ANCA Gallery1 Rosevear Place Dickson, ACT 2602
At the Edge of Matter: Christine Appleby, Riley Beaumont, Mahala Hill, Merryn Lloyd, Lucy Quinn. Curated by Phoebe Hamra and Karena Keys
5 December – 16 December
Exhibition Opens 6pm Wed 5 December 2018
At the Edge of Matter explores the tension between an artist’s process and the dynamic, physical possibilities of the matter they manipulate.
Ararat Gallery TAMATown Hall, Vincent Street, Ararat, 3377
19 October 2018 – 20 January 2019
Animalia Australis is an Art Gallery of Ballarat touring exhibition that tells a remarkable story of art in the service of science during a period when Australia was opening up its secrets to the scientific fraternity and to a general public with a marvellous appetite for the weird and wonderful.
These images of the exotic and wildly beautiful things from the upside-down world of the Antipodes reflect the first encounters between white explorers, scientists and settlers with the animals of the Southern Continent, highlighting the prevailing perceptions and depictions of native fauna of the period.
While Indigenous Australians had at least 50,000 years to adapt to and familiarise themselves with the unique flora and fauna of this continent, for Europeans the process took place over little more than 250 years. The name Australia derives from the Latin Terra Australis (the Land of the South) which until the end of the Middle Ages was also ‘incognita’ – unknown and unseen by Europeans and therefore a place where the imagination ran wild.
Australian plants and animals were often shockingly different to anything they had seen before. Black swans were conceived in the imagination of European philosophers before they had ever been seen. The existence of a black as opposed to a white swan was proposed on the grounds that anything coming from the Antipodes — the opposite to the ‘normal’ and ‘known’ world — would be an antithesis to the normal and predictable.
Many of these ‘new’ animals, such as egg-laying mammals, were also simply terrifying. But there was also an exotic and intriguing beauty to be encountered, documented and published. The European settlement of Australia occurred at exactly the time when advances in science meant that people had both the means to describe these new discoveries, and the inspiration and interest to do so.
Australian birds attracted attention from both the scientific world and amateur ornithologists. There were many spectacular Australian birds, of which the parrots are probably the most beautiful, but there were also species which were bizarre either in appearance or behaviour, such as the lyrebird, the cassowary and the emu. It is not surprising that lavishly illustrated publications were produced during the nineteenth century, of which John Gould’s The Birds of Australia is probably the best known.
While many of the works come from the time of first contact by Europeans, others reflect a more systematic approach which prevailed as the scientific community in Australia became more familiar with the continent’s natural history — scientific publications proliferated after the middle of the nineteenth century, as Australian museums competed with each other to publish and describe newly found species.
Victoria, the wealthiest colony, published a set of descriptions of the fauna that could be found within its borders. In compiling it, Frederick McCoy, the Director of Victoria’s Museum of Natural and Applied Sciences, had access to some of the colony’s most talented natural artists, including the German Ludwig Becker and the Swiss Friedrich Schoenfeld. At the Australian Museum in Sydney, the Keepers of Natural History brought out monographs devoted to insects, snakes and mammals, with most of the illustrations being undertaken by the talented sisters Helena and Harriet Scott.
This Art Gallery of Ballarat Exhibition was first seen in Cairns in 2017 and went on show at the Art Gallery of Ballarat in 2018. It draws from the Art Gallery of Ballarat’s extensive collection of images of flora and fauna, and follows the successful exhibition Capturing Flora: 300 years of Australian botanical art, which went on show in Ballarat in 2012 and toured to Cairns, New England and Sydney.
