WESTERN PLAINS CULTURAL CENTRE

26 November 2011 - 18 March 2012

MAIN SPACE

SYMBOLS OF AUSTRALIA

What symbolises Australian identity? For some it’s the Kangaroo, for others it is natural wonders like Uluru or man-made icons like the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The exhibition explores the diverse range of the national symbols that define and represent Australia’s national identity. Through the use of objects and multimedia Symbols of Australia presents stories surrounding ten symbolic themes: Kangaroo, Wattle, The Flag, Boomerang, Uluru, Sydney Harbour Bridge, The Billy, Vegemite, Holden and The Southern Cross.

INSTALLATION: click here

Symbols of Australia is a National Museum of Australia Travelling Exhibition.

Advertising poster TAA There and back with TAA,
Courtesy QANTAS, Photo: George Serras,
National Museum of Australia

19 November 2011 - 18 March 2012

PROJECT / CHILDREN'S / NEW MEDIA / REGIONAL ART SPACE

SPACE INVADERS

AUSTRALIAN STREET | STENCILS | POSTERS | PASTE UPS | ZINES | STICKERS

The first exhibition of its kind at a major Australian gallery, Space Invaders delves into the complex, interesting and challenging side of the contemporary Australian street art scene through more than 100 works from more than 40 artists from all over Australia.

Space invaders celebrates the energy of street-based creativity and recognises street stencils, posters, paste-ups, zines and stickers as a new and exciting chapter in the development of Australian prints and drawings. Australian street artists are crossing from the streets to the gallery with new and inventive expressions of street-inspired creativity.

Space Invaders is a National Gallery of Australia exhbition

INSTALLATION: click here

 

This exhibtiion is supported by the Contemporary Touring Initiative through Visions of Australia, an Australian Government program, and the Visual Arts & Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian Government and state and territory governments.

CULTURAL PARTNERS

SPECIAL MEDIA PARTNER

 

Prism

not titled (Red Shoes) 2004

stencil

National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Gordon Darling Australia Pacific Print Fund 2007. Image © Prism

29 October 2011 - 26 January 2012

MUSEUM SPACE

STRIKE A POSE WITH LEE LIN CHIN

Strike a Pose…with Lee Lin Chin explores the world of Australian style up to 40 years ago, when trendsetters created a fashion revolution with a mix of mini skirts, space-aged garments and granny dresses.

With fashion icon and SBS World News presenter Lee Lin Chin as guest curator, the exhibition celebrates the emerging local fashion industry of the time, along with its personalities, trends and influences. Posed fashion shots sit alongside the exuberance of street culture, capturing the essence of a period when cultural change ruled. Strike a Pose…with Lee Lin Chin is a National Archives of Australia Travelling Exhibition.

This exhibition is supported by Visions of Australia, a Commonwealth Government Program

INSTALLATION: click here

Pierre Cardin Fashion Parade at Canberra Theatre
Centre
1967 (detail). Image courtesy National
Archives of Australia.

10 September - 11 November 2011

REGIONAL ART SPACE

JULIE WILLIAMS: WHEN FIRST I KNEW THIS PLACE

Julie Williams is an artist who lives and works in Lithgow, NSW. This exhibition is an ongoing visual exploration, borne from the clutches of grief. Re-entering artistic practice after loss, the artist began photgraphing a waterhole in the River Lett, near Lithgow. Again and again the artist returned to the same waterhole, where her attention was held for weeks, then months, and now some years. The painterly, elusive quality of the flowing water appears as an unfathomable landscape, revealing a world much vaster than one could imagine.

INSTALLATION: Click here

Julie WIlliams

Fleeting Image 5 2011

pigment print on photo rag paper

Image © Julie Williams

10 September - 11 November 2011

NEW MEDIA SPACE

JULIA BURNS: DRIFTING

Drifting is an immersive, video-based installation, integrating real objects with
full-scale interactive video characters in an expanded cinematic context. Its core themes are domesticity and public access to private space. Viewers enter into a private domestic setting within the public space of a gallery challenging the division of the public and private domains. In an ironic twist, the same media that threatens privacy, is used to reproduce it.

Also featured is the video Dancing In My Kitchen On My 29th Birthday 2011.

