PAST EXHIBITIONS

ALBANY TOWN HALL GALLERIES

IN CAHOOTS

Artists in remote and regional Aboriginal art centres and independent artists from across Australia have come together to develop the In Cahoots exhibition, coming to the Albany Town Hall Galleries this March.

 When six Aboriginal art centres across Western Australia, Northern Territory and Victoria invited independent Australian artists to work with their community, it fostered genuine collaboration and skill exchange to produce a significant body of work. The centres included Baluk Arts (VIC), Buku-Larrnggay Mulk Arts Centre (NT), Mangkaja Arts (WA), Martumili Artists (WA), Papulankutja Artists (WA), Warakurna Artists (WA).

 In Cahoots exhibits the diverse partnerships that were formed through large-scale woven installations, reclaimed tin sculptures, wooden objects, contemporary furniture, photography and paintings. Each piece speaks to the distinct themes and issues of each community whilst uncovering the perspective and skills of the individual artist.

 In Cahoots will be on display in the Albany Town Hall Galleries from 4 March to 21 April 2022.

 Exhibiting artist Neil Aldrum will be discussing his works at 11am on Saturday 5 March at the Albany Town Hall.

DIAMOND JUBILEE EXHIBITION

To mark the anniversary of the Albany Art Group's formation the Town Hall Galleries are hosting a Diamond Jubilee Exhibition featuring a variety of work from current members.

 Diamond Jubilee is a celebration of the talent and artistic skills of its members and is a testimony to the group's original mentor Geoff Ridley’s advice “stick together and work together” to achieve success.

The Albany Art Group has long served as an incubator of diverse and exciting talent and this exhibition is a testament to the development of the art community in the Great Southern. 


Pause – a quiet rebellion

How we deploy our time and attention affects how we shape our lives. Every day, social media demands a click-and-flit attention, amassing profits for those behind click-based advertising, but the benefits for us are uncertain. Pause is an opportunity to take your time, to linger. It is a quiet rebellion.

The diverse artwork in Pause uses the interaction among marks, colours, words and empty space to offer an opportunity for focused attention on, and the appreciation of, the subtleties that result. The works in Pause include paint on a variety of surfaces, such as vintage lino samples, collage with vintage book papers and original writing, among other items.


Subtleties of Obsession

Embroidered jewels; details from painted landscapes. A deceased Mother’s hair replies to letters from the homeland.
Richly intense mark-making with ink and thread tell stories of a life.
With repeated soft rubbing, the Woolly bush manifests itself, onto the gallery wall.
Domestic objects, made ambiguous, explore configurations of matter that ask questions on mortality.
Through objects materialised by the will of hand and mind, five discrete practices are brought together in this exhibition.
Subtleties of Obsession probes, by the dissolution of boundaries and through intense focus, the nuances and possibilities of ways of making meaning. Featuring the work of Kate Campbell-Pope, Barbie Greenshields, Elizabeth Riley, Kati Thamo and Anne Walmsley. Subtleties of Obsession exhibition forms part of the 2021 Indian Ocean Craft Triennial and is on display in the Town Hall Galleries September 30 - November 2.

MIX IT UP

MIX IT UP Contemporary artists respond to the City of Albany Art Collection

Intriguing and imaginative – these two words sum up this fascinating exhibition for which contemporary artists have created artistic responses to treasures in the City of Albany Art Collection.  The MIX IT UP exhibition is presented by MIX Artists Inc and is on at the Albany Town Hall from August 20 to September 23, 2021.

Seventeen artists from the MIX Artists group have taken on the challenge of responding to six historical and contemporary paintings and prints.   Visitors to the exhibition will see each of the six artworks from the Collection surrounded by the contemporary responses, in an inspiring presentation.  

Indra Geidans, Visual Arts Officer and Curator of the City of Albany Art Collection, made the initial selection of artworks, choosing historical and contemporary artworks with a range of subject matter, and which include paintings in oil, acrylic and watercolour, prints, pastels and mixed media works. 

The MIX Committee then randomly allocated each participating artist to a Collection artwork.  MIX Artists Chairperson and exhibition Co-ordinator, Annette Davis, explained

“As a group, we agreed that we wouldn’t get to choose which work we wanted to respond to, and that instead, names would be drawn out of a hat to allocate artist to artwork.  This is part of the idea of mixing it up – it has challenged us to move out of our comfort zones.”

