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.

New exhibition – Jeff Mincham: Ceramics

Monday, August 22, 2011

Image: Jeff Mincham Waiting for Rain 2009 multi-glazed, mid-fired earthenware 26 x 52 x 12cm. Photographer: Grant Hancock

Image: Jeff Mincham Waiting for Rain 2009 multi-glazed, mid-fired earthenware 26 x 52 x 12cm. Photographer: Grant Hancock

Jeff Mincham is one of Australia’s most prominent and influential ceramic artists with a career spanning more than 30 years. Cowra Regional Art Gallery is pleased to be hosting this outstanding national touring exhibition of over thirty significant works by Jeff Mincham from 20 August to 25 September 2011. This unique exhibition project has been curated by Sandra Brown in association with the Living Treasures: Masters of Australian Craft series presented by Object: Australian Centre for Craft and Design and supported by Visions of Australia.

Jeff Mincham’s extraordinary body of work arises from direct experiences within the landscape, and is loaded with metaphors of memories related to those special places. The surfaces of his vessels reflect an ongoing passion with the South Australian countryside – dramatically expressed through bold graphic interpretation of the patterns and colours of the region. Mincham is an artist in his creative prime and his work in this exhibition showcases the unique results of his passionate research and experimentation with surface textures and firing techniques.

An activist for the visual arts and crafts in Australia, Mincham is recognised for his service on Federal and State Arts bodies where he has been an advocate for greater recognition of arts and crafts in this country.

Mincham’s masterpieces feature in many of the great ceramic collections of this country, including The Art Gallery of South Australia, The National Gallery of Australia, The National Gallery of Victoria and the Powerhouse Mueseum, as well as many private collections. Mincham is also represented in many collections internationally.

Jeff Mincham: Ceramics opens to the public at the Cowra Regional Art Gallery on Saturday 20 August 2011 at 2pm including a special artists Floor Talk by Jeff Mincham in conversation with Cowra based and renowned Australian ceramicist Greg Daly.

On Wednesday 24 August at 12.30pm Jeff Mincham will present a special artists talk supported by Museums and Galleries NSW for High School students in the region interested in ceramics. This is a free educational event but bookings are essential as numbers are limited.

Sacred Footsteps from the Roof of the World – Mandala Tour

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Image left: Field ambulance purchased through funds raised by the Wagga Wagga branch of the 2WG Women’s Club. Courtesy of Charles Sturt University Regional Archives Image (right): Knitted Comforts booklet. Courtesy Albury City Council

Image left: Field ambulance purchased through funds raised by the Wagga Wagga branch of the 2WG Women’s Club. Courtesy of Charles Sturt University Regional Archives Image (right): Knitted Comforts booklet. Courtesy Albury City Council

Wednesday 10 to Sunday 14 August 2011

Sacred Footsteps visits Cowra for 5 days from 10 August at the Cowra Regional Art Gallery. The tour consists of 3 Tibetan monks and 2 assistants travelling throughout Australia bringing the Australian public a range of extraordinary experiences such as Tibetan ritual art forms, Buddhist practices and Tibetan culture. During their time in Cowra the monks will create a unique sand mandala, using traditional patterns. This is a rare opportunity to meet artists from another cultural background.

The art dates back 2500 years in India. Within the mandalas there are five elements – fire, air, water, earth and space, represented by the colours red, yellow, blue, green and white. The mandalas symbolise different aspects of Buddhist beliefs, and rituals are incorporated during the creation process. During the creation of the mandala there will be opportunities for interaction and discussion about Buddhist practices and Tibetan culture. A wall in the Gallery will be used to facilitate the hanging of thangkas behind a Tibetan shrine. There will also be Tibetan handcrafts for sale. During the creation of the sand mandala there will be opportunities for interaction and discussion about Buddhist practices and Tibetan culture.

Schedule

  • Wednesday 10 August
    9.30am Welcome & blessing of the space
    10am – 4pm Beginning the mandala
  • Thursday 11 August
    9.30am Chanting mediation with the monks
    10am – 4pm Monks create the mandala
  • Friday 12 August
    9.30am Chanting mediation with the monks
    10am – 4pm Monks create the mandala
  • Saturday 13 August
    9.30am Chanting mediation with the monks
    10am – 4pm Monks create the mandala
  • Sunday 14 August
    9.30am Chanting and mediation
    10am – 2pm Monks complete mandala
    2pm Mandala dissolution ceremony