Art News: September 2022
- Council Unveils France Belle Parkers Outstanding Public Artworks On Coast Walk
- Trifecta Of Amazing Creatives' Exhibitions At Manly Art Gallery & Museum Until Mid-October: Portrait Of House - The Drawn Line - Manly By Ferry
- Ku-Ring-Gai Sculpture Trail For 2022 Eco Festival
- Breathing Colour In Conversation features Church Point's Ceramics master
- Mona Vale Artist To Exhibit In One Of Sydney’s Most Unique Sculpture Events
- The Savagery Of Sheep at Brookvale By Four Local Aerial Artists: Sydney Fringe Festival
- Henry Lawson Walking Tour, Talk & Tea
Artist Of The Month Becomes Art News
During the past 12 years we have run an Artist of the Month page to celebrate and showcase local Artists in all mediums; Painting, Sculpture, Music, Literature, Photography, Theatre and more.
There was always more demand then could be fulfilled by showcasing just one Artist and running all others in the Events page or through Snippets in the Community News or Profile of the Week pages, or as stand alone Features.
Although these options will still remain open to local Creatives, an Art News page dedicated to helping Artists reach their local audience, and including everyone, launches this Spring so you can not only catch-up on what's been happening but also see what's coming up locally or further afield, especially when a local Artist is part of that Event.
If you have something coming up, something to say, or something to showcase, we want to hear from you.
As we still don't charge anyone for anything a few pointers on what you need to include in your 'package' to make it easier for us to help you.
- A biography of yourself: include what you have done before
- A portrait (photograph) of yourself
- What the Event is: and when and where it will happen
- A sample/s of your work
Once you have those four 'needs' ready, email them to firstname.lastname@example.org with the heading 'Art News'.
Remember it's always a great idea to give people advance notice of your Exhibition or Event, so once you have firm dates, get in contact.
Council Unveils France Belle Parkers Outstanding Public Artworks On Coast Walk
Aboriginal Art & Storytelling is the first major public art project to be presented on the 36km Northern Beaches Coast Walk.
Working with design group Urban Art Projects (UAP) and independent curator Tess Allas, Aboriginal artist Frances Belle Parker, was selected to develop artworks for multiple sites along the Coast Walk. Frances' winning concept designs celebrate Aboriginal stories of whale migration and the coast as a gathering spot and important life source of food such as oysters. Frances Belle Parker is a proud Yaegl woman, painter and artist from Maclean, NSW. She came to prominence by winning the prestigious Blake Prize in 2000, making her the youngest ever winner and the first Aboriginal recipient in the prize’s history.
The Northern Beaches Coast walk is a connected trail of walking paths that gives the public access to some to the most beautiful coastal views in the world. Parker’s sculptures now adorn three sites along the trail and her beautiful series responds to Country and coast underneath the walking trail. Pre-contact the Guringai inhabited the wider Northern Beaches region for some 20,000 years. There are three artworks including; Oyster Shells – Middens, 2022 at Narrabeen Lagoon; Whale Songs, 2022 at South Avalon and Whale Songs, 2022 at Long Reef.
Oyster Shells - Middens, 2022: Narrabeen
''Middens along the coast are places where Aboriginal people gathered to eat and would leave the remains of shellfish. They are synonymous with Aboriginal people, considered culturally significant proof of the people’s use of the land as a meeting place.
There are a number of identified middens in the Northern Beaches area, protected and revered. My oyster shell concept pays tribute to these midden sites as I, like my ancestors, hold family and community gatherings in such high regard. Many are still centred around feasts – a time where we can gather to yarn, to share, heal, reminisce, or celebrate. These gatherings focus on connection, being one, being together.
My aim is to create a space amongst the vastness of the Coast Walk that brings people together, unites them, encourages communication and enhance a sense of community. A place where people can stop and catch their breath.
My concept involves a number of cast aluminium oyster shells. The shells are arranged in a cluster to capture that moment in time of a feast, a gathering. The location at Narrabeen Lagoon was identified during engagement with local Aboriginal communities.
