Jul
27
to Sep 9

ISLAND TO INLAND: CONTEMPORARY ART FROM KANGAROO ISLAND

 Deborah Sleeman,  Flotilla,  mixed media, dimensions variable

Deborah Sleeman, Flotilla, mixed media, dimensions variable

Islands are by nature isolating, and that isolation coupled with majestic natural surroundings can be inspiration galore to the creative soul.

Thus the symmetry of Kangaroo Island: 4500 square kilometres, half of it natural ecosystems and, 4500 residents, half seemingly artists in some form.

Ten of the island’s visual artists are bringing ‘mainlanders’ a glimpse of the isolation and inspiration of island life in Island to Inland: contemporary art from Kangaroo Island, which will open at Flinders University City Gallery during SALA Festival 2017 and then be toured by Country Arts SA.

The artists are creating new works on the theme of ‘isolation and inspiration’ for the exhibition.

Artists: Ria Byass, Quentin Chester, Audrey Harnett, Scott Hartshorne, Indiana James, Janine Mackintosh, Deborah Sleeman, Caroline Taylor, Maggie Welz, Kenita Williamson

Curated by Eleanor Scicchitano, Visual Arts Coordinator, Country Arts South Australia and Celia Dottore, Exhibitions Manager, Flinders University Art Museum and City Gallery University.

A Country Arts SA Visual Arts Touring exhibition.

 

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Jul
27
to Sep 9

CATHERINE TRUMAN: NO SURFACE HOLDS. JAMFACTORY ICON 2017

They say beauty is in the of the beholder. Perhaps it is in a vast landscape, or a personal experience. In Catherine Truman’s case, it’s often what she sees through the microscope.

Proving herself to be one of South Australia’s leading contemporary Artists and Jewellers, Catherine Truman is the 2017 JamFactory Icon. This exhibition is the first time that Truman’s collaborative practice with artists and scientists has been presented as a whole.

Truman presents an intriguing and diverse solo show of objects, installation, images and film including several brand new works spanning the 20 years of her research at the nexus of art and science. 

With a 35-year practice that covers film to public artworks to intricate carvings, ‘Jeweller’ as Truman is sometimes referred to, hardly embraces the true expanse of her practice. Rather, she is an accomplished artist, with a love of research flowing in the undercurrent to all of her practice, a practice that is of and about the body as much as it is intended for it.

Truman is co-founder and current partner of Gray Street Workshop - an internationally renowned artist run workshop established in 1985 in Adelaide, South Australia. She has exhibited widely both nationally and internationally and is represented in a number of major national and international collections including Coda-museum, Netherlands, Museum of Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China, and the National Gallery of Australia, to name a few.

In South Australia, we are lucky enough have her work on permanent display. You might have seen it in those cascading bronze leaves on the facade of the David Jones
building, the playful cast fish jumping into the ground and adorning the gates of the Art Gallery of South Australia, or perhaps walking straight by you – in a textural and abstractly formed brooch adorning the clothing of a friend or passer-by.

Last year her carvings and jewellery were the subject of a major survey exhibition shown at Art Gallery of South Australia. Truman’s sculptural objects and jewellery, made primarily from carved English lime wood, are a reflection of her ongoing interest in the ways which knowledge of human anatomy has been acquired and translated through artistic process and scientific method.

Immersing herself and her artwork increasingly in scientific fields, Truman describes her studio morphing into a laboratory of sorts. Working amongst scientists and researchers, and as an avid researcher herself, she says that she has come to realise the processes of science and art are not so dissimilar.

“As an artist I have learnt that making things with my hands leaves me with much less of a sense of dislocation from the world I live in - and this I feel, is an interesting premise from which to examine the world of science.”

Currently a visiting scholar at the Flinders Centre for Ophthalmology, Eye and Vision Research, School of Medicine, Flinders University, she is undertaking a project titled “The nexus between vision, the eye and perception”. Having researched historical and contemporary anatomical collections world-wide and participated in a number of art/science- based projects, Truman explains that “We [artists and scientists] both create images of the things we see and the more we see, the more we understand we don’t know.”

“…a holistic maker - acutely aware of her process, while continually evolving her inquiry. Truman’s curiosity takes her and her makings into the sensate and anatomically unfamiliar – probing thresholds of human being” writes Melinda Rackham, author of the 2016 SALA monograph Catherine Truman: Touching Distance.

Catherine Truman No surface holds - JamFactory Icon 2017 is a JamFactory touring exhibition. 
 

