Ildiko Kovacs: The DNA of Colour
18 April – 9 June
The exhibition brings together over thirty-five major works, from the National Gallery of Australia, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Art Gallery of New South Wales and Newcastle Art Gallery collections, along with rarely seen works from private collections.Ildiko Kovacs: The DNA of Colour is an Orange Regional Gallery and ANU Drill Hall Gallery partnership exhibition, curated by Sioux Garside and supported by Martin Browne Contemporary, Sydney.A fully illustrated monograph has been published to coincide with the exhibition.
Orange Regional Gallery 18 April – 9 June 2019
ANU Gallery 21 June – 11 August 2019
Continuum: Southern Highland Printmakers
4 May – 9 June 2019
An exhibition of contemporary prints responding to artists from previous generations who have had connections with the Southern Tablelands region between Sydney and Canberra.
The 25 printmakers each chose a different artist as the starting point from their work. Choices ranged from the possum skin cloaks crafted by the original aboriginal inhabitants of the area, to colonial artists such as Joseph Lycett, to some of the greats of Australian art. These artists included Lloyd Rees, Arthur Boyd, Fred Williams and Brett Whiteley, as well as photographers such as Frank Hurley, ceramic artist Gwen Hanson-Piggot, sculptors Tom Bass and Bert Flugelman and assemblage artist Rosalie Gascoigne. The resulting prints brought together in this exhibition are as wide-ranging and diverse as the work of the artists who inspired them.
Angelica Mesiti: Relay League
30 March – 12 May 2019
In this new commission, Angelica Mesiti presents a three-channel video installation titled Relay League. The work takes as its departure point a Morse code message transmitted by the French Navy on 31 January 1997 to signal the imminent demise of this communication method. Morse code, which entailed a system of dot and dash radio signals and was often utilised as a language of distress at sea, was phased out after 130 years in favour of new digital communications. Inspired by this final poetic phrase, here Mesiti interprets its original dots and dashes through music, choreography and non-verbal communication.
Relay League was curated and developed by Artspace and is touring nationally with Museums & Galleries of NSW. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. The development and presentation of Relay League is supported by Commissioning Partner the Keir Foundation. Relay League was produced with the support of C ND National de la Danse, Paris and University of New South Wales Art & Design. Relay League will be accompanied by a book published by Schwartz City and designed by Formist.
Young Archie Central West
9 February – 10 April 2019
Young Archie Central West celebrates the creativity of more than one hundred young people from across our region through a collection of insightful portraits highlighting their most significant relationships.
As part of the Archibald Prize 2018 regional tour to Orange, budding artists between the ages of 5 and 18 were invited to submit a portrait of someone who is known to them and plays an important role in their life.
Finalist were selected in each age category: 5‐8 year olds, 9‐12 year olds, 13‐15 year olds and 16‐18 year olds and judged by Richard Morecroft and Archibald Prize 2018 finalist Alison Mackay.
Winner, 5‐8 Years – Digby Luelf, My mum
Finalists, 5‐8 Years Amelia King, Hannah my sister, Micah Parton, Brianna, Winona Wade, I love you Grand Nan, Loti Ward, Layers of love
Winner 9‐12 Years – Milla Jurd, My fun teacher
Finalists 9‐12 Years – Amelia Caulfield, Miss Piggin, Juliette Colla, Mum, Ivy Hawker Oily Freya, Lisa Walker, My friend who likes birds
Winner 13‐15 Years – Charli Hobbs, Babushka
Finalists 13‐15 Years – Shaylee Fogarty, The adventure that awaits, Olivia Jackson, Untitled, Josie Kearney, #twinning, Abigail Kittler, Shino
Winner 16‐18 Years – Liz Saunders, Washed out
Finalists 13‐15 Years – Angus Clarke, Les, Bella Hoyle Davies, Somebody that I used to know
Young Archie Central West presents the creative energy of our regions
young people and showcases their artistic individuality.
Young Archie Central West is supported by the Art Gallery of New South
Wales and presenting partner ANZ.
Archibald Prize 2018
9 February – 10 April 2019
Awarded to the best painting of a notable Australian, the Archibald Prize is a who’s who of Australian culture, from politicians to celebrities and from sporting heroes to artists.
