2019 Calleen Art Award winner announced

Monday, May 6, 2019

The exhibition opening of the Calleen Art Award 2019 acquisitive prize for painting took place at the Cowra Regional Art Gallery on Saturday night 4 May 2019. Over 130 people crowded into the Gallery for the announcement of the winner including many of the finalists. Guest speakers were Cowra Mayor, Cr Bill West, who opened the exhibition, Jenni Fagan representing the Calleen Trust and the 2019 Award Judge, Jane Watters, Director, S.H. Erving Gallery, Sydney.

This year the Gallery received 300 entries and 53 paintings (by 53 artists many from regional New South Wales) were selected as finalists.

The winner of the Calleen Art Award 2019 is Wendy Sharpe for her painting Erskineville Train Station, 2018, oil on canvas 145 x 182 cm. This work joins the Calleen Collection as the 2019 winner at the Cowra Regional Art Gallery.

Wendy Sharpe Erksineville Train Station

Wendy Sharpe, Erskineville Train Station, 2018 oil on canvas, 145 x 182 cm. Winner Calleen Art Award 2019.

Artist Statement: “When I first moved to Erskineville in inner Sydney, it was a rundown rough area full of life. It was also one of the cheapest places to live. Although it has changed a lot, I am glad to say some of eccentric characters are still here, and a few more added.

I walk from Erskineville to my studio in nearby semi industrial St Peters everyday. This walk is often spent thinking about what I am working on. What I see around me often feeds into to what I am painting.”

Judges Comments: “The painting captures with great theatricality a dynamic inner city street scene through the lens of night. The narrative intent of the work leaves the viewer to contemplate and consider the possible outcome in almost a film noir manner. The painting includes a portrait of the artist as an observer of the scene unfolding in front of her. Curiously Sharpe does not consider herself a portrait painter despite being awarded the 1997 Archibald Prize. However she masterfully uses her subjects almost as characters in a play – the colour, shadows and spotlights – work in unison to create a compelling picture that I kept coming back to.”

During the evening guests were treated to the presentation of delightful music by an ensemble of young musicians from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Sydney.

The Calleen Art Award 2019 exhibition continues to Sunday 16 June 2019. For more information, phone: (02) 6340 2190.

The Gallery is located at 77 Darling Street, Cowra and open from Tues–Sat, 10am–4pm and Sun 2pm–4pm. Admission is free.

2019 Calleen Art Award: Announcement of Finalists

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

The Calleen Art Award is an acquisitive art prize worth $20,000 for painting in any style or subject and this year the Cowra Regional Art Gallery received 300 entries from across Australia. There are 53 artworks in the finalists’ exhibition consisting of an engaging range of themes and subjects selected by a panel of art professionals.

The Calleen Art Award encourages originality, creativity and excellence in the visual arts and is a signature art event in the Central West of NSW. The winning work will join the Calleen Collection housed at the Cowra Regional Art Gallery and visitors to the Calleen Art Award exhibition can vote in the People’s Choice Award, which is non-acquisitive, with prize money of $1,000 supported by the Friends of the Gallery.

The opening night and announcement of the winner of the 2019 Calleen Art Award is on Saturday 4 May from 6pm and promises to be a memorable and enjoyable event. All welcome.

Exhibition dates are 5 May to 16 June 2019. For more information and group bookings contact the Gallery 6340 2190.

List of finalists:

  • Peter Allen-Ankins
  • Louise Anders
  • Susan Baird
  • Michael Bell
  • Max Berry
  • Kate Briscoe
  • Annabel Butler
  • Anthony Cahill
  • Tam Cao
  • Carol Christie
  • Dagmar Cyrulla
  • Inel Date
  • Sinead Davies
  • Mark Dober
  • Mary Donnelly
  • Kate Dorrough
  • Philip Edwards
  • Michele England
  • Glenda Fell Jones
  • Keith Fyfe
  • Jennifer Gabbay
  • Oscar Giammichele
  • Craig Handley
  • Geoff Harvey
  • Vicki Hersey
  • Penny Hulbert
  • Janne Kearney
  • Yvonne Langshaw
  • Peter Larsen
  • Steve Lopes
  • Marie Mansfield
  • Kiata Mason
  • Nic Mason
  • Tania Mason
  • Rowen Matthews
  • Helen McCarthy Tyalmuty
  • Bridgette McNab
  • Matilda Michell
  • Hal Pratt
  • Glen Preece
  • Sarah Randall
  • Christine Read
  • Petra Reece
  • Lucy Roleff
  • Marion Rounsley
  • Megan Seres
  • Wendy Sharpe
  • Gary Smith
  • Sally Stokes
  • Leah Thiessen
  • Anita West
  • Judith White
  • Christine Wrest-Smith

upstART 2018 – Opening & Announcement of Awards Recipients

Thursday, November 29, 2018

The region’s foremost annual youth art exhibition upstART 2018 was opened last Saturday 24 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 2018 exhibition is an impressive showcase of artworks by talented young artists’ in years 10, 11 & 12 from nine high schools and provides a wonderful opportunity for each participant to have their work presented in a regional public gallery. There are a diverse range subjects, styles and mediums that feature in the exhibition including painting, sculpture, drawing, ceramics, mixed media and photography.

