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BLUE MOUNTAINS CULTURAL CENTRE

ISSUE 16

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Public Programs Coordinator Marina Grasso Gallery Technician Jules Gull Curator Rilka Oakley Front of House Kellie Mar Connie Moran Nicole Roberts Patron Services Officer Nicole Roberts Café Coordinator Reggie Lawless

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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: Ona Janzen

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Front cover: JAMES BLACKWELL The Language of Trees Verse VIII (detail) 2017, paper, gums leaves, 61.5 x 60 cm. Commissioned for the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre Collection by David Coleby 2017

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Date of publication: February 2018

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FROM THE DIRECTOR Welcome to issue 16 of InSight Magazine. The start of 2018 has seen a focus on the Cultural Centre Collection as we install in the central courtyard our long awaited sculpture Wind, Stone – Earth and Sky by Koichi Ishino, display The Collection: New Acquisitions in the Gallery and run our ever anticipated Collectors' Edition fundraising show that auctions over 80 artworks by participating artists. This year’s fundraiser once again sees big names of the art world participating, and provides not only a great opportunity to collect original artwork for your own collection but also helps the Cultural Centre grow a collection of national significance. Our World Heritage Artist in Residence Program continues in 2018.

This valuable program is made possible through a partnership between the Cultural Centre and BigCi (Bilpin International Ground for Creative Initiatives) whereby selected artists are provided accommodation, working space and exhibition space to develop work based on their unique experiences of the Blue Mountains region. This year we welcome Karen Miranda Abel from Canada. Abel's residency focus is geodiversity and her exhibition will be on show at the Cultural Centre between 24 March and 6 May. I hope you enjoy this edition of InSight Magazine and encourage you to participate in one or more of the great arts and cultural events on offer in the Blue Mountains. Paul Brinkman Director, Blue Mountains Cultural Centre


NEW PUBLIC ART COMMISSION Through a generous donation from the late William Scrymgeour Tatlow, the Cultural Centre has achieved a long awaited goal of commissioning a significant, site specific sculpture for the central courtyard. A call for submissions was undertaken in February of 2017, resulting in 38 applications being received from across Australia. Renowned sculptor Koichi Ishino was selected to complete his proposed work, titled Wind, Stone – Earth and Sky. The sculpture is constructed from stainless steel and black granite in Ishino's trademark process of bonding the two materials with original inlay techniques. These techniques result in surfaces that morph from stone to steel across perfectly flat planes in a seemingly impossible junction. The mirrored stainless steel reflects the ever changing skyscape and contrasts with the solidity of the black granite, grounding the sculpture to the earth. Wind, Stone – Earth and Sky has been designed to both reflect the changing

elements of the Blue Mountains and reference the relationship between the mountains and the sky. Born in Japan, Ishino immigrated to Australia in 2009 and now lives and works in Gosford, NSW. He graduated from Kyoto City University with a Bachelor of Arts in 1976 and has been a full time artist for over 25 years. A regular participatant in Sculpture by the Sea in Bondi and Cottelsoe since 2001, Ishino was awarded the Waverley Council Mayor’s Prize, 2009. Ishino has gained an international reputation as an artist. He has completed numerous significant public international commissions and has been the recipient of numerous prizes, including the Tokyo National Museum of Modern Art Award (1997) and the Kyoto National Museum of Modern Art Award (1995). Wind, Stone – Earth and Sky is the 6th public art commission by the Cultural Centre and is on public display in the central courtyard. KOICHI ISHINO Wind, Stone – Earth and Sky 2018, stainless steel and granite, 340 x 250 cm InSight Membership Magazine issue 16 • 5