Catherine Truman No surface holds - JamFactory Icon 2017 has been assisted by the South Australian Government through Arts South Australia and the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, Contemporary Touring Initiative.

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Jun
15
to Jul 29

NGANAWI NGARRINDJERI KRINGKARI NGOPPEN - My Ngarrindjeri White Walk

 Trevor Nickolls,  Machinetime and Dreamtime,  1984, synthetic polymer paint on canvas, 68.5 x 58.2 cm, Flinders University Art Museum Collection 2881. ©  Trevor Nickolls/Copyright Agency, 2018.

Trevor Nickolls, Machinetime and Dreamtime, 1984, synthetic polymer paint on canvas, 68.5 x 58.2 cm, Flinders University Art Museum Collection 2881. ©  Trevor Nickolls/Copyright Agency, 2018.

ARTISTS:
Ian Abdulla

Kerry Giles
Christina Gollan
Trevor Nickolls
Damien Shen & Richard Lyons
Ellen Trevorrow
Cedric Varcoe

Nganawi Ngarrindjeri Kringkari Ngoppen - My Ngarrindjeri White Walk shows work by Ngarrindjeri artists from the collections of Flinders University Art Museum; University Collections, University of Adelaide and the Murray Bridge Regional Gallery.

Curated by Lyn Lovegrove Niemz and Melinda Rankin.

The exhibition also includes the compilation of videos Ngarrindjeri Speaking for SeaCountry mini series for ABC iView 2018. Created by Change Media and Johanis Lyons-Reid in collaboration the Ngarrindjeri Regional Authority. Participating Ngarrindjeri artists: Major Sumner, Ellen Trevorrow, Damien Shen, Lyn Lovegrove Niemz, Betty Sumner, Cedric Varcoe and the Ngarrindjeri Media Team.
https://ngarrindjeri-culture.org/

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Jun
15
to Jul 22

WHAT PRIVILEGE - THE COLONY

 Jen Lyons-Reid,  Gift Horse,  2018, mixed media

Jen Lyons-Reid, Gift Horse, 2018, mixed media

Change Media presents two experimental art exhibitions, ‘The Colony’ and ‘The Unity of Oppression’ as part of its national What Privilege? Initiative.

Curated by Jen Lyons-Reid and Carl Kuddell, What Privilege? is a national Change Media initiative with a range of diverse partners, to investigate how we can creatively notice, disrupt and reframe colonizing mindsets and behaviors that maintain privilege and reinforce oppression. It explores the reciprocity of our shared humanity: How is your liberation bound up with mine - and mine with yours?

 Jen Lyons-Reid,  At Your Service, 2018, mixed media

Jen Lyons-Reid, At Your Service, 2018, mixed media

When you enter the Colony, who comes to visit? Navigate a bivouac of menacing, invasive colonies and framed colonial beliefs, to experience how Ngarrindjeri continue to maintain and share their cultural values.

The Colony is an immersive installation, combining projection work, line art, poetry and audio-visual provocations. This cross-cultural experiment was created by Jen Lyons-Reid [concept, line art, poetry, multimedia], Carl Kuddell [concept, sculpture, poetry, multimedia] and Ngarrindjeri man Clyde Rigney Jnr [concept, poetry, audio], in collaboration with Felix Weber [installation] and Johanis Lyons-Reid [video].

What is your experience of whiteness and identity in the context of Treaty and colonization? How do we want to share our limited time on this planet? How do we come to terms?

https://whatprivilege.net/create-blog/the-colony

 

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

The project has been supported by the Murray Bridge Regional Gallery .

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Artist information:

Jen Lyons-Reid, artistic director and Carl Kuddell, creative producer. Jen and Carl are Change Media's award winning lead artists and high impact troublemakers.

Clyde Rigney Jnr, Ngarrindjeri man and ex-CEO, Ngarrindjeri Regional Authority. Clyde led the Treaty negotiations with SA Government and is a long-term Change Media collaborator.

For more information go to:

https://whatprivilege.net/create-blog/the-colony

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Jun
15
to Jul 22

WHAT PRIVILEGE - THE UNITY OF OPPRESSION

 Damien Shen,  Message from God to the Blackfellow 19, 2018, acrylic on canvas, 160x100cm. Image: Wild Light Projects copyright 2018 Change Media

Damien Shen, Message from God to the Blackfellow 19, 2018, acrylic on canvas, 160x100cm.
Image: Wild Light Projects copyright 2018 Change Media

Change Media presents two experimental art exhibitions, ‘The Colony’ and ‘The Unity of Oppression’ as part of its national What Privilege? Initiative.