PAUL E MASON: LOOKING FOR BAUDIN – 21st Century Reliquaries Encounter c.1800 Terra Australis – 19 October 2018 – 20 January 2019
“Baudin saw no justification for dispossessing the Tasmanians of their land. His observations of their life and customs had not led him to believe that they would benefit from the çivilizing’influence of the Europeans, as Peron believed the Aborigines of Port Jackson had done.” ‘Encountering Terra Australis’, J Fornasiero and J West-Sooby, 2004
An art exhibition that references the Baudin expedition might lead one to expect realist work influenced by the Enlightenment tradition of the artist scientist. Paul E Mason, however, references another artistic tradition, that of the reliquary. While he eschews the directly religious and spiritual connections of the reliquary, Mason preserves the relic’s symbolic density and concern with veneration and celebration of the object and its link to larger themes. Thus Mason uses gold and gold leaf from Imperial France and diorite from Aboriginal Australia as materials that confer sacred value on otherwise ordinary objects. Mason’s representations of human beings, whether European or Indigenous also eschews the Enlightenment humanism of the Baudin expedition artists. He adopts an archetypal mode of representation that allows us to see a differently patterned colonial encounter. – Gerald Gill, Sociologist, LaTrobe University, 2018
Testament: Robert Salzer Foundation Acquisitions
5 November 2018 – 3 March 2019
The Ararat Gallery collection’s renewal has been significantly supported by the Robert Salzer Foundation. The exhibition presents a decade of acquisitions that reveal the dynamic uptake of textiles in Australia’s contemporary art practise. Building on the gallery’s comprehensive collection of post-minimalist and craft-based textile fibre art from the 1970s and 1980s, these recent acquisitions showcase new and unexpected approaches to the use of textiles as part of a challenging of the hierarchy of materials by contemporary artists.
fifty: Celebrating 50 years of collecting textile art
Established in 1968, Ararat Gallery TAMA has a special place amongst Australia’s public galleries through its commitment to supporting and promoting contemporary practices in textile and fibre art. Today the collection is arguably the most significant of its kind in Australia. This exhibition celebrates the Gallery’s 50th birthday by presenting a selection of the collection’s best-loved works alongside some of its rarely-seen gems.
HOURS: Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm, Weekends 10am to 4pm, Closed Good Friday, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day
Art Gallery of New South WalesArt Gallery Rd, The Domain, Sydney, NSW 2000
Masters of modern art from the Hermitage
13 October 2018 – 3 March 2019
Monet | Cézanne | Matisse | Picasso | Gauguin | Kandinsky | Pissarro | Malevich | Denis | Bonnard
Masters of modern art from the Hermitage presents a magnificent selection of works from the towering figures of modern art. Drawn from the unparalleled collections of the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg, the exhibition captures the ebullience, idealism and confidence of artists as they freed themselves from tradition.
Exploring the origins of modern art, from the bold experiments of Cézanne, to the radical innovation of artists like Matisse and Picasso, this exhibition documents the seismic shifts that took place in European painting in the years after 1900 and encapsulates a defining moment in art history.
Don’t miss this opportunity to see rare works from the modern masters – a journey of startling colour and form, groundbreaking endeavour, and bold leaps of the imagination.
Exclusive to Sydney at the Art Gallery of NSW
Art Gallery of Western AustraliaPerth Cultural Centre, Perth WA 6000
WA NOW – ANDREW NICHOLLS – HYPERKULTUREMIA
15 December 2018 – 15 April 2019
Andrew Nicholls’ WA Now solo exhibition showcases his recent Hyperkulturemia series. The major focus of his practice for the past five years, Hyperkulturemia is the outcome of a series of residencies in Italy between 2014-2017.
These residencies were an opportunity for Nicholls to engage with various sites associated with the 18th century Grand Tour, a rite-of-passage that saw young, aristocratic men complete their education by journeys to Italy to view the remains of classical antiquity and the masterpieces of the Renaissance.
The series’ title refers to the condition of ‘Stendhal Syndrome’ (aka Florence Syndrome or Rome Syndrome), reported to have been experienced by tourists overcome by the splendours of high Renaissance art. It was often explained as coming from an “excess of culture in the blood.”
