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BLUE MOUNTAINS CULTURAL CENTRE BLUE MOUNTAINS THEATRE & COMMUNITY HUB

ISSUE 10

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BLUE MOUNTAINS CULTURAL CENTRE Director Paul Brinkman Exhibitions Manager Sabrina Roesner Promotion & Retail Manager Rose Stibbard Administration Officer Felicity Hallam Public Programs Coordinator Naomi Baker

Café Coordinator Reggie Lawless Café Staff Sheena Carley Kelly Drake Emma Gerts Karen Hvidding Sarah Koll Michelle Lombardi Martin van der Meyden

Gallery Technician Jules Gull

BLUE MOUNTAINS THEATRE & COMMUNITY HUB

Curator Rilka Oakley

Facility Manager Tim Smith

Front of House Victoria Bramwell-Davis Stella Pretty Nicole Roberts

Programs Coordinator Yvonne Hellmers

InSight Membership Facilitator Nicole Roberts

Administration & Ticketing Officer Jodie Benbrook Theatre & Building Technician Philip Regan

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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, stationary, 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.

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


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FROM THE DIRECTOR

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INSIGHT NEWS

Editor: Nicole Roberts

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WORLD HERITAGE EXHIBITION

InSight is proudly designed and printed in the Blue Mountains.

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BLUE MOUNTAINS CITY ART GALLERY EXHIBITION GUIDE

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INTERVIEW WITH MAP DIRECTOR & HEAD CURATOR BILLY GRUNER

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NEW ACQUISITIONS FOR THE BLUE MOUNTAINS CULTURAL

CENTRE COLLECTION

Printing: Springwood Printing

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COMMUNITY EVENTS: SCULPTURE OTHERWISE

Front cover: The Necks. Performing at Blue Mountains Theatre & Community Hub, 27 February 2016.

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BLUE MOUNTAINS CULTURAL CENTRE PUBLIC PROGRAMS

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THE GALLERY CAFÉ

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BLUE MOUNTAINS THEATRE & COMMUNITY HUB PROGRAM

Design: Nicole Roberts (original template design by Letra design & illustration)

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INSIGHT MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION

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FROM THE DIRECTOR Issue 10 of InSight is a great milestone for Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, and I take this opportunity to thank our InSight Members for helping us develop the program and, in doing so, expand the many benefits of membership. Since its inception in 2012, the InSight Membership Program has grown to over 1,500 members and now, with the inclusion of the Blue Mountains Theatre and Braemar Gallery, we are sure the program will continue to grow. 2016 at Blue Mountains Cultural Centre sees our gallery full of exhibitions from across Australia alongside those by our talented local artists. Our key exhibition for the start of the year Country & Western: landscape re-imagined 1988 - 2013 closes on the 6th of March. Don’t miss this touring

exhibition full of major works by some of Australia’s leading artists. Upcoming exhibitions include the MAP curated exhibition MAPSPACE; Look Out 2016 - an exhibition of artworks by up and coming tertiary students from New South Wales; and Resist the spirit of the times by renowned Blackheath based artist Robert Malherbe. Associated with these great exhibitions are a host of public programs sure to challenge, inspire and stimulate your creative side. I hope you enjoy reading this packed issue of InSight and take advantage of the many creative opportunities on offer at the Cultural Centre, Hub and Braemar Gallery. Paul Brinkman Director, Blue Mountains Cultural Centre


EXPOSÉ EXHIBITION PROGRAM: CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN CLOSES FRIDAY 11 MARCH 2016 The Blue Mountains Cultural Centre Exposé Exhibition Program is a great opportunity for artists, arts collectives and community groups based in the Blue Mountains region to exhibit in the Blue Mountains City Art Gallery and to extend their artistic practice and maximise audience engagement. Successful artists will exhibit their work in the professionally run public gallery space, supported by the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre’s Exhibition Team. Their works will be shown in the gallery alongside significant national and international exhibitions.