Margaret Loy Pula: Anatye
2 February – 24 March 2019
Surrounded by an incredibly distinguished artistic family, Pula has been exposed to art her entire life but did not pursue painting until 2007.
An integral part of her culture, Pula’s primary subject matter is ‘Anatye’, the bush potato or yam. Her paintings are an aerial view of the growth pattern of the plant. More than just a source of sustenance, the yam holds a deep spiritual significance to the Anmatyerre people of Central Australia.
Gaman: Mitsuo Shoji
7 December 2018 – 28 January 2019
Gaman, (Japanese: ‘tattoo’ and ‘patience’) is a term which highlights a rare synthesis of surface decoration and form in the artistic oeuvre of ceramist Mitsuo Shoji.
Utilising his fifty years as a professional artist, Shoji inlays Zen-like calligraphic shapes into the surface of hand built sculptures based upon the universal symbols of the square, circle and triangle.
Repetition and patience are a necessary component of this technique, unique to Shoji. Scarification of the leather-hard clay surface is a slow painstaking process, which is Buddhist in its sensibility. Colours are glimpsed through the marks, fracturing and changing as the form twists and turns.
Shojis three-dimensional works are accompanied in the exhibition by his “clay paintings” which echo the universal shapes.
People Like Us
30 November 2018 – 28 January 2019
People Like Us captures universal aspects of the contemporary human condition in film, animation, digital and interactive art. In a diverse collection of recent new media works by Australian and international practitioners, the exhibition also reveals the many experimental technologies being deployed by artists as they comment on issues confronting us in the 21st century.A National Exhibitions Touring Support Australia exhibition developed by UNSW Galleries and toured by Museums and Galleries of NSW. The National Touring Initiative is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its principal arts funding body, and by the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, State and Territory Governments.
The Kedumba Drawing Award
20 October to 2 December
The Kedumba Drawing Award is an annual highlight at Orange Regional Gallery. Now in its 29th year, the Award plays a vital role in fostering the production and appreciation of drawing in Australia. Initiated by Jeffrey and Marlene Plummer in 1989, the Kedumba Drawing Award has grown steadily. Each year, the Judge is an established artist whose only guideline is “to enrich and enhance the Collection”
The Kedumba Collection of Australian Drawings, with over 230 works, is currently on long term loan to Orange Regional Gallery.
An Orange Regional Gallery and Kedumba Trust partnership exhibition.
20 October to 2 December
Orange Regional Gallery is pleased to present a selection of works by some of the current Trustees and Patrons associated with the Kedumba Trust.
The Forever One Day, Kevin Connor
29 September to 25 November
This survey exhibition of figurative work by Kevin Connor features a selection of large-scale canvases, alongside drawings and bronzes. Together they provide an insight into the extraordinary vision and daily observations of one of our most significant artists.One of the highlights of the exhibition is a monumental series of 600 sketchbook drawings. They add up to one of the most remarkable bodies of work produced in the history of Australian art.Kevin Connor has held 65 solo exhibitions and his work is held in all state galleries and in the National Gallery.An Orange Regional Gallery exhibition curated by Bradley Hammond.Kevin Connor is represented by Liverpool Street Gallery, Sydney.
15 September to 14 October
Connections honours the achievements and talents of John Winch (d. 2007) and Richard Swinbourne (d. 2014). John Winch created masterful prints, promoted art and helped many young artists in the region. His family has allowed artists to use his studio in Stuart Town. Richard Swinbourne built the Swinburne etching press which became important to printmakers far and wide.
Includes works by John Winch, Madeleine Winch, Jess Winch, Richard Swinbourne, Margaret Swinbourne, Michael Kempson, Tim Winters, Lynn Winters, Charlotte blesing, Sita Cooray, John Caldwell, Marianne Courtenay, Michael Winters and Bernhardine Mueller.
An Orange Regional Gallery exhibition.
Mary Turner Collection and Bequest
25 August – 14 October
Mary Turner OAM passed away on 19 March 2018, aged 91. This exhibition celebrates Mary’s wonderful contribution to the arts and to Orange. It features works from the original 1982 donation alongside works received as part of her recent bequest. New additions of paintings by Stan de Teliga, Alison Rehfisch and Thomas Gleghorn complement the existing collection and show Mary’s insight as a collector. The selection is eclectic – a testament to Mary Turner’s approach – ranging from observational paintings to experimental abstraction.
