2016 External EXHIBITIONS

Al Munro at Newcastle Art Gallery

- Holding: Contemporary Fibre Art, 2016/17

26 November 2016 to 5 February 2017

Holding: Contemporary Fibre Art, is a contemporary interpretation of 'vessels' by 25 international and national fibre artists.

While the word 'HOLDING' can allude to ideas of 'containing' and 'ownership', this group of artists will explore the notion of 'belonging' and 'home' through various textile mediums. Each artist will make a vessel referring to the notion of HOLDING while simultaneously creating structures will which create a rich visual experience.

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Waratah Lahy at ANU School of Art

- SOA PRO, 2016

19 October to 29 October

SOA PRO is an exhibition that showcases recent works by professional and technical staff of The ANU School of Art.

A strong cross section of different modes of working and thinking; varying in discipline, materials and attitudes towards making.This exhibition highlights the artist’s individual relationship to process and engagement, the physical interaction of surface and material and combines knowledge with the instinctual.

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James Guppy at Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre

- In Flagrante Delicto, 2016/17

30 September 2016 to 12 February 2017

A recent body of work by James Guppy exhibited at Brenda May Gallery in 2015 will be travelling to Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre for his solo exhibition 'In Flagrante Delicto'.

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Nicole Welch at Parliament House, Canberra

- Length and Breadth: new acquisitions from the Parliament House art collection, 2016

22 September to 13 November

Nicole Welch’s film “East West” is on view in the Presiding Officer’s Exhibition Area at Parliament House, Canberra in the exhibition Length and Breadth: new acquisitions from the Parliament House art collection

From the Flinders Ranges to the Darling Downs, Bathurst Harbour to Broken Hill, this exhibition features a selection of contemporary Australian artworks acquired by Parliament House since 2013. Focusing on images of landscape, both real and imagined, from across the vast Australian continent.

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Todd Fuller at Grafton Regional Gallery

- Storylines: Drawings from Near and Far, 2016

31 August to 22 October

Solo exhibition by Todd Fuller at Grafton Regional Gallery during his artist in residence with the gallery, in conjunction with 2016 Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award (JADA).

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Catherine O'Donnell and Todd Fuller at Bendigo Art Gallery

- Paul Guest Prize, 2016

27 August to 16 October

The Paul Guest Prize is a non-acquisitive cash prize of $12,000 which is held every two years, highlighting contemporary drawing practice in Australia. The Prize was initiated by former Family Court Judge and Olympic rower, the Honourable Paul Guest QC and encourages artists from across Australia to engage with the important medium of drawing and to create challenging and unique art works.

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Catherine O'Donnell at Art Gallery of New South Wales

- Close to Home: Dobell Australian Drawing Biennial, 2016

30 July to 11 December

This is the second in a series of curated exhibitions on contemporary Australian drawing at the Art Gallery of NSW.

Curated by Anne Ryan, it feature the work of six artists for whom drawing is a central part of their practice and whose work engages with narrative, memory and experience.

The artists are Jumaadi, Maria Kontis, Richard Lewer, Noel McKenna, Catherine O'Donnell, and Nyapanyapa Yunupingu.

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Todd Fuller at Glasshouse Regional Gallery

- Inside the Line, 2016

15 July to 28 August

Todd Fuller is a graduate of Sydney's National Art School. His practice integrates sculpture, animation, drawing, and painting to construct layered, multi-disciplinary narratives exploring themes of life, love, and loss. His films are hand-drawn and the thousands of stills each animation requires are painstakingly created one frame at a time.

Fuller has exhibited extensively internationally and locally, including Canberra's National Portrait Gallery and Deakin University among others. He has been awarded the Storrier/Onslow residency to the Cité International des Arts in Paris and the William Fletcher Travelling Fellowship to the British School at Rome. Fuller is represented by Brenda May Gallery.

A Glasshouse Regional Gallery Exhibition.

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Nicole Welch at Bathurst Regional Art Gallery

- Eastern Interiors: explorations from Bathurst to Albury, 2016

1 July to 14 August

Beginning in her home of Bathurst and finishing in Albury, NSW, Nicole Welch draws on historic archives and journals to create a series of hauntingly beautiful photographs and video works tracing colonial pathways into the eastern interior of New South Wales. The resulting images reveal the layered histories that inform our present-day relationship to country through the placement and projection of colonial era objects and words into the landscape.

Presented in partnership with Brenda May Gallery, Sydney.

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Todd Fuller at Dark MOFO

- Neither Here Nor There, 2016

15 to 19 June

Presented by Constance ARI - Curated by Rebecca Holmes.

As a part of the Museum of Old and New Art's 'Dark MOFO' midwinter festival, Constance ARI presents 'Neither Here Nor There'. Taking place within the tunnels beneath Railway Roundabout (aka. Fountain Roundabout) in Hobart, this free display of creativity utilises the depth and darkness of this space.

