VOLUME 6 NO 1 Next in the Gallery 2012 Calleen Art Award and Central West Regional Artists Award T 22 April to 2 June 2012
he Calleen Art Award and Central West Regional Artists Award foster and encourage originality, creativity and excellence in the visual arts. The Calleen Art Award was established in Cowra in 1977 as an acquisitive art award through a gift by
Mrs Patricia Fagan OAM. During the past 35 years the award has developed into a significant acquisitive art prize for painting, now worth $16,000, through the generous support of the Calleen Trust and Trustees Jenni and Peter Fagan. The Central West Regional Artists Award is a non acquisitive award for painting and drawing, established in 2009 by the Cowra Regional Art Gallery with prize money of $2,000 made possible by the generous support of patron David Henley. The award is open to artists living and working in the Central West
Region of NSW as defined by the local government areas of Bathurst, Blayney, Cabonne, Cowra, Forbes, Lachlan, Lithgow, Mudgee/Gulgong, Oberon, Orange, Parkes, Weddin and Wellington. There is also a People’s Choice Award of $500 made possible by the support of the Friends of the Gallery.
The late Patricia Fagan OAM
The late Patricia Fagan in 1977 at the Openin g of th e Festival Exhibition.
This year the Gallery received 228 entries by artists from across
Australia and 60 works have been selected for exhibition, including 20 works by finalists eligible for the Central West Regional Artists Award.
The awards judge for 2012 is Jason Smith, Director/CEO Heide Museum of Modern
Art (Victoria). Prior to his current position Jason Smith was Director of Monash Gallery of Art (Victoria) and between 1997 and 2007 he was Curator of Contemporary Art at the National Gallery of Victoria where he worked closely with many leading Australian and international contemporary artists. The exhibition of 60 finalists works will open at the Gallery on Saturday 21 April
Special Exhibition SHELL-SHOCKED: Australia after Armistice 10 June to 22 July
“Grieving and remembrance World War I left behind a vast legacy of sorrow that was felt for generations. The loss of 60,000 Australians meant that scarcely a family in Australia was left untouched. Yet for many, the sadness was deferred or unresolved. The lack of details about the fate of more than 23,000 missing soldiers delayed the grief for their families.
Even into the 1920s, many clung to the slim hope that perhaps a mistake had been made and their son, brother or husband might still be alive and unable to find his way home. Communities in nearly every Australian city and town erected memorials to honour their war dead. Rolls of
honour listing those who served and died were erected in schools and halls. Some communities built memorial drives or avenues of honour.”
This excerpt demonstrates the value of this touring exhibition developed in 2009 by the National Archives of Australia
with the support of the department of Veteran’s Affairs and Visions of Australia, and an Australian Government program supporting touring exhibitions by providing funding assistance for the development and touring of Australian cultural material across Australia.
The above was drawn from the National Archives of Australia webpage. Cowra Regional Art Gallery Summer Workshops D
uring the summer holidays the Gallery conducted a number of workshops for children in the Multi Purpose room adjacent to the gallery. Tutors Inel Date and Catherine Hale presented interesting art projects, while Ken Hutchinson had his charges creating recycled art works. The children in two different age groups, had fun while being creative.
2012 Awards Judge Jason Smith,
Director/CEO Heide Museum of Modern Art (Victoria)
commencing at 6.30 pm to 8pm. Cr Bill West, Mayor, Cowra Shire Council will officially open the exhibition followed by the announcement of the winners by the awards judge Jason Smith.
Catherine Hale with some of her ‘collage picture makers’
Ken Hutchinson with one of the ‘model making’ groups
Lauren Thomas adding the finishing touches
Inel Date with group of enthusiastic chair decorators
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