Indra Geidans commented “This exhibition is taking the Art Collection out of its comfort zone as well.  It will be exciting to see how the artists have responded to, and been inspired by, the Collection.  I think it will encourage visitors to look closely at all the artworks to find the connections.”

Some of those visitors will be preschoolers and their parents.  In a first for an exhibition in the Town Hall, the Albany Public Library is holding a Storytime Session in the exhibition, on Tuesday September 7 from midday to 1pm.  Bookings can be made at the Library.   For visitors of a slightly older age, there is an opportunity to hear directly from the contemporary artists in a session titled “Inside the Artist’s Mind” on Saturday August 21 commencing at 1.30pm.   In addition to these sessions, an activity sheet will be available at the exhibition to help people of all ages explore the art. 

The MIX exhibitors are Susan Angwin, Kerrie Argent, Christine Baker, Ann Copeman, Jenny Crisp, Annette Davis, Catherine Higham, Pradip Griffiths, Anne Grotian, Paul Moncrieff, Jill O’Meehan, Nat Rad, Lizzie Riley, Margaret Sanders, Renee Tan, Shaun Wake-Mazey and Jo Wassell.  

The artworks selected from the Collection are all 2D artworks.  In responding to the artworks MIX Artists have worked in a range of media and the final artworks include sculpture, textiles, paintings, photography and installations.  

Catherine Higham has created an ink painting in response to the Collection’s painting by Shandell Cummings of the wattle seed pod.  For Higham, this painting brought back memories of the fast-growing red-eyed wattle trees she planted on her farm, which provided a hiding place for children and assorted animals over the years.


There Were Moments of Transformation

There Were Moments of Transformation explores the power and fragility of transformation through video, jewellery, glass, ceramics and sculpture. Featuring works by international artists including Auguste Rodin, Pierre-Auguste Renoir and William Kentridge alongside local pieces by WA artists such as Lucy Yukenbarri and Bethamy Linton, the exhibition asks you to consider through the creation of these works, how materials change, how they change us, and the world around us.

While the exhibition contains several key works from the State Art Collection such as Renoir’s Tete de Venus and Rodin’s 1880 bronze La Faunesse à genoux [Kneeling fauness], AGWA Curator of 19th Century Arts, Melissa Harpley explained the focus was on materiality, creative process and applying a different lens of looking at the transformative nature of art.

“With this exhibition, we wanted to explore the process of transformation that occurs through art and the process of making works. Our approach lies in drawing out how materials are transformed as works are created, how artists engage and transform the environment during their development processes, and lastly how we are transformed, by the experience of considering process, the emotional response generated, and our connection to the works.” she continued.

All objects start with two things, an idea … and raw materials: clay, tin, copper, sand, wax, paper, steel. The process of bringing those two elements together leads to many questions connected to the idea of change.

There Were Moments of Transformation brings together 40 works of art from the State Art Collection, most of which have not travelled outside the Gallery before now. It includes works by Western Australian, Australian and International artists, made in media that range from traditional bronze casts to video-based, and with works made as early as 1880 and as recently as 2017.

This is an ART ON THE MOVE and Art Gallery of WA touring program developed as part of Freighting Ideas project.

This project has been made possible through the Regional Exhibition Touring Boost managed by the Department of Local Government Sport and Cultural Industries, supported by Royalties for Regions and delivered in partnership by ART ON THE MOVE and the Art Gallery of Western Australia.


GREAT SOUTHERN ART AWARD 2021
 (Biennial Community Art Prize)

Great Southern Art Award Winners 2021
Almost $10,000 in prizes has been handed out to the five talented local artist winners at the Great Southern Art Award this evening as the event officially opens the refurbished Albany Town Hall. A trio of adjudicators including James Davies, Annette Davis and Paul Moncrieff spent Tuesday afternoon deliberating their decision before announcing the winners at the award’s official opening.
Jo Wassell was awarded the City of Albany Acquisitive Prize for her piece ‘Siblings’, taking home a $5,000 prize and either a supported exhibition or a month working out of Vancouver Arts Centre.
Judges comment on the piece saying it possesses a delicate and meditative quality.
“Given the artistic statement, the work has been produced in a sensitive and appropriate manner pertinent to the contemporary experience (ie. Global pandemic) that back up the work and approach extremely well. A deceptively simple work that is very well resolved.” they said.
Carol Farmer won the Works on Paper Award with her piece ‘Intrusion’ which the judges described as an innovative and involved approach employed to document the landscape.
The Print Award winner was Francesca Mia with her artwork ‘Untitled’, which the judges said was a refreshing, enjoyable and straight forward lino cut that has succeeded with regard to what the artist set out to achieve.
Judges described Paint Award winner Andy Dolphins piece ‘Washout Woogenellup’ as an extremely well executed, atmospheric and accomplished work.
This year’s 3D award went to Merry Robertson for her piece ‘We are the Guardians’ which the judges describe as having lovely observations combined with an ambitious and interesting approach employing both drawing and printmaking techniques and abilities