Curated by Jen Lyons-Reid and Carl Kuddell, What Privilege? is a national Change Media initiative with a range of diverse partners, to investigate how we can creatively notice, disrupt and reframe colonizing mindsets and behaviors that maintain privilege and reinforce oppression. It explores the reciprocity of our shared humanity: How is your liberation bound up with mine - and mine with yours?

 Jelena Vujnovic,  Lived Body , 2015, mixed media on canvas.   Image: Wild Light Projects copyright 2018 Change Media

Jelena Vujnovic, Lived Body, 2015, mixed media on canvas. 
Image: Wild Light Projects copyright 2018 Change Media

What Privilege? - The Unity of Oppression’ explores what unites and divides us: We share a finite planet, what futures will we forge from the infinity of darkness?

Playing with the duality of light and dark, using acrylics, sculpture and mixed-media, five artists from culturally diverse backgrounds create a journey into the complexities of power, privilege and oppression - inviting you to peel away hidden layers and join them on a creative crime scene investigation of our shared humanity.

 Emilijia Kasumovic,  Interbeing (detail),  2017, acrylic on tulle fabric, 100x70cm.   Image: Wild Light Projects copyright 2018 Change Media

Emilijia Kasumovic, Interbeing (detail), 2017, acrylic on tulle fabric, 100x70cm. 
Image: Wild Light Projects copyright 2018 Change Media

The Unity of Oppression works are co-curated with interdisciplinary Ngarrindjeri-Chinese artist Damien Shen [painting, mixed media] and feature emerging artists Emilijia Kasumovic [drawing, mixed media] and Jelena Vujnovic [drawing], alongside work from Jen Lyons-Reid [line art, poetry, mixed media, sculpture] and Carl Kuddell [poetry, mixed media, sculpture]. 

 Jen Lyons-Reid and Carl Kuddell,  The Handshake, 2018, mixed media on canvas. Image: Wild Light Projects copyright 2018 Change Media

Jen Lyons-Reid and Carl Kuddell, The Handshake, 2018, mixed media on canvas.
Image: Wild Light Projects copyright 2018 Change Media

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

The project has been supported by Nexus Arts and the Regional Gallery Murray Bridge.

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ARTIST INFORMATION

Damien Shen:
Damien Shen is a South Australian man of Ngarrindjeri (Aboriginal) and Chinese descent. As an artist he draws on both of these powerful cultural influences to create works of intense personal meaning. In using his artistic talent to share his story he aims to open the eyes of viewers to new ways of seeing Australian identity and Aboriginal art.

Emilijia Kasumovic:
Emilija Kasumovic is Serbian born, living in Adelaide. Her work is concerned with human condition and what defines us as human beings beyond our biological bodies.

Jelena Vujnovic:
Fascinated by natural and artificial structures, Jelena Vujnovic sees the building blocks of our bodies and our urban environment as the scaffolding on which we construct our lives. Focused on an uninterrupted and organic development of her work, she is constantly playing and experimenting with new materials and forms.

Jen Lyons-Reid and Carl Kuddell:
Artistic director and graphic artist, Jen Lyons-Reid, and creative producer and writer, Carl Kuddell, are Tallstoreez Productionz co-founders and award-winning multidisciplinary artists and filmmakers. Since 2002 they have explored satire across art forms, from poetry, cartoons, sculptures, live art, to documentaries and several TV series. They run Change Media as a national arts initiative, focusing on critical literacy through arts and media. They have delivered hundreds of workshops and performances with thousands of participants across Australia. Their strategic advisory work includes investigations into value, equity and harm in socially engaged arts, as part of an ARC Linkage partnership with VCA in 2013-14 and Jen’s 2-year Australia Council Fellowship 2015-16.

For more information go to
https://whatprivilege.net/create-blog/the-unity-of-oppression

 

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May
4
to Jun 10

WOMEN OF RIVER COUNTRY

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Follow the journey of 19 remarkable women from across the Murray Darling Basin and discover how they have shaped history along our mighty rivers.