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

MOVING HISTORIES // FUTURE PROJECTIONS 20 JANUARY – 11 MARCH

COLLECTORS’ EDITION #5 24 MARCH – 8 APRIL

BLUE MOUNTAINS PORTRAITS 3 FEBRUARY – 18 MARCH

THE COLLECTION NEW ACQUISITIONS 24 MARCH – 6 MAY

KAREN MIRANDA ABEL LIMINAL REFUGIA 24 MARCH – 6 MAY

MARY ALICE EVATT ART FOR THE PEOPLE 12 MAY – 24 JUNE

OUT OF BOUNDS 19 MAY – 1 JULY

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MOVING HISTORIES // FUTURE PROJECTIONS 20 JANUARY – 11 MARCH Moving Histories // Future Projections brings together some of Australia’s leading female contemporary artists working across screen based media including Mikala Dwyer and Justene Williams, Amala Groom, Deborah Kelly, Kate Blackmore and Jacinta Tobin, Joan Ross, Soda_Jerk, Angelica Mesiti and Caroline Garcia, curated by Kelly Doley and Diana Baker-Smith of Barbara Cleveland (formally Brown Council). The artists in Moving Histories // Future Projections approach their subject matter in a variety of ways – they turn the camera on themselves, re-stage historical events or reimagine alternative futures through

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speculative accounts of the past. Through repetition, montage and mimicry, they explore a space where time folds in on itself and back again, each looking back while also moving forward. Collectively and individually they act as historians, archivists and archaeologists - excavating historical materials, digging through archives and channeling the past to make new connections across time and space. A dLux MediaArts exhibition toured by Museums & Galleries of NSW JOAN ROSS Colonial Grab (detail) 2014, digital animation, sound, 7.38 min. Animation and sound by Josh Raymond. Courtesy the artist and Michael Reid Gallery


PANEL DISCUSSION MEET THE SUBJECT: 3 ARTISTS | 3 SUBJECTS | 1 CONVERSATION SATURDAY 17 FEBRUARY 11AM – 12:30PM FREE WITH GALLERY ADMISSION TICKET

BLUE MOUNTAINS PORTRAITS 3 FEBRUARY – 18 MARCH Blue Mountains City Art Gallery is celebrating the Blue Mountains community with a major portrait exhibition of local personalities and community members. Over 40 artworks in a broad range of styles and media, including painting, photography, drawing and mixed media, will be exhibited together with a selection of portraits created by local Blue Mountains students. Works by: Peter Adams, Linda Aubrecht, Cath Barcan, Roslyn Elms, Simon Fraser, Jennifer Gabbay,

Brigitte Grant, Tony Grant, Kunchok Gyaltsen, Ona Janzen, Tim K Jones, April Keogh, Jennifer Leahy & Vincent Watson, Mathew Lynn, Tomasz Machnik, Kellie Mar, Alison Marcer, Scott Marr, Graham McCarter, Berylouise Mitchell, Chia Moan, Christian Mortensen, Benjamin Nelson, Bron Newman, Tim Newman, Buddy Patrick, Rachel Peachey & Paul Mosig, Ben Pearse, Victor Peralta, Mandy Schöne-Salter, Anne Smith, Gerlinde Thomas, Nicole Toms, Pam Vaughan, Marty Walker, Camille Walsh and Kayo Yokoyama.

Listen to an emerging artist, a mid-career artist and an established artist in conversation with their subjects as they discuss their approach to creating a portrait and why they selected their subjects. Artists Include: Kayo Yokoyama and her subject Robbie Beecroft, Mathew Lynn and his subject Tony Bond, and Kunchok Gyaltsen and his subject Jenny Kee. RSVP appreciated at Reception or 4780 5410. GRAHAM MCCARTER Peter Rushforth (detail) 2012, photographic print on Hahnemühle photo rag paper, 43 x 26 cm. Courtesy the artist

