current Exhibitions

The Extractive Frontier: Mining for Art at Castlemaine Market Building

18-Mar-2017 - 26-Mar-2017
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Colonial history can be viewed as a series of frontier encounters based around extractive economies. How are these economies – social, commercial, creative and political – reflected in art? This exhibition of new and existing works explores both the artistic heritage and contemporary manifestations of the act of ‘digging’ in former and current mining towns. What is found and what is lost in the process of excavation? Taking mining as a metaphor, the artists represented in this exhibition (from places as geographically and culturally diverse across Australia and beyond as Yirrkala, Northern Territory, Castlemaine, Victoria, and New Guinea) explore multiple themes implicit in the act of mineral exploration and exploitation: scarring, layering, excavating, prospecting, exchange, power, custody, resources, home, land, destruction and renewal. 

The Extractive Frontier: Mining for Art is staged over three sites: Castlemaine Art Museum, Lot 19 and Castlemaine Market Building. 

Full program can be viewed on the Castlemaine State Festival website

Image: Miriam Charlie, Mining Keep Out, 2013, Digital photo, 40 x 59.5 cm. 

The Extractive Frontier: Mining for Art at Castlemaine Art Museum

18-Mar-2017 - 26-Mar-2017
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Colonial history can be viewed as a series of frontier encounters based around extractive economies. How are these economies – social, commercial, creative and political – reflected in art? This exhibition of new and existing works explores both the artistic heritage and contemporary manifestations of the act of ‘digging’ in former and current mining towns. What is found and what is lost in the process of excavation? Taking mining as a metaphor, the artists represented in this exhibition (from places as geographically and culturally diverse across Australia and beyond as Yirrkala, Northern Territory, Castlemaine, Victoria, and New Guinea) explore multiple themes implicit in the act of mineral exploration and exploitation: scarring, layering, excavating, prospecting, exchange, power, custody, resources, home, land, destruction and renewal. 

The Extractive Frontier: Mining for Art is staged over three sites: Castlemaine Art Museum, Lot 19 and Castlemaine Market Building. 

Castlemaine Art Museum days and hours of opening can be viewed here

Full program can be viewed on the Castlemaine State Festival website

Image: Shirley Macnamara and Nathaniel Macnamara, Cu, Hand coiled copper wire and raw copper, 22 x 25 cm. 

YARITJI YOUNG: WALYTJAPITIKU LAINA - FAMILY LINES 2017

07-Mar-2017 - 25-Mar-2017
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Alcaston Gallery is thrilled to present the first solo exhibition of the exciting emerging artist Yaritji Young Walytjapitiku Laina - Family Lines, which displays the artist’s bold new painting direction with winding serpentine compositions, drawing elements and saturated opulent palette.

Yaritji Young comes from Amata (APY Lands of South Australia) and is the eldest daughter of artists Mick Wiilyiri and Paniny Mick. She is the kangkaru pulka (big sister) for the five Ken sisters: Tjungkara Ken, Maringka Tunkin, Freda Brady and Sandra Ken, who work collaboratively with Yaritji on family canvases to great acclaim, recently winning the prestigious 2016 Wynne prize for landscape painting at the Art Gallery of New South Wales with their large scale collaborative painting Seven Sisters.

In 2016 Yaritji Young was a finalist in the Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Awards at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin, the shortlisted work Tjala Tjukurpa (Honey Ant Story) was acquired by the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne.

Walytjapitiku Laina – Family Lines will coincide with an exhibition of new works on paper by her parents Mick Wikilyiri and Paniny Mick.  

Image: Yaritji Young, Tjala Tjukurpa - Honey Ant Story, 2016 (AK20521), synthetic polymer paint on linen, 196 x 196 cm.  

© The artist, Tjala Arts and Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne  

MICK WIKILYIRI AND PANINY MICK 2017

07-Mar-2017 - 25-Mar-2016
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Alcaston Gallery is delighted to present new works on paper by esteemed artists Mick Wikilyiri and Paniny Mick from the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunyjatjara (APY) Lands.  Walytjapitiku Laina - Family Lines - Works on paper is a very special collection of visually engaging compositions on paper that offer both a practical and magical representation of country, spirituality and a rich history of ancient oral story telling spanning generations.

