Off to a flying start!

Our year has got off to great start, I can’t believe it is March!  On 14 February we opened our first shows for 2014, by Graham Miller and Mark Datodi.  Graham’s exhibition of photographs feature an area in the Blue Mountains around and in the town of Katoomba. He is fascinated by the concept of people literally living on the edge, in this case, on the edge of an escarpment surrounded by a world heritage listed wilderness.  This is a terrific exhibition of photographs that capture the ‘visual poetics of place and explore the communion of people with the landscape.’

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Mark Datodi‘s exhibition of new work explores ideas relating to our urban sprawl and the loss of our native bushlands.  Most artworks are wall mounted sculptures in wood, apart from a series in copper.  This is Mark’s first exhibition in eight years and should not be missed; three public collections agree with me and have purchased artworks:  King Edward Memorial Hospital, Edith Cowan University and Murdoch University.

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The Yok & Sheryo are our first artists in residence for 2014.  They have arrived in Perth and are settling into their residency accommodation and studio at the Central Institute of Technology today.  Their residency also forms an important part of PUBLIC, the street art festival being organised by FORM on 11-14 April this year. Keep an eye on our car park walls for a new piece of street art by this talented duo.  Their exhibition opens in the gallery on 21 March at 6pm.

We will also be celebrating PUBLIC by having the front of our gallery repainted by Trevor Richards!  Pictures will be uploaded in coming weeks.

In other news, the Art Gallery of WA has recently purchased a large painting by Cathy Blanchflower from us.  It is currently hanging in their IMPACT exhibition, along with a work by Paul Caporn they acquired from us in 2010.

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