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BLUE MOUNTAINS CULTURAL CENTRE

ISSUE 19


BLUE MOUNTAINS CULTURAL CENTRE

Exhibitions and Building Technician Mark Surtees Front of House Connie Moran Kellie Mar Nina Waters Kate Phillips Patron Services Officer Kellie Mar Café Coordinator Sharon Holstein

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OPENING HOURS 10AM – 5PM MONDAY – FRIDAY 10AM – 4PM SATURDAY & SUNDAY 10AM – 2PM PUBLIC HOLIDAYS

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ADMISSION Joint ticket admission for entry to both the World Heritage Exhibition and Blue Mountains City Art Gallery:

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Exhibitions Manager Sabrina Roesner

Café Staff Sheena, Jennifer, Kelly, Claire, James, Martin, Vanessa, Ruby

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Cultural Centre Shop The Blue Mountains Cultural Centre Shop showcases an extensive range of local and Australian made products. Our range of unique and creative gifts, homewares, stationery, books and children’s toys are carefully selected to complement gallery exhibitions and the Blue Mountains region.

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For more information about locally produced items, please ask one of our friendly retail staff members. InSight Members receive a 10% discount on items in the Shop and invitations to exclusive member sales throughout the year. PHOTO: Connie Moran

OPENING HOURS 10AM – 5PM MONDAY – FRIDAY 10AM – 4PM SATURDAY & SUNDAY


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FROM THE DIRECTOR

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INSIGHT NEWS

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WORLD HERITAGE EXHIBITION

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BLUE MOUNTAINS CITY ART GALLERY EXHIBITION GUIDE

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PLAYBACK: DOBELL AUSTRALIAN DRAWING BIENNIAL COMES TO BLUE MOUNTAINS CITY ART GALLERY

Printing: Springwood Printing

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COMMUNITY EVENTS

Front cover: ALIA GRINVALDS (Korowal School) Vignettes 2018, photomedia. Image courtesy ARTEXPRESS.

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THE GALLERY CAFÉ

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INSIGHT MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION

Editor: Kellie Mar InSight is proudly designed and printed in the Blue Mountains. Design: Kellie Mar (original template design by Letra design & illustration)

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FROM THE DIRECTOR February to May at the Cultural Centre sees a great diversity of local and national touring exhibitions with Australian exotica from Monash Gallery until March 3rd, the hugely popular, and now annual, Blue Mountains Portraits running through until March 10th and Playback: Dobell Australian Drawing Biennial 2018 from the Art Gallery of NSW from March 16th to May 5th. Also within this period is our annual fundraiser the Collector’s Edition, opening March 9th. Now in its’ 6th year, the Collector’s Edition is a great opportunity to purchase original artworks for your collection. I encourage you to join in this fun fundraising auction and support the Cultural Centre to build its public collection for future generations of the Blue Mountains.

I take this opportunity to thank our outgoing Advisory Committee members Anthea Hall, Tony Nesbitt and Justin Morrissey. The Advisory Committee plays an important role in supporting the management of the Cultural Centre and approving artworks for the Cultural Centre Art Collection and we greatly appreciate the time volunteered by our Committee members for these important tasks. For 2019 we welcome our new Committee Members Amy Sambrooke, Rachel Arndt and Sandra Lucock and look forward to utilising their extensive expertise to further build and support the Cultural Centre’s activities.

Paul Brinkman Director, Blue Mountains Cultural Centre


BLUE MOUNTAINS CULTURAL CENTRE - A HIVE OF ACTIVITY! In November 2018 we welcomed a few thousand new residents to the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre who quickly made themselves at home in the first of two beehives on our rooftop. Yes – we are all abuzz over bees!! The hives, located in the raingarden off our viewing platform, belong to the Blue Mountains Beekeepers (BMBK) the first club of its kind in the Mountains. The BMBK meet here every month, offering new and experienced beekeepers, as well as bee enthusiasts, a chance to get together to learn and share skills, hear from a range of guest speakers and carry out seasonal beekeeping tasks on our hives.

BUZZY BEE KIDS WORKSHOP SATURDAY 2 MARCH 1:30 - 3:30PM AGES 6 AND UP $28 | $25 INSIGHT MEMBERS Did you know that there are over 2000 species of wild bees in Australia? Learn about the diversity of native bees with scientist- artist, Amelie Vanderstock. We will explore pollinator ecology through games and creativity, including making bees with natural and recycled materials to take home! Bookings essential at reception or 4780 5410

For more information please visit www.beekeepers.asn.au/bluemountains or call our reception 4780 5410 PHOTO: Guilia Del Vento

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World Heritage Exhibition In 2000 the Greater Blue Mountains Area was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in recognition of the exceptional diversity and integrity of its eucalypt forest communities. The permanent World Heritage Exhibition: Into the Blue features high-tech interactive exhibitions exploring the natural and social landscapes of this unique area. Audiences are invited to navigate their way through these stories through an immersive exhibition experience, introducing them to the richness and wonders of the Blue Mountains World Heritage Area.