Todd Fuller's newest hand-drawn film 'pink eclipse' was created in collaboration with Karin Chan. It animates the courtship between dog and moon. This unlikely love story was selected to be a part of MOFO's underground experience.

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Catherine O'Donnell at Fairfield Museum and Gallery

- Drawn in Fairfield, 2016

21 May to 6 August

My drawings are an exploration of the architecture; culture and history of the urban environment with a focus on the iconic 1960/70s architecture of the low income housing built around the middle of the 20th Century. At first glance the qualities of these utilitarian dwellings may not be evident as all too often these houses are not always given the same value as other housing and have become a cultural signifies of lower socioeconomic communities across Western Sydney.

I see the housing in these suburbs as full of connection and disconnection, sameness and difference; the structures I draw become signifiers of human existence, as well as memories, dreams and shared experiences. While my drawings may appear to be an attempt to make an objective representation of dwellings from Western Sydney housing, for me there is a deeper personal connection, which drives me to spend endless hours in the studio in an attempt to elevate these dwellings from the chaos of their surroundings, highlighting the abstract geometric qualities of the architecture, which I find so compelling.

Through my drawings I aim to extract both the sense of humanity that comes with the fact that people live in these buildings and the more formal aesthetics of these places. I employ realism as a catalyst to ignite the imagination of the viewer and invite them to look beyond the mundane and banal. To revisit these spaces imaginatively and find the aesthetic poetry embedded within the suburban landscape, while at the same time disrupting cultural prejudices which prevent people from seeing the underlying elegance of these simple buildings.

With this in mind The Drawn in Fairfield exhibition has focused my attention on the housing within the Fairfield LGA and for the first time has given me the opportunity to include interviews with the people who currently reside in these homes. The interviews were conducted with the help of Naomi McCarthy who invited the resident to share their experiences and memories of the house they live in. Some histories go back many years and others reflected on a shorter history, but all had their own unique story to tell about their time in their Fairfield homes.

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Catherine O'Donnell at NORTH Contemporary Art Space

- The 'F' Show, curated by Abdullah M.I. Syed, 2016

20 April to 7 May

The ‘F’ Show brings together a selection of female artists who have worked with and inspired the artist, designer and curator Abdullah M.I. Syed over the last decade. Showcasing works by emerging and established, local and international artists, the exhibition investigates a small cross section of contemporary female artists working today and provides a collective platform to reflect the value and legitimacy of such artists in Australia and beyond. The participating artists firmly challenge the status-quo of a capitalist art market which is often driven by male dominated power structures and has a vested interest in maintaining twentieth-century hierarchies. The artists’ strength and desire to bring change is the fuel for this exhibition.

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James Guppy at Orange Regional Gallery

- Best in Show: Dogs in Australian Art, 2016

9 April to 3 July

This major exhibition explores the diverse ways in which the dog has been presented in Australian art from colonial times until the present, revealing much about our deep bond with the animal and about ourselves.

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Catherine O'Donnell at Hawkesbury Regional Gallery

- Wait, Weep & Be Worthy: Women, The Home Front & War, 2016

1 April to 22 May

This exhibition brings the perspectives of contemporary artists to the role of women fighting on "the home front" in World War I, reflecting on their role in society at the time, and the nature of that particular war. Though some women were involved as nurses and in other active service duties, the expected role of most was to manage the home and raise children, while dealing with shortages, their fears for the future, and the grief and trauma of losing loved ones. This exhibition will also include historical artwork and objects, and a look at the role of organisations like the Red Cross and the Country Women's Association.

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Peter Tilley at Newcastle Art Gallery

- A DIRTY BUSINESS: Devine, Styan and Tilley, 2016

20 February to 15 May

"A Dirty Business" is a collaborative exhibition by local artists Andy Devine, Andrew Styan and Peter Tilley. Andy Devine and Peter Tilley have a particularly long history of working together with a focus on their conceptual similarities expressed through their individual art practices. The results are three dimensional collages, assembled from paintings, printing plates and objects either found or made. These objects and images have an apparent simplicity, however scratch the surface and they are richly symbolic and capable of multiple interpretations. Digital installation artist Andrew Styan streams live media to visualise the movements of coal ships in Newcastle harbour exploring the danger of coal in a mediated world. With images set in local and industrial landscapes, combined with personal and political narratives, this exhibition is both entrenched and excavated from, Newcastle and the Hunter Valley.

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BMG Artists in 'Just Draw'

- curated by Todd Fuller and Lisa Woolfe, 2016

Curators Todd Fuller and Lisa Woolfe have brought together artworks in a variety of mediums that reveal the multifaceted nature of contemporary drawing practices for 'Just Draw'. This exhibition includes an extensive program of workshops and classes. Represented artist Catherine O'Donnell's massive drawing 'Available for Public Hire' was selected from her personal collection, and the show also features Fuller's hand-drawn animation 'Little Star', with a number of drawings from the same suite.

Locations and dates:
Newcastle Art Gallery: 6 February - 1 May 2016
Bathurst Regional Art Gallery: 19 August - 2 October 2016

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