25 August – 23 September
ARTEXPRESS 2018 showcases outstanding student work developed for the art making component of the 2017 Higher School Certificate Visual Arts examination.
ARTEXPRESS at Orange Regional Gallery is a celebration of creativity, student achievement and diversity presented though the work of young people engaged with relevant, contemporary ideas. The exhibition includes a carefully considered selection of artwork by 30 young people from across the state. It encompasses the expressive forms of ceramics, collection of works, documented forms, drawing, graphic design, painting, photomedia, printmaking, sculpture, textiles and fibre, and time-based work.
The enduring popularity of ARTEXPRESS is testament to the public’s interest in visual art created by young people and their ability to communicate strongly to a broad range of audiences. Join us for the opening from 2:30pm on Saturday 25 August, 2018.
ARTEXPRESS is a joint initiative of the NSW Department of Education and the NSW Education Standards Authority.
Highlights from the Chroma Collection
4 August – 9 September, 2018
In 2013 Orange Regional Gallery received an extraordinary donation of significant paintings and sculptures from the personal collection of Jim Cobb.
This exhibition features works by some of Australia’s most distinguished artists and includes a shimmering Elisabeth Cummings oil painting After the wet, Elcho Island—a masterpiece in yellows and dusty greys; John R Walker’s Dry dam, Bedervale, which so vividly captures the searing drought in 2004; and three cascading paintings by Emily Kngwarreye in ranges of cadmiums, pinks and browns.
An Orange Regional Gallery Collection exhibition.
ORANGE AIR: An object Collection by Thomas Pearson
23 June -19 August, 2018
In this exhibition, Thomas Pearson seeks to investigate the narrative of classical forms through the practice of making by hand. His work is made using traditional Venetian glassblowing techniques, and references objects such as the hourglass. The form of the hourglass is bodily and gives it its function. The movement of the sand records time, through a repetitive, changing internal landscape.
Bottles and hourglasses rely on internal spaces which hold and capture light. These contemplative works present an interlinking of meditative process and sculpture. The overlap between figurative and function is a narrative about containing the uncontainable, about measuring what resists being measured.
This work was made with assistance from the South Australian Government through Carclew and created using facilities at JamFactory, SA.
AFTER-LIFE Rod McRae
21 July – 19 August, 2018
The sequel to Rod McRae’s exhibition Wunderkammer, AFTER-LIFE attempts to focus on what it means to be wild, free and autonomous verses domesticated and farmed. The animals in AFTER-LIFE speak to us as an unrepresented slave class, bred, traded, worked, slaughtered, processed and consumed as part of a vast production machine to feed, dress and decorate exploding homo sapien populations—these are their stories.This exhibition uses taxidermy and animal skeletons including a family of giraffe to present its powerful messages. All the animals in AFTER-LIFE have been ethically sourced. No animal has been harmed to make this work in the first instance.AFTER- LIFE is on loan from Western Plains Cultural Centre, Dubbo.
Jali: Nathalie Hartog-Gautier
15 June – 29 July, 2018
Nathalie Hartog-Gautier’s art practice over the years has focused on the concept of the voyage, its transformations, attachments and associations, especially when place interconnects with memory and identity.
Nathalie had a residency in Udaipur in 2009 and she travelled through Rajasthan. While visiting the palaces she was struck by the fresco paintings decorating the walls and the intricate lace-like stone works on the windows called ‘Jali’. She could observe, looking through the patterned stonework, and see what was happening in the streets but could not to be seen.
The geometrical patterns of the ‘Jali’ provided her with a motif to work with and to overlay the patterns on the photographs she took of life on the street in Rajasthan. Creating a parallelism between the Jali and the computer screen, she drew geometrical shapes, found in the architecture.
30 June – 15 July, 2018
The Central West is home to an abundance of artistic expression. Here, Now celebrates the depth and diversity of this creative production.
Orange Regional Gallery has invited artists living in the Central West to submit recent work for Here, Now. For some artists this may be their first experience exhibiting in a gallery space, whilst for others it will be a familiar event. Works span painting, drawing, printmaking, assemblage, sculpture and fiber arts.
April 7 – 24 June 2018
It has often been said that we are shaped by the spaces that surround us. Curated by Gavin Wilson, Interiors probes that concept through the eyes of a select group of modernist and contemporary artists.
