LOOKING AT GOLD

Upper Turbine Gallery
Exhibition Dates 15 October 2022 -  8 Jan 2023

This exhibition explores gold as a material, colour and a symbol.

Gold appears throughout global art histories and is often handled with great precision by the finest crafts people. This exhibition brings together a group of artists from across NSW, including from Green Valley to Tamworth, who have an enduring fascination with the artistic craft and conceptual potential of gold.

The unique qualities of gold including its colour, cultural connotations, weight, the ways it catches light and its physical malleability continue to provide challenges, opportunities and inspiration for artists.  This exhibition features new commissions and existing works by artists who demonstrates expert craft and process skills and work with the different aspects of gold in their practice.

LOOKING AT GOLD has been developed through a curatorial exchange between Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre and Tamworth Regional Gallery. It features works from artists local to both organisations and includes artworks from both our collections. LOOKING AT GOLD will first run at Casula Powerhouse from October 15th 2022 to 8 January 2023 and then tour to Tamworth from 1 April to 28 May 2023.

Image: Blak Douglas ‘WIRAMBI (18 carat gold)’, 2017. Photo by Anthony Hodgkinson

Featured artists;

Featured artists;

Blak Douglas
Amy Hammond
Megan Hanson
Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran
Margaret Panunga *
Ada Bird Petyarre *
Gloria Petyarre *
Jeannie Petyarre *
Lucy Pwerle
Monica Rani Rudhar
Marcia Swaby
Abdullah M.I Syed
Hiromi Tango
Tom Yousif

*Including selected Utopia silk batiks from the Helen Eager and Christopher Hodges Collection gifted to Tamworth Regional Gallery through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program 2018.


PUBLIC PROGRAMS

WESTERN SYDNEY UNIVERSITY RESEARCH CREATION SHOWCASE

Presented by the School of Humanities and Communication Arts at Western Sydney University in association with Casula Powerhouse.

Headlining this year’s event is 2022 Archibald Prize winner Blak Douglas. A graduate of Western Sydney University’s Design program, Blak Douglas will talk about his creative practice and his journey as one of Australia’s most important artists. He’ll also participate in interactive activities across the day.

Date: Thursday 3 November 9.30am - 10pm.

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HOLDING MEMORIES IN CLAY

Join artist Monica Rani Rudhar and create beautiful terracotta ceramics pieces. Participants will find inspiration in Monica’s art works that are included in the exhibition Looking at Gold.

The adult workshop will span over two Sundays; in the first 4-hour class you will hand build ceramic artworks that takes inspiration from your history and family heirlooms. Monica will introduce you to different techniques and guide you through some of the different hand building processes, while you recreate or survey your own family heirloom/s. Depending on size, you will be able to finish 2-3 pieces during the class.

Suitable for Adults 16+
Dates: Sunday 27 November 1 - 5pm and Sunday 4 Dec 1 - 3pm
$90 for the two sessions
All materials included