UpstART 2019

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

The region’s foremost annual youth art exhibition upstART 2019 was opened last Saturday 23 November at 2.30pm by Cr Bill West, Mayor, Cowra Shire Council. It was an enjoyable afternoon with many of the winners present to receive their award in front of family and friends.

The upstART 2019 exhibition is an impressive showcase of artworks by talented young artists in Years 10, 11 & 12 from eight high schools and provides a wonderful opportunity for each participant to have their work presented in a regional public gallery. There is a diverse range of subjects, styles and mediums that feature in the exhibition including painting, sculpture, drawing, ceramics, mixed media and photography.

This year there are over 60 artworks on display by students from the region. The participating schools are: Canowindra High School, Cowra High School, Dubbo School of Distance Education, Henry Lawson High School, Parkes High School, St Raphael’s Catholic School Cowra, Henry Lawson High School
and Young High School.

This is the sixteenth year the Cowra Regional Art Gallery has presented this youth art event with the generous assistance by art teachers from the participating high schools as well as the support of sponsors: Eckersley’s Art and Craft, Webster Optometrists, The Vineyard Motel, Yellow House Cowra, in-kind sponsor LT131 Pizza and community donors the Friends of the Gallery and the Cowra Art Group Inc and private donor Mrs Margaret Henley.

This year’s judge was Madeline Young, Director of the Corner Store Gallery Orange. She was very impressed by the creativity and high standard of works on show commenting that many of the winning works included a great use of colour, clever and unique concepts and were very well presented.

This is a “must-see” exhibition and visitors will be delighted by the showcase of vibrant and interesting artworks on display. Visitors are also invited to vote for their favourite work and, at the end of the exhibition, the students whose work has the most votes will receive the People’s Choice Award supported by the Friends of the Gallery.

UpstART 2019 continues to Sunday 8 December 2019.

UpstART 2019 Award Winners

Years 10, 11 & 12

  • Winner Year 10: Lara George, Cowra High School, Year 10
  • Winner Year 11: Luke Wilson, Cowra High School, Year 11
  • Winner Year 12: Nicola Carter, Cowra High School, Year 12

Open Section

  • Winner – Drawing: Alanna Bush, Cowra High School, Year 12
  • Winner – Mixed Media: Will Hazzard, Dubbo School of Distance Education, Year 12
  • Winner – Photography: Lowanna Murray, Cowra High School, Year 10
  • Winner – Digital Art: Lloyd Ducksberry, Hennessy Catholic School, Year 12
  • Winner – Ceramics: Amy Knapman, Hennessy Catholic College, Year 10
  • Winner – Painting: Shiayn Newham-Gregg, Cowra High School, Year 12
  • Winner – Sculpture: Brooke Windsor, Hennessy Catholic College, Year 12

For more information contact the Gallery on (02) 6340 2192.

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

Cowra Regional Art Gallery is a cultural facility of Cowra Shire Council

HELEN GEIER: THROUGH TWO DECADES

Friday, October 18, 2019

Cowra Regional Art Gallery is pleased to announce the launch of a new exhibition on Saturday 19 October at 2.30pm.

Helen Geier: Through Two Decades examines paintings and works on paper by Braidwood-based artist Helen Geier, produced between 2000 and 2019. Geier has been exhibiting nationally and internationally for more than four decades. Her exhibition history is substantial beginning in 1972 and continuing into 2019. Her art explores the activity of painting and is characterised by an incisive intellectual approach. That approach is expressed through examination of the Australian landscape. Her examinations however extend the notion of the landscape to include multiple ways of looking and seeing the landscape. The influence of travel is also a strong impetus providing thematic stimulus and diverse
cultural and (art) historical references.

Meridian 2012 acrylic on canvas 150 x 250cm

Helen Geier: Through Two Decades provides a unique opportunity to view the work of one of Australia’s most significant artists. The exhibition is curated by Peter Haynes author of Helen Geier, a monograph on the artist’s work published in 2016.

Prior to the exhibition opening Helen Geier will present a floor talk at 2pm – All Welcome.

Red Tears 2016 Watercolour, gouache and ink on double Arches 300gram watercolour paper 49 x 57cm

Exhibition Dates are 20 October to 17 November 2019

For more information contact Brian Langer, Gallery Director on 63402192.

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
Website: www.cowraartgallery.com.au

Cowra Regional Art Gallery is a cultural Facility of Cowra Shire Council

Cowra Regional Art Gallery presents Real to Reel: The Craft Film Festival

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Amazing spectacles sculpted from scrap (still), 2018, 3’49”, Director, producer, camera, editor: Rachel Clara Reed.

For One Night Only…
Celebrating Craft from around the World…
On the big screen…
Cowra Regional Art Gallery presents Real to Reel: The Craft Film Festival!

An exciting film festival from the UK, dedicated to craft and the moving image, giving a platform to a wealth of films that explore themes of making, makers, materials and process. The films screened are selected by a Crafts Council (UK) committee, from an open international call for submissions. The 33 films selected in 2019 and programmed across two sessions range from 30 seconds to 14 minutes, and feature three films from Australia.

