Visitors to the Art Gallery of Ballarat over summer will find it easy to while away a few hours and beat the summer heat. Curator Julie McLaren said a focus on local artists and female artists would engage visitors and bring in locals and tourists alike.
“There’s a perception that regional artists don’t get given as much of a chance as those living in metropolitan areas, so what we want to show is there are artists living and working in the Ballarat region doing wonderful things,” Ms McLaren said.
Ms McLaren said a visit to the gallery was a great way to take a time-out during a busy period. “It’s nice during what is a crazy busy time of the year to spend a few hours in the gallery, a calm and relaxing place to be and have a moment of peace.”
A series of exhibitions will accompany the gallery’s permanent collection over summer.
Eleven local artists will be showcased in the Locals Rule exhibition which explores the themes of identity and what it means to be an artist working in a regional centre. Artists include Aislinn McKinnis, Bacondrum, Ben Mangan, Bren Luke, Cax One, Cody Joy, Karl Stehn, Karl Woodward, Kat Barrand, Merda and Travis Price.
THE NUMINA SISTERS
Art provides connection across the Central Desert region of the Northern Territory. The Numina sisters – Selina, Lanita, Louise, Sharon, Jacinta and Caroline Numina Napananka, along with their mother Barbara Price Mtjimbana – showcase both individual and group works in their exhibition which features subjects including bush tucker and animals.
Aunty Marlene Gilson only discovered painting later in life with her paintings which explore Aboriginal myth and stories of the goldfields. Her work is marked by a naive style which references her Indigenous and European ancestry.
ECHOES | LUMINA COLLECTIVE
Lumina Collective’s exhibition Echoes explores the ways that photographic image-making in Australia is linked to questions of identity and place, and to generational stories. The exhibition features the works of eight leading female Australian photographers.
LOUISEANN KING: SOLIS
Eganstown sculptor/installation artist Louiseann King will reimagine two exhibition spaces within the gallery with thematic works to explore depictions of women and landscapes in the nineteenth century, so that her sculptures sit within them, providing points of contrast and dialogue with works from the collection.
Cardboard creations drawing on shapes and patterns from nature are a hallmark of Eliza-Jane Gilchrist, who turns a material often considered rubbish in to items of beauty, inviting people to reflect on the value we place on materials.
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