Some oysters will have graphics containing symbolic imagery representing bloodlines, coastal formations, the landscape, and other sea creatures. Some of these images incorporate the work of Jessica Birk, a passionate local Aboriginal artist and conservationist who has now passed on. Around the outside and inside edges of the oysters, patterns made to create the anatomy of the shellfish become symbols of the layers within a midden.
Visitors to this site will be able to touch and enjoy the designs in the interior – a reminder there is always more to explore beneath the surface of people, country, and cultural sites.
The story of the middens is about digging further than what you see on the Earth’s surface and understanding that underlying history – not just of the artwork, but of the land you are on”.
Frances Belle Parker has been a practising artist for the last 20 years, coming to prominence after winning the Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre Blake Prize in 2000; she is the youngest ever winner and the first Aboriginal recipient in the prize’s history. She has exhibited nationally and internationally, undertaken art residencies in China and Andorra and worked on several public art projects, including her recent digital work Angwirri on the sails of the Sydney Opera House, on 26 January 2021.
Frances worked with public art and architectural design group UAP Australia, and independent curator Tess Allas, to realise this project.
Frances has engaged with the local Aboriginal community to identify significant and relevant sites for storytelling through the artwork. The artist has significant family connections on the Northern Beaches. The works will enrich Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people’s experience of the region without compromising environmentally fragile and culturally sensitive sites. Now that all the works are in place they help connect people to the landscape, each other, and to past, present, and future.
Whale Songs, 2022: Avalon Beach
Whales are embedded in Aboriginal culture in many forms including dreamtime stories, and totem animals for various language groups. Sydney features many significant artwork sites depicting whales and the Northern Beaches is an area where whales have long been respected within the Aboriginal history of the coastline.
Singing in the whales has been a tradition practiced along the east coast of New South Wales involving gifted Aboriginal Elders singing to them, calling them in from the headland. I recall being told about an Aboriginal Aunty who possessed this gift, who would call and sing in these amazing creatures.
The artwork is comprised of cast bronze plaques installed along the Coast Walk. The stories on the plaques symbolise the 'singing-in' of the whales along the coastline of the Northern Beaches. The night sky is reflected through the mark-making and stars featured, and the coastline is depicted, acknowledging the bloodlines of the traditional owners of the Northern Beaches.
Northern Beaches Mayor Michael Regan said: “The Aboriginal Art & Storytelling project aims to acknowledge, respect and share, the stories of the Northern Beaches Aboriginal people through a series of public artworks along the Coast Walk. “We are proud to have initiated this public art project which we know will enhance the beauty of the Coast Walk by offering moments of contemplation to users of this terrific walking trail. Frances Belle Parker’s works are powerful reminders of pre-contact and continuing connection to Country.”
Artist Frances Belle Parker said: “This is an amazing opportunity to be able to create public artwork that tells a deeper part of the coastline’s story. Through engagement with the Northern Beaches Aboriginal community, I hope we can tell stories that are relevant, as well as convey the underlying messages of the country and the people who walked this land before us.”
Frances Belle Parker met with various members of the local Aboriginal community to present her winning art concept design; to identify significant and relevant sites for the artworks and to share stories and memories about places and themes of the artworks. Her artworks now speak to the history of the area and the continuing culture of Aboriginal people on the Northern Beaches Artworks. This project was jointly funded by Council and the Office for Responsible Gambling / Clubs NSW.
Mayor Michael Regan, Aunty Lois Birk, mum of the late Jessica Birk, and Frances Belle Parker, Aunty Lois' niece. Photo: NBC
Oyster Shells - Middens photos: Joe Mills, Pittwater Online Parks and Reserves Photographer. Others: Council, A J Guesdon
Trifecta Of Amazing Creatives' Exhibitions At Manly Art Gallery & Museum Until Mid-October: Portrait Of House - The Drawn Line - Manly By Ferry
On Friday September 2nd three brilliant Exhibitions opened at the Manly Art Gallery and Museum with all running until October 16. Details below.
Portrait Of House: Louise Whelan
Using the long form photographic genre, photographer Louise Whelan has documented the construction and evolution of architect Peter Stutchbury’s Indian Head House. Her works now form an exhibition at Manly Art Gallery and Museum that runs from 2 September – 16 October.
