Archibald Prize 2012 Regional Tour

25 January 2013 - 10 March 2013

Paul Newton, David Gonski AC, oil on linen 244 x 122 cm

The Archibald Prize is one of Australia’s oldest and most prestigious art prizes. It’s awarded to the best portrait painting, preferentially of some man or woman distinguished in art, letters, science or politics. The winner of the Archibald Prize receives $75,000.

This year, the 91st year of the Archibald Prize, there were 839 entries, from which 41 were selected as finalists. This year features a stellar line-up including previous winners including Ben Quilty, Adam Cullen, Jenny Sages, Garry Shead and Wendy Sharpe.

The 2012 Prize winner, Tim Storrier’s self-portrait, The histrionic wayfarer (after Bosch), will be on display alongside the Packing Room winner, Raelene Sharp’s portrait of actor John Wood, A strength of character.

Gallery volunteers have undertaken special guide training for this event, and will be conducting tours twice daily, at 11am and 1pm, for the duration of the exhibition. Whether you choose to take a tour or not, volunteers will be around to answer questions and to chat with you about the show and its many fascinating aspects.

Extended opening hours

For this exhibition only, the gallery will be open till 4pm seven days a week including Australia Day. Entry is free.

To make the experience even more memorable, there will be talks, film screenings, and the Hawkesbury’s very own take on it: a demonstration of the art of portraiture by local artists, with Hawkesbury Mayor, Cr Kim Ford as their subject. There is also a People’s Choice Award, which invites visitors to nominate their favourite artwork for a chance to win a $500 visa debit card, sponsored by the ANZ Bank. The winner’s name will be drawn at 7pm on Friday 15 March, in the gallery.

This touring exhibition is presented by the Art Gallery of New South Wales in partnership with Museums & Galleries NSW.

Salvatore Zofrea: Days of Summer

22 March 2013 - 19 May 2013

Hawkesbury wattle and bowerbird
hand-coloured woodcut print on Japanese Kozo paper, 95 x 74cm

Lucy Child: Printmaker - Small Gallery

22 March - 19 May

It is what it is: beyond the debate

24 May - 28 July

 David Capra, Gemstones, plasticine and metal dimensions variable 2011-12

It is what it is: beyond the debate - transcending the art vs craft debate (24 May – 28 July).

An exhibition which showcases ten artists who draw on crafting traditions in the construction of work that stands on its own and speaks for itself, transcending the limits of the 'arts vs. craft' debate.  Says exhibition curator, Tia McIntyre, 'artists develop a language by which they interpret the world, and they use whatever techniques and materials that best describe and communicate their vision. It is what it is, enjoy!'

The artists have made use of a fascinating variety of materials, from everyday things like leather, steel, wool, plywood, sticks and plastic to taxidermy foam polyurethane, glass eyes, polyester pompoms, and even an mp3player.

David Capra uses plasticine and metal to create his unique and colourful 'Gemstones'. Adrienne Doig makes use of large Rococo-style tapestries, into which she inserts her embroidered self, inviting the viewer to contemplate the familiar and unfamiliar in how we relate to our environment. Other artists on show are Vicky Browne, Anna Brownfield, Troy Emery, Rayna Fahey, Talitha Kennedy, Annee Miron, Emily Morandini, Shaelene Murray, Vince O'Connor, and Sam Smith.

A fun and stimulating program of events goes with this exhibition, including a Scrumbling workshop (free-form knitting and crochet) , a screening of the ground-breaking film Making it handmade, a great school holiday workshop for kids, and a chance for anyone with an unfinished craft project (and isn't that all of us?) to bring it in and get it done.

Called Unfinished Business – Crafternoons in the gallery, this program is very close to Tia's heart: 'Almost everyone has one, often more than one; some are bigger than others, less easy to forget, too big to put away. The smaller ones are pushed to the very back of the cupboard or shelf, occasionally remembered; they are different shapes and different colours - and they all have a story to tell.'

For this part of the exhibition Tia would like to (lovingly) display people's unfinished craft projects with their stories. A special space called 'Crafternoon' has been created in the gallery to serve as  a workshop/gathering space where individuals and groups are encouraged to come and share their stories and skills, laughter and a cup of tea, and to work on (begin, continue or even complete)  their 'unfinished business'. Anyone wishing to be involved please contact Tia on 4560 4586 or email tmcintyre@hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au.

Jasper Knight: a 10 year survey

2 August 2013 - 29 September 2013

Jasper_Knight_self_portrait Jasper Knight, 2009, enamel, perspex & masonite on board, 150 x 150cm

Acclaimed contemporary Australian artist Jasper Knight has had a strong impact on the Australian Art scene over the last 10 years. His catalogue of works include diverse and weighty yet highly accessible subject matter and his dynamic, innovative technique.

A Goulburn Regional Gallery touring exhibition.

Ranamok Glass Prize Winners Collection

4 October 2013 - 1 December 2013

Photo of two glass objects. David Murray Gatherer 2003

Annual acquisitive award for glass artists, founded in 1994 by Andy Plummer and Maureen Cahill as a way to promote glass as an art form. The work presented is innovative, displaying excellence and imagination in from idea to execution.

Also, paintings by Joel Beerdon, whose work honours the rich western landscape tradition, yet is tantalized by the emotive intensity of indigenous Australian painting.

Goya: Los Caprichos and Cartoons and illustrations from the Fairfax News Room

6 December 2013 - 9 February 2014

Andrew Dyson, Dogs of War Andrew Dyson, Dogs of War

Though primarily a painter in his role as an artist to the King of Spain, in his own time Goya (1746 – 1828) Goya is known for creating images (etchings) critical of changes in the world around him. His later work records scenes of violence and destruction during the Napoleonic wars and openly comments on social injustice and senseless cruelty within Spanish society.

Cartoons and illustrations from the Fairfax News Room

Complementing Los Caprichos is an exhibition of contemporary cartoons and illustrations from the Fairfax newsroom. Like Goya before them, these artists entertain and edify the viewer by combining artistic skill, hyperbole and satire in order to question authority and draw attention to political foibles and social issues.

The exhibition includes national award winning drawings, digital prints and video. It showcases 14 of Australia’s most published and acclaimed cartoon and illustration artists including Simon Bosch, Matt Davidson, Andrew Dyson, Rocco Fazzari, Kerrie Leishman, Simon Letch, Alan Moir, Michael Mucci, David Rowe, John Shakespeare, John Spooner, Ron Tandberg, Cathy Wilcox and Glen Le Leivre, who has also created cartoons for Mad Magazine and The New Yorker.

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