Screen Space – Megan Cope
Until 25 February 2019 | FREE
The Blaktism 2014 is the first standalone video work by artist Megan Cope. It is highly theatrical in its examination of Aboriginal identity and issues of authenticity that are faced by fair-skinned Aboriginal people.
It does this by looking at Australian society’s intensive focus on skin colour as a way of deciding who is and isn’t a “real” Aboriginal person in urban areas.
With a type-cast crew, including a priest, hipsters and bikini-clad women, the artist submits herself to a baptism of authenticity; as if such a ceremony will legitimate her “blackness”.
The video is a blast of good humour, which is sometimes the only way to tackle issues that are deeply offensive.
Culture Juice – Beyond Bling!
Until 14 January 2019 | FREE
Are you ready for bling!
Building on the success of ‘The Rise of Sneaker Culture’ and ‘Heath Ledger: A Life in Pictures’, AGWA presents the next exhibition in its Culture Juice program: ‘Beyond Bling!’ celebrating, exploring and making jewellery and adornment.
Centred on 300 varied pieces from the State Art Collection from the 1800s to today, Beyond Bling! unlocks the vaults to showcase the best, the bizarre and the most sophisticated jewels in its historical and contemporary collections. Moving from bold and captivating wearable art to quiet and subtle, almost private, personal interventions, the show will change how you think about what jewellery is and can be.
Beyond Bling! also features capsule displays from key collectors including major historic pieces of gold nugget jewellery from antiquarian expert Trevor Hancock, some timeless classics from Georg Jensen and by contrast some jaw-dropping displays from Perth’s King of Bling, Shane Pavlinovich.
FULL SCHEDULE ONLINE
For all the details on the Beyond Bling! exhibition, opening day and associated events please visit artgallery.wa.gov.au/exhibitions/beyond-bling.asp
spaced 3: north by southeast
Until 7 January 2019
International Art Space
Artistic explorers of a different kind are celebrated in spaced 3: north by southeast. Six Australian artists completed artistic residencies in the Nordic heartlands of Finland, Iceland, Denmark and Sweden and five Nordic artists find their place in Western Australia’s rural and remote communities. Using sculpture, video, photography and installation, this show is an enlightening series of windows onto the world we know, and the world we have yet to understand.
Bendigo Art Gallery42 View Street, Bendigo, Victoria 3550
Bendigo Art Gallery
42 View Street, Bendigo
Frida Kahlo, her photos
Until 10 February 2019
Jessie Boylan: Rupture
Until 10 February 2019
Gothic Beauty: Victorian notions of love, loss and spirituality
Until 10 February 2019
Daughters of the Sun: Christian Waller & Klytie Pate
Until 10 February 2019
Post Office Gallery
61-67 Pall Mall, Bendigo
Vale: mourning, remembrance and Spiritualism in Bendigo 1851-1901
13 December 2018 – 31 March 2019
Bendigo Living Arts SpaceLiving Arts Space at the Bendigo Visitor Centre, 51-67 Pall Mall
14 November 2018 – 11 February 2019
A delightful exhibition of work by four artists from Central Victoria including ceramics by Sarah Koschak, artworks by Lynn Twelftree, furniture by Hugh Makin and button craft by Carole Grenfell.
Open 9am-5pm daily (closed Christmas day)
Castlemaine PressLot 19, 19 McShanag Drive, Castlemaine 3450
Castlemaine Press AGM
Friday 30 November
All new and existing members are warmly invited to join us for our Annual AGM at 5pm.
And then stay on for our wonderful …
Christmas Print Sale 2018
original . collectable . local . affordable
All prints on sale are by members of Castlemaine Press.
Preview and sale: Friday 30 November, 5pm – 6.30pm
Cocktail hour: Saturday December 1, 5pm – 6pm
Weekend sale opening hours: 1pm – 5pm, Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 December
Plus special offer from our sponsor, Union Studio:
20% off framing of prints purchased at the sale.