Elizabeth 'Bessie' Randell
Elizabeth Arbuckle
Elizabeth Williams
Ella Chaffey
Elyne Mitchell OAM
Essie Nisbet
Hattie Schell & Hattie Sexton Schell
Helen Sutherland
Ivy Carr
Jessie Dunstone
Jessie Wakefield
Margaret Court AO
Mary Ann Edwards
Mary Ann Randell
Pauline Milich
Pearl Wallace
Ruby Hunter
 

Produced and curated by the Mannum Dock Museum, Mannum South Australia

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WLADYSLAW DUTKIEWICZ: 100th ANNIVERSARY EXHIBITION
May
4
to Jun 10

WLADYSLAW DUTKIEWICZ: 100th ANNIVERSARY EXHIBITION

An exhibition of the work of  the late Polish-Australian artist Wladyslaw Dutkiewicz (1918-1999).

Wlad was trained in Poland and Paris, was a partisan in World War Two, and fled to freedom ahead of the advancing Red Army in 1945. He spent four years in a Displaced Persons’ camp in Hohenfels, Bavaria, before migrating to Australia in 1949. He settled in Adelaide in 1950 and lived there until his death.

Curated by Dr Adam Dutkiewicz

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Mar
2
to Apr 29

REMEMBER ME: THE LOST DIGGERS OF VIGNACOURT

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OPENING THIS FRIDAY 2 MARCH AT 6PM. ALL WELCOME.

Opening speaker: Joanne Smedley, Curator, Photographs, Film and Sound, Australian War Memorial.

Joanne will be available after the opening to offer conservation or historical advice on military photographs from private collections.

 

Remember Me: the lost diggers of Vignacourt is a travelling exhibition from the Australian War Memorial.

The small French village of Vignacourt was always behind the front lines. For much of the First World War it was a staging point, casualty clearing station and recreation area for troops of all nationalities moving up to and then back from the battlefields on the Somme. Remember me: the lost diggers of Vignacourt  tells the story of how one enterprising photographer took the opportunity of this passing traffic to establish a business taking portrait photographs.

Captured on glass, printed into postcards and posted home, the photographs made by the Thuillier family enabled Australian soldiers to maintain a fragile link with loved ones in Australia. The Thuillier collection covers many of the significant aspects of Australian involvement on the Western Front, from military life to the friendships and bonds formed between the soldiers and civilians.

The exhibition showcases a selection of the photographs as handmade traditional darkroom prints and draws on the Memorial's own collections to tell the story of these men in their own voices.

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Feb
9
to Feb 25

MURRAY BRIDGE ROTARY ART SHOW

 2017 Winner: Helen Stacey,  Summer Day Near Strathalbyn. 

2017 Winner:
Helen Stacey, Summer Day Near Strathalbyn. 

Featuring the collecgtive works of new, aspiring and established artists and artisans from the Murraylands, Hills and Southern Fleurieu.

The Murray Bridge Rotary Art Show is organised and sponsored by the combined Rotary Clubs of Mobilong and Murray Bridge.

All works are for sale. 

To enter register online here

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Dec
8
to Feb 4

ANGELA VALAMANESH - EVERYBODY'S EVERYTHING: INSECT/ORCHID

Work by artist Angela Valamanesh, drawn from her artist's residency at the University of Adelaide's Rare Books & Special Collections. She has focussed on mediated representations of the natural world in the Collection's magnificent books featuring scientific illustrations by Rosa Fiveash (1854-1938), where orchids and their insect-like shapes collide to create a new world of imagery and narratives.

CLICK HERE to read Rebecca Shanahan's Art Guide Australia review of Everybody's Everything: Insect Orchid

 

 

 

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Dec
8
to Feb 4

ATLAS

An exhibition of artists' books and works referencing the book form, which addresses a broad theme of the changing world in which we live.

The past few decades have seen dramatic changes in the borders of countries, populations have been driven from their homelands or have chosen to relocate, and changing climate patterns have had a profound impact on agriculture, economies and the natural environment.

Eleven artists: Tilda Dalunde (Sweden), Loene Furler (SA), Liz Jeneid (NSW), David Kerr (SA), Gabrielle Lane (SA), Meg lloyd (SA), Ken Orchard (SA), Winnie Pelz (SA), Melinda Rankin (SA), Olga Sankey (SA), Lyn Wood (SA) interpret this theme through highly personal and diverse statements.

ATLAS is curated by Winnie Pelz.

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Oct
20
to Dec 3

Rotary Youth Art Prize

The combined Rotary Clubs of Mobilong and Murray Bridge and the Rural City of Murray Bridge take pleasure in inviting you to the Rotary Youth Art Prize.