Blue Mountains Cultural Centre welcomes artists who would like to discuss their proposal with the Exhibitions Manager prior to submitting. Please contact: Sabrina Roesner, Exhibitions Manager sroesner@bmcc.nsw.gov.au 4780 5235 Application forms are available online. Download the application form and guidelines from our website: bluemountainsculturalcentre.com. au/blue-mountains-art-gallery/ exhibiting-your-work

CASTALDI & KERSHAW Play Onaku (detail) 2015, audio visual installation, various

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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

COUNTRY & WESTERN LANDSCAPE RE-IMAGINED 1988 - 2013 9 JANUARY - 6 MARCH LOOK OUT 2016 27 FEBRUARY - 3 APRIL

MAPSPACE 12 MARCH – 24 APRIL HAYLEY WEST REMNANTS OF THE DEAD AND DEMANDS ON THE LIVING 9 APRIL - 15 MAY

ROBERT MALHERBE RESIST THE SPIRIT OF THE TIMES 30 APRIL - 5 JUNE COLLECTORS’ EDITION #3 20 MAY - 5 JUNE

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ADMISSION Joint ticket admission for entry to both the World Heritage Exhibition and Blue Mountains City Art Gallery: Adults $5 Concession

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Children under 16

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InSight Members

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BLUE MOUNTAINS CITY ART GALLERY GUIDED TOURS EVERY SATURDAY 11AM Find out more about our exhibiting artists and their works from trained volunteer guides in a free public tour. To participate in a tour, simply meet at the information desk in the Blue Mountains City Art Gallery. Guided tours are complimentary with Gallery admission tickets.

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COUNTRY & WESTERN LANDSCAPE RE-IMAGINED 1988 - 2013 9 JANUARY – 6 MARCH A comprehensive landscape exhibition that aims to bring into focus the contrasting insights and cultural imperatives, both Indigenous (country) and non-Indigenous (western), that have given shape and substance to our evolving attitudes and perceptions of the national landscape over the past 25 years. A Perc Tucker Regional Gallery Touring Exhibition curated by Gavin Wilson Country & Western: landscape re-imagined 1988 - 2013 forms part of Gallery Services’ National Touring Program, supported by Glencore. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

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LOOK OUT 2016 27 FEBRUARY – 3 APRIL Look Out 2016 showcases outstanding work from recent Sydney art school graduates. The artists have been chosen for the quality and excellence of their work and for their future potential. The inaugural exhibition will include: drawings by Clare Delaney from Western Sydney Institute – TAFE, ceramics and performance by Machiko Motoi from the National Art School, photography by Pamela Pirovic from Sydney College of the Arts and printmaking by Olivia Wilson from UNSW Art & Design. This is the first of what will be a biennial feature in the Blue Mountains City Art Gallery exhibition program. Machiko Motoi will perform a progressive piece I AM A HUMAN as part of the exhibition. A Blue Mountains Cultural Centre exhibition curated by Rilka Oakley

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MACHIKO MOTOI I AM A HUMAN PERFORMACE TIMES

CURATOR & ARTIST TALK

WEDNESDAY 2 MARCH 12PM – 1PM

FREE WITH GALLERY ADMISSION TICKET

FRIDAY 11 MARCH 5:30PM – 6:30PM WEDNESDAY 23 MARCH 12PM – 1PM

Join Blue Mountains Cultural Centre Curator Rilka Oakley and exhibiting artists from Look Out 2016 for a free floor talk on the exhibition.

WEDNESDAY 30 MARCH 12PM – 1PM

RSVP appreciated at Reception or 4780 5410

SATURDAY 12 MARCH 11AM – 12PM

FREE WITH GALLERY ADMISSION TICKET

Sydney College of the Arts PAMELA PIROVIC Self-Portrait with Dogs III 2015, digital print on aluminium, 56 x 84 cm

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INSIDE/OUTSIDE THE GALLERY: CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS FROM THE BLUE MOUNTAINS AND THE CENTRAL WEST 12 MARCH – 24 APRIL

performances and sculptural works respond to a set of architectural props designed by MAP and investigate the synthesis of design, architecture and contemporary artistic practice.

Sean O’Keeffe, Zeb Olsen, Jon Rose, Joan Ross, Jill Scott, Olga Solar, Nick Strike, Systaime, Abi Tariq, Mark Titmarsh, Talulah Vane, Nikki Walkerden, Bryden Williams & Gianni Wise.