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Blue Mountains City Art Gallery Exhibition Guide AUSTRALIAN EXOTICA 19 JANUARY - 3 MARCH BLUE MOUNTAINS PORTRAITS 26 JANUARY – 10 MARCH COLLECTORS' EDITION #6 9 MARCH - 7 APRIL

PLAYBACK: DOBELL AUSTRALIAN DRAWING BIENNIAL 16 MARCH - 5 MAY SCULPTURE OTHERWISE 12 APRIL - 5 MAY

CATH BARCAN NATURE MORTE/CIVIL WORKS 11 MAY - 23 JUNE ARTEXPRESS 2019 11 MAY - 30 JUNE

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Australian exotica 19 JANUARY – 3 MARCH Australian exotica draws on Monash Gallery of Art’s nationally significant collection of Australian photographs and showcases a range of photographic work that engages with the theme of the exotic antipodes. Ever since the fifteenth century, when European cartographers began including the contour of Terra Australis Incognita (‘the unknown land of the south’) in their speculative maps of the globe, the continent of Australia has been thought of as an exotic place. For many of the artists in this exhibition, this European vision is something that needs to be subverted and critiqued. For others, the idea of living in an eccentric environment, with surreal undertones, continues to inform a distinctively Australian sense of place.


Artists include Brook Andrew, Michael Cook, Destiny Deacon, Peter Dombrovskis, Marian Drew, Leah KingSmith, Joseph McGlennon, Tracey Moffatt, Darren Siwes, Robyn Stacey and Christian Thompson. An MGA travelling exhibition

THE ART AND SCIENCE OF DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY SATURDAYS 16 FEBRUARY TO 23 MARCH 10AM – 1PM

OPPOSITE: JOSEPH MCGLENNON Florilegium #1 2014, from the series Florilegium, pigment ink-jet print, 127 x 100 cm. Monash Gallery of Art, City of Monash Collection. Courtesy of the artist and Michael Reid (Sydney).

This course, led by local photographer David Brazil, is designed to teach you how to get the most from your digital camera, helping you develop both the skills and creative vision necessary to produce better images. Week by week key areas will be explored including: camera craft, understanding

photographic equipment and techniques, image processing and editing and printing. This course is for anyone with an interest in digital photography with basic computer skills and access to a DSLR, laptop and tripod. $220 | $210 InSight Members. Bookings essential at reception or 4780 5410. ABOVE: Digital photograph by David Brazil. Image courtesy the artist.

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Blue Mountains Portraits 26 JANUARY - 10 MARCH Blue Mountains City Art Gallery is celebrating the Blue Mountains community with a major portrait exhibition of local personalities and community members. Over forty artworks in a broad range of styles and media such as painting, photography, drawing, collage and mixed media will be exhibited together with a selection of local students’ work. Exhibiting artists are: Abigail Peralta, Adam Knott, Alison Rice, Andrew Merry, Anna Di Mezza, Anne BlairHickman, Anne Crestani, Anne Smith, Ben Tankard, Ben Pearse, Brigitte Grant, Camille Walsh, Cate Dudley, Charlotte Ebbings, Christian Mortensen, Damian Castaldi, David Brazil, Di Clark, Faye Wilson, Fi Kanera, Gerlinde Thomas,

Greame Wienand, Jeanette Starr, Jennifer Gabbay, Judith Martinez & Craig Billingham, Julian Wrigley, Julie Paterson, Kara Cooper, Kayo Yokoyama, Kunchok Gyaltsen, Leahy & Watson, Lilianne Ivins, Lynn Godfree, Margaret Ellen Burns, Marlene Jones, Marty Walker, Mathew Lynn, Nicole Toms, Peter Adams, Rachel Hannan, Reyna Fellows, Robert Malherbe, Robin Martin, Ron Salz, Samuel Quinteros, Sean O'Keeffe, Sophie Haythornthwaite, Stella Pretty, Stephanie Simcox, Stephen McFarlane, Tim Newman, Tony Grant, Trish Davies, Victor Peralta, Warren Hinder, Wendy Tsai and students from Katoomba High School, Blaxland High School, Blue Mountains Grammar School, Kindle Hill School and Springwood High School.

A Blue Mountains City Art Gallery exhibition IMAGE: LEAHY & WATSON Neil Duncan 2018, archival print on Hahnemuehle photo rag, 67 x 86 cm

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KATOOMBA GALLERY TRAIL FRIDAY 1 MARCH 10AM – 2PM Join us at the Cultural Centre for morning tea and entry into Blue Mountains Portraits before embarking on a stroll up Katoomba Street to visit a series of seminal local art spaces such as Platform Gallery, Gallery ONE88 and Rex-Livingstone Art + Objects. Hear directly from gallery owners, curators and artists that are featured in the exhibition and be inspired by the gallery’s important role in the community, supporting and celebrating artists from the Blue Mountains. $20 | $15 InSight members. Includes morning tea and entry into Blue Mountains Portraits. Bookings essential at reception or 4780 5410.

