artworks for Contemporary Gallipoli exhibition, curated Merry Brice
artworks for Contemporary Gallipoli exhibition, curated Merry Brice Effy Alexakis PHOTOWRITE

ARTEFACTS: Modern takes on Gallipoli

DESPITE its title Contemporary Gallipoli, this exhibition might not appear to be about war at first sight as this display uses bold and colourful modern artworks to tell this story of the infamous battle rather than traditional memorabilia.

Curated by Meredith Brice and toured by the Macquarie University Gallery, the exhibition remembers the tragic events at Gallipoli 100 years ago through modern interpretation of this historical event, taking you on a journey in the context of the ANZAC Centenary of the Gallipoli war.

Remembering, forgetting, paying tribute and raising critique, the works of Turkish and Australian artists join forces to creatively imagine and engage in friendship in an array of sensory mediations on this chapter in world history in 1915, Lest we forget.

The artists, Ros Auld, H. Cenk Beyhan , Meredith Brice, Stephen Copland, Mark Davis, İhsan Doğrusöz, Kate Downhill, Dianne Jones, Burt Muller, Susan O'Doherty and Chris Sainsbury have presented an evocative and poetic exhibition. Painting, drawing, digital animation, sound, ceramic, sculpture, textile, jewellery, photo media, video, wearable and mixed-media installations, present a deeply absorbing display.

One of the major displays is a series of ceramic sculptures by Ros Auld called Beachhead. It is a fragmented headland of war with beautifully glazed surfaces suggesting earth's age, fallen warriors, galloping horses, skulls, a mosque, flags and an angel. It sets the tone for this outstanding assembly of provocative and intriguing artworks inspired by this defining moment in our war history.

Contemporary Gallipoli is on display at the Grafton Regional Gallery until Saturday, May 8.

5 Meredith Brice_War and Flowers.
5 Meredith Brice_War and Flowers. Effy Alexakis PHOTOWRITE

Kapow time again

The first of three murals for the gallery's carpark wall is being designed by youth artists from the Kids and the Power of Work (KAPOW) in collaboration with Clarence Valley based artist, Pamela Denise, this week.

The KAPOW program is run by Key Employment Ltd and is a transitional program between education and employment for young people disengaged or struggling with school. One of the highlights of the course is the creative arts component, Streetart Workshop.

The installation on the large scale mural will take two days from April 28. These large outdoor works have been an ongoing project by the gallery. It is a dedicated space for street art and artists to develop their work and paint as part of the pro-graffiti art movement while visually enhancing the space.

The gallery called for submissions and received three great applications. As all were relevant to the proposed topic and guidelines the decision was made to give space to all three projects over the next 18 months. The project provides opportunities for young people to showcase their practice and develop their talent.

Making for the Head Waters

Eight artists from the Lower Clarence are heading to the top of the valley past Tabulam for a week-long field trip. They will be spending the time researching and documenting the environment and their experiences.

The diverse group of artists, Malcolm King, Julie McKenzie, Annie Roberts, Margot Grant, Theresa Edwina Brook, Jeff Keyes, Jade Dewi Tyas Tunggal and Fiona Nicholls, are collaborating over two years to develop an exhibition, Head Waters. Their exhibition is being presented in 2019 as part of plunge at the Grafton Regional Gallery.

Insurance for artists

The National Association of Visual Artists is the professional body that represents and advocates for artists. NAVA provides an umbrella insurance scheme for artists and this now includes personal accident insurance. For $280 a year professional artists, craftspeople, designers, conservators, installers, registrars, curators and arts administrators can gain six types of insurance coverage - public liability, products liability, professional indemnity, property in custody or control, tenants' liability and personal accident - as well as membership of this national organisation. Details are available on the NAVA website.

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