MONOVISION Black and White Photography from the Collection

21 July - August 30, 2020

Paradoxically, what is added by way of colour is often considered by many to take something away from the photographic image. Black and white photography is revered for its interpretive, timeless quality. Whilst coloured photography is descriptive, the narrowing of parameters offered by the black and white image requires greater engagement by the viewer.

In Monovision, black and white photographic landscapes through to portraiture, selected from the Collections at Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre, celebrate the monochromatic images to which we are perennially drawn.

Image 1995_005: Glen O’Malley, Never Run Your Daughter Like a Train 1995, gelatin silver print, 31 x 46cm,

Winner, Muswellbrook Photographic Award 1995, Muswellbrook Shire Art Collection.

SHAPESHIFTERS Transformative Forms

21 July - August 30, 2020

Shapeshifters: Transformative Forms explores works of art within the context of the notion of shapeshifting. Typically the stuff of myth and folklore, Shapeshifters possess the ability to change their appearance at will, assuming unexpected forms and existing between the physical and the spiritual. Artworks that appear to display such attributes challenge the viewers perspectives and perceptions.

Colour and shape that dance and move across the surface of works all at once converging in kaleidoscopic patterns., optical pushes and pulls that play on ambiguities of colour and form, and meditative landscapes caught in a constant state of flux; through sculpture, paintings, ceramics and photography selected from the Collections held at Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre, Shapeshifters: Transformative Forms reveals expressions suggestive of the morphing nature of shapeshifting.

Image 1996_002 :Weaver Hawkins (Roakin), Spontaneous Design 15, watercolour on paper, 55 x 75cm, Winner, Muswellbrook Art Prize 1966, Open Drawing Section, Muswellbrook Shire Art Collection