This exhibition of forty-four paintings and works on paper reveals a rich variety of relationships to light and space—a serious and beautiful occurrence. For artists, the environment one works in, inhabits, or encounters by chance remain vital sources of inspiration.
Artists: Cressida Campbell, Genevieve Carroll, Kevin Connor, Grace Cossington Smith,
Ray Crooke, Peter Godwin, Janet Haslett, Peter Kingston, Francis Lymburner,
Euan Macleod, Robert Malherbe, Margaret Olley, Rodney Pople, Luke Sciberras
Wendy Sharpe, Rosemary Valadon, John R Walker, Brett Whiteley
Exhibition catalogue supported by the Gordon Darling Foundation
23 May – 17 June, 2018
Luminous relic is a major collaborative painting and moving image work by Mandy Martin and Alexander Boynes, with a score by Tristen Parr. Based on fieldwork around industrial Geelong, this urgent, politically charged work examines the ongoing and cumulative effects of industrialisation and natural resources consumption on landscapes, fragile ecosystems and human conditions.
Mandy Martin has built up layers of ochres, sands, iridescent and fluorescent pigments to literally paint the body of the industrial complex into the ice shelf. This high key reflective surface allows the multichannel video work by Alexander Boynes to play with the element of time in what appears to be a static moment.Tristen Parr’s reflective score interprets the industrial sounds of Geelong and of ice melting and cracking. These are blended with the sound of electronically manipulated cello creating an other-worldly sonic landscape. The score adds pathos and gravitas to the contemplative space and sublime proposition of Luminous relic.
Zine There Done That
14 April till 10 June, 2018
Part exhibition, part publication, and making space Zine There Done That is a hands-on collaboration between, young people and the artist Sonny Day.
A selection of work from the Orange Regional Gallery collection will act as inspiration in a series of graphic, art-making sessions throughout the April School Holidays.
Local artist, Sonny Day will introduce students to the self-expressive world of zine making, exploring examples of zines from around the world and guiding them through their own creative enquiry of the medium using simple materials and works from the ORG Collection as visual inspiration. Sonny will compile the completed student works into a limited edition zine.
Zine There Done That will include a selection of works from the ORG Collection, an installation of student work created during the workshops and a making space where visitors can contribute to the project through their own creative responses. Copies of the final zines will also be available.
A zine (/ˈziːn/ zeen; an abbreviation of fanzine, or magazine) is most commonly a small circulation self-published work of original or appropriated texts and images usually reproduced via photocopier.
9 February to 1 April 2018
StarPicket is inspired by the astronomical translations of the night sky in relation to seasonal land management activity and physical pathways, through oral histories by Indigenous Traditional Owners and Elders in both the Central West NSW, and Lake Mungo NSW. Artists explore interpretations of star navigation with relativity to cross culture, geomorphology, wayfaring and storytelling.
Genevieve Carroll, Phoebe Cowdery, John Daly, Jaq Davies, Rebecca Dowling, Virginia Hilyard, Ken Hutchinson, Aleshia Lonsdale, Bill Moseley, Nyree Reynolds, Irene Ridgeway, Vicki Skarratt, Heather Vallance and Lee Wynyard.Curated by Phoebe Cowdery and Aleshia Lonsdale.
David Fairbairn: Drawn to Print
9 February to 1 April 2018
Celebrated portraitist David Fairbairn is well known for his large scale mixed media drawings and his expert use of line and while these aspects of his practice continue, in recent years he has focused almost exclusively on large scale etchings.
David Fairbairn explains, “It is important to me that my etchings compliment and extend my previous explorations in drawing. With these new prints, drawing directly from the sitter onto the copper etching plate is an important aspect of my process. The length of time spent with a person and the stopping and starting of a work as a series develops, are factors that contribute to the final outcome. I am interested in the unexpected transformative qualities of the line that is etched by immersion in ferric chloride. The quality of the corrosive line is different to a drawn line on paper using charcoal or pastel. Now working predominantly in black and white, I am able to reinforce the underlying formal and abstract structures in the depiction of the sitter, whilst still emphasising the emotional and psychological content of the work.”