Curated by Modern Art Projects (MAP) in collaboration with the Blue Mountains City Art Gallery, MAPSPACE features a series of artworks at the nexus of art and architecture, created by contemporary artists residing in the Blue Mountains and the Central West. Collaborative installations,

Featuring Vicky Browne, Sean Cordeiro & Claire Healy, Roger FoleyFogg, Beata Geyer, Anne Graham, Billy Gruner, Sarah Keighery, Daniel Kojta, Ian Millis, Sean O’Keeffe, Kevin J Sheehan, Alex Wisser and a curated video showreel of works by Sarah Breen Lovett, John A Douglas, Jacquelene Drinkall, EST ET NON,

With performances by Alan Schacher and WeiZen Ho, Kevin J Sheehan and the final Collective Monochrome by Billy Gruner.

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A Blue Mountains Cultural Centre exhibition curated by Modern Art Projects


OPENING NIGHT PERFORMANCE BY KEVIN J SHEEHAN & MUSIC BY THE LIGHTNING SISTERS FRIDAY 11 MARCH 6PM - 8PM

CURATOR & ARTIST TALK SATURDAY 19 MARCH 11AM – 12PM FREE WITH GALLERY ADMISSION TICKET

PERFORMANCE BY ALAN SCHACHER AND WEIZEN HO

Looking for an insider’s view? Join MAPSPACE Head Curator Dr Billy Gruner and artists from the exhibition for a free floor talk.

SATURDAY 2 APRIL 1:30PM - 3PM

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Experience the exhibition MAPSPACE in a new light as contemporary performance-maker and artist Alan Schacher and performing artist WeiZen Ho perform Cultural Mobility. In their performance, Schacher and Ho respond physically and spatially to the exhibition material and its architectural context in order to take visitors on a journey that evokes new experiences of the art on display. Following the performance, join Schacher and Ho with MAPSPACE Head Curator Dr Billy Gruner for a discussion of their work.

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artwork by painting a small canvas supplied. When all panels have been completed and rehung in the gallery, the work is deemed complete. This program, managed by artist Dr Billy Gruner, began in 2003 and has since been completed in many cities around the world. It is fitting that the final work will be completed in Gruner’s hometown, here in the Blue Mountains. Please join us for the historic closure of this collective performance artwork. RSVP appreciated at reception or 4780 5410

SATURDAY 19 MARCH 12:30PM – 3PM FREE EVENT As a special performance of the exhibition MAPSPACE, you are invited to participate in the making of an experimental arts program titled The Collective Monochrome. Participants are invited to take part in the making of a large-scale collective

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HAYLEY WEST REMNANTS OF THE DEAD AND DEMANDS ON THE LIVING 9 APRIL – 15 MAY An artistic inquiry into death rites and its representation, Remnants of the dead and demands on the living creates a transitional space for the contemplation of loss and life. Through sculptural and performative works West invites viewers to consider their own mortality. A Blue Mountains Cultural Centre Exposé Program exhibition HAYLEY WEST 1 million years 2014, digital format 6:36 mins (loop)

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ARTIST TALK SATURDAY 9 APRIL 11AM – 12PM FREE WITH GALLERY ADMISSION TICKET Join us for the opening Remnants of the dead and demands on the living and a talk by the artist Hayley West. RSVP appreciated at Reception or 4780 5410

DEATH CAFÉ SATURDAY 9 APRIL 1PM – 3PM FREE EVENT Join us for coffee and a hearty discussion about the topic that some call a taboo - death. The Death Café is a worldwide movement that aims to make it easier to talk about death, with a view to helping people make the most out of life. RSVP essential at Reception or 4780 5410

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ROBERT MALHERBE RESIST THE SPIRIT OF THE TIMES 30 APRIL – 5 JUNE Resist the spirit of the times surveys the first twelve years of the artist’s career, bringing together over thirty paintings and drawings from private and public collections. With a focus on Malherbe’s acclaimed landscapes, nudes and still lifes, this exhibition highlights the artist’s deeply personal and honest process of painting from life to capture the essence of his subjects. Resisting the ever shifting trends and moods of the contemporary art world, Malherbe has stayed true to his reductive approach to colour and surfaces that speak of the artistic process. A Blue Mountains Cultural Centre exhibition ROBERT MALHERBE Blackheath street landscape 2014, oil on linen, 91 x 71 cm. Image courtesy the artist

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ARTIST TALK SATURDAY 21 MAY 11AM – 12PM FREE WITH GALLERY ADMISSION TICKET Find out more about the exhibition Resist the spirit of the times and join artist Robert Malherbe for a lunchtime talk. RSVP appreciated at Reception or 4780 5410