4 WEEK PORTRAIT PAINTING COURSE WEDNESDAYS 6 - 27 FEBRUARY 10AM – 1PM Join prize winning artist Marie Mansfield for a 4 week foray into portrait painting. Students will be taken through a series of exercises, gaining practical experience on how to paint the features of the face by observing proportion, tone, light and form. Students will learn how to achieve a sense of reality and dimension in their portraits and have the opportunity to work both from a life model and photographs. Marie will guide students through mixing colours in their preferred medium whether it be oils, acrylic or water colour. Basic materials included. A recommended extra materials list will be provided on booking. $190 | $180 InSight Members. Bookings essential at reception or 4780 5410.

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ABOVE: MARIE MANSFIELD Mertim, year unknown, oil on board, 40 x 30cm.


Collectors' Edition #6 9 MARCH - 7 APRIL Now in its sixth year, this fundraiser exhibition supports the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre’s Collection Acquisition Fund. Over 80 original artworks by prominent artists will be for sale through silent auction. Take this opportunity to start your own collection while supporting the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre. A Blue Mountains City Art Gallery exhibition

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Dobell Australian Drawing Biennial 2018 16 MARCH - 5 MAY Continuing the legacy of the Dobell Prize for Drawing and supported by the Sir William Dobell Art Foundation, this exhibition presents new work by eight contemporary Australian artists who are exploring history through crossovers between drawing and the moving image. In Playback works by Vernon Ah Kee, Sharon Goodwin, Laura Hindmarsh, Locust Jones, Dorota Mytych, Jason Phu, Lucienne Rickard and Nick Strike respond to images found in art history, archives, newspapers, cinema and online. An Art Gallery of New South Wales touring exhibition

This exhibition is supported by the Sir William Dobell Art Foundation

DYNAMIC DRAWING STUDIO WITH LOCUST JONES FOR SENIOR VISUAL ARTS STUDENTS FRIDAY 8 MARCH 10AM - 2PM Local artist Locust Jones leads this intensive studio session for senior students in visual arts, offering a practical insight into his dynamic drawing practice and engaging students in the creation of a collaborative, large scale drawing. The drawing will be displayed in the Cultural Centre Foyer to mark the opening of the Dobell Drawing Biennial 2019.

FLOOR TALK - PLAYBACK: DOBELL AUSTRALIAN DRAWING BIENNIAL 2018 SATURDAY 16 MARCH 11AM FREE WITH GALLERY ADMISSION TICKET Curator Matt Cox (Art Gallery of NSW) leads this floor talk with local artists Locust Jones and Nick Strike, discussing how their expanded drawing practice reanimates images from the past. Book at reception or on 4780 5410.

Limited places offered via application. For more information contact our Public Programs Coordinator Katrina Noorbergen at knoorbergen@bmcc.nsw.gov.au $80 per student. Includes all materials. OPPOSITE: LOCUST JONES The end of the beginning, New Year’s Eve to April fools 2018 (detail). Ink, pencil, ArtGraf on 300 gsm Saunders Waterford paper, 308 x 1000 cm Art Gallery of New South Wales The Gil and Shay Docking Drawing Fund and the Dobell Biennial Acquisition Fund 2018 © Locust Jones Photo: Mim Stirling. AGNSW

ABOVE: Locust Jones guided tour Photo: Mia Eve Carey


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Sculpture Otherwise 12 APRIL - 5 MAY Sculpture Otherwise is an exhibition of small sculpture by the exhibiting artists participating in Sculpture at Scenic World in 2019. The indoor exhibition provides a fantastic opportunity for collectors and the public to purchase works by emerging, mid-career and established Australian and international artists from the 2019 Sculpture at Scenic World exhibition. A Sculpture at Scenic World exhibition.

SCULPTURE OTHERWISE CURATOR TALK & ARTIST MINGLE SATURDAY 13 APRIL 1PM FREE WITH GALLERY ADMISSION TICKET Justin Morrissey, Exhibition Manager and Curator of Sculpture at Scenic World, explores the smaller works created by the artists represented in this year’s exhibition. Come and meet some of the artists involved and enjoy a free performance in the gallery to launch another year of Sculpture Otherwise. RSVP appreciated at reception or 4780 5410.

NATURE DRAWN WITH ARTIST JODY GRAHAM 2 PART WORKSHOP SATURDAY 27 APRIL & SATURDAY 4 MAY 10AM - 2PM Nature Drawn explores and expands on the creative potential the natural world provides. Participants in this workshop will be assisted in learning how to construct their own drawing and painting tools and experience the pleasure of using these implements with ink, mud and sap on paper. After the workshop is finished participants will have a selection of mixed media works and drawing tool keepsakes to take home and make their own unique, expressive marks. $130 | $120 for InSight Members. Materials included. Bookings essential at reception or 4780 5410.

