WESTERN PLAINS CULTURAL CENTRE


5 APRIL- 15 JUNE

EMMA THOMSON: TAKE YOUR BEST SHOT


Produced as part of an Artist-in-Residence at Western Plains Cultural Centre, Take Your Best Shot presents large-scale photographic portraits of women who partake in hunting in the Central West. Thomson placed ads in the local Classifieds for models and collaborated with her subjects to produce the portraits. The resulting images present young contemporary women posed within the Australian landscape,

Emma Thomson, Rachel, 2013, pigment print. © Emma Thomson

5 APRIL - 8 JUNE

SELFIE

In 2013 the word 'selfie' was voted the Word of the Year by Oxford University Press. This exhibition will examine the social media phenomenon of the selfie and its historical precedents. Using self-portraiture as the focus, the exhibition will crowd source selfies, allowing members of the public to contribute to the exhibition. By examining the selfies of a particular age group in a particular locale, a slice of society can be made visible – its aspirations writ large. A selection of historical photographs (from the collections of WPCC and the Art Gallery of NSW) will provide a context for the development of photographic processes as well as the shifting social use of photography.

A WPCC curated exhibition

Unknown maker, American, daguerreotypist Portrait of Unidentified Daguerreotypist, 1845, handcoloured 1/6 plate Image: 6.7 x 5.2cm. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

22 MARCH - 4 MAY


SURROUNDED BY SOCIETY: LEWIS BURNS

In Surrounded by Society Dubbo based Indigenous artist Lewis Burns uses native animals as a metaphor for the adjustment of Aboriginal cultures to contemporary life. The exhibition is inspired by the artist’s ideas on the changing roles for Aboriginal men, now that the daily role of hunting and providing food and shelter for the family has been made redundant. Burns depicts native animals trapped in unnatural environments, seeing them as symbolic for many of the social issues facing Aboriginal people.

Lewis Burns is a Dubbo based artist

A WPCC curated exhibition

Lewis Burns, Surrounded by Society, 2003. Image © the artist.

8 MARCH - 25 MAY


JASON BENJAMIN: EVERYONE IS HERE


Everyone is Here an exhibition by painter Jason Benjamin is a distillation of deep-felt encounters around particular landscape sites, where the artist has concentrated his energies and talent on shaping a pared back vision of light and space. The series had its origins on the austere expanse of the Hay Plain and the Monaro regions of New South Wales. Lengthy field trips to these sites resulted in the series, which reveals the artist’s re-affirmation of a landscape tradition that lies at the heart of the Australian experience.

Curated by Gavin Wilson

 

Jason Benjamin, She's searching for you too, 2010, oil on linen. Image © the artist.

8 MARCH- 4 MAY

ART & AUSTRALIA COLLECTION 2003 - 2013

The Art & Australia Collection 2003 - 2013 features works from the Art & Australia Contemporary Art Award. The award was established by the respected art journal Art & Australia, to promote the work of artists from Australia and New Zealand in the first five years of their careers and is an exhilarating glimpse into the diversity and complexity of contemporary art in Australia. It includes a variety of innovative works of art including video, painting, sculpture, light installation, sound art and photography.

Christian de Vietri, 2nd law, 2004, Installation view, polyurethane, fibreglass, metal fridge, Art and Australia Emerging Artist Collection.

PERMANENT EXHIBITION

PEOPLE PLACES POSSESSIONS: DUBBO STORIES

Dubbo means red ochre. The city dwells in red soil western plains, infused with pastoral light and productivity. This place breathes the energy and passion of its people, past and present. We all experience place by moving through it, all our senses alive to its shifting shapes and moods. This sense of place is created through the entanglements of nature and culture, past and future dreams, shared stories and collective memory.

In this exhibition we explore pastoral landscapes with symbols of agriculture and family ambition. Dubbo streetscapes reveal the changing facades of shops and the hidden stories within. Storytellers spin yarns about Dubbo events and identities. There are many objects from the old Dubbo Museum, material traces of past lives and aspirations. They speak in eloquent silence about people, place and possessions.

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Installation view:
People Places Possessions: Dubbo Stories

People Places Possessions: Dubbo Stories