COLLECTORS’ EDITION #3 20 MAY – 5 JUNE Now in its third 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 Cultural Centre exhibition

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INTERVIEW WITH MAP DIRECTOR & HEAD CURATOR BILLY GRUNER MAP stands for Modern Arts Projects. What is MAP’s vision? Modern Art Projects (MAP) has been planned, designed and delivered as a program rather than an Artist Run Initiative. As an independent arts organisation, it was established and is managed by a coterie of experienced contemporary art makers living in the Blue Mountains. MAP now services the specific needs and expectations of a regional network of participants who want to work together at the local level. In taking on a challenging brief with limited funds, the artists association wanted to do unusual things, and by selecting important spaces in the community, MAP creates exhibitions outside of the gallery model. Following the first few shows or architectural events, the number of artists wanting to join in MAP’s planning grew considerably. In response, MAP self-funded and

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opened WEST, a contemporary project space as an Artist Run Initiative. Since its establishment in December 2014, WEST has showcased over ten experimental shows curated by a team of local artists and curators. MAP has delivered a variety of exhibitions, performances and public events. What are the core ideas of the events and what are some of the program highlights? In the last two years MAP has delivered a range of exhibitions, performances, panel talks and public events. Most commonly, guest curators are asked to invite artists to exhibit contemporary works in private homes of unique architectural interest and in other public buildings such as National Trust sites. MAP also runs exchange projects such as The Reflex Project, conducted in association with the USQ, Brisbane, and Five Walls Projects in Melbourne.

The MAP group is made up of a number of local contemporary artists sharing a directive to operate in unusual ways and to take advantage of the Blue Mountains’ cultural assets. This has been seen as an alternative to leaving town to produce and exhibit work elsewhere. At each event, the aim is to create layers of experience. For example, the basic formula for the Art and Architecture series is to invite a curator to select who they want to work with in putting together a contemporary art show within a unique property - either private or public - within the mountains. However, the buildings and grounds compete for the visitors interest. Most importantly, MAP involves the community at each event. The owners of the buildings are asked to hold tours and speak about their relationship with the building while addressing the art shown in their space. The architects who designed


the buildings are invited to give a talk, and artists and curators are made available for anyone to chat with informally over the course of those single day events. It is that social aspect focused on by MAP artists that I feel ‘normalises’ the art and the experience of the visitors. In that sense, the concept underpinning the Art & Architecture series especially came from the idea that every building is a form of gallery. If we consider that a regular domestic home is usually decorated by degrees by the owners with art and furnishings, it is a natural step to also bring art from outside into these domestic settings. Gallery or museum spaces are vastly outnumbered by private homes. MAP was interested this notion and found its Art and Architecture series was likewise embraced by the community. Approximately 200 visitors attended each of our one-day events. The

ABI TARIQ Into/Out of or b a l a n c e . . . 2015, digital video, 11min 35sec

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domestic origins of the many contemporary art societies also speak to this same story - those earlier community driven projects dating back to the late 19th Century predate museums and art schools in Australia.

community and gained support from their Local Council to open an artist administered art space that would in similar ways seek to bring together the contemporary arts community there.

MAP and its satellite WEST have recently partnered with NORTH in Sydney.

The NORTH Contemporary Art Space opened with the exhibition titled NORTH WEST presenting the works of around thirty WEST artists. A number of us travelled down to the opening to support NORTH. At the opening there was a great deal of talk about

Recently, artists from North Sydney, inspired by their visit to the WEST project rooms, went back to their

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a model that, instead of seeking a radical independence, can typify a standard Artist Run Initiative project, which allows artists to engage with communities at a grass roots level - an approach or style that makes for a happy, grounded and culturally inclusive system. As such, today MAP is a Local Council supported but independently run, community aware public art program. The main benefit is that these community-supported art spaces