Known as the ‘tough building with soft edges’ this rare behind-the-scenes format, takes viewers inside the process of a famous Australian architect constructing his own family home, to get up close and personal with the architect’s journey. The action was observed while Stutchbury was living on site in a tent, finalising the details of the build with his expert team of industrial designers, fabricators and woodworkers, fellow architects, and family members.
The embedded approach taken by Whelan is captured over 4 years in the artist’s distinctive style. Whelan’s artistic practice draws inspiration from environmental and humanitarian issues, and from her interest in the aesthetics of memory.
Louise Whelan’s images have now been transformed into a collaborative film, which speaks about the process of making, art, portraiture, landscape, and architecture, poetically creating a trail of memories that turn the mundane into tableaus.
A special talk event on the Design and Documentation will take place on Sunday 18 September, 2 – 3pm, when Louise Whelan and Peter Stutchbury discuss the evolution of the architectural and film project.
Free: RSVP here
Indian Head House by Peter Stutchbury. Photo by Louise Whelan.
NB: The ‘Indian Head’ rock face of North Avalon Beach headland fell just on dusk, on Friday, August 11th 2017, a massive rock fall apparently which 'surprised' the surfers in the water at the time. This took place during the build and forms part of the narrative of 'Portrait of a House'.
Manly By Ferry: Treasures From The Vault
Manly by Ferry presents an exhibition 2 Sept – 16 Oct 2022 at Manly Art Gallery & Museum featuring photographs by Max Dupain and Frank Hurley and paintings by Peter Kingston and Wendy Sharpe that capture scenes of Manly Wharf and Sydney Harbour.
Immortalised in art, music, and literature, the Manly ferry is embedded into the cultural fabric of Sydney and has long evoked all kinds of emotions and imagery.
In September and October, Manly Art Gallery and Museum (MAG&M) celebrates a quintessential Sydney icon and reveals aspects of Manly Ferry’s evolution across decades.
For over 140 years, artists have captured the Manly ferry journeying across Sydney Harbour in all its ever-changing moods. Through seasons and across generations, the Manly ferry’s to-ing and fro-ing has set a familiar rhythm in the life of the city. This next show features over 30 works from MAG&M’s photography, painting, and museum collections, exploring the inherent duality of these much-loved vessels. They are after all vessels that balance ferrying carefree day-trippers and busy local commuters through both boisterous swells and peaceful waters alike.
Part of the ‘Treasures from the Vault’ series, this exhibition is designed to reveal some of the rich history and stories of Manly, and of the artists themselves who called this part of Sydney home. Treasures from the Vault features works acquired through MAG&M Society, the Theo Batten Bequest, Northern Beaches Council, and artists and donors through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program.
Why go? This exhibition evokes a sense of nostalgia and invites viewers to reflect on the enduring appeal of the Manly ferry, and ponder its impact on our city life.
How do I participate? Visitors are invited to share their favourite story of a Manly ferry journey in a special exhibition log on display throughout the exhibition.
Highlights: Photography by Max Dupain, Frank Hurley, and Frank Bell that capture distinct scenes of Manly Wharf and Manly Cove. Historical signage ‘Seven miles from Sydney and a thousand miles from care! Tourist brochures and memorabilia plus posters featuring the famous SS South Steyne. Watercolours depicting scenes of Manly Cove and paddle steamers in the late 19th century. Paintings by marine artists Robert Carter and Charles Bryant plus contemporary works by Nick Hollo, Peter Kingston, and Wendy Sharpe reveal changing moods of the Harbour.
Jubilee Water Pageant - by Charles Bryant, 1927
Young writers studio: Sea Odyssey!
Wednesday, 28 September 2022 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Calling young writers, aged 8 - 12!
Have you ever piloted a Manly ferry? How about solving a crime on one... or (maybe) you’ve discovered that the engine has turned into a vast mythical creature from the depths of Sydney Harbour.
Join Bernard Cohen from The Writing Workshop for a highly imaginative creative writing workshop drawing inspiration from the fabulous ferries in MAG&M’s exhibition, Manly by Ferry: Treasures from the Vault.
