WESTERN PLAINS CULTURAL CENTRE

8 DECEMBER 2012 – 27 JANUARY 2013


CUT WITH A KITCHEN KNIFE

Cut with a kitchen knife is a survey of the current manifestations of collage in contemporary art and more than a nod to the absurdist collages that arose from the brief and highly influential Dadaist movement of the early 20th Century. Less concerned with addressing the problems of the picture plane and more those of an existential nature, works on paper have been selected from nine contemporary artists who traverse the surface, relay absurdisms and reorganise obsessive collections - Christian Capurro, Simon Evans, Elizabeth Gower, Nathan Gray, Mandy Gunn, Deborah Kelly, Nick Mangan and Stuart Ringholt.

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1 DECEMBER 2012 – 26 JANUARY 2013

KATHIELYN JOB: THE DAY AFTER YESTERDAY   
      

Kathielyn Job is a Dubbo based artist who uses the fundamentals of painting to create a unique means of communication.  The Day after Yesterday focuses on Job’s uncompromising use of colour and reveals the artist’s unbounded imagination. Her practice explores notions of energy and existence, focusing on the idea that human beings are intrinsically connected to the earth through matter. Job investigates the tension between energy and its containment in form, with these ideas surfacing on the canvas in imagined organic shapes rendered in brilliant colour.

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30 NOVEMBER – 26 JANUARY 2012


FLIGHT

The Western Plains Cultural Centre’s collections feature many objects and artworks that depict birds. These range from well known species such as magpies and finches through to flightless birds such as emus and cassowaries. Their depiction by artists and artisans expresses our fascination with these creatures that abundantly cover our Earth and are distant relatives of the dinosaurs.  

Flight will feature objects from the Museum and Gallery collections, juxtaposing their depictions in artworks and as decorative motifs on utilitarian objects.

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24 NOVEMBER 2012 – 26 JANUARY 2013


WASTE TO ART

The annual Waste to Art exhibition enables the community to create works of art using everyday waste as the medium. With every passing year, Waste to Art grows in popularity, and is a highlight on the calendar for many creative people in the community. The exhibition celebrates “thinking outside the box”, it shocks and surprises the viewer whilst commenting on our throw-away culture. Waste to Art is presented in collaboration with NetWaste and in 2012 is coordinated by Amy Griffiths.

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Jackson Scott
Piston Pup2011
Found materials  
Image courtesy WPCC

3 NOVEMBER 2012 – 26 JANUARY 2013

MICHAEL RILEY: CLOUD

Michael Riley (1960 - 2004) was born and raised in Dubbo, going on to become one of Australia’s most successful and highly respected contemporary artists. Cloud produced in 2000 is his best known and much-loved photographic series. An endless blue sky becomes the backdrop for objects relating to Aboriginal life and culture. Influenced by the artist’s early years in his hometown, the works are a meditation on belief, spirituality, childhood and memory.

3 NOVEMBER 2012 – 26 JANUARY 2013

THE FOLLY: ARLO MOUNTFORD

Arlo Mountford’s The Folly was acquired by Dubbo Regional Gallery in 2009 with funds raised by the Friends of the WPCC. In the three channel digital animation, Mountford has re-imagined three paintings by Flemish painter Pieter Breughel the Elder, “Hunters in the Snow” (1565), “The Corn Harvest” (1565) and “The Fall of Icarus” (1558) and has infiltrated these timeless pastoral scenes with new life. 

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20 OCTOBER – 2 DECEMBER 2012


ARCHIBALD PRIZE 2012 
   

The Archibald Prize is an annual exhibition eagerly anticipated by artists and audiences alike. It never ceases to create lively debate amongst the arts community and wider public. First awarded in 1921, The Archibald Prize is one of Australia’s oldest and most prestigious art prizes. It is awarded to the best portrait painting, preferentially of a man or woman distinguished in art, letters, science or politics.  The Archibald Prize is an Art Gallery of NSW exhibition toured by Museums and Galleries NSW.

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20 OCTOBER - 25 NOVEMBER 2012


WESTERN COLLEGE ART PRIZE


Western College has established a bi-annual Art Prize with the aim of fostering creative pursuit and promoting regional artists, while acknowledging the role of art in education. Western College supports art as an important education re-engagement tool and accordingly support the local and regional arts community. Art plays an important part in our society and is sometimes overlooked by part of our community as an elitist pursuit. Art and culture can be perused by anyone who chooses to and we encourage any budding artists to partake in our competition. Our pursuit of educational outcomes for everyone in the community – and therefore to the benefit of the community as a whole – is geared towards flexibility and creativity in the learning process.

