Newcastle Art Gallery presents ‘Summer of Australian Art’
06 Dec 2013
This summer, Newcastle Art Gallery presents four exciting exhibitions, focusing on the artistic practice of four significant Australian artists: Brett Whiteley, Bill Henson, Margaret Olley and David Aspden.
In addition to the exhibition program, on the Gallery’s exterior, Brett Whiteley’s Black Totem II, an 11 metre tall public sculpture only recently installed stands as a major addition to the Gallery’s collection, along with the newly commissioned mural by internationally renowned street artist Numskull temporarily displayed on the Gallery’s Darby Street side.
“The cumulative effect of all of these fantastic exhibitions and public works of art, showcasing an exciting diversity of genres and art practices, is a veritable summer of Australian art” said Tristan Sharp, Assistant Director of Newcastle Art Gallery.
“What’s more, visiting the Gallery is completely free - an excellent destination to pop on your summer to-do list for locals and visitors alike.”
Whiteley on water
Presented in association with the Brett Whiteley Studio and the Art Gallery of New South Wales
2 November 2013– 23 February 2013
The idea of ‘on water’ binds together Brett Whiteley’s (1939 – 1992) iconic interpretations of Australian life by the sea with his revered status as one of Australia’s greatest artists of the 20th Century. A celebration of our nation’s ‘cult of the coastal life style’ from Byron to Bondi, the exhibition includes the unfinished beach polyptych which had never left the studio until its recent display at Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Arts Centre as part of the original iteration of this exhibition in 2012. It represents Whiteley’s ambition and commitment to the Australian landscape.
School holiday workshops
For children 5-8 years old - 10.30am – 12.30pm. For children 8-12 years old - 2.30pm – 4.30pm
Week 1: Tues 14, Wed 15, & Thurs 16 January - will feature a focus on sculpture.
Week 2: Tues 21, Wed 22, & Thurs 23 January - will explore ideas of the beach and summer.
$15 per child, includes materials. Bookings required, call 4974 5100.
Bill Henson Across Time
Curated from the collection by Bill Henson
23 November 2013 – 2 February 2014
This alluring and mysterious exhibition focuses on the Gallery’s collection of works by contemporary photographer Bill Henson. As a tribute to the Newcastle Art Gallery’s own pieces, which represent twenty years of his art practice, Bill Henson has curated the exhibition specifically for the people of Newcastle. Across Time includes several recent acquisitions which are on public display for the first time.
Free artist talk
Saturday 7 December 2pm – 3pm
IN CONVERSATION Bill Henson with Assistant Director Tristan Sharp
Bill Henson and Tristan Sharp speak on the progression of Henson’s work. Free, for bookings call 4974 5100
David Aspden Survey
A Bathurst Regional Art Gallery exhibition
23 November 2013 – 2 February 2014
This major survey exhibition of painter David Aspden (1935 – 2005) brings together works that explore the artist’s three loves: colour, landscape and music. Landscape was one of his greatest inspirations - the glowing and luminous colours of nature. Known as one of Australia’s premier colourists Aspden’s work also celebrates the energy of music especially the rhythms of jazz. The exhibition includes key works from the Newcastle Gallery’s own collection.
Free musical performances - Sunday Jazz
8, 15 & 22 December, 3pm – 4pm
Enjoy music by bebop and cool jazz composers on the Gallery’s Stuart & Sons piano, accompanied by double bass and brass.
23 November 2013 – 2 February 2014
The focus exhibition Olley-Alia brings to life the art practice and objets d’art of the late Margaret Olley (1923 – 2011). This montage of objects, works of art and art materials helps to evoke the ambiance of Olley’s home studio.
An eccentric collector of the quaint and decorative her objects became the props on the stage of some of her most iconic paintings. This intimate exhibition celebrates the genre of still life and the art of a national treasure.
Still life masterclass - Jill Orr
Saturday 18 January 2013 2pm – 4pm
$30 per person, afternoon tea and all materials provided. Bookings required and places are limited, call 4974 5100.
Public talk: Edmund Capon AO OBE
Sunday 2 February 2014 2.00pm – 3.00pm
Join former Director of the Art Gallery of NSW, Edmund Capon AO OBE, as he recalls times with Olley, her house and her practice. Bookings required call 4974 5100 to book.
Numskull Mural – The future depends on today
Presented in conjunction with the Hit the Bricks Festival 2013
23 November 2013 – mid 2014
Numskull is an Australian, Sydney-based artist. He works across a variety of mediums including painting, sculpture, illustration and outdoor murals. He has shown in galleries, painted walls and sold paintings throughout the world in such places as London, New York, Tokyo, Paris, Singapore, Amsterdam, Hong Kong and all over Australia.
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