WESTERN PLAINS CULTURAL CENTRE

20 APRIL – 2 JUNE 2013

CUT & FLOW: KIRK WATTS

In the driest inhabited continent on Earth water management in the Murray-Darling Basin is something we must get right. The abundance of information and misinformation has muddied the waters. Possible impacts of past, present and future water use in the basin has polarized communities. The scale of past mistakes necessitates drastic and in many cases painful change. To do nothing is not an option. The people depicted in this exhibition all realise that business as usual is unsustainable. Much like the hand cut collages in this exhibition a solution to this issue is multi layered, will take time and requires patience.

9 MARCH – 12 MAY 2013

VANISHING: JANET LAURENCE

Janet Laurence’s work often explores time, movement, space and interaction. In Vanishing, she fuses these concerns together into a mesmerising experience. A twin projection shimmers through tulle veils, whilst a series of mirrors reflect both the projections and the viewer, making the audience a part of the work rather than a passive observer. A soundscape of shifting breaths encourages the audience to connect with both the work and each other. A work that encourages participation whilst emphasising the fragility of the experience, Vanishing is one of Laurence’s most immersive works.

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2 MARCH – 12 MAY 2013

LAGAU DUNALAIG

Lagau Dunalaig (island lifestyle) is a significant exhibition of works of art on paper by Cairns-based Torres Strait Islander artists Brian Robinson and Joel Sam. Both Brian and Joel use a variety of printmaking techniques for the 55 limited edition works in this exhibition, including linocut, etching, and embossing. The artists explored these techniques while reflecting on their experiences in the land and sea scapes of Australia’s far north. The prints were made at the Djumbunji Press KickArts Fine Art Printmaking Studio in Cairns, Far North Queensland.

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9 MARCH – 28 APRIL 2013

DREAMWEAVERS

Featuring the work of six artists, Dreamweavers plots a strange and enchanting course through the world of dreams, nightmares and the imagination. It imagines a world with the lights turned off, where monsters come out to play and reality becomes a flickering memory. Dreamweavers is a multi-sensory experience that is more like entering another world than an art exhibition. It combines sculpture, digital media, photography and painting, in an intoxicating visual feast.
A Gippsland Art Gallery & NETS Victoria touring exhibition.

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2 MARCH – 28 APRIL 2013

BIRDS FROM A NEW WORLD: NICOLA DICKSON

Inspired by the recently discovered natural history illustrations of George Raper, a midshipman on the First Fleet, artist Nicola Dickson transports these delicate images into a new world. Whilst keeping true to George’s high level of observation and aesthetic detail, Nicola moves the birds into new contexts in order to explore a diversity of themes such as colonisation, species loss and the importation and use of technology.

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2 MARCH – 21 APRIL 2013

THE FORCE: 150 YEARS OF NSW POLICE

The NSW Police Force was formed on 1 March 1862. It is the oldest and largest police force in Australia with operations on land, on sea and from the air. From wooden rattles and phrenology to taser guns and forensics, policing in New South Wales has continued to expand and develop according to the needs, attitudes and technology of the day. This exhibition celebrates 150 years of policing through a rich collection of photographs, objects and film footage. It charts the formation of specialist units, the science of crime investigation, the role of women in the force, changes in police duties and equipment, and also pays tribute to the thousands of officers who have served their community.
Presented in partnership with the NSW Police Force and the Historic Houses Trust of NSW.

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2 MARCH – 14 APRIL 2013

FAMILY ALBUM: IDA JAROS

Family Album is a collection of works exploring the relationships between the members of Ida Jaros’ family, their relationship with the lands of Australia and the Czech Republic. Her parents left Czechoslovakia in 1980 with nothing but their two children. They told no one they were leaving, so were unable to farewell loved ones. Ida was only 7 when she left for what she was told was a ‘holiday’. The effects of this migration continue to reverberate throughout her family and are investigated in Ida’s intimate but stark works.

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6 JULY – 13 OCTOBER
WELLINGTON: MATHIEU GALLOIS

Mathieu Gallois’ project centres on the history and community of Wellington, a small town located in central New South Wales, traditional home to the Wiradjuri people. Gallois’ grandfather Ernest Moulton (1905–1966), a British migrant who settled in Wellington in 1944, purchased the local paper, the Wellington Times, and as editor became a prominent conservative voice in the community for the next twenty-one years. Taking form as an historical analysis To Move Forward To Destiny of Full Epuality: The Wellington Times 1944–1965 (2012) features a series of twenty-one front pages of the paper selected for their rare reference to the Aboriginal communities of the region.