Drawn to Print comprises a selection of drawings produced from 2010–2016, and etchings of the same sitters created during the period 2015–2017. The show offers a rich exploration of the psyche of both the artist and his sitters who have built up close friendships over many years.
David Fairbairn: Drawn to Print is a touring exhibition. The Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery, Orange Regional Gallery and the Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery are supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW.
David Fairbairn is represented by Port Jackson Press Print Gallery, Melbourne.
Elisabeth Cummings: Interior Landscapes
18 November 2017 – 21 January 2018
Since graduating from East Sydney Technical College in 1957, Elisabeth Cummings has quietly worked for nearly 60 years, producing a prodigious body of work. This retrospective exhibition includes 60 works across a range of media—paintings, drawings, monotypes, etchings and ceramics, with subjects drawn from still life, interiors and the landscape.
After winning the NSW Travelling Art Scholarship she studied abroad for a decade in Italy and France in the 1960s. Cummings’s absorption of a wide range of influences, including the European intimism of Pierre Bonnard and Édouard Vuillard, the teaching of Oskar Kokoschka, the paintings of Ian Fairweather and Australian Aboriginal art has informed the development of her unique and distinctive poetic vision, that ebbs and flows between abstraction and representation.
The exhibition includes some of her finest paintings of remote and beautiful places in Australia – Arnhem Land, the Pilbara, Lake Mungo, the Flinders Ranges, the Kimberleys and the edge of the Simpson Desert.
Kedumba Drawing Award 2017
16 December – 11 February 2018
The Kedumba Drawing Award is now an annual highlight at Orange Regional Gallery, having moved here in 2014 from the Blue Mountains. Now in its 28th year, the Award continues to play a vital role in fostering the production and appreciation of drawing in Australia.
Initiated by Jeffrey and Marlene Plummer in 1989, the Kedumba Drawing Award has grown steadily to now be considered the premier drawing award in Australia, and a major event in the nation’s visual calendar. New works selected become part of the Kedumba Collection of Australian Drawings. The judge’s only guideline is “to enrich and enhance the Collection”.
This year 20 artists from across Australia were invited to submit a recent drawing. The Kedumba Collection of Australian Drawings, with over 230 works, is currently on long term loan to Orange Regional Gallery.
An Orange Regional Gallery and Kedumba Trust exhibition.
Image: Kerry McInnis, Bush pool dingoes, Ndhala, 2013, pastel and charcoal on paper. Kedumba Collection of Australian Drawings.Kedumba Drawing Award 2013. Acquisitions Judge Angus Nivison.
Michael Winters: Dissected by Time and Space
14 October – 10 December 2017
Since the Apollo mission to the moon in the 1960s, Michael Winters has pondered how he could combine both the earthbound landscape and the elements of time and space in one work. This was the challenge he set himself.
The idea to create “sculptural landscapes” gave Winters the means to combine these elements. His works are strongly three dimensional and the landscape is very clearly defined, however, it is cut open and punctured, revealing layers underneath. According to Winters, these layers are to be read as cosmic space penetrating the landscape and enveloping it.
HOMEGROUND Mandy Martin
16 September – 12 November
This survey focuses on work created since Mandy Martin came to live in Mandurama in Central Western NSW. The 20 works in the exhibition reflect 20 years in the region, and address Martin’s deep unease about the landscape in which we live. Environmental issues relating to water security, the impact of the region’s coal-fired power stations and open cut mines are central concerns. Homeground features examples of Martin’s collaborative practice including paintings with the indigenous artist Trisha Carroll and digital projections with the Canberra based artist and curator, Alexander Boynes.
Mandy Martin is one of Australia’s most important artists whose career spans over 40 years. She has had numerous exhibitions in Australia, Mexico and the USA and has exhibited in France, Germany, Japan, Taiwan and Italy. Her works are held in major public and private collections in Australia including the National Gallery of Australia and the Art Gallery of NSW. In the USA she is represented in the Guggenheim Museum New York, the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, the Nevada Museum of Art, Reno and many private collections. Mandy Martin: Homeground is a Bathurst Regional Art Gallery touring exhibition.
ARTIST PROFILE Australasian painters 2007 – 2017
8 July – 10 September 2017
This exhibition brings together a selection of paintings by over 140 artists featured in Artist Profile magazine over its 10 year history, providing a comprehensive overview of Australasian painting from 2007 to 2017.