The Prize welcomes entries from all artists from all levels of ability, and there is a special incentive for indigenous artists and artists who are undertaking any form of study. It is open to all artists of any age. There are 3 main categories on which prize money is on offer. Main prize is $2200; there is a student prize of $500 and an indigenous prize of $500. The art competition is allocated a theme which reflects Western College core values. This year the theme is “Passion”.

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13 OCTOBER – 25 NOVEMBER 2012


HARVEST: 6 YEARS OF THE REGIONAL ART SPACE

The Regional Art Space (RAS) has become one of the WPCCs most dynamic and popular exhibition spaces. Set up as a means to profile the work of emerging regionally-based artists, the program has grown to become an important professional development opportunity. Artists’ proposals are assessed and awarded a 12-month period to realise their show, working with the WPCC Curatorial team in all aspects of exhibition development and delivery.

This exhibition looks back over the six years of the program, revisiting some of the artists and finding out where they are now, what the RAS means to them and how it affected their career.

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29 SEPTEMBER - 18 NOVEMBER 2012


FRANK NOWLAN: MAN OF THE SERIES

Frank Nowlan came to art relatively late in life, when he retired after 40 years of teaching. But art was something of which he always dreamed. Frank called himself a “Sunday painter” and friends would drop in at his house and comment on the ‘stick men’ in his paintings. Throughout the years, Nowlan’s work has developed, becoming enriched with multi-layered concepts, political themes and hidden meanings. Man of the Series: Frank Nowlan is a Hawkesbury Regional Gallery touring exhibition.

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21 JULY – 28 OCTOBER 2012

BUILT FOR THE BUSH

Built for the Bush explores some of the energy-efficient strategies that were practised in traditional rural buildings and their reappearance in contemporary sustainable architecture. Discover how early builders, using mud, timber and corrugated iron built some of the most energy efficient buildings possible. Built for the Bush is a touring exhibition from Historic Houses Trust.

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Casey Brown Architecture
Permanent Camping Mudgee
Image © Penny Clay
Image courtesy of Historic Houses Trust

25 AUGUST – 28 OCTOBER 2012

THE DISCREET CHARM OF THE BOURGEOIS ROBOT 2    

DR WADE MARYNOWSKY

With his work The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeois Robot 2, Wade Marynowsky pays homage to filmmaker Luis Bunuel’s 1972 film The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie. Marynowsky works in a number of artistic mediums including performance, video, robotic, immersive or interactive installation. In this interactive work he explores the human-like performance of robots who mimic human characteristics without ever achieving humanity. Marynowsky animates his robots with humour, describing The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeois Robot 2 as the ‘decadent disco diva of doom.’ (Text Francis E Parker)

7 SEPTEMBER – 14 OCTOBER 2012


ODDITOREUM

This wonderfully innovative and playful exhibition is a unique concept based upon the successful collaboration between the Powerhouse Museum and Oscar winner and children’s book author Shaun Tan. Tan’s brief was to concoct fantastical stories behind 11 especially unusual Museum objects while the rest is left up to the visitor in this delightful exhibition for children of all ages.

25 AUGUST – 7 OCTOBER 2012


EDDY HARRIS: WILCANNIA - STORIES FROM MY HOMELAND   

Eddy Harris is a Barkandji Aboriginal man, born and raised in Wilcannia, the traditional homelands of the Barkandji people. For many years Harris has been taught kinship practices from his elders and has been crafting these stories into unique and dynamic art forms. Harris works in a multi-disciplinary fashion, utilizing painting, printmaking, ceramics, carving and woodwork. Through his works, Harris aims to educate audiences on Barkandji culture and foster a greater understanding of the way kinship works within tribal culture.

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18 AUGUST – 23 SEPTEMBER 2012


ARTEXPRESS  

ARTEXPRESS is the annual exhibition of exemplary artworks created by students sitting the 2011 Higher School Certificate. This year the WPCC has teamed up with ARTEXPRESS Coordinator Susanne Jones to create an exclusive collection that examines the very best of each expressive art form. Each of the 16 works on exhibition achieved the highest grade in its category.  ARTEXPRESS is a joint venture of the Board of Studies New South Wales and the New South Wales Department of Education and Communities, managed by the Department’s Arts Unit. 