 

 

Categories:
Overall winner: $1,000
12-15 years: $300
16-18 years: $300
19-25 years: $300
Peoples' choice: $300

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Oct
20
to Dec 3

JAMFACTORY ICON 2016 GERRY WEDD: KITSCHEN MAN

Celebrating the achievements of one of South Australia’s most outstanding and influential craft and design practitioners.

Gerry Wedd’s hand built and wheel thrown ceramics brim with a dry wit oscillating from the humorous to darkly disturbing.

JamFactory's Icon series is an annual solo exhibition celebrating the achievements of one of South Australia's leading craft and design practitioners. Our 2016 Icon is Gerry Wedd. 

 

 

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Sep
1
to Oct 15

SALLY DEANS - TIME AND DISTANCE

To be opened by Leah Grace, Arts and Cultural Development Officer, Alexandrina Council, on Sunday 3 September at 2.30pm. ALL WELCOME

Drawing inspiration from the area around the lower Murray and Fleurieu Peninsula, Sally Deans paints atmospheric sky, sea and landscapes that are distinctly characteristic of this region.

These works explore the passage of time as it defines our view of the landscape through transitory effects of weather and light, while recording the slower changes marked by nature throughout the changing seasons.

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Sep
1
to Oct 15

SOLASTALGIA - LESA FARRANT, CLAIRE BROOKS, JO WILMOT

'Solastalgia'
Jewellery, image and objects responding to changing landscapes and ecologies.

To be opened by Leah Grace, Arts and Cultural Development Officer, Alexandrina Council, on Sunday 3 September at 2.30pm. ALL WELCOME

In the shadow of the growing consciousness and concern about the effects of climate change, is a collective anxiety about the passing of a once familiar and trusted experience of the natural world. Combining the Latin word solacium, meaning comfort, with the Greek root algia, meaning pain, Australian philosopher Glen Albright introduced 'Solastalgia' to our vernacular describing the sense of melancholia associated with the negative changes to our loved home environments.

Investigating the intersection between human activity and the altered natural environments along our beaches, oceans, reefs and waterways, works by artists, Lesa Farrant, Claire Brooks, Jo Wilmot speak from place between grief and hope to the growing movement that is driving initiatives that will positively impact on our environment.

'Solastalgia' is a collaborative touring event that aims to connect Adelaide based jewellers/object makers with regional artists who wish to voice their personal or political take on the subject of climate change and unsustainable development.

"In the end our society will be defined not only by what we create, but what we refuse to destroy" Edward O Wilson

 

Collaboration between Jo Wilmot and Nijiree Paroolitilpa

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JAMES DODD - SHED WIZARD
Sep
1
to Oct 15

JAMES DODD - SHED WIZARD

The artist will be demonstrating his painting mill in the gallery from 1-4pm on Friday 1 September and from 1-4pm on Sunday 3 September.

James Dodd’s practice has meandered across investigations of urban space, creative interventions in public space and notions of high and low art.  Having spent a large period of time immersed in Australia’s street art movement of the early noughties he has since pursued a practice that borrows graffiti for gallery outcomes and hijacks conceptual pursuits for application in suburbia.  He celebrates cultures of DIY and life hacking, a result of his upbringing in the ‘make-do’ context of an agricultural childhood.  A sense of adaptation and hybrid invention is especially present in his recent bicycle sculptures and more general art-machine outcomes.

This selection of works includes vivid paintings, unusual bicycles, strange machines and candid videos.  It brings this range of objects together to examine Dodd’s trajectory over the past decade or so and examines ongoing themes such as notions of social and political resistance; adventure and risk; and the hand-made contraption as magical art device.

Shed Wizard is a Country Arts SA Visual Arts Touring exhibition.

James Dodd is represented by Hugo Michell Gallery, Adelaide.

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SILVER AND GOLD: UNIQUE AUSTRALIAN OBJECTS 1830-1910
Jul
21
to Aug 27

SILVER AND GOLD: UNIQUE AUSTRALIAN OBJECTS 1830-1910

Silver and gold: unique Australian objects 1830–1910 showcases exceptional nineteenth and early twentieth century Australian silver and gold objects drawn from the National Gallery of Australia’s significant collection of colonial decorative arts and design. The theme of this exhibition is celebration, with objects marking significant personal, community and professional achievements and milestones, or displays of prosperity and artistic accomplishment. This exhibition includes presentation, ceremonial and testimonial pieces, jewellery and functional tableware, displayed within themes of Sport, Agriculture, Dining, Goldfields, Achievement and Defining moments. Many of these objects are personalised with engraved inscriptions, providing insights into personal and professional achievements and family, social and business relationships.

