Media Release: UpstART winners

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

The opening of upstART 2016, a showcase of 114 works by some of the region’s best and brightest young artists took place at the Cowra Regional Art Gallery last Saturday 26 November with guest speaker Cr Bill West, Mayor, Cowra Shire Council opening the exhibition.

This is the 13th year the Gallery has hosted this unique exhibition event and young artists from eleven high schools have presented works with a diverse range subjects, styles and mediums including painting, sculpture, drawing, printmaking, mixed media and photography.

This year’s judge, Libby Oldham Gallery Director of Jayes Gallery said she was very impressed by the high standard of works on show and took over 4 hours to arrive at her selections.

This is a “must-see” exhibition and visitors will be delighted by the talent of the young artists and their vibrant and interesting works on display.

UpstART 2016 continues at the Cowra Regional Art Gallery 77 Darling Street to Sunday 11 December.

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

For more information contact the Gallery on 63402190.

List of award winners

Years 10, 11 ,12 Awards

Winner Year 10 Award – Kate Hodges Cowra High School

Merit Award Year 10 – Shania Ambachtsheer Cowra High School

Highly Commended Year 10 – Alice Mair Parkes High School

Winner Year 11 Award – Sarah Williams Molong Central School

Merit Award Year 11 – Maddison Harcombe St Raphael’s Catholic School

Highly Commended Year 11 – Maddison Sparkes St Raphael’s Catholic School

Winner Year 12 – Emalee Johnstaon Molong Central School

Merit Award Year 12 – Maddison Harcombe St Raphael’s Catholic School

Highly Commended Year 12 – Joel Rue Cowra High School

Open Section

Winner Photography Award – Airi Nishihara Year 10 Cowra High School

Highly Commended Photography Award – Bronte McSweeny Year 10 Parkes High School

Winner Drawing Award – Madison Ewins Year 12 Canobolas Rural Technology High School

Highly Commended Drawing Award – Lily Corkhill Year 11 Hennessy Catholic College

Winner Mixed Media/Printmaking Award – Paris Bolton Year 11 Blayney High School

Highly Commended Mixed Media/Printmaking Award – Eloise Colman Year 11 Kinross Wolaroi School

Winner Craft Award (Ceramics) – Chloe Fricker Year 10 Cowra High School

Winner Sculpture Award – George Dover Year 12 Molong High School

Highly Commended Sculpture Award – Maddison Freedman Year 12 Canobolas Rural Technology High School

Highly Commended Sculpture Award – Fran Casti Year 11 Kinross Wolaroi School

Winner Painting Award – Jennifer Berkrey Year 10 Canowindra High School

Highly Commended Painting Award – Jake Fiene Year 12 Canobolas Rural Technology High School

Media Release: UpstART 2016

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

The official opening of the always exciting and popular UpstART exhibition and announcement of the award winners is on Saturday 26 November from 2pm. Special guest to open the exhibition is Cr Bill West, Mayor, Cowra Shire Council.

The exhibition is an impressive showcase of artworks including painting, drawing, photography, printmaking, mixed media and sculpture by 114 students from 11 high schools in the region. The participating schools for 2016 are Blayney High School, Canobolas Rural Technology High School, Canowindra High School, Cowra High School, Forbes High School, Hennessy High School, Henry Lawson High School, Kinross Wolaroi School, Molong Central School, Parkes High School,
and St Raphael’s Catholic School.

In celebrating the creativity of this year’s participating young artists the Gallery also acknowledges the commitment of the art teachers from each of the participating schools who have assisted the in organization the exhibition and the generosity of the awards sponsors Webster Optometrists, the Vineyard Motel, Yellow House Cowra and 131 PIZZA (formerly Cowra Eagle Boy’s Pizza), as well as, the community donors, Friends of the Gallery and the Cowra Art Group; and private donor Mrs Margaret Henley from Cowra.

The 2016 awards judge is Libby Oldham Director, Jayes Gallery, Molong.

UpstART provides new opportunities for young artists in the region by displaying their artwork in a leading public gallery and reaching new audiences.

For more information contact the Gallery on 63402190.

Exhibition Dates: 26 November to 11 December 2016

Media Release: Punuku Tjukurpa

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Where the traditional and the modern meet…

An exhibition celebrating the stories and Law of Anangu culture told through intricate carvings and artefacts, Punuku Tjukurpa is the first touring exhibition of artworks from the Maruku Arts archive based at Mutitjulu, near Uluru in the Northern Territory.

Established in 1984, Maraku Arts is the trading arm of Anangu Uwankaraku Punu Aboriginal Corporation, which translates literally as ‘wood belonging to all Aboriginal people’.

Hosted by Cowra Regional Art Gallery and presented by Artback NT, Punuku Tjukurpa is an exhibition showcasing a rich, sacred history and deserves national attention.

As explained by Louise Partos, Executive Officer of Artback NT – “Punuku Tjukurpa offers a privileged insight into one of Australia’s finest art movements and is an exhibition of national significance. Punu (carved objects made of wood) is a significant and prolific art form in Central Australia and its production and display are integral to the maintenance of culture and to the sharing of knowledge”.

The exhibition includes eighty-eight punu works made by three generations of artists featuring burned designs on carved wooden forms including piti (wooden bowls), miru (spear throwers), tjara (shields), kulata (spears) and beautiful carvings of desert birds and animals.