LEFT: Sculpture Otherwise 2018 installation view. Photo by Silversalt

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Cath Barcan

Nature morte/ Civil works 11 MAY - 23 JUNE Nature morte/Civil works explores the seductive and confounding use of plastic and its ubiquitous role in our daily life. Blue Mountains artist Cath Barcan uses still life and landscape photography to highlight the use of plastic packaging in food and its presence in the landscape. Barcan references still life painters of the Dutch Golden Age who created images that grappled with issues of mortality, permanence and death. Her still life photographs harness this familiar visual language to present paradoxical and conflicting relationships between life, death, stillness, urgency, beauty and time. Barcan’s landscape photographs depict wrapped and enclosed road construction sites and other civil works – staged as theatrical spaces,

akin to still life sets and complete with drapery – which both reveal and conceal the complexity of what lies beneath. A Blue Mountains Cultural Centre Exposé Program exhibition

RIGHT: CATH BARCAN Still life with shopping bags II from the series ‘Still Life’ 2016, archival inkjet pigment print, 88 x 61 cm. OPPOSITE: CATH BARCAN Still life with peaches from the series ‘Still Life’ 2016, archival inkjet pigment print, 61 x 88 cm.

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PANEL DISCUSSION: CONTAINING TIME SATURDAY 18 MAY 11AM Join Exposè artist Cath Barcan and a panel including Professor Gay Hawkins (Institute for Culture and Society, University of Western Sydney), and Associate Professor Ruth Barcan (Key Researcher, Sydney Environment Institute, University of Sydney) in discussion on the still life, aesthetics, ecological impact, and temporal lives of plastic. Free with Gallery entry. RSVP appreciated at reception or 4780 5410.

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ARTEXPRESS 2019 11 MAY - 30 JUNE ARTEXPRESS brings together a selection of outstanding student artworks developed for the artmaking

ARTEXPRESS WORKSHOPS MONDAY 13 MAY TEACHER PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP 8.30AM – 4PM TUESDAY 14 MAY STUDENT ARTEXPRESS WORKSHOP 9AM – 3PM

component of the HSC examination in Visual Arts in NSW. The exhibition showcases a broad range of approaches and expressive forms,

ARTEXPRESS student workshops are an opportunity for Stage 5 and 6 Visual Arts, Design and Photography and Digital Media students to investigate the conceptual and material qualities of the Bodies of Work on display at the ARTEXPRESS exhibitions across New South Wales.

including ceramics, collection of works, documented forms, drawing, graphic design, painting, photomedia, printmaking, sculpture, textiles and fibre, and time-based forms. Blue Mountains City Art Gallery presents a selection of artworks by students from the Blue Mountains, the Central

Visit artexpress.artsunit.nsw.edu.au for bookings and more information.

West and wider NSW. These Bodies of Work provide insight into issues that are important to the young artists, such as cultural and gender identity, social media, globalisation and climate change. ARTEXPRESS is a joint venture of the NSW Department of Education and the NSW Education Standards Authority, hosted by Blue Mountains City Art Gallery.

OPPOSITE AND RIGHT: ALIA GRINVALDS (Korowal School) Vignettes 2018, photomedia. Image courtesy ARTEXPRESS.

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PLAYBACK: DOBELL AUSTRALIAN DRAWING BIENNIAL COMES TO BLUE MOUNTAINS CITY ART GALLERY 16 MARCH - 5 MAY Continuing the legacy of the Dobell Prize for Drawing this touring exhibition from the Art Gallery of NSW presents new work by eight contemporary Australian artists, two of them from the Blue Mountains, who are exploring history through crossovers between drawing and the moving image. In Playback works by Vernon Ah Kee, Sharon Goodwin, Laura Hindmarsh, Locust Jones, Dorota Mytych, Jason Phu, Lucienne Rickard and Nick Strike respond to images found in art history, archives, newspapers, cinema and online. “By reanimating images from the past, the artists selected for Playback enliven our sense of curiosity about

history but also encourage us to understand the ways in which history repeats itself. There are drawings in Playback that also invoke the moving image as they unfold and reform in a process of recycling, and in so doing, the image, rather than being recovered or restored, becomes something other” said Art Gallery of NSW curator Matt Cox. Playback showcases the most recent work in Vernon Ah Kee’s ongoing

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Unwritten series, in which his ghostly drawings of faces stand as a testament to the violence of the 2004 Palm Island riots, while Sharon Goodwin’s work breaks away from the two-dimensional realms normally associated with drawing in her recontextualising of the story of the Egyptian-born St Anthony the Great. Ingrid Bergman and Rita Hayworth are among the women populating Laura Hindmarsh’s drawings that record the artist’s online experiences


with cinematic cult-classics in which the female protagonist appears doubled or mirrored in the camera frame. Locust Jones considers our consumption of current events as he uses a bamboo nib to create a scrolling visual ticker tape of the 24-hour news cycle. Jones’ expansive drawing is a visual diary of the events and people that made the daily news, from New Year’s Eve to April Fools Day 2018. Dorota Mytych uses sand to create a mesmerising series of moving drawings in which images of constellations, cups, landscapes and famous artworks appear and disappear, while Jason Phu brings humour to the exhibition with his cheeky drawings and performance inspired by bathroom wall graffiti and Chinese folklore.

Strike recreates 24 frames from Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dalí’s surrealist film Un chien Andalou (1929) so viewers can reanimate them with a smartphone – evoking the pre-cinema technology of the flip-book where still images are made to move with thumb pressure.

