Mudgee Arts Precinct is delighted to present Mating Dance by Anna-Wili Highfield, an installation of courtship formations. The sculptures are an homage to the brolga – Australia's principal dancing bird. Suspended like marionettes, the birds are sewn from waxed cotton and have stopped mid-ballet, in a gesture of call, response and mimicry.
Composer and musician Bree Van Reyk has created an accompanying sound piece which will intermittently join the dancing birds with instrumentals inspired by the brolga’s bold trumpeting.
Beyond the Shadow is a survey exhibition of Catherine O’Donnell’s practice over the last decade. Through drawing, sculpture and installation Catherine pays attention to the geometric detail and abstract forms of mid-century architecture, inviting the viewer to find the aesthetic poetry embedded within ordinary buildings. In Beyond the Shadow Catherine will create her first major installation, a 75% scale replica of a fibro house, expanding upon her ongoing elevation of everyday Australian architecture and social history.
Exhibition opening Friday 29 July, 6pm.
Since he was an art student in the 1960s, Hendrik Kolenberg has been a wayfarer of the back streets, construction sites and working harbours of Sydney, and other cities including Rotterdam—the Dutch city of his birth. His paintings don’t depict sentimental or pretty subjects, rather they convey his fascination with the overlooked, discarded or functional aspects of the city.
For First Nations people, the Earth, sea and sky are intimately connected. Looking up, the night sky reflects Dreaming stories, landforms, animals and seasonal patterns, informing the way people live on, and care for, Country. This exhibition features stunning night sky photography and an immersive soundtrack to explore Wiradjuri astronomical knowledge alongside comparative mythologies from across the world.
Romance of the Swag celebrates the creative life of iconic Australian artist Linda Jackson. An itinerant traveller, Jackson’s work has always drawn inspiration from place; from the black opals of Lightning Ridge, to the billabongs and boabs of the Kimberley Coast, to the tropical flora and fauna of Far North Queensland, and the waratahs of the Blue Mountains region. Romance of the Swag explores four decades of the artist’s practice, charting her travels through painting, fabric, and fashion, all steeped in the symbolism, colours, and textures of the Australian landscape.
Facilitated by artist Liam Benson.
WORKSHOPS WILL DISCUSS AND ENGAGE:
- Creative thinking through collaborative process
- How identity connects us to form community
- Ways we effect and respond to cultural change
- Improving social and mental health through connection
LOCAL MENS GROUP/ COMMUNITY: Tuesday 5-7pm - 16, 23, 30 August
LOCAL MIGRANT COMMUNITY: Wednesday 11am-1pm - 17, 24, 31 August
LOCAL LGBTIQ+ COMMUNITY: Wednesday 2-4pm - 17, 24, 31 August
Blood on Silk consists of eight candy-striped ottomans upon which rest three or more hand sewing baskets, each re-lined with beaded floral fabrics, embroidered flowers, or oya/gold paper flowers over the original satin interiors of the baskets. These interventions reference the early textile material brought to the UK’s Victoria & Albert Museum by archaeologist Sir Aurel Stein from his expeditions in Dunhuang and Miran in China (1900-1930). His research suggests the textiles originally formed canopies or fields of flowers within Buddhist temples along the silk route. The relatively low height of the plinths/ottomans focuses the viewer’s attention onto the interiors of the baskets now relined with flowers.
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