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.

Art and Music at Cowra Civic Centre

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Singer songwriter Hester Fraser (GOLDHEIST) will perform with visual artist James Needham in the concert event REALM, a collaborative performance that combines storytelling, music and painting. The concert will take place at Cowra Civic Centre – Theatrette, Darling Street, Cowra on Saturday, 6 October from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm and is co-hosted by Cowra Regional Art Gallery.

Combining their respective artistic practices, Needham will paint landscape, as inspired by tour locations, whilst GOLDHEIST provides the soundtrack, fusing her narrative songs with electro-acoustic soundscapes. Simultaneously curated and improvisational, this spatially motivated one hour performance will explore the spirit of place and the different ways our surrounds can inspire and impact us.

Tickets are $20 per person and are available at the door from 5:45 pm Saturday, 6 October 2018. Seats are limited. Refreshments will be available at the end of the concert, including local wine from Rosnay Organic Wines and finger food. For more information visit or contact the Gallery on (02) 6340 2190.

Workshop With Ceramic Artist Gerry Wedd

Saturday, September 29, 2018

When: Sunday, 14 October 2018 – 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Cost: $15 and $10 for Friends of the Gallery. This cost includes materials and kiln firing.
Where: Rebecca Dowling Pottery Studio, 904 North Logan Road, Cowra. Refreshments will be provided.

Beginning with an artist talk by renowned artist and ceramicist Gerry Wedd, this one-day workshop is suitable for all skill levels. Learn basic hand-building techniques, including slab building, pinching and coil building. The workshop will also cover slip decoration, sgraffito and drawing on clay.

Bookings can be made by telephone on (02) 6340 2190, however, only a completed registration form and payment will secure a workshop place which is limited to 15 participants.

This workshop is funded by Australia Council for the Arts. Gerry Wedd enjoys a national reputation in Australia for his hand-built blue and white ceramics that brim with a dry wit, oscillating 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 in Adelaide, Wedd draws his craft out of his own inspirations, interest and experiences.

This workshop is presented in association with the exhibition JamFactory Icon Gerry Wedd:Kitschen Man – at Cowra Regional Art Gallery from 14 October to 18 November (exhibition opening takes place Saturday, 13 October from 2:00 pm, including an artist’s floor talk.

JamFactory Icon Gerry Wedd:Kitschen Man is a JamFactory touring exhibition and is supported by Visions of Australia, an Australian Government program supporting touring exhibitions by providing funding assistance for the development and touring of Australian cultural material across Australia and the Australia Council for the Arts, the Australian Governments arts funding and advisory body.