LEFT: VERNON AH KEE Unwashed from the 'Unwritten' series 2017–18, charcoal, pastel, acrylic and vinyl on linen. Collection of the artist. © Vernon Ah Kee. Photo: Mim Stirling, AGNSW BELOW: NICK STRIKE Box of clouds 2017, 24 ink drawings on paper, pins, 6 pinboards (echo-panel), 16mm film manually manipulated and transferred onto single channel digital video, projection screen, colour, silent. Collection of the artist. © Nick Strike

This exhibition is supported by the Sir William Dobell Art Foundation.

Graphite drawings by Lucienne Rickard are executed on drafting film through an obsessive and laborious process, recording her memories of loved ones and the pain of loss. Nick

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Community Events

BLUE MOUNTAINS THEATRE GAMES CULTURAL CENTRE COURTYARD SUNDAYS, FORTNIGHTLY 1.30PM – 3.30PM

BLUE MOUNTAINS CULTURAL CENTRE UKULELE FRINGE FESTIVAL SATURDAY FEBRUARY 9 FREE EVENT Get swept up in a sea of strumming Ukuleles for the Tenth Annual Blue Mountains Ukulele Festival. Experience a selection of obscure, edgy and unusual performances and workshops at the Cultural Centre all day. PERFORMANCES Cultural Centre Courtyard 10.30am – 3pm Banjchees, U-klectics, Highly Strung, The Downbeats, Nell's Belles, Wattas, Charles and Yolanda, Chatham City, The Verandah Band

WORKSHOP PROGRAM 9:30 - Busking – (Cultural Centre Forecourt) Dennis Aubrey 10:30 - Beginners and Improvers – (Ukulele John) John Chandler 11:30 – Intermediate Ukulele – Tom Richter - Key to the Highway, Road Testing the Eight Bar Blues. 12:30 - Intermediate Ukulele – Richard Gideon – Are you having fun yet? 1:30 - Improvers Workshop – Paul Jonson 2:30 – Singing – Khristina Joy – Learn to sing harmonies - the easy way

Come and have some fun in the Cultural Centre courtyard with Blue Mountains Theatre Games. All you need is an open mind, a positive attitude and a desire to recapture the fun of play and imagination. No acting experience is required! Gatherings occur fortnightly on Sunday’s. To RSVP for the next gathering register here: www.meetup. com/Theatre-Games-in-the-BlueMountains/ This is a group for adults ages 18 and up. Participation is by gold coin donation


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SILVER JEWELLERY MAKING: A PENDANT IN A DAY

INSPIRED BY ART WITH CLARE DELANEY

SATURDAY FEBRUARY 2 10AM – 3:30PM

TERM 1 - TUESDAYS 26 FEB - 26 MARCH 10:30AM – 12:30PM

This one day workshop is a great opportunity to create a silver pendant for yourself or a loved one just in time for Valentine's Day! You will learn and practice various techniques including piercing, drilling, texturing, forming, filing and finishing under the guidance of local silversmith Jane Tadrist. You can test out your new skills on copper prior to making your own unique silver pendant. No previous experience is required. All materials including copper, sterling silver, consumables and access to specialist tools are included. $160 | $150 InSight Members Includes all materials.

Inspired by Art is an inclusive, accessible visual arts class open to people of all abilities. Each term students explore a new suite of exhibitions at the Blue Mountains City Art Gallery and engage in a series of mixed media art workshops inspired by their visit. Students will learn and build upon new skills to create their own expressive artworks. These workshops are designed to encourage an open mind and collaborative spirit. Students should have an attention span of 2hrs. $80 | $70 InSight Members Includes all materials. Bookings essential at reception or 4780 5410.

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THE CRAFT OF IMAGING - 6 WEEK DRAWING COURSE WEDNESDAYS 20 MARCH - 24 APRIL 11AM – 2PM Get back to basics during this 6 week drawing course with artist Shadee Selim. Students will be provided with a structured week by week introduction to the technical skills of drawing using a wide range of media and methods, learning how to effectively capture their observations and work towards developing a unique individual style of expression.

This course is suitable for anyone interested in developing new skills or refining existing ones in their drawing practice. $190 | $180 InSight Members Recommended materials list provided on booking. Bookings essential at reception or 4780 5410. LEFT: Inspired by Art with Clare Delaney ABOVE: SHADEE SELIM Kempley7, year unknown, mixed media drawing


THE ART OF CHINESE CALLIGRAPHY WITH XUEYI BAI TUESDAYS 30 APRIL - 18 JUNE 1PM - 2:30PM The ancient art of Chinese calligraphy is said to be like meditation; quieting the heart and calming the mind by moving its qi or energy in rhythm with the movement of the brush. This 7 week course is suitable for students of all levels. Learn to control a soft brush on rice paper, and use it to form bold yet delicate strokes that create harmonious and elegant Chinese characters. At the end of the course, you will have meaningful works of your own to take home and the technique and appreciation to make calligraphy an everyday skill.

LANDSCAPE PAINTING WITH ARTIST TIM ALLEN 9 WEEK COURSE WEDNESDAYS 1 MAY - 26 JUNE 10:30AM – 1PM

Bookings essential at reception or 4780 5410.

