EXHIBITIONS: JANUARY EXHIBITION LAUNCH DAY
13 Jan 2018 | 2.00pm - 4.00pm
We invite you to join us in the festivities as we launch three stellar exhibitions in one day. Enjoy the visual delights as you're treated to delicious, complimentary catering with drinks from our newly-launched in-house restaurant, Bellbird.
Manga comic art and the work of one of the famous Ukiyo-e artists Katsushika Hokusai are shown together to celebrate pictorial storytelling. By introducing some of the similarities and differences between modern Japanese manga, which now enjoy worldwide popularity, and Hokusai Manga, a collection of sketches by the ukiyo-e artist Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849), this exhibition sets out to introduce the charms of this unique field of Japanese culture, focusing on pictorial storytelling and participatory culture of “manga” from different periods.
Established Blue Mountains artist Locust Jones works in his studio listening to the news transcribing the horrors of human suffering into his paintings. He juxtaposes the everyday atrocities with the absurdity of popular culture news.
Curated by Lizzy Marshall
From 1979 to 1994 Redback Graphix was an icon of political expression in Australia. This screen-print collective served as a design agency for grass-roots political causes and its vibrant posters were plastered in public spaces throughout Sydney, Wollongong and Newcastle. Today, these posters provide a unique insight into social issues of the 1970s and 80s and provide an inspiring model of political engagement for visual artists, designers and activists.
Redback Graphix advocated for issues of importance to all Australians, but especially those whose voices were marginalised. They drew attention to economic inequality and support for Australians struggling with housing and the social welfare system. They advocated for fairness in the workplace, promoted union membership and focused on issues affecting migrant workers employed at BHP steelworks in Wollongong. They addressed issues affecting Indigenous Australians, promoting communication networks such as outback radio and Aboriginal art collectives.
This retrospective of political graphics poses the question - are political posters still relevant in the age of social media? Alongside the classic Redback Graphix posters are contemporary artists working through the print medium advocating political agendas proving that the humble poster is still a relevant artform.
Curated by Stuart Bailey & Wendy Murray
Image credit: Locust Jones, Michael Jackson's Heart Attack and the Tehren Riots (detail).
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EXHIBITIONS: CASULA SECRETS
2 Nov 2017 - 21 Jan 2018
10.00am - 5.00pm
Best-selling author, comedian and ABC Radio Sydney Mornings presenter Wendy Harmer has curated an exhibition from the Casula Powerhouse Collection of over 5,000 artworks. Casula Secrets reveals the interesting and mysterious stories of Casula.