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National Gallery of Victoria, The Ian Potter Centre: NGV AustraliaFederation Square, Flinders St, Melbourne 3000
DEL KATHRYN BARTON: THE HIGHWAY IS A DISCO
17 NOV 17 – 12 MAR 18
The NGV presents a major solo exhibition of one of Australia’s most popular artists, Del Kathryn Barton. Del Kathryn Barton: The Highway is a Disco reveals the artist’s imaginative and deeply sensuous world, where ornately decorated species – both human and animal – are rendered in seductive line and colour. Del Kathryn Barton: The Highway is a Disco is a survey of new and recent work by the two times Archibald Portrait Prize winner that reveals the breadth of Barton’s practice. Featuring comprehensive displays of recent paintings and drawings for which she is arguably best known, the exhibition also includes collage, sculpture, textiles and film, all drawn together by the artist’s exuberant and psychedelic aesthetic.
Born in Sydney in 1972, Barton graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales, Sydney, in 1993. In 2015, Barton was awarded an Australian Film, Television and Radio School Creative Fellowship, following her directorial debut of The Nightingale and the Rose (2015). Her work is held in major public collections including: the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane; the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; the Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide and the Museum of Old and New Art, Hobart.
Swan Hill Regional Art GalleryHorseshoe Bend, Swan Hill 3585
Until 15 October
Sleepwalking towards the Apocalypse
In Sleepwalking Towards The Apocalypse Peter Ward discusses themes of social insecurity, environment & abuse of economic & political power in a series of linocuts, woven linocuts & quilted linocuts.
The 2016 flood events in our local red gum forests have provided the inspiration for this body of paintings by Nyah artist Julie Chislett-Duffus
Julie writes “When the flood water is high, the trees stand up to their waists in rippling reflections of the mirrored sky. Colours are deepened where the bark is wet and sunlight reflects off the water on to the undersides of branches. Then, in time, the water recedes and the forest floor is cushioned with decaying leaves and ribbon grass in inky pools. Eventually, the forest is dry and lace patterns emerge with the warmth of a summer sun. This is purple noon.
The Johnston Collection Exhibition-HouseEast Melbourne
THE JOHNSTON COLLECTION EXHIBITION-HOUSE
FEAST | Christmas at The Johnston Collection 17|18
Monday 2 October 2017 – Wednesday 31 January 2018
Including with Sai-Wai Foo, Irianna Kannellopoulou, Dorothy Morgan, Melbourne Tapestry Weavers Collective, The Bond Family, Embroiderers Guild (Victoria) – Mornington Peninsula & Leongatha Country Group, Bead Society of Victoria & The Beaders Guild of Geelong, Bbaandit Yarners, The GLAD Rappers
The creative spirits of Christmases past will come to life again in FEAST | Christmas at The Johnston Collection 2017 – 2018 an exhibition showing selected works from over the last five years of Christmas exhibitions along with a smattering of new works in a spectacular rearrangement that promises to be a feast not only for the eyes but for all the senses.
FEAST | Christmas at The Johnston Collection 2017 – 2018 will feature works from artists, guilds and collectives from the Mornington Peninsula (2013-2014), Geelong and the Surf Coast (2014-2015), Gippsland (2015-2016) and Melbourne city (2016-2017) along with new works contributed by Dorothy Morgan.
This popular series which commenced in 2004, commissions makers from a different region in Victoria each year to create new works drawn from aspects of the Collection or relating to the life of William Robert Johnston (1911-1986).The commissioned work is displayed against the back-drop of William Johnston’s extraordinary collection of Regency, Georgian and Louis XV furniture, paintings, ceramics and objet d’art arranged in a domestic setting. William Johnston (1911 – 1986) was a prominent 20th century antique dealer and collector who bequeathed his former residence, Fairhall, and collection to the people of Victoria.
The work of ceramicists, weavers, spinners, yarners, patchworkers, embroiderers, lacemakers, quilters, cake decorators, glassworkers, beaders, and a host of other crafts will all be on display in FEAST.
The exhibition will include:
· the whimsical works of paper artist Sai-Wai Foo along with ceramicist Irianna Kannellopoulou’s intriguing animal-themed figures will feature in The Study
· the Melbourne Tapestry Weavers Collective return with their vibrant and innovative contemporary tapestry works weaving stories about William Johnston’s life, displayed throughout the rooms of Fairhall
· mixed-media artists The Bond Family will present their exotic Indian-themed works in The Yellow Room and delicate Japanese-inspired work in The Dressing Room
· The Green Drawing Room will display a feast of embroidery, beads and baubles. The exquisite threads of the Embroiderers Guild (Victoria)’s Mornington Peninsula and Leongatha Country Group branches will be displayed along with the jewel-like decorations made by the Bead Society of Victoria and The Beaders Guild of Geelong, whose ornaments created using many thousands of beads, all meticulously stitched by hand, took up to 30 – 40 hours to make each one.
· the Bbaandit Yarners will take over the front of Fairhall with their colourful art while the GLAD Rappers yarn storm The Sitting Room upstairs
· textile and paper maker Dorothy Morgan has created a series of new works reflecting on the themes of peace and hospitality for FEAST which will be displayed as one installation in The White Room and The Blue Room
Christmas at The Johnston Collection celebrates the possibilities of using particular crafts and skills in different ways by encouraging the makers to explore new contemporary practices and ideas. The result is a stunning and stimulating exhibition of contemporary craft viewed against the background of William Johnston’s historic collection.
Guided tours weekdays at 10.00 am, 12 noon, 2.00 pm. After Hours tours on the second Saturday of each month at 10.00 am and 12 noon and on the third Thursday evening of each month at 6.00 pm. Bookings www.johnstoncollection.org
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Wangaratta Art Gallery56 Ovens Street, Wangaratta 3677
22 Sept – 19 Nov
Lorraine Connelly-Northey, Penny Algar and Damien Wright
An exhibition featuring three locally and nationally significant artists creating contemporary new art works by responding to the theme of the eucalyptus species, River Red Gum (Eucalyptus camaldulensis). The artists, Lorraine Connelly-Northey, Penny Algar, and Damien Wright respond to the landscape, the environment and the traditional use in Aboriginal culture, presenting the relationship from both an ecological and spiritual perspective.
Archetype and Land
Spiritual Belonging: Bärbel Ullrich
22 Sept – 28 Oct
An exhibition of new work by artist Bärbel Ullrich. This work is based on the representation of land and place to which Ullrich has a deep sense of connection and belonging. Ullrich delivers consistent themes concerned with the environment and what the artist claims is a required ‘spiritual shift of the human approach’.
June Brown – Eco Dyeing & Eucalypt Books
29 Aug – 23 Oct 2017
WPAC Foyer Gallery
Renowned local textile artist June Brown, and her husband John, have travelled the Australian landscape and identified a selection of the vast number of Eucalypt trees. Collecting small leaf samples, June has then dyed wool and silk fabric for the unique colours produced from natural dyes. These beautifully created textile books are records of June’s love for textiles and the species that has helped create them.
Open Tues – Sun 10am – 4pm. Closed Mon.
Closed Public Holidays & for installation.