Hor­sham gallery the place to be

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - School Holidays Fun! - BY COLIN MACGIL­LIVRAY

Hor­sham Town Hall and Hor­sham Re­gional Art Gallery have an­nounced a 2019 school hol­i­day pro­gram full of per­form­ing and cre­ative arts op­por­tu­ni­ties for children.

The town hall’s Hand­bury Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­tre will host a range of work­shops cov­er­ing ev­ery­thing from mono print­ing to dot ren­der draw­ing, cook­ing to the­atri­cal light­ing.

The pro­grams are aimed at children aged seven to 17.

The ses­sions will be be­tween Jan­uary 15 and 25, and cost $12 or $10 for Hor­sham Town Hall mem­bers.

The gallery has also opened a trio of new ex­hi­bi­tions ahead of the sum­mer hol­i­days.

A launch for the ex­hi­bi­tions, at­tended by about 60 peo­ple, was at the gallery on Fri­day night.

Gallery cu­ra­tor Michelle Moun­tain said the ex­hi­bi­tions – In­ter­fer­ence Pat­tern, On a Tan­gent, and a col­lec­tion of the gallery’s re­cent ac­qui­si­tions – pre­sented a unique va­ri­ety of works by Aus­tralian artists.

“In­ter­fer­ence Pat­tern is by a pair of artists called Vi­vian Cooper Smith and Re­becca Na­j­dowski,” she said.

“They’ve cre­ated a mas­sive in­stal­la­tion of land­scape pho­tog­ra­phy where they play with the land­scapes. Re­becca uses ana­log pho­tog­ra­phy and pokes holes with pens through the neg­a­tives, or burns them, or cuts up the prints af­ter­wards to dis­rupt our un­der­stand­ing of the land­scape.

“Vi­vian uses dig­i­tal pho­tog­ra­phy and long ex­po­sures and mul­ti­ple ex­po­sures to do the same. They’re com­ing from dif­fer­ent points of view, but do­ing the same thing.”

On a Tan­gent fea­tures the works of seven artists – Cather­ine Bell, Minna Gil­li­gan, Laresa Kosloff, Jesse Mar­low, Alas­dair Mcluckie, Michael GF Prior and Cathy Staughton.

“The ex­hi­bi­tion is about how most cre­ative works and cre­ative prac­tices ben­e­fit from go­ing off on a tan­gent,” Ms Moun­tain said.

“It looks at the tan­gen­tial forces on the work of dif­fer­ent artists.

“Alas­dair Mcluckie was do­ing a lot of bead­ing at one stage, but at night he was go­ing home and sketch­ing a lot of biro pen draw­ings as a cre­ative re­lease.

“He never in­tended those to be­come art­works, but they have formed their own body of work.”

Ms Moun­tain said the gallery’s re­cent ac­qui­si­tions ex­hi­bi­tion con­tained many pho­to­graphs by indige­nous artists.

“Indige­nous pho­tog­ra­phy is part of the col­lec­tion we’re very proud of and try to keep grow­ing,” she said.

Smith and Na­j­dowski gave a talk ti­tled ‘Get­ting loose with land­scape’ on Satur­day, ex­plain­ing how they cre­ated their art­works.

Ms Moun­tain said the talk was well re­ceived by at­ten­dees.

She said the gallery would run a fo­lio starter course for Vic­to­rian Cer­tifi­cate of Ed­u­ca­tion stu­dents from Jan­uary 14 to 18.

The free course, which will be hosted by artist Minna Gil­li­gan, will help 2019 VCE art stu­dents be­gin to cre­ate a fo­lio.

At the con­clu­sion of the course Ms Gil­li­gan will host an art party, where stu­dents can make col­lages.

The three new ex­hi­bi­tions will con­tinue un­til Fe­bru­ary 24.

Peo­ple want­ing more in­for­ma­tion on the ex­hi­bi­tions or the gallery’s sum­mer pro­gram can visit web­site www.hor­sham­town­hall.com.au/ hor­sham-re­gional-art-gallery or call 5382 9575.

Peo­ple want­ing to sign up for school hol­i­day pro­gram work­shops can visit web­site www.hor­sham­town­hall. com.au/hthevent/school-hol­i­day-pro­gram-2019.

SHOW­CASE: Hor­sham Re­gional Art Gallery cu­ra­tor Michelle Moun­tain points out some of the gallery’s new art­works, which will be ex­hib­ited un­til Fe­bru­ary 24. Pic­ture: LUKE HOBBS

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