INSTALLATION: Click here

Julia Burns

Drifting (detail) 2009

3-channel video installation

Image © Julia Burns

10 September - 11 November 2011

MAIN SPACE

TRACEY MOFFATT: NARRATIVES

Tracey Moffatt is one of Australia’s leading international contemporary artists, working in photography, film and video.  Tracey Moffatt: Narratives features three important series of photographs that engage with story-telling, Scarred for Life (1994), Up in the Sky (1997) and Invocations (2000). Moffatt creates dream-like sequences, where the real and the imaginary unfold alongside each other, infusing the social reality of issues like race relations and domestic violence with uncertainty and subconscious dimensions.  The exhibition will be complimented by a selection of Moffatt’s video works, Lip, Artist, Love, Doomed, Mother and Other.

Tracey Moffatt: Narratives is a Monash Gallery of Art Travelling Exhibition supported by Arts Victoria through the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy.

INSTALLATION: Click here

 

Tracey Moffatt: Narratives includes video montages commissioned by Tracey Moffatt and edited by Gary Hillberg. The videos will be changed throughout the course of the exhibition. Please find the schedule below:

10 September - 11October
Artist, 2000 (10 minutes)
Revolution, 2008 (14 minutes)

11 October - 25 October
Love, 2003 (21 minutes)
Lip, 1999 (10 minutes)

25 October - 8 November
Mother, 2009 (20 minutes)
Other, 2010 (7 minutes)

8 November - 20 November
Doomed, 2007 (10 minutes)
Artist, 2000 (10 minutes)

 

Tracey Moffatt

Invocations 5 2000

from Invocations, a series of 13 images

photo-silkscreen

123.2 x 101 cm  

Monash Gallery of Art, City of Monash Collection

Donated by Daniel Issakow through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts programme 2008

Courtesy of the artist and Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery

15 October - 11 November 2011

PROJECT SPACE

WASTE TO ART

The annual Waste To Art exhibition enables the community to create works of art using everyday waste as the medium. Increasingly poular, Waste to Art celebrates thinking 'outside the box', it shocks and surprises the viewer whilst commenting on our throw away culture. It also unearths unlikely artists in the form of students, office workers, welders, teachers, grandparents and, of course, the humble garbo!

INSTALLATION: Click here

Joel Polak For The Love Of Beer 2001
Image © Joel Polak

15 October - 11 November 2011

CHILDREN'S SPACE

ARTIST AT WORK: PENNY VOLKOFSKY

The fourth in our Artist at Work series presents local artist Penny Volkofsky. Penny Volkofsky uses print-making, sculpture and mixed media forms and will transform the Children's Gallery into her studio. Children and adults alike are encouraged to enter the space and interact with Penny and her work. Visitors to the temporary studio can become active participants in developing Penny Volkofsky's latest project.

INSTALLATION: Click here

Penny Volkofsky Loss 2011
acrylic on wood
Image © Penny Volkofsky

6 August - 23 October 2011

MUSEUM SPACE

THE GOVERNOR: LACHLAN MACQUARIE

The Governor is a major exhibition from the State Library of NSW that showcases the role of Governor Macquarie in shaping NSW and the fledgling colony of Australia. Lachlan Macquarie was the fifth Governor of NSW appointed in 1809 and is often portrayed as one of the Colony’s most visionary and effective leaders. Featuring documents and objects from his life and times, The Governor will look at the impact this dour Scotsman has had on modern Australia. The Governor is a NSW State Library Travelling Exhibition.

IINSTALLATION: Click here

Richard Read snr

Governor Lachlan Macquarie (detail) 1822

watercolour

State Library of NSW

6 August - 9 October 2011

CHILDREN'S SPACE

OPERATION ART

Operation Art provides opportunities for students from K – 10 to demonstrate their achievements in visual arts whilst helping children who find themselves in hospital. Thousands of students participate in this program that will eventually see hundreds of artworks placed in hospitals across the state, helping to make them more pleasant places to visit and stay for young and old alike. Operation Art is a travelling exhibition from the NSW Department of Education and Communities and The Children's Hospital at Westmead.