VANCOUVER ARTS CENTRE GALLERIES

URBAN DANCE 

"For some time now my studio work has been primarily concerned with developing and refining the form of the spinning tops, known from woodwork. Through super seizing the spinning tops the visual impact changes.

When I applied for this exhibition ”Urban Dance”  in 2020,  Corona was in full “bloom”. I wanted something playful and cheerful. The inspiration came from the 1917 ballet in Paris called “Parade”. It was created by Jean Coctaeu, Pablo Picasso and Eric Satie and was totally nonsense and caused a scandal. It was during the I World War and the Spanish Flue came a year later.

Who would have thought that this time the pandemic came first and the war in Europe came later. Because of the war in the Ukraine and the new covid 19 restrictions there will be no vernissage or finissage."

GREAT SOUTHERN BEACHES

An exhibition by Jeannie Orr Smith showcasing the incredible beaches and mesmerizing seascapes of our region.


RISE!

Subversive Stitching | financial empowerment | social justice

RISE! uses stitching, domestic objects, and multimedia to create an interactive space for exploring how women rise in our country.  It is inspired by Scott Morrison’s International Women’s Day speech in 2019, in which he stated  “We want to see women rise. But we don’t want to see women rise only on the basis of others doing worse”.

Exploring homelessness, work, and the reality of retirement, the pieces turn familiar items and ideas on their heads. A forensic examination of Australian women’s financial inequality, the exhibit is also a celebration of subversive stitching as an act of self-care and community.

This year, why not celebrate International Women’s Day with us at the Vancouver Art Gallery? On 8 March 2022, we’ll host a celebration of women — their generosity, resilience, and courage. Verity Byth, the artist, will be available for a lively discussion. Come and share your stories about how women are rising to make the world a more equitable place for everyone    


RETROSPECTIVE 

As part of the City of Albany 2022 Exhibition Callout emerging Albany Artist Peter Thom will be presenting Retrospective at the Vancouver Art Centre.

New to the art industry this will be Peter’s first body of work for display.  “I started my art as a hobby a couple of years ago as a way of unwinding after work, I was not enjoying watching mainstream TV and found art and music as a way to relax. I use paint pens- predominantly primary colours and never have a plan where to start or how it’s going to end. I love my art and seeing my work evolve before my eyes as each new piece begins”.

“I am never sure what to classify my work as, I like that it feels like my own style. Initially, I got frustrated when a piece wasn’t working for me and the very early days of my journey I coined a phrase “A mistake is direction you didn’t know you were going”.  This allowed me to get over myself and enjoy the ride.

This hobby has brought me many hours of enjoyment and I hope you like it too, just remember to tilt your head at the pieces. The way it’s hung or stands may not be the right way for you”.


Fruitful Inventions

Featuring the felted art work of Anne Cochrane Fruitful Inventions probes the possibilities of using wool felt to illustrate the exquisite beauty of the humble fruit and hopes to inspire visitors to nature’s handiwork which is sometimes edible, often inedible but always incredible.


The Garden

“My way of expressing my love for the earth and my hope for the future is to garden. The values that are important to me, the way of being in the world that feels right, and glimpses of the beauty and mystery of what it means to be alive, are nurtured when I connect with the earth beneath my feet. Gardening is an accessible, hopeful and incredibly powerful act.” Georgina Reid – The Planthunter
The Garden by Phoebe Duff is an exhibition that explores the act of gardening and the ways that engaging with plants and the natural world can nurture and inspire us.

Passage through first light

Passage Through First Light showcases one artists search to describe the primal beauty of nature. Artist Jhodi Benett documents decades of pilgrimages to Middleton and the animals she encountered. 

SAOL 

Artist Christine Baker presents 'SAOL' a new immersive exhibition of paintings and unique clay pieces inspired by the themes of community and separation.