PRINT STUDIO FOR HIRE
Full members with a good knowledge of printmaking techniques, competence to work by themselves and a proven familiarity with printmaking equipment and studio safety procedures are eligible to hire Castlemaine Press facilities. All members must complete a free induction session before they are eligible for unsupervised access, with the option of a session working with an experienced studio member if this is considered necessary (fee applies).
JOIN AS A MEMBER …
If you’re not already a paid member, now is a great time to join!
Members enjoy voting rights, access to community workshop facilities for hire (conditions apply), member discounts and opportunities to participate in collective print practice such as print exchanges and member exhibitions. Not to mention opportunities to collaborate and network with printmakers!
Annual membership fee: Full membership $75, Concession $50, Friends $25. Plus a one-off $20 equipment fee for Full and Concession members. Pro rata fees apply – so contact email@example.com for details.
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Fremantle Arts Centre1 Finnerty Street, Fremantle 6160
Animaze: Amazing Animals for Kids
Until 23 January 2019
For the first time, Fremantle Arts Centre presents a contemporary art exhibition specifically for kids. Animaze includes all sorts of amazing animals with prints, paintings, sculpture, crochet, robotics, aquatic critters, snakes, bears, bats, budgies and more.
With the work of more than 40 artists, specially designed play spaces, animal story readings and hands-on kids’ workshops, Animaze is a full-on animal art safari where kids can wander and explore the wonderful world of animals and art.
Geelong GalleryLittle Malop Street, Geelong 3220
Treat yourself by visiting the Geelong Gallery, one of Australia’s leading and oldest regional galleries, right in the heart of the city. From iconic colonial masterpieces to compelling contemporary works of art, the Geelong Gallery is the perfect place to unwind and be inspired.
There is no there—Gabriella Mangano and Silvana Mangano
until 10 February
Gabriella Mangano and Silvana Mangano’s collaborative video works explore the relationship of the body with material objects, space and time. In their recent video work There is no there, they extend their concept of performance to a form of community engagement whereby fellow artists, friends and colleagues enact a series of movements and postures inspired by recent media coverage that wordlessly communicate degrees of urgency, anxiety, enquiry and stillness. There is no there is exhibited alongside preparatory works that provide insights to the video’s development and this new direction in the artists’ practice.
Akio Makigawa – Water drawing no. 1
until 17 February
Akio Makigawa’s sculptural practice focussed on the essential life-giving elements of water, air, earth and fire. Gifted to Geelong Gallery shortly before the artist’s death in 1999, Water drawing no. 1 comprises several scroll-like drawings, metal channels filled with liquid and a single round stone that allude to the physical and spiritual properties of water.
Recent acquisitions 2017–18
until 17 March
A diverse selection of works that reflect the Gallery’s active acquisition program, and the generosity of a range of valued donors. Includes paintings by Andrew Browne, Richard Larter, Amanda Marburg and Fiona McMonagle; works on paper by Del Kathryn Barton, Charles Blackman, Mike Parr and Jörg Schmeisser; decorative arts by Julie Blyfield and Kirsten Coelho; and video work by Simone Slee.
Free entry. Open daily 10am to 5pm.
lot1919 McShanag Drive , Castlemaine 3450 (off Langslow Street)
lot19 was founded to celebrate life
lot19 is an evolving artspace in the central highlands of Victoria with studio spaces, an outdoor stage, a contemporary art gallery which also presents excellent music, marionette theatre, performance, and film, and an outdoor sculpture park. We are dedicated to promoting undiluted excellence in the full field of human experience, and are not driven by sales.
lot19 highlights include the annual Spring Sculpture Prize:
The lot19 spring sculpture prize has won the hearts of community arts leaders, artists from accomplished to emerging, and many thousands of visitors. There are substantial prizes and the Spring Sculpture Prize attracts an incredibly diverse array of heartfelt and accomplished sculptural works.