(known as Kuntvereins in Europe) operate with a high turnover of artists that are nonetheless shown in a professional way, at minimal cost. The artists in a particular region benefit by having the opportunity to exhibit their work on a regular basis and develop professionally within their environment. The mutual benefit of this process is the impact on our local culture through opportunities for artists to show, and the community to view, work developed in our region. The MAP Committee feels this ‘normalising’ of communities to the art of the contemporary makers leads to highly productive outcomes. The Blue Mountains City Art Gallery is an architecturally interesting venue to work with. What do you envision the responses from MAP artists to the venue will be for this exhibition? We will see a composition of works that speak to one another and respond to their environment. As the artists selected have exhibited

together previously, it is expected that it will take shape as a collective response to the theme of the exhibition. Blue Mountains Cultural Centre is a stunning new building with a large and flexible internal space, surrounded by courtyards and sublime views across the Jamieson Valley. These factors combined make for a spectacular range of options for the artists to consider. With that stated, the idea of the architectural never seems far from this community of artist’s minds and art that verges into structure will likely be a central theme explored and presented. How to do you see the Blue Mountains contemporary art scene in regards to its position in the current Australian art landscape? My partner and I moved here around seven years ago and immediately found a large community of wellknown artists living across the Mountains, most of whom are widely recognised, but commonly

only outside of the Mountains area. Many of these artists, curators and arts administrators have national and international profiles, so they contribute significantly but are not known as Blue Mountains artists per se. The opening of Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, MAP and WEST project space, have encouraged a discursive and practical homeland to inhabit, one that is now more visible on a greater stage. I, for one, believe having a fitting sense of one’s own location makes sense in a globally connected world, and what a stunning place the Blue Mountains is fast becoming on the cultural stage.

MAPSPACE: inside/outside the gallery: contemporary artists from the Blue Mountains and the Central West is open at Blue Mountains City Art Gallery from 12 March – 24 April 2016 OPPOSITE: JOHN A DOUGLAS Incursion Damp 2014, HD video documentation of site specific performance, 2min 28sec

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NEW ACQUISITIONS FOR THE BLUE MOUNTAINS CULTURAL CENTRE COLLECTION: JOAN ROSS STOCKTAKE $ALE! NOW ON! The hugely successful Blue Mountains City Art Gallery exhibition program for 2015 closed with the major solo exhibition 20-50% off all plants & animals by local artist Joan Ross. From this exhibition, we are pleased to announce the acquisition of the artwork Stocktake $ale! Now on! for the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre Collection. Stocktake $ale! Now on! is a hand touched print on rag paper and is an excellent example of Ross’ current oeuvre of work related to the degradation of Australia’s natural resources by multinational companies at the expense of Australia’s longterm wellbeing. The artwork was acquired with funds from the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre Acquisition Fund, which has steadily grown since its launch in 2014 through donations and fundraising

events such as the annual Collectors’ Edition auction exhibition. Ross is an established and significant Australian artist for our time, working between Sydney and the Blue Mountains. She has exhibited her work nationally and internationally since 1989, and has been included in shows at the National Gallery of Australia; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei; the Fine Art Society, London; Tasmania Museum and Art Gallery; and numerous regional, commercial and artist-run spaces. Her work is held in many public and private collections, including the National Gallery of Australia; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; Kaldor Public Art Projects; and Artbank.

Mountains Cultural Centre Collection and reinforces our commitment to collecting works by recognised contemporary artists of the Blue Mountains for future generations to enjoy. OPPOSITE: JOAN ROSS Stocktake $ale! Now on! 2015, hand painted pigment on cotton rag paper, 61 x 90 cm

Ross was included in the Australia: Contemporary Voices exhibition in London, Edmund Capon’s BBC TV series The Art of Australia (2013) and the contemporary art series Hannah Gadsby’s Oz (2014) on ABC1. Ross has recently won the coveted Glenfiddich Artist Residency in Scotland. Stocktake $ale! Now on! is an excellent addition to the Blue InSight Membership Magazine issue 10 • 23


Community Events SCULPTURE OTHERWISE 8 APRIL – 8 MAY Sculpture Otherwise is an exhibition of small sculpture by the exhibiting artists participating in Sculpture at Scenic World in 2016. The indoor exhibition at Blue Mountains Cultural Centre provides a fantastic opportunity for collectors and the public to purchase works by emerging, mid-career and established Australian and international artists from the 2016 Sculpture at Scenic World exhibition. A Sculpture at Scenic World exhibition