INSTALLATION: Click here

Yousef Elyassa

King of the Creatures 2010

pencil and ink on paper

Image © Operation Art

13 August - 9 October 2011

PROJECT SPACE

JUAN FORD: THE INSTANT

Painting in the 21st Century faces the challenges of an increasingly digital world. Our desire for exigency and directness, coupled with the pre-eminence of the digital image, has seen painting revivify itself, becoming the focus of a return to tradition

Juan Ford creates slow, intense and concentrated paintings that reflect on the natural world, technology, and contemporary culture. His meticulously painted images speak to our love of the Australian landscape and the magic of the painted surface.

The Instant will present an overview of the artists practice from 2004 until the present day, featuring paintings and 3-dimensional work.     

Juan Ford: The Instant is curated by Kent Buchanan

INSTALLATION: Click here

Juan Ford

Misunderstanding Everything 2009

Oil on linen

Image © Juan Ford

Image courtesy the artist and Jan Manton Gallery, Brisbane

23 July - 4 September 2011

REGIONAL ART SPACE

LEANNE WATT: REMINISCENCE

Leanne Watt is an artist living and working in Dubbo. Reminiscence recalls the joys of a childhood spent outdoors, relishing an interaction with the environment. Back to a time when one’s imagination was the key to making sense of the world. Leanne Watt employs materials such as watercolour, oils, charcoal and pencil, establishing a visual communication through unconventional means of application, utilising hand-pressed papers and found materials such as charcoal, bark and rust.

INSTALLATION: Click here

Leanne Watt

The Recycled 2011

watercolour on paper

Image © Leanne Watt

2 July - 4 September 2011

MAIN SPACE

ARTEXPRESS

ARTEXPRESS is an annual exhibition of exemplary artworks created by students for the Higher School Certificate. The works represent a broad range fo subject matter, approaches, styles and media and reflect the high quality of Bisual Arts education in New South Wales.

ARTEXPRESS is coordinated by the Arts Unit and jointly managed by the NSW Department of Education and Training and the Office of the Board of Studies. This exhibition has been coordinated by WPCC Education Officer Shona Lane and ARTEXPRESS Coordinator Susanne Jones.

INSTALLATION: Click here

 

Alex Hemmings

Indiigenous Identity 2010

Image © the artist.

11 June - 7 August

PROJECT SPACE

BROOD

Brood refers to a family of offspring; a breed, species, group or kind. It means to dwell on a particular subject. It can also be used to describe a collection of things, cared for and valued. The Dubbo Regional Gallery collection focuses on the animal as an ongoing inspiration for artists. From tender depictions of domestic animals to symbolic representations of animal characteristics, the collection explores the wide ranging nature of animal references in Australian art. As the brood grows, so does the potential for variety, diversification and peculiarity. This exhibition will feature new works acquired through the generous support of the Friends of WPCC and the Gallery’s 21st Birthday Collection Appeal.      

Curated by Kent Buchanan

CATALOGUE: Click here

INSTALLATION: Click here

Penny Byrne

Not a Glimmer of Hope 2011

altered resin polar bear, Absolut Vodka Special Edition ‘Glimmer’

Edition 3/3

29 x 28 x 13cm

Colelction Dubbo Regional Gallery

Image © Penny Byrne

26 March - 29 May

MUSEUM SPACE

ON THE SLY

As a town on the periphery of society, both literally and metaphorically, Dubbo has become home to battlers, transients, hard-luck stories and dreams of new beginnings, and while many have triumphed, others through necessity or choice have chosen to follow a darker path. On The Sly will chart the story of three women who transgressed, folling a path that utlimately lead to robbery, drug dealing, prostitution, gang warfare and murder. On The Sly examines the lives of Kate Leigh, Jean Lee and Ruby Green and seeks to understand their lives and chioices, and as such understand how those at the periphery of acceptable society have a role to play in the story of the nation.

On The Sly is curated by Jessica Moore.

INSTALLATION: Click here

 

Kate Leigh, Special Photograph number D94, 2 July 1930, probably Central Police Station, Sydney
photographer unknown
NSW Police Forensic Photography Archive, Justice & Police Museum, Historic Houses Trust of NSW

11 June - 7 August

CHILDREN'S SPACE

DESIGNTECH

DesignTECH is an exhibition of outstanding major design projects from NSW Higher School Certificate Design and Technology students. This annual exhibition, coordinated by the Board of Studies NSW and supported by the NSW Department of Education and Communities, opens a window for us to view the creativity, innovation, and achievement of NSW HSC Design and Technology students.

