Mum’s Hug Series 2
Catherine Newton
15 June – 28 July

Mums’ Hug series 2 celebrates the important role mothers have in today’s society. It symbolises the physical and emotional connection of a mother and child through touch; specifically the act of hugging. Capturing a mother’s breath in a hot glass form and exploiting its fluidity, Newton dressed in layers of heat resistant fabric and hugged the hot glass.

The resultant textured, transparent sculptural forms sit on anthropomorphic plinths, displayed at the height of children’s bellybuttons to highlight the various ages and size of each child. The colour has also been chosen by the mother to reflect each of her children. An analogy is drawn between hugging hot glass, intimidating and invigorating, and that of being a mother, which is also daunting and stimulating.

1orgCatherine Newton Mum’s Hug Cameron, Chris, Michael Photgrapher David Paterson ORG detail
Catherine Newton, Mum’s Hug, Patrick, Daniel, Luke, Joseph (detail), glass

Community Exhibition
13 July – 28 July

Artists from across the Central West are invited to submit works for this annual open exhibition celebrating the creativity of our region.

Entry is open to artists, over the age of 16, living in the local government areas of Orange, Bathurst, Blayney, Cabonne, Cowra, Forbes, Lachlan Shire, Lithgow, Oberon, Parkes and Weddin Shire.

We are looking for new works that have not been exhibited before and have been made within the last 2 years.

Artists may submit up to three works. The Gallery is committed to exhibiting at least one work by each artist and will endeavour to exhibit more if possible.

Download an ENTRY FORM here.

Ralph Tikerpae, The family, 2018, metal and wood sculpture