MARCUS TATTON Strange Thing 2015, timber and wire, 45 x 45 cm

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Public Programs ARTIST TALKS: 20TH BIENNALE OF SYDNEY ARTIST CHARWEI TSAI AND BIGCI ARTIST IN RESIDENCE MAGDA WEGRZYN SATURDAY 27 FEBRUARY 11AM - 12:30PM FREE EVENT The Biennale of Sydney is coming to the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre. With presentations from Biennale of Sydney and Blue Mountains Cultural Centre staff, join us for a conversation with Blue Mountains Cultural Centre World Heritage Artist in Residence Magda Wegrzyn and 20th Biennale of Sydney artist Charwei Tsai as they discuss their practice, residency experiences and upcoming work. RSVP appreciated at Reception or 4780 5410 26 • Blue Mountains Cultural Centre Public Programs

BIGCI OPEN DAY SENTIDO SUNDAY 27 MARCH 11AM - 4PM FREE EVENT Join World Heritage Artist in Residence Magda Wegrzyn and Blue Mountains Cultural Centre Exhibition Manager Sabrina Roesner at BigCi’s Open Day for a talk about Wegrzyn’s body of work ERROR STRATEGY, which was created during her six week residency for the inaugural Blue Mountains City Art Gallery World Heritage Artist in Residence Program.

Please note, this event is held at the Bilpin international ground for Creative initiatives: 82 Hanlons Rd, Bilpin NSW 2758


Australia’s most in-demand musicians: guitarist Ben Hauptmann and drummer Andrew Gander. Performing music mostly composed by Steve, the trio’s music draws from Jazz, Funk, Latin and other musical traditions. Please note, Midsummer Nights is not a child friendly event. $30/$25 InSight Members – includes Gallery entry. Bookings essential at reception or 4780 5410

MIDSUMMER NIGHTS THE STEVE HUNTER TRIO CONCERT

TEA CEREMONY

FRIDAY 26 FEBRUARY 6PM - 8PM (DOORS OPEN 5:30PM)

Explore equipment, elements, manners, etiquette, aesthetic and tea within different cultures.

Join us for the final Midsummer Nights event of this series - The Steve Hunter Trio Concert. Renowned nationally and internationally, Steve Hunter has been a virtuoso bass player, band leader and prolific composer for over 20 years. Joining Steve are two of

SATURDAY 5 MARCH 1PM - 3PM

Join Liliana Algorry, Tea Sommelier and Tea Blender, for a traditional tea ceremony. Gain an understanding of the spiritual content, respect, refinement and similarities between different tea ceremonies across China “Gong Fu Cha”, Taiwan “Cha Xi” and Japan “Cha-no-yu”. Learn the ritual

of brewing tea to yield the best taste from green, oolong and black teas, as well as herbal infusions. $33/$30 InSight Members Bookings essential at Reception or 4780 5410.

WOLLEMI ARTISAN MARKET SATURDAY 23 APRIL 10AM - 3PM Join us at Blue Mountains Cultural Centre for the Wollemi Artisan Market, featuring live music, food and a range of stalls from designers, artists and food producers from the Blue Mountains, Sydney and West of the Divide. It’s the perfect opportunity to shop local and find unique gifts for Mother’s Day. OPPOSITE: CHARWEI TSAI Spiral Incense Mantra 2014, hand-inscribed spiral incense made of natural herbs, 150 cm each. Image courtesy the artist

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10 WEEK COURSE: DRAWING & PAINTING THE FIGURE WITH ARTIST KRISTEL SMITS FRIDAYS 1 APRIL - 3 JUNE 10:30AM – 12:30PM Learn to represent the human figure using line, tone and luminous colour. This course is a fun challenge for beginner artists new to the subject, those who have been dabbling in life drawing, as well as painters wanting to expand their subject repertoire.

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Drawing and painting the figure is the most effective way of testing your powers of observation and your accuracy in drawing and colour rendition. We will start with the fundamentals of sketching the figure and shading for 3 dimensional effects. Working from both a life model and photographs, the course takes you through a range of drawing and painting exercises that will hone your skills in quick observation as well as more accurate representation. There

is plenty of room for developing your personal expression and unique creative style. Using a variety of materials you will explore different approaches and techniques for drawing and painting the body that is sure to feed into your other artworks. $275/$250 InSight Members Includes all materials (please bring a palette & apron). Bookings essential at Reception or 4780 5410.