EDUCATION RESOURCES: Click here Stage 4 & 5 Click here Stage 6

 

Ebony & Rae jewellery design

Erica Seath

Narooma High School

Image © DesignTech

7 May - 26 June

REGIONAL ART SPACE

PUSH: MARGARET McCOLL / AMANDA TOUT /

KEN TUCKER / HEATHER RANKIN / MARK MALOUF

This exhibition features works by a group of artists who have completed studies together, and whom wish to make the push into the world beyond the strictures of the art school. Each artist has been sharing ideas amd skills as well as technical explorations within your studies. This exhibition will present their indiviudal works developed over the course of 12 months. The artists are based in Dubbo and the surrounding region.

INSTALLATION: Click here

 

Heather Rankin

The Vestry 2011

pastel on paper

Image © the artist.

30 April - 26 June 2011

NEW MEDIA SPACE

HAYDEN FOWLER: THE LONG FORGETTING

Fowler researched and produced this work during his Samstag Scholarship, where he undertook one year’s study in Berlin, Germany. Interested in the tribal origins of European culture, Fowler under went genetic tests to identify his own Paleolithic culture of origin and visited a number of relevant cave sites across Spain, France and Germany. With a particular interest in the art and symbolism of this period, indicating an integrated spiritual relationship with ritual and the natural world, Fowler taps into a deeper and historical spirituality surrounding Western humanities original place in nature, expanding the ongoing theme of his practice.

Curated by Kent Buchanan

INSTALLATION: Click here

Hayden Fowler

The Long Forgetting (still) 2010

3-channel HDV, colour, 16:9, sound, 20min (approx) looped.

Image © Hayden Fowler

7 May - 26 June 2011

MAIN SPACE

ADAPTATION: LOUISE HEARMAN & LOUISE WEAVER

Adaptation is an exhibition examining the Australian landscape through the works of Louise Hearman and Louise Weaver. Both artists mine their own unique vision of the Australian landscape and its fauna. Through exquisitely painted depictions of crepuscular landscapes, to meticulously hand-crafted sculptural forms, the artists induce complex and often surreal interpretations of the Australian environment. 

Curated by Kent Buchanan

INSTALLATION: Click here

Louise Hearman

Untitled #1060 2005

pastel on coloured paper 31 × 38cm.

Courtesy the artist and Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney.

Image © the artist.

16 April - 5 June 2011

PROJECT & CHILDREN'S SPACE

JEFF MINCHAM: CERAMICS

Jeff Mincham is one of Australia’s most prominent and influential ceramic artists. His exceptional craft skills and his deep knowledge of the materials and technology of ceramics are demonstrated in the robust elegance and diversity of the extraordinary body of work he has produced over three and a half decades. Much of this work is represented in major public collections throughout Australia and many more internationally.

INSTALLATION: Click here

 

 

Jeff Mincham

Dry Lake detail 2009

multi-glazed mid-fired earthenware, 25 x 40cm (dia.)

Photographer: Grant Hancock. Image courtesy Object Gallery.

2 April - 15 May 2011

REGIONAL ART SPACE

RESIDUE: HEATHER PIKE & VICTORIA LOVECCHIO

Residue is an exhibition exploring what remains or our personal histories when people make their homes in places far from their families and cultural origins. Heather Pike and Victoria Lovecchiohave found that the absence of the bonds of extended family and culture has left them with the freedom to create their own cultural emblems, family heirlooms and signifiers. Despite the distance of time and geography, we all yearn to connect with our origins. This is a visual exploration of the physical and tangible aspects of family, individuality and inheritance as well as the metaphysical connection we hold to our ancestors.

INSTALLATION: Click here

 

Heather Pike

Outlines and x-rays of how things used to be 2011

oil and cotton thread on index card, 85mm x 127mm.

Image © Heather Pike

12 February - 24 April 2011

NEW MEDIA SPACE

SODA_JERK: AFTER THE RAINBOW

After The Rainbow is a re-imagining of the initial sequence of the iconic film The Wizard of Oz (1939). This film offers an insight into the paradoxical "dark and light" possibilities of cinema because of the tension created between the hopes and dreams of the character of Dorothy and the contemporary viewer’s awareness of the troubled life of Judy Garland in the decades after this film was made.

