ‘Bir Fincan Kahve’ (Cup of Caffine) consists of charcoal drawings (along with other mediums close to charcoal) about the world of superstition and adventure, driven by the art of coffee reading from a tradition centuries old. Sarit Cohen is a ceramicist who has exhibited widely in Australia and overseas. Her work in the exhibition includes designs and carved motifs which speak of a range of sources and influences including desert landscapes, Islamic architecture and the Hebrew language. Huseyin Sami has formulated a unique language with the medium of acrylic household paint, which aids him in addressing the question of how and what to paint. Sami’s work explores the possibilities inherent in the painted process, combining activities that explore a mixture of authorial intention and chance within the action of painting, constructing a sense of experimentation, process and play.

The official opening of Cultural Connections is on Friday 11 March 2011 at 6.15pm for 6.30pm with a special welcome by Councillor Bill West Mayor Cowra Shire Council and opening by His Excellency Mr. Oğuz Özge, Ambassador of Turkey to Australia. Catering for this special event has been generously provided by the Turkish Embassy.

Contemporary Textiles on Tour from Tasmania

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Image: Petra Meer, The Continual Sea, 2009. Used blankets and dressing gowns, cotton thread.

Image: Petra Meer, The Continual Sea, 2009. Used blankets and dressing gowns, cotton thread.

Commencing at the Cowra Regional Art Gallery on Saturday 5 February 2011 is the exhibition RETURNING a unique and outstanding showcase of contemporary textiles.

RETURNING features work by eight leading textile artists all with a connection to Tasmania. Their work in the exhibition reflects the fact that they have at some stage been drawn away from Tasmania but have returned. They engage with a wide range of ideas triggered by fashion, Australian history, and travel with references to “other places”. Artists are Tara Badcock, Irene Briant, Kathy Deprez, Elena Gallegos, Julie Gough, Sara Lindsay, Petra Meer and Rosemary O’Rourke.

The exhibition will be opened by guest artist Petra Meer on Friday 4 February from 6.30pm.

Petra Meer will present an illustrated talk about her textile and community art practice followed by a floor talk about the exhibition on Saturday 5 February commencing at 11am in the Gallery meeting room. Admission free.

Countryscapes exhibition at the Cowra Regional Art Gallery

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Wendy Teakel and her winning work Black Soil Country

Wendy Teakel and her winning work Black Soil Country

After a successful showing in Port Macquarie, one of Australia’s richest annual landscape art prizes, Countryscapes finalist’s exhibition has commenced at the Cowra Regional Art Gallery.

Now in its eighth year, the $35,000 Country Energy Art Prize for Landscape Painting is open to all artistic styles mediums and contexts that capture the essence of the landscape ranging from figurative to abstract, and from charcoal to traditional oil paints and water colours. The finalists exhibition showcases the wealth of artistic talent across country and coastal New South Wales while contributing to the visual art industry.

Wendy Teakel of Murrumbateman near Yass won Countryscapes 2010 for her work Black Soil Country. Wendy’s work was selected from 41 finalists by the awards judge, installation artist Janet Laurence. Janet said Wendy’s submission was a competent, rich work of acrylic and pokerwork on plywood.

“It’s spatially engaging – the black vertical band is like a void that pulls you in.” Ms Laurence said. “Physically and visually the work has a very strong presence that dominates the exhibition”.

This is the first time Countryscapes has embarked on a regional tour and the Cowra Regional Art Gallery will be the only gallery hosting the 2010 exhibition tour. The 2010 Countryscapes exhibition closes on 30 January 2011.