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.

19 OCTOBER – 17 NOVEMBER
CRAFTING DESIGN / DESIGNING CRAFT:
40 YEARS OF JAMFACTORY

In 2013 JamFactory celebrates 40 years of nurturing and promoting contemporary craft and design in Australia with a landmark exhibition. Curated by Margaret Hancock Davis, Margot Osborne and Brian Parkes, Crafting Design/Designing Craft presents new work by 40 selected artists, craftspeople and designers who have had significant involvement with the JamFactory during its 40-year history and who are continue to produce work of outstanding quality.

Designing Craft/ Crafting Design: 40 Years of JamFactory is a JamFactory and Country Arts SA touring exhibition.

Designing Craft/ Crafting Design: 40 Years of JamFactory is supported by Arts SA's New Exhibitions Fund and by Visions of Australia, an Australian Government Program supporting touring exhibitions by providing funding assistance for the development and touring of Australian cultural material across Australia.

Honor Freeman
Every Cloud
2012
Slipcast, hand built porcelain, silver lustre
280 x 500 x 400 mm Image © the artist

19 OCTOBER – 1 DECEMBER
TRACKS: JACK RANDELL & ANNETTE SIMPSON

This exhibition features four public engagement artworks, as well as individual works and collaborations between the two artists. This is the most ambitious collaborative project for the artists so far incorporating the work of over 400 participants. The pictures in Tracks embody collective identity of experience and place. Two of the works will realized from start to finish in the gallery space during the exhibition.

A WPCC curated project.

Jack Randell and Annette Simpson
Bodice Back (detail), 2012
Acrylic, collage, ink on board
60x60cm, Image © the artists

19 OCTOBER – 1 DECMEMBER
DEGRADATION & REFLECTION: MANDY SCHÖNE-SALTER

Degradation & Reflection is about the constant change of life and objects around us. These photographs of subjects either living or inanimate, explore effects of decay, from once new, useful or young to the point of their inevitable deterioration. These are objects often dismissed as ugly, worn out, run down or faded. The reflections that occur in each image represent how something fresh and unique can emerge from the aged.

Mandy Schöne-Salter is a Blue Mountains-based artist

Mandy Schone-Salter
Bend
2013
Digital photograph
84.1 x 118.9 cm
Image © the artist

19 OCTOBER - 24 NOVEMBER
WASTE TO ART

Waste to Art is an annual exhibition showcasing the creative re-use of discarded recyclable materials. Engaging with the community, Waste to Art attracts school children, artists and community members who explore recycling and the environment in their artworks. The exhibition explores the creativity of our region as well as highlighting the importance of recycling to sustainable living.

Presented in collaboration with Netwaste.

Rosalin McIntosh
Beachside Pins
2011
Old shirts, tins and cardboard boxes.
Dimensions variable
Image © the artist

19 OCTOBER – 17 NOVEMBER
HOSSEIN & ANGELA VALAMANESH: WHAT REMAINS....

Hossein & Angela Valamanesh have, for thirty years admired the trails left by the nocturnal wandering of snails on their garden path, often wondering how they might record these accidental but poetic 'drawings'. Working with their son, Nassiem, they have produced a suite of drawings and a video work that shows the undulating 'foot' of the snail as it slithers across the screen. From this unexpected perspective, the unpredictable journeys of the animals is both playful and irreverent.

A WPCC curated project.

Hoissein and Angela Valamanesh
What remains.... (video still)
2012
HD video, looped, 10:08 minutes.
Videography: Nassiem Valamanesh. Image courtesy the artists and BREENSPACE, Sydney. Image © the artists

19 OCTOBER – 2 FEBRUARY
ABC OPEN: STORIES FROM OUR PLACE

A diverse exhibition celebrating content made by Western Plains locals from a range of ABC Open projects since 2011. Look into the region’s past with Now and Then photographs that re-capture old photos in their contemporary setting. Witness the passion of local sportspeople featured in 110% sports mad videos. Check out the 500 Words multimedia display, in which short stories are read by their authors. Showcasing the creativity of ABC Open contributors from the Western Plains, this exhibition might just inspire you to share your own story!

An ABC Open curated exhibition in partnership with WPCC

28 - spotted ladybird contributed by Miranda Kerr, Dubbo
2011
Digital photograph
Image © the artist.

19 OCTOBER – 1 DECEMBER

TRACKS: JACK RANDELL & ANNETTE SIMPSON


This exhibition features four public engagement artworks, as well as individual works and collaborations between the two artists. This is the most ambitious collaborative project for the artists so far incorporating the work of over 400 participants. The pictures in Tracks embody collective identity of experience and place. Two of the works will realized from start to finish in the gallery space during the exhibition.