This course will cover the many varied creative and technical approaches to the landscape painting tradition. Students will be able to work plein air (taking in the spectacular views from the Cultural Centre) as well as from sketches, photos, memory and imagination in order to explore colour, mark making and composition. Alongside the many techniques and approaches to the genre, Tim will discuss his own work and that of other historical and contemporary landscape artists. Students will be provided with individual feedback to develop their own unique approaches and styles. This course is suitable for students with some previous painting or drawing experience.

ABOVE: XUEYI BAI Prosperity, year unknown, ink on rice paper

$350 | $330 InSight Members Includes all materials.

$170 | $150 InSight Members Includes all materials.

BELOW: TIM ALLEN Passage 2018, 112 x 91 cm, oil on linen.

Bookings essential at reception or 4780 5410.


ARTCAMP!

A DAY OF FUN-MAKING ACTIVITIES FOR CRAFTY, CREATIVE KIDS AGED 7 - 12. THURSDAY 18 APRIL MORNING SESSION: TREE-MENDOUS PAPER MAKING WITH LIZ PERFECT 10AM – 12.30PM Tell a story just with paper! Make your own unique handmade sheets using recycled materials and found parts of trees from your immediate surroundings. Materials provided. $30 | $25 InSight members

AFTERNOON SESSION: 3D FELT WRISTWARMERS WITH SASKIA EVERINGHAM OF FOJO FIBRE 1:30PM -3:30PM Keep warm and look cool with these cute sculptural wrist warmers. You will learn how to make wool felt, add 3D elements and sew on buttons to decorate your creations. Materials provided. $25 | $20 InSight members

Book both workshops for $50 | $40 InSight members. Bookings essential at reception or on 4780 5410.

FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT! FANTASTIC MR FOX FRIDAY 26 APRIL SCREENING BEGINS IN THE COURTYARD AT SUNDOWN Grab a bag of popcorn and a hot chocolate and settle in for family movie night in front of our big outdoor cinema screen. Fantastic Mr Fox, the beloved Roald Dahl story brought to life by director Wes Anderson, will screen in the Cultural Centre courtyard at sundown. Don’t forget to bring your camping chairs, a rug and some warm clothes so you can stay cosy! $8 | $5 InSight Members Tickets available on the door from 5pm.


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The Gallery Café The Blue Mountains has inspired countless artists and writers. It provides continual joy and wonder.

The Gallery Café, situated within the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, is the perfect place to catch up with friends or take a break whilst visiting the Art Gallery. Visitors can enjoy Bean Ninja Coffee, a favourite with locals and visitors alike, pastries and cakes in the relaxing setting of the lounge area. Our philosophy is to showcase the highest quality of local produce in our offerings. The restaurant menu serves up delicious meals prepared to order with a range of locally sourced alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. Catering to families, large groups and business meetings in a relaxed, contemporary setting, the Gallery Café is open for lunch seven days.

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OPENING HOURS 9:30AM* – 4PM MONDAY – FRIDAY 10AM – 3:30PM SATURDAY & SUNDAY (closed public holidays) *9:30am access to the Café is via the rear courtyard only. No access can be gained to other spaces in the Centre until 10am. PHOTO: Ona Janzen

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InSight Membership MEMBER BENEFITS Free annual entry to the Blue Mountains City Art Gallery and World Heritage Exhibition Discounts on Blue Mountains Cultural Centre public programs 10% discount at Blue Mountains Cultural Centre Shop (excludes exhibition artwork sales) 10% discount at the Gallery Café Invitations to Blue Mountains City Art Gallery exhibition openings and InSight events Subscription to InSight Magazine Subscription to monthly e-newsletter Access to InSight Members Lounge at Blue Mountains Cultural Centre (Wednesday to Friday) 10% discount on Blue Mountains Theatre house shows Exclusive access to pre-sale tickets on selected events at Blue Mountains Theatre

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BRAEMAR BRINGS SCULPTURE TO SPRINGWOOD We were excited to start 2019 with the unveiling of 2 concrete sculpture pads in the Braemar Gallery garden! For the last 3 years Braemar Gallery, in partnership with Scenic World, has been displaying outdoor sculptural artworks at the front of Braemar House as part of the annual Sculpture at Scenic World event. This exhibition has proven to be very popular with residents, visitors and art lovers which led to the desire of having a permanent, rotating display of sculptures in the space. The inclusion of a regular program of displays will be managed by the Braemar Gallery Management Committee and will extend opportunities for local artists and

artisans to display their work within a public setting - so watch this space, literally, as Springwood is about to get sculptural!

