A Verdant Heart

9 December 2011 - 5 February 2012

Robyn Stacey, Rouse and the Cumberland Plain, 2010 Type C print 214.5 x 360 cm

Our gardens are generally wonderful places to enjoy the outdoors, to relax, play, and exercise; to develop collections of plants and produce food, and to explore creativity and design, so it’s small wonder that gardens continue to be a much loved subject within contemporary visual arts practice. A Verdant Heart is a group exhibition which offers visitors a look at the many and varied ways in which artists respond to gardens and gardening. Artists: Sebastian di Mauro, David Haines, Greg Hansell, Brian Jones, Alexander Mackenzie, Tom Moore, Elaine Musgrave, Paul Ogier, Leo Robba, Robyn Stacey, Hilda Townsend, Angela Valamanesh and Shona Wilson.

A Verdant Heart Flyer

Robyn Stacey, Rouse and the Cumberland Plain, 2010 Type C print 214.5 x 360 cm

Jeff Mincham: Ceramics

10 February 2012 - 18 March 2012

Jeff Mincham coil building a vessel, Cherryville, South Australia. 2009.Jeff Mincham coil building a vessel, Cherryville, South Australia. 2009.

One of Australia’s most prominent and influential ceramic artists, Jeff Mincham Mincham is in his creative prime, and his most recent work showcases the unique results of his passionate research and experimentation with surface textures and firing techniques. An Object Gallery touring exhibition, part of the Living Treasures: Masters of Australian Craft series.

Darren Oates

10 February 2012 - 18 March 2012

Darren Oates,
Darren Oates, ‘Parabloae’ hall table, Mackay cedar and silky oak.

Darren Oates is a Hawkesbury furniture maker, best known for his ‘parabolae’ hall tables made using native Australian timbers.

The Versatile Clints: four generations of artists

23 March 2012 - 13 May 2012

George Clint, untitled c1925
George Edward Clint, Untitled c.1925, oil on artists canvas paper.

George Clint, ARA (1770-1854), British ‘Painter of Players’ and society portraitist, sired three generations of versatile artists. Among George’s grandchildren was Alfred Jnr, who migrated to Australia, and established a theatrical scene painting studio, assisted by sons Alfred Thomas, George & Sydney. Alfred T moved to Windsor where he painted its buildings and picturesque farmlands in the 1920s & 30s.

The Garden of Forking Paths

18 May 2012 - 8 July 2012

Tale of Tales (Belgium), The Path (screen shot) 2009

When the NIMROD computer, the first machine that was designed specifically to play a game, made its debut at the 1951 Festival of Britain, few could have predicted the prolific rise of the video game, now a multi-billion dollar industry rivaling the motion picture as the most profitable entertainment industry.

The Garden of Forking Paths draws together notable historic and contemporary computer games created by artists who push the boundaries of the genre and break all the rules. It revisits some of the earliest computer games running on the original hardware, as well as some of the latest creations by leading artists.

According to the curator, Neil Jenkins, the exhibition will challenge younger audiences’ understanding of what a computer game is, providing a hands-on exploration of, inter alia   ‘just how freakin’ slow everything was back in the 80s and 90s!

Light Sensitive Material: Works from the Verghis Collection

13 July 2012 - 26 August 2012

Fiona Morrison Image courtesy the artist and Gallery Barry Keldoulis Collection Rachel VerghisFiona Morrison Image courtesy the artist and Gallery Barry Keldoulis Collection Rachel Verghis

A vibrant selection of photographic, light and digital media works by 14 emerging and mid-career contemporary Australian artists whose use of light is integral to their work. A Bathurst Regional Art Gallery exhibition in conjunction with Rachel Verghis, toured by Museums and Galleries NSW. Image: Jonathan Jones, white poles 2003 fluorescent tubes and fittings, dimensions variable.

Northern Impressions - a celebration of Contemporary Printmaking

31 August 2012 - 14 October 2012

First seen at the new Chan Contemporary Art Space, in Darwin’s State Square PrecinctConrad Tipungwuti (Collaborator: Jacqueline F. Gribbin) Kulama 2010 Japanesestyle woodcut Tiwi Islands, NTCollection of Paul and Tessa Pauling

First seen at the new Chan Contemporary Art Space, in Darwin’s State Square Precinct, and toured by Artback NT: Arts Development and Touring in conjunction with the Australia Council for the Arts and Northern Territory Government.

Strong Women Strong Painting Strong Culture

31 August 2012 - 14 October 2012

Artist Tjampawa Kawiny, aged 96
Artist Tjampawa Kawiny, aged 96, photographed at Tjala Art Centre, Amata, in Pitjantjatjara country, South Australia. Photo by Skye O’Meara

More than 50 works by senior women artists celebrating the power and importance of contemporary women’s art making in desert Aboriginal communities, including exuberant canvases, batik, fibre art, textile sculpture, carving and etchings, characterised by stunning colour and energy. Toured by Cessnock Regional Art Gallery

Oculi: Terra Australis

19 October 2012 - 2 December 2012

Artist Tjampawa Kawiny, aged 96
Donna Bailey, November 11, Remembrance Day pigment print on Epson premium photo paper 60 x 70cm

Oculi offers a poetic photographic narrative of our time and our region, through ten distinctive styles and perspectives. At the heart of their work lies a central conviction – to reveal the beauty, wonder and struggle within everyday life; to show the extraordinary in the ordinary. A Manly Art Gallery and Museum exhibition.

Made It, Make It

7 December 2012 - 20 January 2013

The curatorial focus of this exhibition and public program is on 'the materials' - in the words of the curator: "the materiality or material nature of contemporary art practice, with a particular focus on 'the unusually common'."

The exhibition/program consists of two parts.

Made it (curated exhibition)

We instinctively think of the materials of art making  as being such things as paint and pencils, clay and clean white sheets of paper. But sometimes artists turn to materials that are on hand, part of our everyday activities or those that have had a previous life in order to express their creativity. For this part of the show the curator has invited a selection of 4-6 artists who are known for working  with materials in unusual or unexpected ways. More on reverse.

Make it (exhibition/installation/workshops/creative explosion)

The second part is up to you! Everyone who visits the gallery during this time will be invited to let loose the creative spirit and contribute to an evolving community art work.  Trained artists will be on hand to offer guidance and practical assistance,  making this a great holiday activity for all ages.

More information available here.

Artist Tjampawa Kawiny, aged 96
Silversalt photography

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