Art exhibition inspires at Albany Town Hall

Published on Thursday, 24 June 2021 at 8:15:56 AM

Albany Town Hall is set to host the second Freighting Ideas exhibition from ART ON THE MOVE and the Art Gallery of Western Australia (AGWA) next month.

There Were Moments of Transformation features 40 works from the State Art Collection, including pieces by world renowned artists Auguste Rodin, Pierre-Auguste Renoir and William Kentridge.

Alongside these will be local pieces by WA artists such as Lucy Yukenbarri and Bethamy Linton.

The exhibition challenges viewers to explore the power and fragility of transformation via video, jewellery, glass, ceramics and sculpture.

AGWA Curator of 19th Century Arts Melissa Harpley explained the exhibition’s 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,” she said.

“Our approach lies in drawing out how materials are transformed as works are created, how artists engage and transform the environment during their development process, and lastly how we are transformed.”

Conversations with Rain accompanies the exhibition and is a multi-platform project that explores children’s creative relations with weather as a way of potentially transforming our climate futures.

Visitors can pick up a Conversations with Rain response journal to use while visiting the exhibition that has been developed in partnership with AGWA and ECU School of Education, and is supported by Healthway and Act-Belong-Commit that encourages deeper engagement with the exhibition.

City of Albany Manager Arts and Culture Paul Nielsen said he is thrilled to welcome the exhibition.

“It’s an honour to exhibit some of WA’s most prized visual works, and to give our community the opportunity to visit them here in Albany, rather than having to travel to Perth to see them,” he said.

There Were Moments of Transformation opens at Albany Town Hall on July 3 and runs to August 14.

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.

Image: Pierre Auguste Renoir Tete de Venus, 1915. Bronze with black patina. State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia. Purchased with funds presented by Swan Portland Cement Ltd, 1980.

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