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KAREN MIRANDA ABEL LIMINAL REFUGIA 24 MARCH – 6 MAY In recognition of the significance and outstanding beauty of Australia’s Greater Blue Mountains UNESCO World Heritage Area, the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre hosts the World Heritage Artist in Residence Program. This initiative awards a 6-week artist residency to one artist at Bilpin international ground for Creative initiatives, to create a new body of work in response to the World Heritage Area followed by a solo exhibition at the Blue Mountains City Art Gallery. Canadian artist Karen Miranda Abel was selected as the 2017-2018 World Heritage Artist in Residence. Her exhibition Liminal Refugia is an atmospheric, embodied reflection on the perpetual interrelationships between earth (stone), water (rain) and fire (sunlight) that manifest in the ancient Triassic sandstone caves of the Greater Blue Mountains. Highlighting the fragility and mysterious purity of 10 • Blue Mountains City Cultural Art Gallery Centre Blue Mountains City Art Gallery


these timeless, shrouded ecologies, Abel’s site-specific field research included traversing to exemplary caves in the remote bushland of the Gardens of Stone and Wollemi National Parks. A Blue Mountains City Art Gallery exhibition KAREN MIRANDA ABEL Gardens of Stone: Cave I 2017, steel, natural patina, Blue Mountains rainwater, 240 x 120 cm. Image courtesy the artist

THE GEODIVERSITY PROJECT Karen Miranda Abel invites residents and visitors in the Blue Mountains region to be part of a participatory art project about the geodiversity of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area. Abel will be creating an elemental installation from small samples of earth collected by the public to be exhibited as part of Liminal Refugia. Pick up your geodiversity envelope from the reception desk at the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre and return it by February 15, 2018 at 5pm. InSight Membership Magazine issue 16 • 11


COLLECTORS' EDITION #5 24 MARCH – 8 APRIL Now in its fifth 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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HOW IT WORKS

OPENING EVENT

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All Collectors’ Edition #5 works are for sale through silent auction. Bidding opens at the exhibition launch on Friday 23 March and final bids are recorded at the closing function on Friday 6 April, at the ring of the 7pm bell. At this time, the five works that have attracted the highest bids are verbally auctioned. Each artwork is successfully purchased by the bidder with the highest bid at the close of the silent and verbal auctions.

FRIDAY 23 MARCH 6PM – 8PM

FRIDAY 6 APRIL 6PM – 8PM

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Join artists and collectors alike for the opening of Collectors’ Edition #5, which aims to raise funds for the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre’s Collection Acquisition Fund while showcasing the creative talents of our local artist community. Previous artworks acquired thanks to funds raised through the Collection Acquisition Fund include works by Euan Macleod and Locust Jones. Be amazed by the innovative ways the same A5 boards are transformed by artists you know and artists yet to be discovered!

The Closing Auction of Collectors’ Edition is fast becoming the not-to-be-missed social event of the year! Come along and see what all the fuss is about, and maybe even pick up a work or two by your favourite local artist and support the growth of the Cultural Centre’s permanent collection in the process!

To receive a bidder number you must register with our staff in the Gallery during the exhibition period. A registration fee applies to all bidders – $5 [inc. GST], which then includes free entry to the Gallery for the remainder of the exhibition.

RSVP appreciated at Reception or 4780 5410.

RSVP appreciated at Reception or 4780 5410.

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THE COLLECTION NEW ACQUISITIONS 24 MARCH – 6 MAY The Blue Mountains Cultural Centre Collection is continuously growing. Each artwork is selected based on its excellence, relevance, value and ability to celebrate the cultural identity of the Blue Mountains. The exhibition The Collection: New Acquisitions will showcase the latest additions to the Collection including works by James Blackwell, Locust Jones, Koichi Ishino, Bernard Ollis, Wendy Sharpe and Kurt Sorensen. A Blue Mountains City Art Gallery exhibition BERNARD OLLIS Tourists on the Grand Canal 2009, two plate etching, edition 21/30, 25 x 33 cm. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gift Program by Ian and Anne Smith

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FELT MAKING FOR ADULTS

FELT MAKING FOR KIDS

MAKE YOUR OWN FRENCH BERET WITH LOCAL ARTIST SASKIA EVERINGHAM OF FOJO FIBRE

MAKE YOUR OWN TREASURE PURSE WITH LOCAL ARTIST SASKIA EVERINGHAM OF FOJO FIBRE

SATURDAY 14 APRIL 10:30AM – 12:30PM

TUESDAY 24 APRIL 10:30AM – 11:30PM

Embrace your inner artist by making a French Beret, inspired by the Parisian etchings of Wendy Sharpe and Bernard Ollis. Choose the traditional black or be bold in your colour choice.

