Artists bring back inspiration from the battlefields

HAUNTING: Arras Tunnel Bluff, 2018. Acrylic on canvas. Courtesy Watters Gallery, Sydney.
HAUNTING: Arras Tunnel Bluff, 2018. Acrylic on canvas. Courtesy Watters Gallery, Sydney.

During World War 1 more than 60,000 Australian soldiers lost their lives on the Western Front in Europe.

In 2017, 12 leading Australian artists visited those battlefields a century after the conflict.

Salient: Contemporary Artists at the Western Front – a touring exhibition by New England Regional Art Museum - brings together the works they created in response to the history and present-day reality of these sites in series of artworks that include paintings, drawings, photography and sculpture.

The exhibiting artists include Wendy Sharpe, Harrie Fasher, Euan Macleod, Steve Lopes, Amanda Penrose Hart, Ian Marr, Deirdre Bean, Ross Laurie, Michelle Hiscock, Luke Scibberas, Paul Ferman and Idris Murphy.

Join some of them at 5pm on Friday as they discuss the exhibition and their experiences.

Their talk will be followed by the official opening of the show at BRAG at 6pm.

Untitled #1 2008, Terry Burrows. Acrylic on canvas, 3 panels, 145x300cm.

Untitled #1 2008, Terry Burrows. Acrylic on canvas, 3 panels, 145x300cm.

Out of India

ALSO new to the gallery this week will be Objectivity: Terry Burrows, covering more than 10 years of the artist’s practice, including a room devoted to projects completed as a result of residencies in India.

Primarily, Terry Burrows creates medium to large-scale, minimal palette-paintings that work between the abstract and the figurative. The “morphic” shapes, whether sculptural or linear, are a major motif of his work.

Burrows’ practice also encompasses drawing, photography, and video, all of which will be represented in Objectivity.

Join Terry Burrows in the gallery for a free floor-talk as he discusses his exhibition and art practice on Saturday, August 11 at 11am.

Please RSVP to this event on 6333 6555.

Inspiring work

STAGE 5 (Year 10) and Stage 6 (Preliminary) Visual Arts students and their teachers are invited to the VADEA Inspire Student Forum with two contemporary Australian artists from the Salient: Contemporary Artists at the Western Front exhibition.

Artists Amanda Penrose-Hart and Harrie Fasher will contemplate how contemporary art can connect a particular moment in history and the present day.

The forum from 1.30pm-3.30pm on Tuesday, August 14 will provide a learning opportunity for visual arts students and teachers within the Central West, providing students with insights into contemporary artmaking practice and the development of a body of work.

Tickets are $5 at www.facebook.com/events/678735399137668/ or phone BRAG on 6333 6555.

Find more local and regional arts events at artsoutwest.org.au.