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Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery

Horseshoe Bend, Swan Hill 3585

Black Mist Burnt Country
24 February – 23 April 2017

Black Mist Burnt Country is a national touring exhibition of artworks by over 30 Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists which commemorates the little known story of the British atomic tests in Australia in the 1950s. Selected from public and private collections the exhibition presents artworks from the past seven decades across the mediums of painting, printmaking, sculpture, photography, new media and music.

From post-WWII modernists to contemporary artists, the exhibition invites visitors to explore the varied perspectives and creative approaches. Included are works by Albert Tucker, Arthur Boyd, Sidney Nolan, Ian Howard, Pam Debenham, Toni Robertson, Rosemary Laing and Susie Norrie among Aboriginal artists Jonathan Kumintjarra Brown, Judy Watson, Hilda Moodoo and Yvonne Edwards among others.

The exhibition revisits the history of the atomic test program at Maralinga, Emu Field and Montebello Islands and its on-going legacies. It retells the story of the forced removal of Indigenous people, the devastation of country, the exposure of servicemen. A variety of interactive elements will enable visitors to the exhibition to learn about the social, political and environmental dimensions, while placing the Australian story in the context of the nuclear arms race during the Cold War and beyond.


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Wangaratta Art Gallery

56 Ovens Street, Wangaratta 3677

Christine Johnson
Voyages Botanical
25 February – 16 April 2017

Voyages Botanical is artist Christine Johnson’s tribute to the untamed treasures of Australia’s vast native flower garden. It is indeed a voyage: through rare and wonderful landscapes, but also through our botanical heritage and history. Voyages Botanical was inspired by Johnson’s time as a Creative Fellow at the State Library of Victoria. Her research, which drew on the library’s collection of rare books of botanical illustration, took her back to the pioneering work of early botanical artists including Sydney Parkinson, Pierre-Joseph Redouté and Ferdinand Bauer. This was the beginning of Johnson’s own creative journey that at once honours our past, present and future.

Art Mania
Gallery 2
4 March – 2 April 2017

Art Mania is a collective of artists that occupy the studio space at Mind Wangaratta, using art as therapy and self-expression. Facilitated by local artist Shea O’Keefe, Art Mania participants are encouraged and guided through various techniques tailored to the individuals’ artistic preferences. The group, who gets together weekly as part of Mind’s Day-to-Day Living service for people living with the impacts of mental ill-health, have created works ranging from sculpture, oil paintings, contemporary mixed media, water colour and pen and ink drawings.

Geoff Coleman
Painting over Time
WPAC Foyer
1 February – 28 March 2017

A Melbourne based artist and finalist in the 2014 Benalla Art Gallery Prize, this selection of paintings features Coleman’s recent works that present in a contemporary figurative style.
Open Tues – Sun 10am – 4pm. Closed Mon.
Closed Public Holidays & for installation.