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.

Regional Student Youth Art Exhibition and Awards

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Tori Evans (Orange High School), Wat 59, Collage/Mixed media. Year 10 Merit Award 2009 Regional Student Youth Art Exhibition and Awards.

Tori Evans (Orange High School), Wat 59, Collage/Mixed media. Year 10 Merit Award 2009 Regional Student Youth Art Exhibition and Awards.

Over 100 high school art students in years 10, 11 and 12 across the central west have entered the 2010 Regional Student Youth Art Exhibition and Awards at the Cowra Regional Art Gallery.

The exhibition is not only a wonderful showcase of these young artist’s skills and creativity in a variety of media but also, a unique opportunity for each participant to see their work presented in a regional public gallery. This is the seventh year the Cowra Regional Art Gallery has presented this unique youth art exhibition and visual art teachers from nine high schools assisted the Gallery with the development of the project.

The nine participating High Schools for 2010 are Blayney High School; Boorowa Central School; Cowra High School; Forbes High School; Hennessy Catholic College, Young; Molong Central School; Parkes High School; St. Raphael’s Central School, Cowra and Red Bend Catholic College, Forbes.

The awards section of the exhibition for 2010 has received the very generous support of our major sponsor Country Energy as well as the generous support of local and regional businesses Webster Optometrists, The Vineyard Motel, Cowra Concrete Constructions, Rural Press/The Land, Bunnings Warehouse, and the Reject Shop Cowra. The Gallery has also received generous donations from The Friends of the Gallery, The Cowra Arts Council, and Mrs Margaret Henley.

The Judge for the 2010 Awards is Tracy Callinan, Executive Officer, ArtsOut West and guest speaker to open the exhibition is Rowen Matthews, Artist and Lecturer in Art Education at the University of New England.

The exhibition opening and presentation of the awards is from 1pm Saturday 27 November 2010. Admission is free and light refreshments will be served.

Exhibition Dates: 27 November to 8 December 2010.

Robert McFarlane to launch retrospective exhibition

Friday, October 8, 2010

 Bob Hawke on stage Newcastle Town Hall, 1976, silver gelatin print. Courtesy the Artist and Josef Lebovic Gallery, Sydney.

Bob Hawke on stage Newcastle Town Hall, 1976, silver gelatin print. Courtesy the Artist and Josef Lebovic Gallery, Sydney.

Robert McFarlane, one of Australia’s most significant photographic artists, writers and critics to launch his retrospective exhibition at the Cowra Regional Art Gallery on Friday 15 October 2010 commencing 6.30pm.

Since the 1960’s, Robert McFarlane has been an influential figure in Australian photographic practise and criticism. His photography is broad in scope and appeal, including the theatricality of Australian politics, the arts, social documentation, Indigenous Australia and his own family.

As a photojournalist McFarlane has never gravitated to shooting hard news and frontline dramas. He tends to focus on the dignity and integrity of an individual to which our attention is drawn through his camera. In McFarlane’s universe all subjects are equal; whether a child, a celebrity, actor, activist, worker or beautiful woman.

“I see making pictures as a receiving of the image. Where you stand, both physically and emotionally, decrees the kind of picture you, through your camera, will ‘receive”, says McFarlane.

The exhibition titled Robert McFarlane Received Moments: Photography 1961-2009 is the first comprehensive survey of his work, revealing a myriad of stories and narratives including events such as the arrival of the Beatles to Sydney in 1964, the political and social campaigning of Charles Perkins in the 1960s, key political figures in the Australian political landscape such as Bob Hawke and Gough Whitlam and Australian film, theatre and performing arts as well as moving social portraits of Australian society.

Robert McFarlane has work in major Australian gallery collections including The National Gallery of Australia, The Art Gallery of New South Wales, The National Library of Australia, The National Portrait Gallery and private collections.

McFarlane is also an aclaimed photographic writer and critic, writing for publications such as The Sydney Morning Herald, The Bulletin, Art + Australia and The Good Weekend.

The exhibition is a Manly Art Gallery and Museum touring exhibition and Robert McFarlane is represented by Josef Lebovic Gallery, Sydney.

Admission to the opening is free and students studying photography, local photographers and photography enthusiasts are encouraged to attend. Refreshments and drinks will be served.

PUBLIC PROGRAM – Saturday 16 October 2010 at 11am (free)
Join the artist for an in-depth conversation about the works in the exhibition as well as his extensive career as a photographer, writer and photography critic.