This year there are over 80 artworks on display by students from the region. The participating schools are Boorowa Central School, Cowra High School, Dubbo School of Distance Education, Hennessy Catholic College, Kinross Wolaroi School, Molong Central School, Parkes High School, St Raphael’s Catholic School and The Henry Lawson High School.

This is the 15th 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, Merry Brice, independent curator, art educator and artist was very impressed by the creativity and high standard of works on show and took several hours of deliberation to arrive at her selections.

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.

UpstART 2018 continues to Sunday 9 December 2018. The Cowra Regional Art Gallery is located at 77 Darling Street – admission free. Gallery hours: Tuesday to Saturday 10am – 4pm, Sunday 2pm – 4pm.

upstART 2018 award winners

Years 10, 11, 12 Awards

Winner Year 10 Award – Grace McRae Kinross Wolaroi School

Winner Year 11 Award – Flinn Madigan Kinross Wolaroi School

Winner Year 12 Award – Mary Louise Minehan Hennessy Catholic College

Open Section

Winner Photography Award – Paul Buchannan Year 12 Hennessy Catholic College

Highly Commended Photography Award – Bella Pangas Year 10 Cowra High School

Winner Mixed Media/Printmaking Award – Lily Davies-Etheridge Year 11 Kinross Wolaroi School

Highly Commended Mixed Media/Printmaking Award – Emma Dreverman Year 12 Hennessy Catholic College

Winner – Ceramics Award – Chantel Rhodes Year 12 St Raphael’s Catholic School

Winner – Drawing Award – Emily Dowler Year 12 Molong Central School

Winner – Sculpture Award – Henrietta Pottie Year 10 Molong Central School

Winner – Painting Award – Georgia Lewis Year 12 Cowra High School

Highly Commended Painting Award – Julia Williams Year 11 Kinross Wolaroi School


For more information contact the Gallery on 6340 2192

Reimagine Your Landscape with Bill Green – Saturday & Sunday 10 & 11 November 2018

Friday, October 19, 2018

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. 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 per person (Friends of the Gallery $95 pp). School students over 16 years are welcome but must have parental approval, cost is $95 per person.
Workshop Times: 10am to 4pm. (Each day – however times may vary to accommodate light).
Location: The workshop base and meeting space is the Nguluway Room next to the Art Gallery.
Meals: Participants are requested bring their own meals and refreshments. The Gallery will provide self serve tea, coffee and biscuits.
Please note: 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.

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Discover JamFactory Icon Gerry Wedd: Kitschen Man Exhibition – Floor Talk and Opening 13th October

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

A new exhibition opening at the Cowra Regional Art Gallery on Saturday 13 October from 2pm will provide Cowra and Central West art lovers with a rare opportunity to experience first-hand the works of one of Australia’s most outstanding and influential craft practitioners.

The JamFactory Icon exhibition Gerry Wedd: Kitschen Man will showcase artist Gerry Wedd’s hand-built and wheel-thrown ceramics that brim with a dry wit and shifts from the humorous to darkly disturbing.

From his beginnings at the kitchen table, guided by his mother’s hobby obsession, through to formal training at the University of South Australia and his studio tenancy at the JamFactory, Wedd draws his craft out of his own inspirations, interest and experiences.

“Whether willow pattern submerged in political jibes, classic urns decorated with lyrical portraits, or garniture figurines poised in confrontational narratives, Gerry Wedd’s work is truly ‘a day at the beach – with a smash of home-baked reality pie in your face for good measure’,” JamFactory and exhibition curator Margaret Hancock-Davis said.

In the late 1980s as a young surfer and artist, Wedd came to the attention of Mambo Graphics, the iconoclastic surf-wear company. With his encyclopaedic knowledge of surfing culture, and his ‘scratch board’ style of drawing, Wedd found a spiritual home in Mambo – and helped build the developing Mambo ethic.

Working for Mambo until 2006, Wedd designed and created designs for ceramics, textile posters, clothing, metalwork and surfboards. He became an archetypal piece of the iconic Australian surfing label, Mambo.

Gerry Wedd will be at the Cowra Regional Art Gallery for the exhibition opening on Saturday 13 October and will present a floor talk at 2pm. The exhibition will be officially opened at 2.30pm by Grace Cochrane, AM, Independent curator, writer and consultant. The dates for the exhibition are 14 October to 18 November 2018. Gerry Wedd: Kitschen Man is a JamFactory touring exhibition assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.

The Cowra Regional Art Gallery is located at 77 Darling Street, Cowra. Open hours are Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 4pm and Saturday 2pm to 4pm. Enquires 6340 2190. Admission is free.

For more information contact Brian Langer Gallery Director on 0429 072 282 or the JamFactory on (08) 8231 0005.