The Gallery Café The Gallery Café continues to grow since the Cultural Centre opened its doors in 2012. Recently, we added an exciting new item to the menu - a traditional Ploughman’s Lunch, consisting of double smoked ham, Mersey Valley vintage cheddar, rustic baguette, gherkins, Branston pickle and cocktail onions. We even have the option of a pork pie to go with

your Ploughman’s, should you desire! To complement the Ploughman’s Lunch or indeed any one of our lunch menu items*, we offer local regional beer or a glass of local regional wine. We serve Badlands Brewery Pale Ale and Organic Tamburlaine Wines, both from Orange, NSW.

OPENING HOURS 9.30AM** – 4PM MONDAY – FRIDAY 10AM – 3.30PM SATURDAY & SUNDAY *The Gallery Café offers alcohol service with a substantial meal only, from 12 midday until 4pm. Available to over 18’s Only. Valid ID can be requested. **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.

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Blue mountains musical society proudly presents

Blue Mountains Musical Society

June 18 - July 3

BLUE MOUNTAINS THEATRE tickets on sale now Based on a conception of JEROME ROBBINS

book by

Music By

Lyrics By

ARTHUR Leonard Stephen LAURENTS Bernstein Sondheim

Phone: 02 4723 5050 Online: bluemountainstheatreandhub.com.au in person: blue mountains theatre & Community Hub adults $46 • Concession $42 • Child $36 • Groups (15+) 10% off

Entire Original Production Directed And Choreographed by

Jerome Robbins

Originally produced on Broadway by Robert E. Griffith and Harold S. Prince By Arrangement with Roger L. Stevens Licensed exclusively by Music Theatre International (Australasia) All performance materials supplied by Hal Leonard Australia.

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Blue Mountains Theatre & Community Hub Program

GROUP EXHIBITION IAN BROWN, JOHN SOUTH & ERNIE NEWMAN 12 FEBRUARY – 27 MARCH D’YARI (THE GIFT) 20 FEBRUARY

THE NECKS 27 FEBRUARY SPRINGWOOD GROWERS MARKET 28 FEBRUARY, 24 APRIL, 22 MAY & 26 JUNE

CONTEXTART TEXTILES IN CONTEXT 1 APRIL – 8 MAY WASTE TO ART 2016 14 MAY – 29 MAY

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BRAEMAR GALLERY EXHIBITION PROGRAM 104 MACQUARIE ROAD SPRINGWOOD GALLERY IS OPEN FRIDAY – SUNDAY, 10AM – 4PM FREE ENTRY

GROUP EXHIBITION IAN BROWN INTIMATE EARTH: THE BLUE MOUNTAINS JOHN SOUTH POSSUM SKIN CLOAK & DREAMSCAPE BRAEMAR GALLERY ERNIE NEWMAN 104 ROAD AIR,MACQUARIE EARTH & LIGHT

SPRINGWOOD 12 FEBRUARY – 27 MARCH GALLERY IS OPEN FRIDAY – SUNDAY, 10AM – 4PM

CONTEXTART TEXTILES IN CONTEXT 1 APRIL – 8 MAY

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exhibition includes textile art work in felting, embroidery, crochet, basketry, millinery and weaving. Textiles in Context will run in tandem with ContextART 2016, an annual event of textile based workshops in Hazelbrook.

WASTE TO ART 2016 14 MAY – 29 MAY Waste to Art 2016 is a community art exhibition and competition open to all local residents who reside in JANE MCCUMSTIE the NetWaste region. It showcases THE MATERIALS OF LIFE creative works made from reused 12 FEBRUARY – 27 MARCH & recyclable waste materials. The exhibition aims to challenge CONTEXTART perceptions ‘rubbish’ and to TEXTILES about IN CONTEXT celebrate 1 APRIL the – 8 reuse MAY and recycling of waste through arts and crafts.

WASTE TO ART 2016 14 MAY – 29 MAY

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D’YARI (THE GIFT) SATURDAY 20 FEBRUARY 8PM Muharrem Aslan and six outstanding musicians and dancers share the ancient Kurdish love story of Mem and Zin in this premiere performance of D’Yari (The Gift) at the Blue Mountains Theatre.

Featuring Muharrem Aslan (Saz & Vocals), Devi Mamak (Dance & Piano), Dimitri Vouros (Bansuri & Clarinet), Peter Kennard (Percussion & Guitar), Colin Berryman (Sitar), Emily Cooper (Dance), John May (Calabash & Percussion), this will be a beautiful and exhilarating concert event, not to be missed.