Enjoy lots of soapy fun making a little purse out of brightly coloured wool and water to keep your treasures safe and warm.

No felting experience necessary. $40 | $30 InSight Members Includes all materials. Bookings essential at Reception or 4780 5410.

No felting experience necessary. $20 | $15 InSight Members Includes all materials. Bookings essential at Reception or 4780 5410.

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MARY ALICE EVATT ART FOR THE PEOPLE 12 MAY – 24 JUNE Mary Alice Evatt, artist and cultural advocate, was married to Dr. Herbert Vere ‘Doc’ Evatt, Justice of the High Court of Australia and prominent Labor party politician. Evatt was an influential and committed advocate of Australian contemporary art. In 1943 she was appointed a trustee of the Art Gallery of New South Wales and continued as the sole female member of the board until 1970. The exhibition features works from private and public collections and provides the unique opportunity to view works acquired and bequeathed by the Evatts. This includes works by artists such as Fernand Léger, Henri Matisse, Maurice de Vlaminck and Amedeo Modigliani, as well as works by some of Evatt’s friends, including Margaret Olley, John Coburn, Moya Dyring and Tom Gleghorn. A Blue Mountains City Art Gallery exhibition curated by Dr. Melissa Boyde

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CURATOR'S TALK SATURDAY 19 MAY 2PM – 3PM FREE WITH GALLERY ADMISSION TICKET Join us for a curatorial talk by Dr Melissa Boyde, Curator of Mary Alice Evatt: Art for the People. The life and work of Mary Alice Evatt as well as the artworks of significant Modernist Masters of the 20th century will be the focus of this curator's talk. An afternoon not to be missed! RSVP appreciated at Reception or 4780 5410. OPPOSITE: MARY ALICE EVATT Woman in green sitting on red chair 1930, oil on board, 66 x 55.5 cm. Collection of Rosalind Carrodus. Photo: Graham Lupp

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OUT OF BOUNDS 19 MAY – 1 JULY Out of Bounds, featuring Rachel Peachey & Paul Mosig, Heidi Axelsen & Hugo Moline, Hannah Bath, Chris Carmody and Nick McKinlay, uses play and field studies as creative research tools to look at how the built environment affects the way we learn, the way we process ideas, the way we relate to each other and the way we impose boundaries on our behaviour. The artists use archetypal children’s play structures as a design reference and local parks as field sites for experimentation. The artists will work with these ideas using photography, painting, drawing, sculpture, video and sound. A Blue Mountains Cultural Centre Exposé program exhibition Image courtesy the artists.

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MONSTER PARK – DESIGNING PLAY SPACES WITH SCULPTURE AND DIGITAL COMPOSITING WITH ARTISTS RACHEL PEACHEY & PAUL MOSIG SATURDAY 26 MAY 10:30AM – 1PM AGES 8 – 12YRS Do you find the local playground boring and repetitive? Come and design you own play space with local artists Rachel Peachey and Paul Mosig. In this workshop you will create a miniature play space using sculptural material and models. You will then learn how to put yourself and your friends into these creations using a green screen and digital compositing. Rachel and Paul will also show you some of the most amazing and exciting parks from around the world. Take home a high resolution digital file and a finished print of your work. All tickets $40 Includes all materials. Bookings essential at Reception or 4780 5410.

