THREE new exhibitions will open at Bathurst Regional Art Gallery on Friday, December 6.
The new exhibitions are Void, HOME: Gunhigal Nguambang Wiradyuri Mayiny (Plains Country Wiradyuri People), and Louise Kerr: Canis Lupus familiaris, as well as an exclusive interactive artwork Backyard Bila.
Void brings together contemporary Aboriginal artistic practice from across the country.
Curated by Emily McDaniel, the exhibition features existing works across the mediums of drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics, textiles, video and photography by artists including Pepai Jangala Carroll, Jonathan Jones, Mabel Juli, John Mawurndjul, Hayley Millar-Baker, Mick Namarari Tjaltjarri, Rusty Peters, Doreen Reid Nakamarra, Andy Snelgar, Thancoupie, Freddie Timms, James Tylor, Jennifer Wurrkidj, and Josephine Wurrkidj.
HOME: Gunhigal Nguambang Wiradyuri Mayiny (Plains Country Wiradyuri People) is an exhibition of works by students from nine public schools in the Central Tablelands region who participated in the Home Program.
The Home Program is a series of workshops, virtual excursions and embedded framework in schools looking at contemporary Aboriginal art, language and culture.
The students studied and created artworks inspired by five contemporary Aboriginal artists and collectives: Badger Bates, Euraba Artists and Papermakers, Lorraine Connelly-Northey, Jonathan Jones, and Reko Rennie.
Backyard Bila is an interactive digital projection work designed by Joel Tonks in collaboration with the Bathurst Wiradyuri and Aboriginal Community Elders Group.
Audiences of all ages can decorate their own design of local fish, yabby or platypus and watch it come to life.
A soundscape exploring the Wiradyuri connection to Wambuul dreaming stories and Wiradyuri country will be playing in the space.
And in Louise Kerr: Canis Lupus familiaris, Blue Mountain-based sculptor Louise Kerr playfully explores the ancient relationship between humans and dogs, a bond that can be traced back thousands of years, most notably with the discovery in 1914 of the Bonn-Oberkassel dog buried alongside two humans.
Drawing inspiration from Papua New Guinean and African sculpture, Kerr uses the coil-basket technique to create three-dimensional dogs that are painted and enhanced with very fine twine and clay. The resulting idiosyncratic creatures impart her personal perspective within the rich history of our relationship with dogs, both domestic and wild.
The exhibitions will be officially opened 6pm on Friday by Museums & Galleries of NSW Aboriginal programs manager Steve Miller.
At 5pm, before the opening, there will will be a curator and artist panel discussion on European contemporary art featuringVoid curator Emily McDaniel, Void artist Jonathan Jones, UTS gallery curator Stella McDonald, M&G NSW gallery programs and touring exhibitions manager Rachel Arndt and BRAG director Sarah Gurich.
The exhibitions continue until Sunday, February 2.