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

Media Release: NGA Max & Olive open at the Cowra Regional Art Gallery

Friday, July 29, 2016

Max Dupain, Portrait of Olive Cotton, 1940.

A new travelling exhibition from the National Gallery of Australia will open in the Cowra Regional Art Gallery on Saturday 6 August from 2pm. This is the first exhibition to look at the work of Olive Cotton and Max Dupain as they shared their lives, studio and professional practice. The exhibition includes 71 photographs from the collection of the National Gallery of Australia and features some of Australian photography’s best-known images, including Dupain’s Sunbaker (1937) and Cotton’s Teacup ballet (1935).

As exhibition curator Shaune Lakin, Senior Curator Photography, National Gallery of Australia, notes: ‘Looking at the work of these two great Australian photographers together is enlightening; they were often shooting the same subjects, or pursuing subjects and pictorial effects in similar ways. Rarely do we get to see two great Australian artists working side-by-side in this way. And while Max Dupain’s reputation might now stand well above most other Australian photographers, this exhibition shows that Olive Cotton had a significant role to play in his development as a photographer, and was in many ways his equal.’

Dupain and Cotton were at the centre of Australian photography in the mid-twentieth century, and were influential figures in Australian culture at the time. Their professional relationship spilled over into their personal lives, and the two were married for a short while from 1939.

Keenly aware of international developments in photography, Cotton and Dupain experimented with the forms and strategies of modernist photography, and drew upon the sophisticated lighting and compositions of contemporary advertising and Hollywood glamour photography.

They brought to these influences their own, close association with the rich context of Australian life and culture during the 1930s and ’40s.

The exhibition is supported by the National Collecting Institutions Touring and Outreach Program, an Australian Government program aiming to improve access to the national collections for all Australians.

Exhibition Dates: 6 August to 4 September 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