With 40 issues of in-depth interviews and stories to its credit, Artist Profile has become a touchstone visual arts publication for professionals, students and art lovers.
The magazine’s emphasis on artists’ working processes and personal perspectives is echoed in this exhibition which celebrates the individuality of each painter represented.
Editor Kon Gouriotis and Deputy Editor Lucy Stranger have curated the exhibition from the magazine’s featured living painters.
For more information visit ARTIST PROFILE
An Orange Regional Gallery & Artist Profile partnership exhibition.
The final list includes:
Khadim Ali, Tim Allen, Rick Amor, Suzanne Archer, Peter Atkins, Del Kathryn Barton, Ray Beattie, Asher Bilu, Vivienne Binns, Marion Borgelt, Paul Boston, Joanna Braithwaite, Lyndell Brown, Sophie Cape, Tom Carment, Jun Chen, Louisa Chircop, Andrew Christofides, Kevin Connor, Roger Crawford, Lucy Culliton, Elisabeth Cummings, Peter Daly, Debra Dawes, Janet Dawson, Ken Done, Richard Dunn, Chris Dyson, Mclean Edwards, Nicole Ellis, David Fairbairn, John Firth-Smith, Juan Ford, Belinda Fox, Neil Frazer, Joe Frost, Joe Furlonger, Gunybi Ganambarr, Teelah George, George Gittoes, Peter Godwin, Ian Grant, Charles Green, David Griggs, Helga Groves, Nicholas Harding, Brent Harris, Katherine Hattam, Louise Hearman, Naomi Hobson, Christopher Hodges, Dean Home, John Honeywill, Gordon Hookey, George Johnson, Michael Johnson, Alan Jones, Jumaadi, Ildiko Kovacs, Anna Kristensen, Dan Kyle, Nusra Latif Qureshi, Ross Laurie, Kevin Lincoln, Margaret Loy Pula, Steve Lopes, Fiona Lowry, Euan Macleod, Guy Maestri, Tim Maguire, Hilarie Mais, Robert Malherbe, Dani Marti, Darren McDonald, Angus McDonald, Noel McKenna, Alexander McKenzie, Fiona McMonagle, Karen Mills, Nigel Milsom, Reg Mombassa, Nick Mourtzakis, Idris Murphy, Frank Nowlan, Peter O’Doherty, Lucy O’Doherty, Susan O’Doherty, John Olsen, Nicholas Osmond, Mike Parr, Jim Paterson, Amanda Penrose Hart, Stieg Perrson, Rosslynd Piggott, Charmaine Pike, Tom Polo, Rodney Pople, James Powditch, Peter Powditch, John Pule, Ben Quilty, Victoria Reichelt, Leslie Rice, Sally Ross, Paul Ryan, Khaled Sabsabi, Evan Salmon, Nike Savvas, Luke Sciberras, Jan Senbergs, Vivienne Shark Le Witt, Peter Sharp, Wendy Sharpe, Garry Shead, Jaiwei Shen, Gemma Smith, Paul Snell, Vanessa Stockard, Jacqui Stockdale, Michael Taylor, Ann Thomson, Imants Tillers, Aida Tomescu, Tony Twigg, Jelle Van Den Berg, Savandhary Vongpoothorn, Vince Vozzo, John R Walker, Ruth Waller, Guy Warren, Tommy Watson, Judy Watson, Guan Wei, Mark Whalen, Ken Whisson, Justin Williams, Philip Wolfhagen, John Wolseley, Pedro Wonaeamirri, Coen Young, Zoe Young, Michael Zavros and Salvatore Zofrea.
In Dog Years I’m Dead
8 July to 20 August 2017
For Central West artist Jane Tyack, the process of growing up came with a loss of childhood imagination, which she now seeks to reclaim through her work.
Making assemblages allows her to re-gather the threads of childhood as she aims to make uninhibited and whimsical works.
“Growing up was a wrench for me—to have to let go of my youthful world fired by my imagination and need for excitement. All at once there was so much external expectation. I found myself drawing comparisons between my desires and aspirations compared to the evolving lives of my peers. Why did I have to grow up so quickly?”
— Jane Tyack
An Orange Regional Gallery exhibition.
