New exhibitions at the University Gallery
The University Gallery has two wonderful new exhibitions, with a double opening on Thursday 10 October at 5.30pm.
Accessible Arctic: 80 years of photography from Canadian Geographic
Proudly presented by the High Commission of Canada, Canberra in association with the University Gallery, University of Newcastle.
The wealth of images of the Arctic that Canadian Geographic accumulated since 1930 and the extensive work of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society and The Canadian Museum of Nature in this region are clear reflections of how the North has always been at the very heart of Canadian identity.
The Accessible Arctic brings the beauty of the North close to us as it speaks of its past, present and future. These quintessential images of nature and life in the arctic also remind us of the vast treasure that we hold in trust for future generations.
Kennan Ward/First Light "Arctic Icon" 2005, Chirchill, Manitoba
Geography: Responses to Landscape
Featuring staff from the University's School of Creative Arts: Nicole Chaffey, David Middlebrook, Annemarie Murland and Una Rey.
David Middlebrook "Golden Field" 2013, oil on linen
The Australian landscape is an elemental experience. We exist between ancient stone and atmosphere that hums and sparks with history beyond the recollection of mankind. The ancient cultures of the first people tell stories of creation and upending change while newer interpretations explore what it means to make a home of such wild and capricious environs.
Landscape is dynamic, ever changing, and we are thrust along with it, compelled at every juncture to confirm our place within it. Visual exploration starts with ancient storytelling, while Arcadian post-colonial interpretations evolved as artists began to know their surroundings. This knowing opens the discourse and allows other investigations to begin.
It is these investigations that unite the four painters of Geography. All are faculty members of the University's School of Creative Arts, and the individual practices of each expound the ideas of surface and space. The Australian environment does not reveal its secrets readily, and in responding to it, these painters do not necessarily seek to expose it.
Light, that which is particularly unique to our part of the world, provides a passage to experiential immersion. David Middlebrook and Nicole Chaffey seek sky and atmosphere that shifts and shimmers.
Annemarie Murland and Una Rey traverse the tactility of surface. Light here too, plays its role; interplays of reflection are lithe and percussive, shadows deeply and restfully quiescent.
The University Gallery
Accessible Arctic and Geography exhibition dates: 2 - 19 October
Combined opening on Thursday 10 October at 5.30pm
Gallery Hours are Wed-Fri 10am-5pm and Sat 12-4pm
Entry is free - all welcome