While not as well known as painting from the region, punu is a significant and prolific art-form in central Australia and its production and display is integral to the maintenance of culture and to the sharing of knowledge.

Through this exhibition the profile of Aboriginal artists working with wood, both past and present, will be lifted as they have often been overlooked by a painting focused art world. Work included is both secular and sacred, and illustrates innovation through changes in working styles a well as the types of objects created. The exhibition also features some of the most magnificent pieces and ephemeral material from the early days of Maruku Arts.

The exhibition is an acknowledgment of the sharing of culture – of that which is secular and that which can be sacred. It is a celebration of innovation in wood carving, including many forms of punu. It represents an extraordinary opportunity to view the historical and contemporary trajectory of one of Australia’s finest art movements, providing the viewer with a pathway into culture rarely seen.

The official exhibition opening is on Saturday 15 October commencing at 2pm with a Smoking Ceremony and Welcome to Country. Guest speaker is Steve Fox, Curator of Punuku Tjukurpa, former PUNU MAN and Director of Maruku Arts, plus visiting artists in the exhibition from Maruku Arts NT. SA special public program including an illustrated talk by guest speaker Steve Fox and demonstrations with artists in the exhibition including carving and burning using both contemporary and traditional tools will take place at the Gallery on Sunday 16 October from 2pm. All welcome, admission is free.

The exhibition continues at the Cowra Regional Art Gallery to 20 November 2016. Gallery hours are Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 4pm and Sunday 2pm to 4pm. For more information phone 63402190.

Media Release: 2016 September school holidays and art workshops for children

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

The Cowra Regional Art Gallery is pleased to present an interesting range of Art Workshops for Children during the September School holidays from 29 – 30 September. All materials are provided by the Gallery. The following is an outline of the workshops and age groups.

Thursday 29 September 2016
Make Your Own Tic Tac Toe

Children will design and paint their own Tic Tac Toe game. Each child will be provided with smooth pebbles to create two teams for the game using an insect theme. Backboards will also be provided to decorate.

Two sessions – 7 to 9 year olds – 10am to 12noon and 10 to 12 year olds – 1pm to 3pm. Cost $20 pp – limit 10.

Friday 30 September 2016
How to Make Sock Puppets

Children will design and create two sock puppets using a variety of materials. From mythical creatures to cute, cuddly pets. Each child will be encouraged to individualise their creations.

One session – 7 to 9 year olds – 10am to 12noon. Cost $10 pp – limit 10.


Using inspiration from the works in Three Ways, the current exhibition at the Cowra Regional Art Gallery, students will use the theme of ‘landscape’ to create a series of prints by hand with quick drying clay as the printing plate and acrylic paint.

One session – 10 to 12 year olds – 1pm to 3pm. Cost $25 pp – limit 10.

Please bring your imagination and an old shirt or apron to wear as it will be messy. Tutors for the workshops are Libby Murray and Kerry Patten.

Contact the Gallery on 63402190 for registration forms (one per child). All classes are designed for the age groups mentioned and class sizes are restricted. Please register early as all payments must be made no later than 26 September 2016 to secure a place. The Gallery is open Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 4pm and Sunday 2pm to 4pm.

The location for these fun activities is the Art Gallery Multipurpose Room
77 Darling Street. Places fill quickly. To avoid disappointment REGISTER EARLY.

Media Release: Three Ways G.W.Bot, Meg Buchanan, Anita McIntyre

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Three Ways showcases the recent work of three artists whose major aesthetic explorations are concerned with the Australian landscape as it impacts on them through the immediacy of their living and working environments and through each artist’s particular histories of their relationship with the land (in its broader sense). The three ways of the title refers not only to the aesthetic and conceptual approaches of the artists but also to the formal means they choose visualise their imaginative creations. They use a range of means to express the reactions to and embracing of the land. Bot is printmaker, painter and sculptor. Buchanan is painter, printmaker and drawer. McIntyre is a ceramist.

G.W.Bot’s art celebrates the relationship between self and place and the importance of the balance of humanity’s balance with the natural world. Meg Buchanan is also interested in the interactions of man with the natural world. In a reductive almost abstract language she confronts, examines and analyses the landscape and man’s interventions in that landscape to produce powerful visual statements. Anita McIntyre’s art is the expression of an inner need to reflect on the world around her through the exploration of family, history and place. The three artists will be familiar to Cowra audiences through their involvement in the Calleen Art Award. G.W. Bot was the 2012 winner, Meg Buchanan, the 2005 winner and Anita McIntyre Highly Commended in that same year. Three Ways is a Cowra Regional Art exhibition, curated by Peter Haynes, curator, writer and visual arts historian.

The official opening for the exhibition is Friday 9 September, doors open at 6pm. On Saturday 10 September from 2pm there is a special artist’s talk with the three artists in conversion with the exhibition curator. Admission is free to both events.

Exhibition Dates: 10 September to 9 October 2016.

Cowra Regional Art Gallery
77 Darling Street, Cowra, NSW, 2794
Brian Langer, Gallery Director

Tel: (02) 6340 2192 M: 0429 072 282
Hours: Tues – Sat, 10am to 4pm; Sunday 2pm to 4pm

Admission free

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