Platform is excited to be working with Early Circle Learning in Blayney with 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
Join us for the opening of While the World Waits on Friday, 4th of November, from 5pm, with live music by Genni Kane, finger food and drinks.
In 2022, artists from across the Central West have been asked to use the CD as a jumping off point and inspiration for new work. This unique opportunity for regional visual artists to create artworks in response to regional music has been a labour of love for Arts OutWest. While the World Waits exhibition is a curated exhibition in which selected artists each respond 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.
Bathurst artist Heather Dunn has been weaving a large wall work. “This is a weaving where the cloth of our dreams are shredded and re-woven, as we struggle to adapt and stay resilient… The messages on the silk strips, typed on an antique Corona typewriter, are knotted in along the way. They rise like a cresting wave, as we are bombarded with rules, changes to the rules and a constant barrage of all things covid.” says Heather.
“It has been a privilege and joy to work with so many artists right across our region to deliver an amazing exhibition. The work is full of heart and optimism. These 20 artists show us that the level of work being produced in regional NSW is just so exciting to experience.” says Arts OutWest artist and curator Steven Cavanagh.
While the World Waits Exhibition will travel for 12 months to galleries and venues across Bathurst, Blayney, Cabonne, Cowra, Forbes, Lachlan, Lithgow, Mid-Western Regional, Oberon, Orange, Parkes and Weddin.
Henry Simmons & River Yarners
Stephan de Wit
This exhibition features the work of local artists from our Life Drawing workshops
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”
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
Nhadhu Wiradjuri Yinna
Nyree Reynolds, A Retrospective
Exhibition Dates: 2 – 29 July 22
We warmly invite you to the opening of Nhadhu Wiradjuri Yinna, Nyree Reynolds’ Retrospective exhibition, opening on Saturday, 2 July from 12pm.
The Opening will be presented by Lisa Purser, followed by Nyree Reynolds.
For the first time at Platform, the voices of the Wula Gurray – Voice of Change Choir, a youth Wiradjuri choir from the Orange Conservatorium of Music will be performing during the opening
As an Aboriginal woman of the Wiradjuri Nation I like to tell stories through my paintings. As part of my art practice I paint the Aboriginal children of the Stolen Generations blending into the landscape, their own Country from which they were removed. My hope is that when people view my work they will leave with a new understanding of people who have been taken away from their family, home and Country. That they are real people with real stories to be told. Then I know my painting narratives have achieved what I hoped they would. -Nyree 2022
Nhadhu Wiradjuri Yinna – I am a Wiradjuri Woman
Belubula: Platform invited artists in our region to submit an artwork which draws from our Belubula catchment. This exhibition explores sights and landscapes from Blayney through to the central west, looking at sights in our community, history and environment
Subject matter can cover most genres, from landscape painting, wildlife, or still life through native plants and found objects.
Exhibition Dates: 4 – 24 June
Image Detail: Wayney Roberts, 2022, Oil on canvas
FEATURE ARTIST: Barbara Karrer
For the month of June, we will feature the work of Barbara Karrer in the Loretta Kervin Gallery
“My work is inspired by my lifelong fascination and reverence for nature. The paintings are a kind of portrait, more interpretive than representational but with attention to anatomical accuracy. The aim is to capture the demeanour of the subject, the essence, it’s singular quality. It is a kind of reverie, and I hope to be able to increase my skills so that my work can truly be a celebration of the wonder of it all” Barbara Karrer, 2022
Exhibition Dates: 4 – 24 June