Silver and gold celebrates the aesthetic and technical achievements of many of Australia’s most significant early silversmiths. It includes objects made by silversmiths who worked across the country, including Alexander Dick, David Barclay, Henry Steiner, William Edwards, Edward Fischer, John J Cohen and Jochim Matthias Wendt. These silversmiths worked in a range of historical revival and contemporary styles. While British and European aesthetics and traditions pervade the early silverware created in Australia, local styles emerged as a national consciousness developed and became more pronounced towards Federation.

This exhibition highlights the important role that Australia’s early silversmiths played within civic, church and community life. Individually crafted objects provide valuable social commentary about life in the nineteenth and early twentieth century as records of special events, identities and insights into what were considered essential ingredients at the time for building a ‘civilised’ society within the isolated bounds of the colonies. Many of the objects reflect the nationalist fervour of the late nineteenth century, embodying the ideas of nation-building through honouring the individual worker achieving excellence, the heroic sportsman and celebrating Australia’s unique flora and fauna.

Silver and gold reveals the exceptional skills of Australia’s earliest professional craft practitioners and their compelling narratives of Australian social and commercial history.

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INDIA FLINT - DISQUIET
Jul
21
to Aug 27

INDIA FLINT - DISQUIET

As early as 1800, Alexander von Humboldt observed the devastating effects of deforestation on climate and on the physiology of the land.  His work influenced Charles Darwin, John Muir and Henry David Thoreau. It also informed the research of South Australian climate scientist, the late Prof Emeritus Peter Schwerdtfeger, who made interesting observations regarding the vegetation either side of the rabbit proof fence, and how remnant bushland (as opposed to the wheat belt that runs right up to the barrier) cools the atmosphere and regularly receives higher rainfall than the agriculturally worked land.

South Australia is down to less than 5% of its original tree cover…and land is still being cleared. This fills me with disquiet.

The exhibition makes reference to deforestation, climate change, the gradual shifting of Goyder’s line and to the changing landscape of the state of South Australia. Works will include installations using bones, wild-harvested mud and the detritus of human habitation and farming as well as pieces for the wall using plant dyed cloth and paper. A sound piece created by the artist will add a further dimension.

India Flint

 

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I live primarily on 500 acres of land situated on the eastern shoulders of the Mount Lofty Ranges in what was once the home of the Peramangk people of South Australia. The land was well-treed until the 1940s, when most of the redgums were felled. Two years after, creeks that had provided permanent water stopped flowing in the summer months.

My work, driven by topophilia, conflates the visual and written poetics of place and memory, using ecologically sustainable contact print processes from plants and found objects together with walking, drawing, assemblage, mending, stitch and text as a means of mapping country, recoding and recording responses to landscape - working with cloth, paper, stone, windfall biological material, water, minerals, bones, the discarded artefacts and hard detritus of human habitation, the local weed burden. The work has been described (by Prof Chris Orchard) as using “the earth as the printing plate and time as the press”.

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WAHINI TOA
Jun
2
to Jul 16

WAHINI TOA

An exhibition of traditional and contemporary korowais (Maori cloaks) from the Murray Bridge Wahine Toa (strong women) group. The korowai was a garment made in early Maori times and was generally woven or made from traditional materials like flax and feathers. It is worn as a mantle of prestige and honour.

The korowai is one of four types of Maori cloaks and reflects honour, leadership, identity, warmth, protection, skill and beauty. Modern times have allowed makers to construct korowai in contemporary fashion which are also a part of this display.

To be opened on Sunday June 4 at 2.30pm. The opening will include a traditional Maori ceremony to welcome the cloaks to the gallery.

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HANDHELD II
Jun
2
to Jul 6

HANDHELD II

 Artist Debra Rankine's Handheld suitcase arrives at Camp Coorong. Photograph Jelina Haines.

Artist Debra Rankine's Handheld suitcase arrives at Camp Coorong.
Photograph Jelina Haines.

Handheld II brings together artists from across South Australia to create works of art responding to themes of home, travel and place.

The five artists – Karumapuli Jacob Stengle, Debra Rankine, Sandra Saunders, Christopher Burthurmarr Crebbin and Peter Sharrock – have each been challenged to fit their pieces within a vintage suitcase, which is then used to transport the works of art to various venues throughout regional South Australia.

