T.ARTS Gallery will open its first guest exhibition for 2019 this Friday.
Walking Back From Cowriga Creek, by Tim Kelly, is described as a thoughtful survey of place prior to European ownership which dispossessed the Wiradyuri people from their land.
Kelly, a resident of Millthorpe, has used printmaking, collage and artist books to express through abstract imagery a sense of how the land looked prior to colonial ownership.
“T.arts is looking forward to showcasing an exhibition that invites the viewer to consider what might have been, and try and see a way forward with the realisation that recognition is a start,” T.arts director Heather Dunn said.
An interesting insight into Kelly's work is the research he undertook revealing that an ex-convict, Charles Booth, was granted land on the creek in 1835, and this was the first transfer of Wiradyuri land to a settler.
“We love to see our friends and colleagues at our openings. It's such a lovely chance to not only appreciate Tim’s work, but to meet and catch up with people,” Ms Dunn said.
"So please join the T.arts members for the opening on Friday starting from 6pm, with drinks and nibbles and Ada Clark opening the exhibition."
T.arts, at 80 George Street, is an artist-run gallery that seeks to encourage and support regional artists in the Central West.
There will be closed roads around the gallery due to the Bathurst Cycling Classic, so those attending the opening are advised to park in the RSL car park.
T.arts is open six days a week: 10am to 5pm Monday to Friday and 10am to 2pm on Saturday.
Walking Back From Cowriga Creek will run though to March 29.