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Platform Arts Hub Blayney is an art gallery and community hub located at the the refurbished 1876 heritage listed Blayney Railway Station in Central NSW.


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Platform is excited to be working with the Childcares in Blayney to show an exhibition from our youngest creatives. Join us at 12pm on Saturday, 3rd December for a soft opening, for young families and children. 

“Our exhibition is a chance for the local children who attend Early Childhood centres in our community to express themselves through art. All children involved are competent, capable learners who express their ideas and opinions in their own way. Creative arts gives each child the opportunity for their voices to be heard” – Early Circle Learning, 2022


20 artists respond to the sounds of the Central West in new touring regional exhibition

Arts OutWest will showcase some of the region’s most exciting visual artists as they each respond to original music reflecting on the challenging and changing times over the past two years.

The regional tour for the While the World Waits Exhibition will open at 5pm on Friday 4 November at Platform Arts Hub, Blayney. Blayney Railway Station.
The launch includes a half hour session of original music by Genni Kane who performed on the While the World Waits album.

“The last two years have been tough in the arts. Lockdowns and loss of work ran right across all artforms. Live shows took a hammering. We wanted to help by creating opportunities for those most affected,” said exhibition curator, Arts OutWest’s Steven Cavanagh.

“Last year Arts OutWest commissioned 15 Central West songwriters to each write a track reflecting their experiences of 2020. We created a compilation album of original music titled While the World Waits,” Mr Cavanagh explains. “Then we opened the conversation up to visual artists to see what they were feeling.”

In 2022, artists from across the Central West were asked to use the album of music as a jumping off point and inspiration for new work. The resulting While the World Waits Exhibition is a curated works of selected artists, each responding to one or more tracks, title or words on the album.

The exhibition will showcase work from across all mediums. You will see painting, sculpture, drawing, ceramics, moving image, animation, photography, glass and textiles.

Curated by: Steven Cavanagh.
Artists: Gus Armstrong (Rylstone), Laura Baker (Blayney), Helen Carpenter (Grenfell), Steven Cavanagh (Hill End), Gemma Clipsham (Bathurst), Heather Dunn (Bathurst), Lise Edwards (Lithgow), Harrie Fasher (Portland),
Robert Hirschmann (Portland), Cate McCarthy (Yetholme), Hugh McKinnon (Orange), Christine McMillan (Kandos), Shani Nottingham (Cowra), Timothy Seager (Bathurst), Henry Simmons and the River Yarners (Bathurst), Bridget Thomas (Bathurst), Jane Tonks (Orange), Heather Vallance (Orange), Stephan de Wit (Parkes).

The exhibition will be open at Platform Arts Hub Blayney from Friday 4 November – Sunday 27 November.

The While the World Waits Exhibition is a 12month touring exhibition. The work will travel to galleries and venues across Bathurst, Blayney, Cabonne, Cowra, Forbes, Lachlan, Lithgow, Mid-Western Region, Oberon, Orange, Parkes and Weddin LGAs.

Platform Arts Hub Blayney will be hosting an opening night with complementary drinks, canapes and live music to celebrate our new exhibition ‘nude’. This art exhibition will showcase the drawings of our monthly Life Drawing students at Platform Arts Hub.

Opening night is sponsored by Regis Resourses.

We hope to see you there!

Arts Outwest and Platform Arts Hub presents

Marragu-marra guwayu – Hands on for all time

Hand on History is the theme for History Week 2022.In celebration of this we present Marragu-marra guwayu

Guwayu in Wiradjuri translates as for all time or an indefinite time past present and future. Rather than being relegated to the past this exhibition showcases the dynamic continuation of Aboriginal arts and culture from the past, to the present and into the future. From community arts activities which are focused on the maintenance and revitalisation of cultural practices to artists telling stories through traditional and contemporary mediums these works showcase the diversity and strength of Aboriginal arts and culture across the region.

About the Artist

 Kaelene Masters studied a Fine Arts degree at Charles Sturt University. After finishing her degree Kaelene moved to London and worked as an Art practitioner and human rights advocate, working with vulnerable populations using arts as a form of self-expression to reflect on their lives. Kaelene is currently undertaking her Masters degree in Rehabilitation research focusing on vulnerable populations’ lived experiences to help change attitudinal barriers within the community.

“I believe the use of imagery influences society and continues to help raise awareness of social and political issues. Throughout my life I have used photography and the arts to capture the stories of people I have worked with, and in-turn help to raise awareness and to advocate for peoples rights. I find peoples lives fascinating, I have developed so much compassion and empathy through the process of listening to peoples stories. I have had the privilege to work alongside women in prison, women in gangs, children fleeing war torn countries, and older people living in rural Australia. I have heard stories from seemingly ordinary people who have lived incredible lives, these stories are often intertwined with tragedy, determination and moments of pure joy”

Background

Incredible lives series is a narrative photographic series which conceptualises the lived experiences of older people living in rural Australia.

Older people who live in residential care and home care can experience significant losses. These losses may include loss of housing, possessions, loved ones, friends, self-determination, pets, independence and social networks to name a few. Often people who live in residential housing can become invisible to society due to multiple factors. These factors may include disability, physical limitations, social anxiety, depression and loss of meaning in their life. These factors have a direct effect on the feeling of loneliness and isolation. These losses would be challenging for any member of the community. These are not the only challenges that confront older Australians, older Australians face misconceptions and negative stereotypes (Diehl et al., 2020).

This body of work captures the stories of people who are often invisible to the community. The aim of this photographic series is to give a voice to older Australians and to address misconceptions and attitudinal barriers within society surrounding ageing. Many ageist beliefs and negative views cause prejudice, discrimination and stigmatisation against older adults. This photographic project aims to address these prejudices, and help mediate the negative aspects of ageing by offering reflection, deeper understanding, shared experiences and meaningful connections