honey and knives band
honey and knives band

Come and celebrate Clarence culture

SIX new exhibitions open at the Grafton Regional Gallery this Friday at 5.30pm to music by Bellingen duo Honey & Knives, complimentary nibbles and a pay bar run by the Friends of the Gallery. All members of the public are invited to this free event.

Clarence Valley councillor Sue Hughes will officially open our new exhibitions and announce the three winners of the council's Clarence In Focus photographic competition. Printmaker Rona Green is the guest speaker for the opening.

Three of the new exhibitions celebrate the culture of the Clarence Valley.

Clarence in Focus is a display of the four winners of the Clarence Valley Council's annual summer photography competition. The 1984-2003 Lower Clarence Community Collection of Fine Arts presents the artworks acquired before 2004 into the collection. Retrospective presents a selection of work by Grafton artist Keith Pickard.

Two exhibitions celebrate the Year of Print, the jubilee year of the Print Council of Australia. Fifty Years of Print presents the prints the gallery has acquired since 1988 through its membership of the Print Council of Australia. Printmaker Rona Green is presenting a suite of her prints in You Can Dress Them Up, But You Can't Take Them Out.

Contemporary Gallipoli remembers the sacrifice of WWI in the context of the Gallipoli campaign centenary through contemporary work by Turkish and Australian artists.

Keith PICKARD - You're so vain I suppose you think this painting is about you.
Keith PICKARD - You're so vain I suppose you think this painting is about you.

Clarence In Focus

The finalists of the fourth Clarence Valley in Focus Competition are presented in a larger than life format in the gallery's courtyard. Faces of the Community was the theme for the photographers of the valley who spent the summer capturing images of people in our valley on their mobile phones, compact or SLR cameras.

Four winners are selected, one each for the three sections, mobile phone, compact and SLR camera and the image which is featured on the cover of the plunge booklet (pictured) and promotional material. Each winner receives $500.

The Clarence Valley Council runs this competition each summer to engage with the community in promoting the culture of the valley.

Retro prints

Keith Pickard: Retrospective is a selection of paintings and sculptures reflect the various cultures the artist has experienced during his international life. Now based in Grafton, Keith Pickard presents a view of his creative life through colourful figurative and surreal work, sometimes with a touch of humour.

Lower Clarence collection

This year is the 50th anniversary of the Lower Clarence Arts and Crafts Association. To help celebrate this wonderful achievement of one of the valley's main art groups the gallery is presenting a series of three exhibitions. Two exhibitions feature the Lower Clarence Community Collection of Fine Arts with the remaining one presenting new work by the current members of this active association.

The first exhibition in the series showcases the 36 acquisitions to the Lower Clarence collection made from 1984 to 2003. The collection, which began in 1984, is formed through an annual acquisitive award in Lower Clarence Arts & Crafts Exhibition presented by the association. The award was sponsored by the Maclean Shire Council in this early period and the artworks selected by the judge until 1993, then by the mayor and the general manager of the Maclean Council to 2003.

Contemporary Gallipoli

Contemporary Gallipoli is an exhibition sponsored by Macquarie University Art Gallery Sydney. The exhibition is a journey through a diverse landscape of time, remembrance, friendship and healing that reflects on the past in the context of the ANZAC Centenary of the Gallipoli war.

Turkish and Australian artists have joined forces to imagine creatively and engage in friendship in an array of sensory mediations on this chapter in world history in 1915, Lest we forget.

This touching exhibition helps us to understand the meaning of how and why the remembrance of the Gallipoli campaign continues to touch the nation with sorrow and pride.

Call out for exhibitions

The Grafton Regional Gallery is seeking artists and groups of artists who are interested submitting expressions of interest for an exhibition. An application for an exhibition can be made using the form on the gallery's website or using that as a guide to the information that the gallery is after. Contact the gallery for further information.

The gallery has a strong local and regional focus in its exhibitions and events. This focus includes presenting solo and group exhibitions and performances by local and regional artists.

50 Years of Print

2016 marks the 50th year of the Print Council of Australia. Each year the Print Council commissions 10 Australian artists from an open call for submissions to create a body of prints for its subscribers to choose from.

The focus of the Print Council of Australia is to support Australian contemporary printmakers and preserve the history of Australian printmaking. Since 1999 the Grafton Regional Gallery has acquired two prints a year to add to its print collection.

Rona Green: You can dress them up but you can't take them out

Rona Green's fantastical figurative prints and poppets explore ideas about identity. The artist's interest is in the potential of the body to be a vehicle for a story through transformative devices such as anthropomorphism and body decoration. The prints and poppets range from editions printed in 2004 through to 2016.

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