In this exhibition, Mick Wikilyiri presents new paintings on paper alongside a body of work created by his wife and artist Paniny Mick. The fluid application of paint on paper, with stains of pigment and bold mark making create a unique visual language striking in its intensity.  

Image: Mick Wikilyiri, Tjala Tjukurpa - Honey Ant Story, 2016 (AK20534), Synthetic polymer paint on paper, 140 x 153 cm. 

© The artists, Tjala Arts and Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne 

SHIRLEY MACNAMARA: MAARDI BUTALA 2017

14-Mar-2017 - 25-Mar-2017
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Alcaston Gallery is delighted to present the third solo exhibition by acclaimed artist Shirley Macnamara. Maardi Butala, meaning 'together for a long time'. 

"Most of the material I find while mustering. On a horse is a good vantage point to see many things, take note of where it is and go back later to get it or them -  be it bones, feathers, seeds, wax, whatever.

 All of these things have coexisted for a long time and for me it’s a gathering, collecting need that never goes away. " - Shirley Macnamara, March 2017

Macnamara produces woven sculptural objects utilising materials predominantly sourced from her property and traditional country Camooweal in north-west Queensland. Her time-consuming, considered and process-based practice reveals sophisticated multi-layered meanings that draw upon issues of environment, history, politics, culture, family and deeply personal emotions. Shirley Macnamara is an artist of great insight, creating poetic objects of immense beauty and poignancy. 

A multiple award finalist and regular institutional exhibitor, Macnamara's work is found in several major collections including the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane and the Cairns Regional Gallery, Cairns, Queensland.

Image: Shirley Macnamara, Well of Remembering, 2016, Spinifex, bullock bone cross, emu feathers and fixative, 28 x 26 x 20 cm. 

© Shirley Macnamara and Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne 2017

Shirley Macnamara has received financial assistance from the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland’s Backing Indigenous Arts initiative.

 

 

The Extractive Frontier: Mining for Art at Lot 19

18-Mar-2017 - 26-Mar-2017
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Colonial history can be viewed as a series of frontier encounters based around extractive economies. How are these economies – social, commercial, creative and political – reflected in art? This exhibition of new and existing works explores both the artistic heritage and contemporary manifestations of the act of ‘digging’ in former and current mining towns. What is found and what is lost in the process of excavation? Taking mining as a metaphor, the artists represented in this exhibition (from places as geographically and culturally diverse across Australia and beyond as Yirrkala, Northern Territory, Castlemaine, Victoria, and New Guinea) explore multiple themes implicit in the act of mineral exploration and exploitation: scarring, layering, excavating, prospecting, exchange, power, custody, resources, home, land, destruction and renewal. 

The Extractive Frontier: Mining for Art is staged over three sites: Castlemaine Art Museum, Lot 19 and Castlemaine Market Building. 

Full program can be viewed on the Castlemaine State Festival website

Image: Judy Holding, Sentinel of the Goldfields, 2017, watercolour on paper, 51 x 135 cm paper size. Framed. 

NEWS & EVENTS

OPENING NIGHT - SHIRLEY MACNAMARA

SHIRLEY MACNAMARA
Maardi Butala
14 - 25 March 2017

Shirley Macnamara joined Alcaston Gallery for her third solo exhibition  Maardi Butala, meaning 'together for a long time'.

New works…

GREG SEMU: HONOLULU BIENNIAL 2017

 

Honolulu Biennial 2017: Middle of Now | Here
7  March – 8 May 2017
Honolulu, Hawaii, USA 

Greg Semu has been selected to exhibit in the inaugural Honolulu…

Angela Tiatia - Finalist Paramor Prize: Art + Innovation 2017

Alcaston Gallery is thrilled to announce Angela Tiatia is a finalist in the 2017 Paramor Prize: Art + Innovation. 

 

 

Angela Tiatia - Winner of the FBi SMAC Best Artist Award

Congratulations to Angela Tiatia on winning the Best Artist category in the FBi SMAC Awards 2016, announced at the Awards Ceremony, Carriageworks, Sydney on Tuesday 17th January. 

The 2016 FBi…

International Education Services Exhibition Opening

Alcaston Gallery is delighted that our Queensland artists Naomi Hobson and Claudia Moodoonuthi have been acquired by the wonderful International Education Services Indigenous Art Collection, Brisbane and currently feature in…

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