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30 JUNE - 2 SEPTEMBER 2012

 

OCULI: TERRA AUSTRALIS INCOGNITA

A PHOTOGRAPHIC SURVEY

Terra  Australis Incognita is a vision of Australia (and its nearby neighbours) that is empathic, humorous, interpretative, defiant, questioning and critical.  The work of Oculi, a collective of ten Australian photographers who have worked together for over ten years, is an unflinching vision of Australia in a contemporary light. Oculi is curated by Sandy Edwards and is a touring exhibition from Manly Art Gallery and Museum

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Donna Bailey
Fog 2003
Pigment print on Epson premium photo paper
60 x 70cm
Image courtesy the artist © Donna Bailey.

7 JULY - 19 AUGUST 2012

 

LAKE GEORGE (AFTER MARK ROTHKO)

JOHN CONOMOS

John Conomos’ video work Lake George (After Mark Rothko) refers to the experience common to so many car travellers in Australia, that of driving past Lake George and wondering about its elusive qualities. Conomos wondered, what was this strange lake that could appear and disappear, that always got his parents and relatives talking? As a consequence, for Conomos, Lake George became a metaphor for creativity. Lake George (After Mark Rothko) is the artist’s attempt to capture the landscape and render Lake George in the tradition of video as a form of electronic painting.

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John Conomos,
Lake George (After Mark Rothko) 2008
Video and audio installation
Duration: 25 min.
Image © John Conomos

7 JULY - 19 AUGUST 2012

 

A SECOND GLANCE: MATTHEW BEGG

Mathew Begg is a Dubbo-based artist who has created a series of work that keenly observes the urban landscapes of Dubbo and its surrounds. His paintings offer both the joys of familiarity as well as a note of intrigue; what stories are hidden within the deserted streets and darkened windows? Begg employs a realist style to depict the instantly recognisable streetscapes, but at the same time suggests the inner narratives of these urban facades. Secrets, untold stories and long forgotten histories linger within his works. This is an exhibition that reminds us to take a moment to relish our surroundings, and look twice, no matter how familiar these buildings appear to be.

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Mathew Begg

Aunt Elle’s, 2011

Acrylic on canvas.

© Mathew Begg.

30 JUNE – 12 AUGUST 2012

 

iVISUALISE

A selection of artworks made by students from across the Greater Western Region, iVisualise showcases and encourages the talents, passions, and concerns of the region’s youth. Covering those just entering primary school to those about to leave, the exhibition is a wide ranging exploration of growing up in the west. Presented in partnership with NSW Department of Education & Training.

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Colby Donohue
Relationships 2012
Acrylic on canvas,
Broken Hill High School, Year 12.
Image courtesy NSW Department of Education and Training
© Colby Donohue.

30 JUNE – 12 AUGUST 2012

 

DJALKIRI: WE ARE STANDING ON THEIR NAMES

BLUE MUD BAY

This exquisite series of prints is the culmination of a vibrant and intensive cross-cultural exchange between five highly respected Yithuwa Madarrpa artists and four renowned artists from across Australia. The 23 selected exhibition works resulting from this exchange capture essential aspects of country at Blue Mud Bay in eastern Arnhem Land, recognised as one of the most pristine and culturally significant places in Australia. This exhibition is toured nationally by Artback NT: Arts Development and Touring and has been curated by Angus Cameron of Nomad Art Productions.

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Jorg Schmeisser
Mangrove Tree 2009
etching 38 x50cm.
Image courtesy Nomad Art Productions
© Jorg Schmeisser.

7 APRIL - 15 JULY 2012

 

DHAGA NGIYANHI NGAN.GIRRA / WHERE WE ALL MEET

DHAGA NGIYANHI NGAN.GIRRA / WHERE WE ALL MEET uses Dubbo and in particular the site of the Western Plains Cultural Centre, the former Wingewarra Swamp, as an historical meeting point for local Dubbo-ga (Aboriginal) Clans. The exhibition will present significant aspects of Wiradjuri culture through the artists’ use of traditional materials and techniques - body painting, weaving, pokerwork, language, stories etc, as well as traditional materials - possum skins, native grasses, feathers and kangaroo hides. These skills which have been passed down from one generation to the next are utilised by the artists and ensures the development and continuation of local cultural practices. 