A WPCC curated exhibition

Jack Randell and Annette Simpson
Bodice Back (detail), 2012
Acrylic, collage, ink on board
60x60cm, Image © the artists

19 OCTOBER – 1 DECMEMBER

DEGRADATION & REFLECTION: MANDY SCHÖNE-SALTER

Degradation & Reflection is about the constant change of life and objects around us. These photographs of subjects either living or inanimate, explore effects of decay, from once new, useful or young to the point of their inevitable deterioration. These are objects often dismissed as ugly, worn out, run down or faded. The reflections that occur in each image represent how something fresh and unique can emerge from the aged.

Mandy Schöne-Salter is a Blue Mountains-based artist

Mandy Schone-Salter
Bend 2013
Digital photograph, 84.1 x 118.9 cm
Image © the artist

23 NOVEMBER 2013 – 26 JANUARY 2014

TRUE SELF: DAVID ROSETZKY SELECTED WORKS

One of Australia’s foremost exponents of video art, David Rosetzky creates intensely beautiful videos, photo-collages and installations exploring identity, subjectivity and interpersonal relationships. This is the first comprehensive survey of his work to date and will present a selection of early portrait and longer duration videos, photographs, photo-collages and sculpture.

A CENTRE FOR CONTEMPORARY PHOTOGRAPHY and NETS VICTORIA TOURING EXHIBITION
CURATED BY NAOMI CASS and KYLA McFARLANE

National Exhibitions Touring Support (NETS) Victoria and Centre for Contemporary Photography are supported by the Victorian Government through Arts Victoria, by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, and through the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, State and Territory Governments. NETS Victoria also receives significant in-kind support from the National Gallery of Victoria.

The development, presentation, promotion and tour of this project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.

David Rosetzky
Commune 2003
Type C photographs mounted on composition board, flexilight, 120 x 290 x 450 cm
Image courtesy the artist and Sutton Gallery, Melbourne
. Image © the artist

30 NOVEMBER 2013- 12 JANUARY 2014

LOCAL COLLECTIONS

This exhibition features works from the collections of residents of Dubbo and surrounds. It presents an alternative view of the region by examining the tastes and possessions of its citizens. Local Collectors will feature artworks as well as historical objects that reveal stories about the past, the aspirations of the region, and personal histories.

Clarice Beckett (1887 - 1935)
Purple Road, Beaumaris (detail) c1929
Oil on board, 38 x 45 cm, Private collection, Dubbo

19 OCTOBER – 2 FEBRUARY

ABC OPEN: STORIES FROM OUR PLACE

A diverse exhibition celebrating content made by Western Plains locals from a range of ABC Open projects since 2011. Look into the region’s past with Now and Then photographs that re-capture old photos in their contemporary setting. Witness the passion of local sportspeople featured in 110% sports mad videos. Check out the 500 Words multimedia display, in which short stories are read by their authors. Showcasing the creativity of ABC Open contributors from the Western Plains, this exhibition might just inspire you to share your own story!

An ABC Open curated exhibition in partnership with WPCC

Sun Kisses. Contributed by Paris Norton, Coonabarabran, NSW, 2010.
Image © the artist.

7 DECEMBER 2013 – 2 FEBRUARY 2014

BILL MOSELEY: NIGHTSHADE

Using the 19th century medium of wet plate collodion photography, the loosely based narrative in Nightshade follows the turmoil surrounding the life of the central character, the ‘running man’. Central to this is the concept of the white settler’s alienation and the often illusionary world of reminiscence. This patchiness of recollection is reflected in the unpredictable and often strange results produced by the collodion process.

A WPCC curated exhibition

Bill Moseley
Dark Pool (detail) 2013
Tintype photograph, 20 x 25 cm, Image © the artist

7 DECEMBER 2013 – 26 JANUARY 2014

JUDE CRAWFORD: WANDERLUST

Wanderlust features large abstract paintings which dispense with the foreground, midground and background in an attempt to focus on the feeling and atmosphere of a place or landscape rather than its physical appearance. The resulting starscapes and groundscapes explore the micro and the macro to convey the sublime in nature. Crawford-Watts takes inspiration from the traditions of colourfield painting and calligraphy.

Jude Crawford is a Dubbo-based artist.

Jude Crawford
Skygrass (Westmeath) (detail)
2012
Acrylic on canvas
130 x 195 cm
Image © the artist.