2020 Exhibitions

Transient: Rebecca Delaney

Transient explores a typology of a disappearing landscape. The paintings emulate a landscape that is engulfed by water, while evoking an experience of a particular place. The details in the landscapes disappear through multiple layers of paint, which in turn documents the past through encapsulating a fleeting moment. The blurred landscapes create a sense of the ephemeral.

Image: Rebecca Delaney, Untitled (landscape study), oil on board, 10 x 10cm, 2020

Memoir of Surface: Bruce Tindale

November 1st - December 23rd, 2020

Memoir of Surface presents a collection of Polaroids taken between 1986 and 1998.
Photographer and artist, Bruce Tindale, captures daily life through this means of instant photography akin to current practices with camera phones.

Polaroid photography was revolutionary in its time. The first, and for a long time the only, way to immediately see an image after it was taken.
The medium with its limitations creates space for creative intervention as seen in Nicky and James, Annadale in which James’s head is blurred creating a sense of movement and sound within the image.

Fuelled by nostalgia for film and analogue technology, our collective fascination with Polaroid shows no danger of abating.

Image: Bruce Tindale: Nicky and James, Annandale 1987, polaroid, 60 x 60cm.

40/40: Newcastle Printmakers Workshop

November 1st - December 23rd, 2020

40/40 sees each artist allocated a year to explore; to create an image based on an event or memory of historical or personal significance.

‘Every year is a milestone for us, but having turned 40 and being the oldest community access printmaking workshop in Australia, this year is definitely worth celebrating.’ - Helene Leane, chair of Newcastle Printmakers Workshop (NPW).

Long-time member, Patricia Wilson-Adams, who’s work Seed 1979 commemorates the founding year, 1979, reminisces, ‘1979 saw the seed of an idea and I, the then pregnant me, was there at the beginning and helped sow that seed. I am celebrating my long association with the NPW by making a work that is redolent of the late 70s and celebrating our 40 years in the light.’

This exhibition will no doubt provoke viewers to reflect on the past and be inspired by the profoundly personal experiences these accomplished artists.

Image: Patricia Wilson-Adams, Seed 1979 2019, engraving and etching.

Perception: Ros Elkin

November 1st - December 23rd, 2020

Newcastle artist Ros Elkin works across a wide range of mediums, responding to colour and movement. Whether it be in the vastness of space or the seconds in time, light is captured in paintings that explore the visceral connection with beauty we sometimes don’t always appreciate.

Complementing her acrylic paintings are ink drawings based on fallen undergrowth, along with photography, printmaking and ceramics in a showcase of Elkin’s diverse artistic practice.

Image: Ros Elkin, Deep Impact 2018, acrylic on canvas, 183 x 122cm.

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