The exhibition comprises works by Lynette Riley of kangaroo-skins incised with Wiradjuri symbols that represent Totems – Nations, Clans, Family and individual representations across Country, using pokerwork. Diane Riley-McNaboe, presents intricately woven head-dresses and belts, rendered using local native grasses and the feathers of native birds, revealing hitherto unseen techniques of traditional dress It is significant that this, their first exhibition is held in their home community.

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Lynette Riley & Diane Riley-McNaboe wearing Kangaroo-skin cloaks, headdresses and belts near the Macquarie River at Terramungamine, January 2012. Photograph by Shantell Toomey.

Image © Shantell Toomey

24 MARCH - 24 JUNE 2012

MENAGERIE: CONTEMPORARY INDIGENOUS SCULPTURE

Menagerie: Contemporary Indigenous Sculpture is a unique and groundbreaking exhibition that exposes the richness and breadth of contemporary Indigenous sculpture in Australia. It includes both well-known and emerging artists, who have each produced outstanding sculptural works depicting a variety of animals. Through these works the artists share with us their cultural knowledge, expressions of identity and connections to country. Menagerie has been developed through an unusual and mutually rewarding collaboration between Object: A ustralian Centre for Craft and Design and the Australian Museum.

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Garth Lena
Echidna 2006
Mango wood and porcelain
36 x 51 x 67 cm
courtesy of the artist
Image © Australian Museum.

11 MAY - 24 JUNE 2012

JOSEPH McGLENNON: STRANGE VOYAGE

A life in design and advertising have given photographer Joseph McGlennon an eye for the dramatic. His kangaroo studies are a continuation of his fascination of Cook's return to England in 1771, carrying a vast number of A ustralian specimens of plants and animals previously unknown to Europeans, the strangest of which was a kangaroo. His work seeks to locate the proud but (to European eyes) exotic animal within an unfamiliar (to Australian eyes) and equally exotic European landscape.

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Joseph McGlennon
Kangaroo Study Number 7 2010
Giclee digital prints
100 x 100 cm
Image © the artist.


24 MARCH - 6 MAY 2012

 

GOOD. STRONG. POWERFUL.


GOOD. STRONG. POWERFUL. showcases selected works from three innovative Northern Territory art studios, from the tropical Top End to the desert heart of Central Australia. The exhibition contains extraordinary works by ten established and emerging Indigenous artists whose work offers audiences a unique, quirky and highly original view of their surroundings. Each of these studios provides artistic opportunities for Indigenous artists with disability, and already has a strong national reputation and presence. This exhibition will bring them together for the first time.

GOOD. STRONG. POWERFUL. is a touring exhibition from Artback NT: Arts Development and Touring in conjunction with the Australia Council for the Arts and Northern Territory Government Department of Natural Resources, Environment, the Arts and Sport

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Alfonso Puantjimi – Ngaruwanajirri Artists

House and Plane 2009
Natural ochres and binder on Arches paper

38cm x 29cm

Image © Alfonso Puantjimi

4 FEBRUARY - 1 APRIL 2012

 

LEAGUE OF LEGENDS: 100 YEARS OF RUGBY LEAGUE


Starting as a breakaway football competition established in defiance of the New South Wales Rugby Union, league has grown to become one of the most popular of Australian sports, a skillful fast moving game that has the passionate support of its fans.
This exhibition includes a collection of photographs and film footage highlighting some of the great moments in the history of the sport. The legendary ‘gladiators’ photograph captured at the 1963 grand final when St George defeated Western Suburbs was a timeless display of sportsmanship recreated for the Winfield Cup trophy. Other photographs reflect international representation, legendary sports commentators, the spirit of the fans, and how the sport has changed in many areas such as uniforms and equipment.

The exhibition was developed and presented by the National Museum of Australia, Canberra with the Centenary of Rugby League Committee.

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Ray Price and Mick Cronin are chaired from the ground following Parramatta’s grand final victory over Canterbury-Bankstown 8–6, 1986. Colin WHelan Action Photographics. © National Museum of Australia, Canberra