In soda_jerk’s video remix, these two elements are weaved together into the one narrative – the fantasy world of cinema and the reality of Judy Garland’s sad life collide, like Oz and Kansas in the original film. Instead of taking Dorothy to Oz, the twister in soda_jerk’s remix transports Dorothy two decades into the future where she encounters an older, washed-up Judy Garland. This encounter lays bare the capacity for film to magically propel us through time, producing a scenario that is both melancholy and full of wonder.

This is a d/Lux/MediaArts touring exhibition.

INSTALLATION: Click here

soda_jerk After the rainbow (detail) 2009
2-channel video installation.
Image © 2009 soda_jerk

4 February - 1 May 2011

MAIN SPACE

ICON & ARCHIVE: PHOTOGRAPHY & THE WOLRD WARS

Icon and Archive presents an engaging survey of the Australian War Memorial's extensive and highly significant photographic collection, drawing on material created during the two World Wars. The exhibition features many "iconic" photographs that have become part of the Australian psyche. The exhibition also considers the photographic archive of which these "icons" are apart, drawing attention to many superb photographs that have, for one reason or another, not become so "iconic".

INSTALLATION: Click here


This photograph, which has become one of the key Second World War images of departure and farewell, shows wives and mothers seeing off the troopship Strathallan as it leaves Port Melbourne on 16 December 1939. The women are sending off members of the 6th Australian Infantry Division, who departed Post Melbourne for Palestine to establish a training area and make preparations for the remainder of the force.

19 February - 10 April 2011

CHILDREN'S GALLERY

WILLIAM LAMSON

William Lamson (b. 1977 Arlington, Virginia, USA. Lives and works in Brooklyn, New York, USA) is an artist who uses video, photography, sculpture, performance, drawing and installation to explore the natural world using objects and the body. His 2008 series Actions presents the artist interacting with black balloons in increasingly complex ways, with the end result being the ultimate destruction of the balloon. This exhibition features works produced since 2006 and is the first solo exhibition by the artist in an Australian Public Institution.  

Curated by kent Buchanan

INSTALLATION: Click here

LEARN MORE: Essay

William Lamson
Actions 1 to 33 2008
from Actions
24:17 minute single channel video
Image courtesy the artist and Stills Gallery, Sydney. Image © William Lamson

4 February - 1 May 2011

PROJECT SPACE

FRANCISCO DE GOYA: LOS CAPRICHOS

Created during a time of social repression and economic crisis in Spain, in Los Caprichos Francisco de Goya set out to document the human condition and denounce social abuses, social backwardness, ignorance and intellectual oppression. This exhibition features an early edition of Los Caprichos, a set of eighty etchings first published in 1799. One of the most influential series of graphic images in the history of Western Art, Los Caprichos deals with themes as diverse as the Spanish Inquisition, the frivolity of young women, witchcraft, child rearing, and avarice.

This is an AlburyCity Gallery Touring Exhibition.

INSTALLATION: Click here

 

Francisco de Goya (1746-1828)

Ya tienen asiento ( Now they are sitting pretty) 1797-1798

(Plate 26) 5th Edition, Published c1881

Etching and Aquatint

Collection AlburyCity Gallery

12 February - 27 March 2011

REGIONAL ART SPACE

VOLKER LEDER: PARALLEL WITH NATURE

This exhibition of paintings of the landscape of the northwest of New South Wales, offers the opportunity to observe this environment through the eyes of an outsider. German-born artist Volker Leder has spent the past 30 years living in Lightning Ridge carving out a successful career as a practising artist. His work is an attempt to express the peculiarities of this environment as well as come to grips with the ever-changing colours and shifting features of this unique landscape.

INSTALLATION: click here

Volker Leder Close to Walgett 2008

Oil on canvas

© Volker Leder

5 February - 20 March 2011

MUSEUM SPACE

ON THE BLACK SOIL PLAINS: WARREN 1861-2011

This exhibtiion charts a history of Warren in central New South Wales which is celebrating its Sesquicentenary (150 years). The exhibition features objects photographs and stories of the Warren district, corrodinated by the Warren Historical Society.

INSTALLATION: Click here

Dubbo Street, Warren c1880s

Image courtesy Warren Regional Library.