Adults $35 / Concession $30 Group of 5 or more $27 per person Family of 4 $27 per person Tickets available from: www.bluemountainstheatre.com or contact 4723 5050

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THE NECKS SATURDAY 27 FEBRUARY 8PM “One of the greatest bands in the world” – New York Times From unlikely beginnings in 1987 as a band experimenting privately in a room, with no intention of ever performing in public, The Necks have gone on to achieve extraordinary worldwide fame. Featuring Chris Abrahams (piano) Tony Buck (drums) and Lloyd Swanton (bass) these three legendary performers conjure a chemistry together that is brilliant and unparalleled in the world of music. “...Entirely new and entirely now... They produce a post-jazz, post-rock, post-everything sonic experience that has few parallels or rivals.” – The Guardian $38 per person Tickets available from: www.bluemountainstheatre.com or contact 4723 5050 34 • Blue Mountains Theatre & Community Hub


SPRINGWOOD GROWERS MARKET SUNDAYS 28 FEBRUARY, 24 APRIL, 22 MAY & 26 JUNE 9AM - 1PM The new Springwood Growers Market attracts over 3,000 people to Blue Mountains Theatre & Community Hub each month. Meet almost 60 growers and producers offering a range of local and regional foods, including fresh and organic fruit and vegetables; beef, pork and bacon; olives and antipasto; salami and French pates; olive oils, local wines, biscuits and breads, condiments, smoked nuts, free range eggs, teas, saffron and more! Tantalise your tastebuds and explore the wonderful range of products, all in the one convenient location.

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Calendar FEBRUARY

MARCH

Saturday 20 February D’Yari (The Gift) Performance at Blue Mountains Theatre & Community Hub

Wednesday 2 March Matchiko Motoi I AM A HUMAN

Friday 26 February Midsummer Nights The Steve Hunter Trio Concert Saturday 27 February Artsist Talks: 20th Biennale of Sydney Artist Charwei Tsai & BigCi artist in residence Magda Wegrzyn The Necks Performance at Blue Mountains Theatre & Community Hub Sunday 28 February Springwood Growers Market at Blue Mountains Theatre & Community Hub

Saturday 5 March Tea Ceremony Friday 11 March Matchiko Motoi I AM A HUMAN MAPSPACE Opening Night Performance by Kevin J Sheehan & Music by the Lightning Sisters Saturday 12 March Curator & Artist Talk Look Out 2016 Saturday 19 March Curator & Artist Talk MAPSPACE The Collective Monochrome

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Wednesday 23 March Matchiko Motoi I AM A HUMAN Sunday 27 March BigCi Open Day Wednesday 30 March Matchiko Motoi I AM A HUMAN

APRIL Friday 1 April 10 Week Course: Drawing & Painting the Figure Saturday 2 April MAPSPACE Performance by Alan Schacher and WeiZen Ho Friday 8 April 10 Week Course: Drawing & Painting the Figure


Saturday 9 April Artist Talk Hayley West: Remnants of the dead and demands on the living Death Café Friday 15 April 10 Week Course: Drawing & Painting the Figure Friday 22 April 10 Week Course: Drawing & Painting the Figure Saturday 23 April Wollemi Artisan Market Sunday 24 April Springwood Growers Market at Blue Mountains Theatre & Community Hub Friday 29 April 10 Week Course: Drawing & Painting the Figure

MAY Friday 6 May 10 Week Course: Drawing & Painting the Figure Friday 13 May 10 Week Course: Drawing & Painting the Figure Saturday 21 May Artist Talk Robert Malherbe: Resist the spirit of the times

JUNE Friday 3 June 10 Week Course: Drawing & Painting the Figure Sunday 26 June Springwood Growers Market at Blue Mountains Theatre & Community Hub

Sunday 22 May Springwood Growers Market at Blue Mountains Theatre & Community Hub Friday 27 May 10 Week Course: Drawing & Painting the Figure

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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 Blue Mountains Cultural Centre 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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Terms and Conditions InSight Member benefits apply to InSight Members only. InSight Member admission tickets are non-transferable. Individual Patron Members receive all regular benefits plus exclusive functions, events and special offers made throughout the year. Business Members receive all regular benefits plus discounts on venue hire and advertising in InSight Magazine for the registered business. A replacement card fee of 38 •for Blue Cultural $5 applies lostMountains membership cards. Centre Blue Mountains City Art Gallery

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