To express an interest in joining our team of volunteers, please download and complete the Volunteer Registration Form: bluemountainsculturalcentre.com.au/ braemar-gallery For all volunteer enquiries, please contact: Braemar Gallery Volunteer Coordinator braemargallery@gmail.com


Braemar Gallery Exhibition Guide 104 MACQUARIE RD SPRINGWOOD OPEN THURSDAY – SUNDAY 10AM – 4PM FREE ENTRY

24 JANUARY - 17 FEBRUARY MATHILDA ROBBA LOYALTY TO THE COCKROACH JEAN-LUC BATCHELOR IN PASSING 21 FEBRUARY – 17 MARCH SALLY GERSBACH, RHONNIE TOOLE, TANYA TAGGART SKETCHY MOUNTAINS MOMENTS LYNDA HYDE COLOUR FIELD 7 KATHRYN SAUNDERS ECOUTER FLUXUS

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21 MARCH – 14 APRIL TIM NEWMAN BIG QUESTIONS & SMALL ANSWERS RAEWYN PROCTOR & NATASHA DANILOFF A LANDSCAPE CALLED HOME DANIEL BARANOWSKI SNAP FROZEN AND STILL 18 APRIL - 12 MAY SPRINGWOOD CREATIVE ARTS CENTRE 50TH ANNIVERSARY SHOW 16 MAY - 9 JUNE BLUE MOUNTAINS CREATIVE ARTS NETWORK PICTURESQUE: THE ARTISTS’ VIEW OF LIVING IN THE BLUE MOUNTAINS


MARINA PRIOR & DAVID HOBSON: THE 2 OF US SATURDAY 4 MAY 2PM & 8PM ‘The 2 Of Us: Up Close & Personal’ is an intimate concert by powerhouse entertainment legends Marina Prior and David Hobson. Accompanied by acclaimed pianist David Cameron, Marina and David will perform their classics from productions such as The Phantom of The Opera, Les Miserables, West Side Story, Guys and Dolls, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and La Boheme, as well as favourites from their award-winning albums – with a few humorous career anecdotes along the way. David Hobson is one of Australia’s most renowned operatic tenors, musical theatre performers and recording artists. Marina Prior is regarded as Australia’s leading lady of musical theatre, best known for her lead role in The Phantom of the Opera.

$64.95 | Concession $59.95 Bookings via www.bluemountainstheatre.com or contact the Box Office on 4723 5050 A one off booking fee of $3.30 (for service and handling) applies per transaction: this is regardless of the number or value of items purchased.


THE TAP PACK FRIDAY 10 MAY 8PM The Sydney Morning Herald

“Knockout performances” – The Age Direct from sold out houses and rave reviews in London, Berlin, Beijing and Sydney, Australia’s hottest new tap dance sensation, The Tap Pack is coming to Springwood. Picking up where legendary kings of swing The Rat Pack left off… The Tap Pack conjures up a modern twist to the crooners and artists from the 50s through to the noughties! Featuring songs from Sinatra, Dean Martin & Sammy Davis Jr to Sheeran, Buble and Beyonce, The Tap Pack mix slick humour, high energy entertainment and world class tap dance. Enjoy your favourite cool classics including ‘The Lady is a Tramp’, 7 • Blue Mountains Theatre & Community Hub

‘Come Fly with Me’, ‘One for my Baby’, ‘Me and my Shadow’ and many more, each with a fresh new twist. With credits on stage, film and television and with over 20 musical theatre productions between them, The Tap Pack is pure entertainment. They sing. They dance. They joke. They bring a new, invigorating energy to a timeless style!

$69.90 | Concession $64.90 Bookings via www.bluemountainstheatre.com or contact the Box Office on 4723 5050 A one off booking fee of $3.30 (for service and handling) applies per transaction; this is regardless of the number or value of items purchased.


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MÀNRAN (SCOTLAND) SATURDAY 13 APRIL 8PM "Gaelic folk superstars" - BBC's The Quay Sessions “Mànran are an exceptionally talented bunch of young guys that are taking the music world by storm with their high energy, stomping tunes and phenomenal Gaelic and English songs” - Celtic Connections

Mànran are one of the hottest acts and best-loved Scottish bands performing on the international music scene today. The 2011 launch of their debut single, ‘Latha Math’ heralded a meteoric rise to the top of the Scottish music world that quickly saw them playing many of the most prestigious festivals in Europe.

Variously tagged as “folk-rock”, “Celtic-rock” and even “grown-up folk-rock”, Mànran’s music defies easy labelling due to the eclectic mix of influences on the band and the alchemy that melds them. With a central ethos built around the band’s traditional Celtic roots, fiery tunes from fiddle, accordion, flute, uillean and Highland bagpipes bind powerfully to a rhythm section awash with elements of funk, jazz and rock to create some of the most innovative and uplifting instrumental music around. Coupled with songs performed in both Gaelic and English, it’s easy to understand why Mànran are in such high demand as a live act. With music ranging from the explosive to the poignant and, at all times, a palpable connection to their audience, Mànran thrive on live performances. So far, this has taken the band across Europe, the USA, and Asia as well as Australia, where the band was awarded “International Artist of the

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Year” at the Australian Celtic Music Awards. Now, with three highly regarded studio albums under their belt and 7 years of blowing audiences away with their energetic and passionate live performances, Mànran continue their touring schedule throughout 2019. Mànran features: Gary Innes – accordion & vocals; Ewen Henderson – highland pipes, fiddle & vocals; Craig Irving – acoustic guitar & vocals; Ross Saunders – bass guitar & vocals; Ryan Murphy – uillean pipes, flute; Mark Scobbie – drums. $35 | Concession $32 InSight Member discount available Bookings via www.bluemountainstheatre.com or contact the Box Office on 4723 5050 A one off booking fee of $3.30 (for service and handling) applies per transaction; this is regardless of the number or value of items purchased.