This is a unique opportunity to meet other like-minded young writers. Turn your brains up to full and draw up the gangplanks – it’s time to get creative!
About the presenter: Dr Bernard Cohen is the author of seven books, reviews books for the South China Morning Post, and was a judge for the 2022 NSW Premier’s Award for Literature. Since founding The Writing Workshop, he has workshopped with over 100,000 young people, run professional learning for hundreds of teachers, and worked in dozens of schools. For more information about Bernard, please see www.writingworkshop.com.au
Bookings via MAG&M Eventbrite $55.90 General Admission or $50.31 Members
The Drawn Line: Salvatore Zofrea
Drawing and the power of mark-making are the foundations of Salvatore Zofrea’s artistic practice. This new exhibition at Manly Art Gallery & Museum from 2 September – 16 October explores the underlying narrative of Zofrea’s personal journey from Italy to being inspired by the Australian landscape.
Pictured: ‘Rainbow of stars over the Hawkesbury’ 2018, hand-coloured etching, edition 4, 37 x 49 cm
Celebrating Zofrea’s 75th year, the exhibition traces his artistic development through drawing; from his early sketches to preliminary drawings for woodblock prints, psalm paintings, frescoes, stained-glass windows up until his most recent Circle series of multi-panelled paintings. Presented by Manly Art Gallery & Museum in partnership with Orange Regional Gallery, Salvatore Zofrea's exhibition The Drawn Line is bringing the artist's exquisite line in the form of drawings and preparatory studies to audiences.
Fresh from being exhibited at Orange Regional Gallery in December 2021, The Drawn Line provides Sydney-siders with the chance to see the masterful line of this artist who has won many art prizes throughout his career.
An Italian émigré who made the Northern Beaches his home from the age of 9, Salvatore Zofrea has been a finalist in the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes on numerous occasions, winning the Sulman Prize in 1977, 1979, and 1982. His most recent entry to the Archibald saw him become a finalist with a portrait of Sally Dowling SC. Sally Dowling is a senior counsel of the NSW Bar Association and a deputy senior crown prosecutor.
“I painted Sally because she is a striking young woman who has strived and achieved in her legal career. I have known Sally since she was ten years old, when I met her mother, my partner Stephanie Claire,” said Salvatore Zofrea.
Sharing the gallery with Louise Whelan’s Portrait of a House and Manly by Ferry, Zofrea’s exhibition The Drawn Line will bring much joy to fans of his work.
Artist in Conversation: Salvatore Zofrea
Thursday, 15 September 2022 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Presented by the MAG&M Society, Salvatore Zofrea in conversation with Lucy Stranger, Curator, Orange Regional Gallery on art, inspiration, poetry and life set amongst his current exhibition The Drawn Line.
Drawing and the power of mark-making are the foundations of Salvatore Zofrea’s artistic practice. This special exhibition explores the underlying narrative of the artist’s personal journey from Italy to the Australian landscape.
Presented in partnership with Orange Regional Gallery.
General Admission $35.00
MAG&M Society Member $25.00
( Includes light refreshments )
Bookings via MAG&M Society Eventbrite
Salvatore Zofrea: Life Drawing Masterclass
Monday 10 October, 10.30am - 1pm. Book via MAG&M Eventbrite
Manly Art Gallery & Museum
Ku-Ring-Gai Sculpture Trail For 2022 Eco Festival
- A workshop on growing spring vegetables at Turramurra Community Garden
- A native plant sale at the Wildflower Garden in St Ives
- A workshop on how to make beeswax wraps to replace cling film
- A presentation on creating a frog friendly garden
- A clothing swap meet
- A seed collection workshop
- A ‘crop swap’ exchanging homegrown vegetables and herbs with others
Breathing Colour In Conversation
Church Point past Artist of the Month Willi Michalski is one of the Artists who forms the works in this Exhibition
Mona Vale Artist To Exhibit In One Of Sydney’s Most Unique Sculpture Events
Mona Vale artist Suzanne Davey has been selected to have one of 60 creative artworks exhibiting as part of the 12th annual HIDDEN Rookwood Sculpture exhibition.