Discover a world in miniature, performance that intertwines clay and dance, the beneficial impact of creativity on health, an outdoor gym that makes bread, animation celebrating the special role that dogs play in remote community life and documentaries about making, from giant pots to replica birds’ eggs, and more, in this diverse range of shorts.

Date: Friday, 1 November 2019
Venue: Cowra Civic Centre – Theatrette, cnr Darling Street and Bartlett Ave
Time: 6.30pm–9pm (two sessions with an interval at 7.30pm)
Cost: $30pp and $25pp – Students and Friends of the Gallery (student concession card/ Friends membership card must be shown at the door).

Tickets are available from the Cowra Visitor Centre tel (02) 6342 4333 or online at: www.trybooking.com/bftst or at the door (if available).
(Seating is limited and there is no reserve seating)

Real to Reel: The Craft Film Festival is produced by the Crafts Council UK and Crafts magazine. Its tour to Australia is courtesy of Maker&Smith. The Cowra Regional Art Gallery screening is in partnership with the Australian Design Centre, Sydney.

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 telephone (02) 6340 2190.
The Cowra Regional Art Gallery is a cultural facility of the Cowra Shire Council

2019 Spring Art Workshops for children

Monday, September 16, 2019

During the upcoming October school holidays, the Cowra Regional Art Gallery is presenting several Creative Workshops for children aged from 7 to 9 years and 10 to 12 years on Thursday 10 October and Friday 11 October 2019. These workshops are designed to inspire young artists and under the guidance of local artist tutors Libby Murray and Catherine Bennett children will discover the fun of making art and crafts.

WORKSHOP PROGRAM

Day 1: Thursday 10 October 2019 with tutor Libby Murray

Session 1: For ages 7–9 years from 10am to 12:30pm
Using a variety of natural and manmade textiles, participants will create a God’s Eye and/or Yarn sticks.
All materials provided
Cost: $15 pp

Session 2: For ages 10–12 years from 1pm to 3:30pm
Using natural and manmade materials, participants will create a small wall hanging.
All materials provided
Cost: $15 pp

Day 2: Friday 11 October 2019 with tutor Catherine Bennett

Session 1: For ages 7–9 years from 10am to 12:30pm
Session 2: For ages 10–12 years from 1pm to 3:30pm.

Using zentangles, collage and drawing participants will create a special Concertina Art Book. All materials will be provided including books, fine tipped markers in many colours and collage papers.
Cost: $15 pp (both sessions)

All workshops are designed for the age groups mentioned and class sizes are restricted to 8 participants per workshop. Contact the Gallery on (02) 6340 2190, or (02) 6340 2192 for any further information and a registration form.

Please register early: The Gallery is open Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 4pm and Sunday 2pm to 4pm.
The location for these fun activities is the Nguluway Room, next to the Art Gallery, 77 Darling Street Cowra.

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
Website: www.cowraartgallery.com.au

Cowra Regional Art Gallery is a cultural Facility of Cowra Shire Council

25 August to 22 September 2019 – JamFactory Icon: Catherine Truman-no surface holds

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Images: (left) Catherine Truman, Ongoing Being (detail), 2010. mixed media, 200 x 85 x 20 cm. (right) Catherine Truman, In Preparation for Seeing: Cell Culture Glove, 2015, white cotton glove encrusted with glass spheres, Coplin jar, microscope slides, steel forceps, inlaid with glass spheres, light pad, dimensions variable. Image: Grant Hancock.

They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Perhaps it is in a vast landscape, or a personal experience. In Catherine Truman’s case, it’s often what she sees through the microscope.

Cowra Regional Art Gallery is pleased to present the ‘must-see’ Catherine Truman: no surface holds, a major touring exhibition and part of The JamFactory Icon series, opening at 2.30pm, Saturday 24 August 2019.

Launched in 2013 as a series of solo exhibitions the Icon series celebrates the achievements of outstanding and influential craft and design practitioners based in South Australia. Previous Icon series exhibitions presented by the Cowra Regional Art Gallery have celebrated the creative careers of Stephen Bowers in 2014 and Gerry Wedd in 2018.

This exhibition will be the first time that Catherine Truman’s collaborative practice with artists and scientists is presented as a whole. Truman will present an intriguing and diverse solo show of objects, installation, images and film including several brand new works.

With a 35-year practice that covers public artworks to intricate carvings, she has exhibited widely both nationally and internationally and is represented in a number of major national and international collections including Coda-museum, Netherlands, Museum of Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China, and the National Gallery of Australia, to name a few. Last year her carvings and jewellery were the subject of a major survey exhibition shown at Art Gallery of South Australia.

Public event

Meet the artist and floor talk by Catherine Truman on Saturday 24 August 2019 at 1.30pm followed by the exhibition opening at 2.30pm with guest speaker Anne Brennan, artist, writer and honorary visiting fellow at the Centre for Art History and Art Theory at the ANU School of Art. 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.

The Cowra Regional Art Gallery is a cultural facility of the Cowra Shire Council.