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UNFORGETTABLE: A TRIBUTE TO NAT KING COLE WITH THE DORIAN MODE TRIO WEDNESDAY 10 APRIL 11AM Multi-award winning jazz musician Dorian Mode and his swinging trio present a stylish homage to one of the world’s most beloved popular jazz singers. This highly entertaining show will take the audience through Nat King Cole’s journey to stardom with fascinating anecdotes and songs, including the classics ‘Unforgettable’, ‘Route 66’, ‘Nature Boy’, ‘Stardust’ and more. Dorian Mode is an acclaimed jazz pianist, vocalist, composer and best-selling author.

A Morning Melodies at the Hub presentation. Ticket price includes a complimentary Devonshire morning tea before the concert. $20 Bookings via www.bluemountainstheatre.com or contact the Box Office on 4723 5050


ARJ BARKER : WE NEED TO TALK FRIDAY 8 MARCH 8PM “Hey, you got an hour? Look, I’ve been doing a tonne of thinking about…us, and where we’re headed. This isn’t easy, but I need to be 100% honest with you, even if what I say makes you laugh, very, very hard. You had better sit down for this….” Australia’s adopted son of comedy returns with his brand new show: We Need To Talk. “A must see for anyone who loves a laugh…” – Adelaide Now “On-point delivery and irresistible charm, it’s clear to see why he continues to sell out” – Herald Sun

Please note: this show not suitable for under 15 years. $49.90 Bookings via www.bluemountainstheatre.com or contact the Box Office on 4723 5050. A one off booking fee of $3.30 (for service and handling) applies per transaction: this is regardless of the number or value of items purchased.

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ARJ BARKER: WE NEED TO TALK FRIDAY 8 MARCH UNFORGETTABLE: A TRIBUTE TO NAT KING COLE WITH THE DORIAN MODE TRIO WEDNESDAY 10 APRIL

MÀNRAN (SCOTLAND) SATURDAY 13 APRIL

THE TAP PACK FRIDAY 10 MAY

MARINA PRIOR & DAVID HOBSON: THE 2 OF US SATURDAY 4 MAY

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BENEFITS TO INSIGHT MEMBERS IN 2019 Your InSight Membership is your ticket to inside offers and savings at Blue Mountains Theatre. InSight Members receive a 10% discount on tickets to selected Blue Mountains Theatre house shows as well as exclusive access to pre-sale tickets on selected events across the annual program. We also waive the booking fee on ticket purchases for InSight Members. InSight Members receive a range of benefits across three major Arts venues in the Blue Mountains: Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, Blue Mountains Theatre and Braemar Gallery. View the full list of membership benefits and pricing via bluemountainsculturalcentre.com.au PHOTO: silversalt

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FROM THE HUB Big. Bold. Brilliant! 2019 is shaping up to be an incredible year of exceptional entertainment at Blue Mountains Theatre. We are delighted to share a few of our upcoming highlights with you: Big laughs are headed our way when comedian Arj Barker brings his hilarious and insightful new show We Need To Talk in March. In April, we welcome the brilliant Celtic folk-rock group Mànran. The hottest Scottish act on the international music scene today, this innovative group are renowned for their energetic, passionate and uplifting live performances. Two of the biggest stars of Australian musical theatre and opera will join forces for an intimate, ‘up close and personal’ concert in May – soprano Marina Prior and tenor David Hobson.

The Tap Pack recently wowed audiences at the Sydney Opera House with their bold new spin on the cool classics of Sinatra, Dean Martin, through to Beyoncé and Bublé. They’ll bring their sharp suits, quick wit and even quicker tap dancing feet for one show only in May! Vintage pop and rock music fans can look forward to a range of concerts including Buddy’s Back! The Buddy Holly Show featuring Scot Robin, Simon & Garfunkel – The Concert with Mark Shelley & John Robertson, and Unforgettable: A Tribute to Nat King Cole. There’s much more in store – from children’s theatre, to documentary screenings, world music and beyond – so be sure to follow us on social media or sign up to our e-newsletter to keep up to date with all our show announcements and news. Tim Smith Facility Manager, Blue Mountains Theatre & Community Hub


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Blue Mountains Theatre & Community Hub 02 4780 5050 104-108 Macquarie Rd, Springwood NSW 2777 thehub@bmcc.nsw.gov.au bluemountainstheatreandhub.com.au Braemar Gallery 104 Macquarie Rd, Springwood NSW 2777 braemargallery@gmail.com Enquiries can also be made to the Cultural Centre on 02 4780 5410


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InSight Membership Magazine Issue 19  

InSight is the membership magazine of Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, Blue Mountains Theatre & Community Hub and Braemar Gallery, featuring...

InSight Membership Magazine Issue 19  

InSight is the membership magazine of Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, Blue Mountains Theatre & Community Hub and Braemar Gallery, featuring...

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