COMMON-PLACE: Works from the Collection Curated by Cecilie Knowles
16 June – 30 July 2017
Our evolving collection contains over 150 artworks by modern and contemporary Australian artists. Bringing fresh perspectives to Orange Regional Gallery’s permanent collection, Different Takes guest curators will present well-known and not-so-well-known works in a new light.
Our connection to place helps define who we are. Our personal life histories guide us in forming bonds to our natural and built environments in uniquely complex ways. COMMON-PLACE includes works from the Orange Regional Gallery collection that touch on this human-place connection.
“In recent years, during periods of restlessness and sleeplessness, I have walked the rooms of my Grandmother’s house. Built by my Grandfather and demolished more than 20 years ago, the house stands firmly in my memory as a collection of vividly discrete details. Moving through my childhood recollections of this house and garden remains deeply and reliably consoling. The room-by-room memories are equal parts mundane and magical; a green ‘genie’ bottle filled with crushed glass used as a door stop, a bowl of seashells big enough to hear the ocean in, an old bath full of tadpoles and the flash of a sunlit goldfish. My Grandmother’s house holds personal meaning not only for these sensory flashcards my mind holds up but as a memorial to a happy and protected childhood—a present-day retreat from the often harsher adult reality.
This type of connection—based on the creation and recall of memory from a specific place in time seems easy to make sense of—the emotions are expected, the links are obvious. The source of our bonds is not always so clear. Our personal experience and understanding of the historic, political and cultural influences surrounding a place also effect how we perceive it, adding a layer of meaning extrinsic of aesthetics or the physical environment—meanings we may not be consciously aware of. This ‘background story’ may help explain those rare instantaneous connections sometimes felt when experiencing a place for the first time. A response made up of the sum of our life experience—a triggered emotional response to our own history.
I’ve been fortunate in my working life to be involved in a variety of projects that closely examine the importance of place—jobs where significance is established through careful research and a set of well-established criteria. When assessing the cultural significance of a place it is not only the aesthetic qualities that are taken into consideration but also the historic, scientific and social values. For the most part (and certainly so for the built environment) it’s the social values that, for me, have held the most interest—the stories linking people to place that give them their meaning. It’s this intangible, emotional connection to place that I am most excited by and what forms the basis for COMMON-PLACE. A grand landscape, a quiet interior, a tree, a studio, an everyday corner—these works tell a story bigger than the places they represent—they are a unique insight into the personal histories of the people who created them.”
Cecilie has a degree in Fine Arts from Sydney College of the Arts and a background in Heritage, Materials Conservation and Design. She has an interest in traditional art/craft processes and contemporary practice. She is an enthusiastic (novice) hand weaver.
Presence: Two Visions of Landscape
27 May – 2 July 2017
Ros Auld and Claire Primrose
Two artists come together to explore an authentic connection to the natural world.
Ros Auld aims to express both the strength and fragility of nature using materials from the earth, with an interplay between the monumental forms and delicate surface textures in her ceramic works. With landscape as her source, she is interested in the accumulation of recollected impressions rather than particular sites.
Claire Primrose’s recent work is similarly inspired and informed by many different locations from the Australian landscape. Using soil and water samples from field trips, she recreates the surfaces, textures and colours of particular places, although each work is a culmination of many different images, places and experiences.
Curated by Peter Haynes.
Form & Surface: Peter Wilson
1 April – 21 May 2017
In this latest exhibition by Peter Wilson the results of the artist’s continuous explorations with ceramic forms and materials will be evident.
Wilson’s practice is underpinned by experimentation and a continuous refinement of form and ceramic surfaces. He values utility and traditional craft skills whereby due consideration is given to balance, weight, proportion and the feel of the object in the hand.
This is Peter Wilson’s third exhibition at Orange Regional Gallery in 22 years.
An Orange Regional Gallery exhibition.
Different Takes: Guest Curator Series
11 February – 2 April 2017
Our evolving collection contains over 1500 artworks by modern and contemporary Australian artists, however, many of these artworks seldom make it out of darkened storerooms.
Bringing fresh perspectives to Orange Regional Gallery’s permanent collection, Different Takes guest curators will present well-known and not-so-well-known works in a new light.
Guest curators for 2017 are: Sonny Day – 11 February to 2 April and Cecilie Knowles – 10 June to 30 July
An Orange Regional Gallery exhibition.