This second iteration of Handheld invites audiences to explore the differing and personal responses to contemporary ideas of place and its meaning to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. With artists coming from all corners of South Australia, the exhibition takes in the breadth of the state: Sandra Saunders resides on the west coast in small town of Wangary; Christopher Burthurmarr Crebbin lives in the beautiful Adelaide Hills; close by, Karumpapuli Jacob Stengle and Peter Sharrock are based in the suburbs of Adelaide; and, further south, Debra Rankine resides in the Coorong area.

Not only are there variations in the artists’ geographic locations but also in their mediums. Traditionally a ceramicist, Sharrock has decided to instead focus on painting with ochres. Complementing him is Stengle, with nostalgic paintings about his time in a boy’s home as a stolen-generation child, and Saunders, who creates political works with a satirist humour. Crebbin similarly takes a departure from the painting medium to create a sculptural piece, as does Rankine, who has chosen to create a work of art that tells of her family’s historic traditions by weaving her take on a traditional story mat.

The artists were encouraged to extend their installation beyond the boundaries of the suitcase and provide a set of simple exhibiting instructions for each of the venues hosting the show. The objective is to engage installers, the gallery staff, volunteers and the audience to explore, more intimately, the works of art on show and to form these works in their own, individual way. Using the Handheld concept as framework, and with the underlining principle of tactility, the artists can consider how people interact with their work and set as many or as few boundaries as they wish the public and gallery staff to have.

Handheld II continues the discussion begun in 2013, exploring the themes of home, travel and place from a uniquely Aboriginal perspective. It is hoped that these artists will inspire discussion, reflection and exploration as their very personal works journey around the state.

 
 Christopher Burthurmarr Crebbin with his artwork  Swag Embassy , installation view, Prospect Gallery, 2015. Photograph John Nieddu

Christopher Burthurmarr Crebbin with his artwork Swag Embassy, installation view, Prospect Gallery, 2015. Photograph John Nieddu

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NGARRINDJERI YUNNAN YALUWAR RUWE - Ngarrindjeri Speaking for SeaCountry
Jun
2
to Jul 16

NGARRINDJERI YUNNAN YALUWAR RUWE - Ngarrindjeri Speaking for SeaCountry

Artists: 
Ellen Trevorrow
Lyn Lovegrove Niemz
Bluey Roberts
Damien Shen
Jack Stengle
Betty Sumner
Major Sumner
Cedric Varcoe
Change Media and Ngarrindjeri Media team

Co-curators: 
Jen Lyons-Reid, Carl Kuddell, Ellen Trevorrow, Major Sumner

To be opened by Ngarrindjeri elder Major Sumner and the Tal Kin Jeri dancers with a Welcome to Country ceremony, on Sunday, June 4th at 2.30pm. All welcome.

Ngarrindjeri Yunnan Yarluwar Ruwe - Ngarrindjeri Speaking For Sea-Country connects works from emerging and established Ngarrindjeri artists, across cultural practices and modern art forms, including paintings, carvings, pottery, woven sculptures, silk prints and digital works.

This group show will feature Moogy’s Yuki, the first Ngarrindjeri bark canoe made on Ngarrindjeri/ Boandik country in over 150 years, a large woven sculpture of Kondoli the Whale, and the first showing of exciting new work by celebrated artist Damien Shen and upcoming painter Cedric Varcoe.

Co-curated by Change Media’s Jen Lyons-Reid and Carl Kuddell, Ngarrindjeri elders Ellen Trevorrow and Major Sumner, and the participating Ngarrindjeri artists.

https://ngarrindjeri-culture.org/

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

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STEVE OATWAY - FACE TO FACE
Apr
21
to May 28

STEVE OATWAY - FACE TO FACE

Face To Face is a series of Zen inspired artworks using recycled found materials, reincarnated into an eclectic range of intriguing portraits.

As I sat outside at my welding bench, shaded from the hot sun by my beach umbrella, with a pile of junk to my right, I emptied my mind (Zen) of any creative ideas, thoughts or pre-planned concepts.  I fired up my welder, then randomly selected bits of junk from the pile, placing them on the welding bench. I closed my eyes and using my sense of feeling, positioned the pieces, blind welding them into place. And like magic, faces appeared.

After the first five portraits were completed, the works I made were no longer Zen-inspired. I became aware the intention of my sub conscious mind was to create faces.
Steve Oatway

Steve Oatway is a Junk Artist, painter and arts director from Mannum.

