Newcomers and pros offer new shows
Long-time art teacher and art practitioner Bruce Rowland has a new show at Cooks Hill Galleries, which opens this weekend.
Rowland’snew exhibition, The European Tradition,opened on Friday night.
Additionally, Rowland is giving two talks at the Bull Street gallery:
On Sunday, October 22, Rowland will lead a discussion: Late 19thand early 20thcentury U.K. Figurative artandEuropean Museum of Modern Art (MEAM) – Figurative art! Barcelona, Spain.
On Saturday, October 28, at 2.30pm Rowland, a master puppeteer,will lead a talk and demonstration on Puppeteering: The art of the Marionette.
LAKE MACQUARIE GALLERYThe work of well-known Australian artist David Fairbairn is featured in a new show at Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery. The touring show, Drawn to Print, features drawings and etchings from recent years.
The Lake Macquarie gallery also opens a new show Art(ful) Futures: Of The Mind this weekend which it has played a key role in creating.
Art(ful) Futures is a partnership between the council, an arts organisation and mental health workers. The idea for this project has been brewing since the 2007 partnership project Stop the World, I Want to Get Off! between Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery and Morisset Hospital, instigated by Neal Price. The partnership has now expanded to include the gallery, Arts In Recovery (AIR), Newcastle Community Arts Centre (NCAC) and artists with the aim of connecting mentors with artists with a lived experience of mental illness.
The final project took the shape of a series of art workshops, curatorial and artists talks, professional practice sessions and gallery visits. The overall aim was to mentor the cohort of participating artists through processes and skills development related to maintaining a more sustainable art practice and to support wellness.
The two key mentoring artists, John Cliff and Joanna O’Toole, guided the participant artists with skill and sensitivity. The process
was professionally supported by the mental health workers and other artists such as Lezlie Tilley and Michael Bell.
The official opening of the Fairbairn showand Art(ful) Futures is Sunday, from 2pm at the gallery.
WATT SPACE GALLERYMaking Meaning, a showcase of visual art and contemporary performance work by first-year students in the University of Newcastle’s new bachelor degree in the School of Creative Arts, opened on Thursday at Watt Space Gallery.
Harbouring Life, architectural projects by graduating B. Design (Architecture) students opens at Watt Space on November 1.
CSTUDIOSCStudios on Hunter Street in Newcastle has sent out invitations to its next show, Paul Haggith: The Rising Tide, opening on November 11.