11 February – 26 March 2017
Thanks to the remarkable generosity of various artists and collectors, the Gallery continues its focus on collecting modern and contemporary Australian paintings.
This exhibition includes works by Kate Beynon, Joanna Braithwaite, Judy Cassab, Charles Cooper, McLean Edwards, Tim Maguire, Fiona Lowry and Luke Sciberras.
Many of these acquisitions have been made possible through the Federal Government’s Cultural Gifts Program.
Orange Regional Gallery was founded on a major donation by Mary Turner of 34 paintings by iconic Australian artists in 1983. The Gallery received another significant donation of 37 contemporary artworks from the Chroma Collection courtesy of respected paint maker Jim Cobb in 2014. The collection continues to grow.
An Orange Regional Gallery exhibition.
The 100 Kilometre Art Exhibition
4 February – 26 March 2017
Orange Regional Gallery celebrates the extraordinary artistic life of our region with this open invitation to all artists living within a 50 kilometre radius (100km diameter) of the Gallery.
This popular exhibition is a regular feature in our program and offers local artists working in a variety of mediums an opportunity to present their work in their regional gallery.
With our large Alan Sisley Gallery space filled with hundreds of works—the majority of which are for sale—this is the perfect time to show your support to the many artists in our community.
An Orange Regional Gallery exhibition.
EUAN MACLEOD: PRINTS 1991-2016
10 December 2016- 5 February 2017
This exhibition provides a comprehensive survey of Euan Macleod’s printmaking from the past 25 years.
Macleod’s prints have played a significant role in the evolution of the artist’s career. Working with master printmakers such as Ron McBurnie and Michael Kempson, he has probed aspects of the human condition extending his idiosyncratic oeuvre. The highly expressive experimental nature of the prints complement the artist’s celebrated career as a major painter of our time.
Euan Macleod: Prints 1991-2016 was curated by Gavin Wilson.
SCANLINES: Four decades of Australian media art
12 November 2016 – 15 January 2017
Scanlines, curated and toured by dLux MediaArts, is the first exhibition of its kind – a comprehensive group exhibition that surveys the heritage of new media art in Australia since the 1980s.
With a groundbreaking interactive design, the exhibition puts history at your fingertips, allowing access to video interviews with the artists and studio tours from the comfort of the gallery.
With a roll-call of some of the most recognisable names in contemporary art, Scanlines includes rare early works and well-known works by our most high profile and internationally celebrated filmmakers, contemporary artists and scholars.
Scanlines traces the influence of one artistic generation to the next and traverses a plethora of tools, technologies and unique creative ideas.
Editioned: prints from the collection. Curated by Madeline Holborow
22 October 2016 – 2 January 2017
Being asked to curate an exhibition at Orange Regional Gallery still seems quite surreal to me. I was extremely flattered to be asked and then felt quite daunted by the task ahead.
I’ve never considered myself to be an authority on art, I know what I like and I appreciate almost every type of art and design. It’s what I’m passionate about and I strive to share my passion with others. This is what I’ve attempted to do with the exhibition editioned: prints from the collection which is on now in Gallery 2.
I love printmaking; I studied several different printmaking mediums at university. It’s such a diverse and challenging practice that I feel is sometimes undervalued.
This exhibition showcases some of the Orange Regional Gallery’s finest works on paper, and there were many to choose from! I’ve selected a vast range of works that celebrate all the different techniques and effects only achievable in printmaking. Anyone who’s ever tried their hand at printmaking can appreciate the skill that produced these works.
I’ve been drawn to printmaking through my own practice; it’s the long, meditative process that attracts me to this art form. Printmaking is not instantly gratifying; you can’t make a mark and suddenly see what the final product will look like. You have to plan and experiment and use your imagination to view the final product in your head. You have to let the work build and grow as it’s made and it can be disappointing at times but mostly surprisingly satisfying.
Editioned: prints from the collection features all types of different printmaking mediums and styles from some of Australia’s best printmakers. It was great fun to dig through the stores to select the work for this exhibition and I hope you have just as much fun viewing them.
[Madeline Holborow is the director of The Corner Store Gallery in Orange. She has a degree in Fine Arts from the University of Newcastle and has since worked as the Artist in Residence at Kinross Wolaroi School from 2011-2014].