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.


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.

Reimagine Your Landscape with Bill Green, 14-15 September 2019

Monday, August 19, 2019

Image: Courtesy and ©Bill Green

Set amongst the vast and diverse landscape of Cowra, this weekend photography course will introduce participants to the technical and practical approaches required to capture magical landscapes (all levels of photographic and digital camera experience welcome). Participants will re-imagine their everyday surroundings to produce creative and distinct landscape photographs.

Australian Centre for Photography tutor Bill Green will discuss the importance of time and preparation, offer instruction on composition and encourage students to develop their own personal style.

Participants will be given instruction on the technical aspects of photographing landscapes including equipment such as filters and lens, angles of view and depth of field.

Prerequisites and Requirements

  • Bring your own DSLR or Mirrorless (MILC) camera (charged batteries and memory card). If you are unsure please search your camera brand and model for clarification.
  • Note book and pen
  • A few examples of your own landscape photography that you like.
  • A few examples of landscape photography by another photographer that you like.

Workshop Fee

  • Cost is $110 pp (Friends of the Gallery $95 pp).
  • School students over 16 years are welcome but must have parental approval, cost is $95 pp.


The workshop base and meeting space is the Nguluway Room (next to the Art Gallery). The workshop will involve two location shoots.

Workshop Times

  • 14 September, 2019: Saturday 10am–1pm in the Nguluway Room (next to the Art Gallery), followed by a location shoot at sunset.
  • 15 September, 2019: The Sunday session will involve a sunrise shoot on location, address and start time to be confirmed. (Note: Transportation not provided by the Art Gallery). Following the sunrise shoot participants will reconvene at the Nguluway Room (next to the Art Gallery) for a viewing and discussion of images taken during the workshop.


Participants are requested bring their own meals and refreshments. The Gallery will provide self serve tea, coffee and biscuits. Please note: The Cowra Regional Art Gallery has the right to cancel the workshop without notice. Workshop fees will be repaid in full to participants if this occurs.

About the tutor Bill Green

Bill has lived and worked in London, Los Angeles, Sydney and Melbourne. Having assisted and studied photography in England, Bill moved to Sydney where he has spent most of his career photographing musicians, actors, film and TV identities for magazines, TV networks, film companies, the music industry and corporate clients. Bill’s personal photographs of industrial and urban architecture and landscapes create a world devoid of people in stark contrast to his commercial work.

Mystery Painting goes on display at the Cowra Regional Art Gallery

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Inspector Adam Beard with the Norman Lindsay painting.

A rarely seen oil painting by legendary Australian artist Norman Lindsay recenty went on display at the Cowra Regional Art Gallery but who it belongs to is a mystery.

The painting Woman with Satyr is on loan to the Cowra Regional Art Gallery by the NSW Police as part of an ongoing tour to regional galleries. The painting was rediscovered in storage at the Art Gallery of NSW in 2010 and documents with it indicated NSW Police had lent the painting to the NSW Gallery in 1980. The painting came into the possession of the NSW police during the course of a criminal investigation.

In 2010 NSW Police launched ‘Operation Matisse’, to try and locate the owner of the artwork. During the operation, Police established the piece once belonged to a prominent art collecting family from Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs. But that’s where the trail ran cold.

It is now presented for the purpose of public appreciation at the Cowra Regional Art Gallery, 77 Darling Street until 21 July 2019.

Gallery hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 10am–4pm, Sunday, 2pm–4pm.

Admission free.

Calleen Art Award 2019: People’s Choice winner announcement

Monday, July 1, 2019

Peter Larsen with his award-winning artwork.

The votes are in and the winner of the People’s Choice for the Calleen Art Award 2019 is Cowra-based artist Peter Larsen for his dramatic painting Hopeless Despair, 2019, watercolour, 120cm x 97cm. “This work arises from drought and its emotional toll on farmers…. we’re all affected by it and that’s why I wanted to do that painting” Peter Larsen said.

The Calleen Art Award 2019 exhibition consisted of an amazing range of 53 outstanding paintings selected from 300 entries received by the Gallery from around Australia.

Congratulations to Peter Larsen who receives $1,000 courtesy of the Friends of the Gallery.

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