A twenty first century room of wonders where colonial curiosities jostle contemporary art. This major exhibition brings together the work of colonial artists Augustus Earle, Richard Browne, John Lewin, Joseph Lycett, Walter Preston and James Wallis in juxtaposition with contemporary artists Brook Andrew, Lionel Bawden, Maria Fernanda Cardoso, Fiona Hall, Narelle Jubelin, Fiona MacDonald, Danie Mellor, Kate Rohde, Joan Ross, Sarah Smuts-Kennedy, Robyn Stacey, Imants Tillers, Esme Timbery, Louise Weaver and Philip Wolfhagen.
Curious Colony will feature a chest commissioned for the exhibition that contains wonders from the world of contemporary art made by celebrated Canberra based artisan Scott Mitchell in collaboration with five of Australia’s leading artists - Lionel Bawden, Maria Fernanda Cardoso, Esme Timbery, Louise Weaver and Philip Wolfhagen. This contemporary cabinet of curiosity been inspired by the Macquarie Collectors’ Chest made in Newcastle, New South Wales around 1818 for Governor Lachlan Macquarie.
Explore The Newcastle Chest 2010
NAIDOC Week artist forum*
11.00am – 1.00pm
Saturday 10 July
Exhibition Curator Lisa Slade with artists Joan Ross and Danie Mellor.
Saturday 10 July
Late night opening, in conjunction with Newcastle L!veSites, featuring a performance of Peter Sculthorpe’s Remembering Mrs Macquarie.
5.30pm - 7.00pm
Friday 23 July
Join author Elizabeth Ellis for the Newcastle launch of Rare and Curious: The Secret History of Governor Macquarie’s Collectors’ Chest.
Art Appreciation lecture series*
6.00pm – 7.00pm
Tuesdays 20 & 27 July, 3 & 10 August
$22, $15 Art Gallery Society/conc.
11.00am – 12.00pm
Saturdays and Sundays
Children / youth
School holiday workshops*
10.30am – 12.30pm
Tuesday 13 to Friday 16 July
Ages 5-8 and ages 9-12
4.30pm – 6.00pm
Thursday 24 June
Join Exhibition Curator Lisa Slade and Paul Brunton, Curator NSW State Library, for a discussion on art in the age of Macquarie. This exhibition prelude will provide insights for teachers working across the curriculum.
Refreshments and resources included
Senior student study day**
9.30am – 3.30pm
Monday 2 August
Come to discover what contemporary art has to do with colonial Australia.
Sunday 8 August
Artists Maria Fernanda Cordoso, Lionel Bawden and Scott Mitchell reveal secrets from The Newcastle Chest.
Focus tour available**
The exhibition will be supported by a full colour catalogue with essays by Danie Mellor, Ian McLean and Lisa Slade.
Art Gallery Society
Coffee with Art
10.30am - 12.00pm
Wednesday 4 August
Explore the culture of curiosity in the age of Governor Macquarie with Exhibition Curator Lisa Slade.
$10 Members/conc., $15 non-members
RSVP: 02 4974 5123
Review: Curious Colony_Art&Australia_Christine France_Vol 48 #2 (993.1 KB pdf)
Review: Curious Colony_Artlink_Margaret Farmer_Vol 30 #4 (1.1 MB pdf)
Review: Curious Colony_Art Monthly Australia_David Hansen_September 2010 (776.7 KB pdf)
The Newcastle Chest Yr 5-10 Learning Resource (1.2 MB pdf)
Treasures from a curious chest, The Sydney Morning Herald, Spectrum August 7-8 2010 (2.6 MB pdf)
CURIOUS COLONY_Interactive education resource (2.2 MB pdf)
CURIOUS COLONY_Printable education resource (2.3 MB pdf)