Held within the grounds of Sydney’s iconic Rookwood Cemetery, HIDDEN will include student and film categories – as well as the renowned sculpture works. During the month-long exhibition, the cemetery transforms into an open-air exhibition, providing a unique way for visitors to engage with and experience Rookwood.
Davey, who has exhibited in HIDDEN Rookwood Sculptures three times, works in mixed media installation and sculpture and has exhibited widely in gallery, public and natural spaces. By creating spatial ensembles from textiles, ceramics, natural and everyday materials she investigates the emotional territories of power and control and reflects on human behaviours and actions or inactions in spaces.
“HIDDEN is a fantastic opportunity to engage Sydneysiders with the layered histories and current relevance of Rookwood as a working cemetery,” said 2022 curator, Kath Fries.
“The artists bring a diverse range of perspectives to the experiences and narratives of this unique place. HIDDEN invites the public to rediscover Rookwood through a different lens. Art and creative activities enable people to use the space in different ways and HIDDEN is just one of these.”
“I’m excited to again be curating this expansive exhibition which will allow visitors to engage with creative arts in this unique place, on Dharug Land, so integral to Australian history.” Dr Fries said
“I find the history and diversity of funeral practices at Rookwood fascinating,” said Suzanne Davey,
“I enjoy going on long walks around the cemetery, observing the decorative details, the architecture, the gardens and the moving written words that honour the dead. It’s just an amazing place to experience and contains so many human stories and tales of living and grieving. Living through the worldwide pandemic and the effects of climate change has just underlined even more the fragility of humans and the natural systems we cohabit with plants and animals.”
The iconic HIDDEN Rookwood Sculpture walk, which began in 2009, was created as a platform for community engagement and showcases Rookwood’s historic monuments and cultural gardens. It enables artists to creatively respond to the cemetery’s contemporary relevance by reflecting on personal narratives, cultural practices, history, and the cemetery’s evocative sense of place.
With artworks strategically placed among historic monuments and impressive architecture within Rookwood Cemetery, the month-long event aims to encourage the community to enjoy Rookwood’s Victorian-era inspired surroundings.
This year, there is a poignant emphasis on the themes of loss and mourning, as many of the selected artists have a personal connection to the cemetery through their loved ones.
This year's exhibition runs from September 10 to October 9.
The Public Program for HIDDEN 2022 will include:
- Self-guided audio tour
- Weekend curator tours
- d/Deaf-led tour
- Tactile tour
- Short film screenings
- Curator dusk tours
- Rainbodhi tour
- Public photography competition
- Shape note singing
- Family day
- Artist talks
- Education events with VADEA (Visual Arts & Design Educators Association) for high school art teachers
- HIDDEN satellite exhibition at ACU McGlade Gallery, Strathfield, featuring behind-the-scenes developments of the artworks.
Please join our e-mailing list for updates here.
For more information about HIDDEN Rookwood Sculptures, visit www.hiddeninrookwood.com.au
The Savagery Of Sheep
Henry Lawson Walking Tour, Talk & Tea
Join North Sydney Council historian Dr. Ian Hoskins on a walk through Waverton to mark the 100th anniversary of the death of Henry Lawson.
The writer and poet lived in various dwellings in North Sydney from 1900 to 1920. Several poems and short stories reflected on life in the local area.
Start: Waverton Station
End: the Genia McCaffrey Centre for Sustainability
Participants will need to meet at Waverton Station for the start of the walk.
Walk through historic Euroka Street where Lawson lived, down the Henry Lawson Steps named in his honour, and to the Coal Loader at Balls Head which prompted his impassioned poem, The Sacrifice of Balls Head – one of the earliest poetic expressions of conservation in Australia.
Along the way, see the site of Ivycliffe, Roland Wakelin’s house, and the former oil depot at Berrys Bay. The walk ends at the Coal Loader for coffee, tea and cake.
Walkers are able to explore the site and the bushland which Lawson loved afterwards.
Medium difficulty walk that includes some stairs.
- Wednesday 07 Sep 2022 at 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM
- Friday 16 Sep 2022 at 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM
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