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UTA MOONEY & GLENN STENSON - PENETRALIA
Apr
21
to May 28

UTA MOONEY & GLENN STENSON - PENETRALIA

Penetralia
plural noun
The innermost parts of a building; a secret or hidden place.

Autobiographical memories fade if not supported and nourished by contact with other people. Through storytelling, the sharing of experiences and emotions merge our memories with the recollections of others.

Penetralia is a collaborative exhibition by artist Uta Mooney and author Glenn Stenson, who, through their individual genres, share their memories and imagination. Through paintings, symbolic imagery and installations mingled with the written word, they explore those nostalgic places upon which one can never return. Combining these two genres the artists invite viewers to explore a new realm of ideas and hopefully discover a delight in remembering their own stories too.

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CAROLE BANN - OBSESSIVE NATURE
Apr
21
to May 28

CAROLE BANN - OBSESSIVE NATURE

Carole Bann is obsessed with drawing and nature, carefully observing the detail, the elements that are missed by a fleeting glance. Offering simultaneous micro and macro views, Obsessive Nature is a selection of works meticulously created using 24ct gold, silver (metalpoint), coloured pencil and graphite.

Carole Bann is part of a long lineage of artists who have used metalpoint, a technique that has been employed since the time of the Old Masters. Carole is one of the few contemporary artists who are bringing this technique into 21st century usage.

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Feb
3
to Mar 26

IRMA DENK - MY LANDSCAPE

"I drive a great deal through familiar landscapes. I observe the land in its many moods and seasonal changes and the ever changing landscape imprints itself on my mind as I drive. This exhibition shows the paintings that result from my travels, that form themselves from the memory of a moment in time."
Irma Denk

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Feb
3
to Mar 26

LIZ YELLAND - WATER PLANET

A series of luminous high-gloss Giclée prints, each one depicting a circular ‘planet’ of River Murray / Lake Alexandrina water suspended in the indigo of space.  These evocative images, reminiscent of that deeply moving photo of Earth taken from the Moon in 1968, remind us that the precarious future of our lakes reflects in microcosm the precarious future of our whole planet – both are precious jewels, both are irreplaceable, and the survival of both is in human hands.

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Feb
3
to Mar 26

HAND OVER

Jenn Brazier, Maude Gum, Simone Kennedy, Mary Packer Harris and Edwin Newsham, John MacAskill, Jessie MacDonald, Lee Salomone, Avis Smith, Beverley Southcott, PH Williams.

Curated by Beverley Southcott.

Hand Over explores the idea of re-remembering and re-honouring the art teachers who taught art mainly between the 1920s to the 1930s at the South Australian School of Art, privately, or in peer exchange and supportive, collegiate friendships. It brings to light a small number of art works by South Australian art teachers and artists, re-airing their contributions to the artistic and cultural fabric of South Australia, in the early to mid-twentieth century.

This exhibition subtly places historical and contemporary art works together to create a shared contribution of the premise that the learning of art skills and practices are handed on to the next generation of artists in a repeating, forever continuous pattern, yet in a cyclical, nuanced, way.

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A COVENANT OF THE ANIMALS
Dec
3
to Jan 30

A COVENANT OF THE ANIMALS

ARTISTS: BETH HATTON, LLOMA MACKENZIE, ANDREA PRZYGONSKI, STEPHANIE RADOK, FANNY RETSEK, SANDRA STARKEY SIMON, LAURA WILLS

 

A Covenant with the Animals is an exhibition about animals in the world, and their situation today through the issues of extinction, protection and advocacy. The seven artists involved view animals as beings who actively share the world with people and whose stories are worth telling.

The exhibition will be opened by Professor Corey Bradshaw, Sir Hubert Wilkins Chair of Climate Change, University of Adelaide, author with Paul Ehrlich of Killing the Koala and Poisoning the Prairie: Australia, America and the Environment (2015).

Artists: Beth Hatton, Lloma Mackenzie, Andrea Przygonski, Stephanie Radok, Fanny Retsek, Sandra Starkey-Simon, Laura Wills

Curators: Stephanie Radok and Sandra Starkey-Simon

A Covenant with the Animals is supported by the Government of South Australia through Arts South Australia.

 

 Laura Wills,  Bateek,  2009, from the AnimalsIndo series, digital print on archival paper, edition of 10, 42 x 30cm 

Laura Wills, Bateek, 2009, from the AnimalsIndo series, digital print on archival paper, edition of 10, 42 x 30cm 

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