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NEW ACQUISITION FOR THE BLUE MOUNTAINS CULTURAL CENTRE COLLECTION: JAMES BLACKWELL Since its launch in March 2014, the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre Collection has been growing steadily and now contains over 110 artworks by over 45 artists of local, national and international repute. Unlike many regional gallery collections the Cultural Centre’s Collection is not associated with an art prize. The Collection is curated, with all artworks acquired through careful selection by the Cultural Centre’s Advisory Committee. This method of collecting ensures the integrity of the Collection as it grows and guarantees all artworks acquired have been considered based on their relevance to the Collection as a whole and their ability to be exhibited on a regular basis. Many of the artworks in the Collection have been acquired through the generosity of artists and patrons who value the development of a

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public art collection for the Blue Mountains. With limited collection acquisition funds, it is always exciting when a donation is made that allows the Collection to take a significant step forward. In December of 2016 such a moment occurred when Blue Mountains resident David Coleby expressed an interest in commissioning artist James Blackwell to produce a work for the Collection. Almost twelve months later the Cultural Centre accepted a set of four stunning James Blackwell artworks that showcase the artist’s intricate attention to detail and refined design sense. The generosity of both David Coleby, for his commitment to growing the Cultural Centre Collection, and James Blackwell, for his efforts in completing the commission, has resulted in a major acquisition that will be enjoyed for generations to come.

Maranatha, The Sacrament of a Pause, Grass Fire and The Language of Trees Verse VIII (all 2017) by James Blackwell will be exhibited at Blue Mountains City Art Gallery as part of exhibition The Collection: New Acquisitions from 24 March – 6 May. OPPOSITE: JAMES BLACKWELL Maranatha 2017, paper, maple leaves, Gingko leaves, gum nuts, 61.5 x 60 cm. Commissioned for the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre Collection by David Coleby 2017


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Community Events SCULPTURE OTHERWISE 13 APRIL – 13 MAY BLUE MOUNTAINS CITY ART GALLERY Sculpture Otherwise is an exhibition of small sculpture by the exhibiting artists participating in Sculpture at Scenic World in 2018. 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 2018 Sculpture at Scenic World exhibition. A Sculpture at Scenic World exhibition

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CURATOR'S TALK SATURDAY 21 APRIL 11AM – 12PM FREE WITH GALLERY ADMISSION TICKET Be guided by Justin Morrissey, Exhibition Manager and Curator of Sculpture at Scenic World as he explores some of the smaller works created by the artists represented in this year’s Sculpture at Scenic World

exhibition. Let Justin’s knowledge of contemporary sculptural and installation practice transform your understanding in this dynamic curator's talk. RSVP appreciated at Reception or 4780 5410. GEORGINA HUMPHRIES Coloured Model 2017, coloured paper card and sticky tape, 140 x 18 x 11 cm. Photo by Silversalt


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Public Programs

THE ART OF CHINESE CALLIGRAPHY WITH ARTIST XUEYI BAI 7 WEEK COURSE TUESDAYS 13 FEBRUARY – 27 MARCH 1:30PM – 3PM The ancient art of Chinese calligraphy is traditionally 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. Learn to control a soft brush on rice paper, and use it to form bold yet delicate strokes that create

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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 that is a pleasure to perform and a delight to view. This course is suitable for students of all levels. Beginners will start with the basic movements of dots and strokes on rice paper. More advanced learners will be guided to develop confidence

with the changing of strokes and their cooperation within characters, and will further understand how the heaviness and speed of the brush as well as the space between characters affect the balance of whole works. $175 | $150 InSight Members Materials are included. Please bring an apron and closed in shoes. Bookings essential at Reception or 4780 5410.


5 WEEK ACCESS PROGRAM INSPIRED BY ART WITH ARTIST EDUCATOR CLARE DELANEY TUESDAYS, 10:30AM – 12:30PM TERM 1 6 MARCH – 3 APRIL TERM 2 22 MAY – 19 JUNE TERM 3 14 AUGUST – 11 SEPTEMBER TERM 4 30 OCTOBER – 27 NOVEMBER

Each Term students explore a new suite of exhibitions in an inclusive class open to all ages and abilities. Participants will join artist Clare Delaney for a tour of the City Art Gallery followed by a mixed media art making workshop inspired by their Gallery visit. Each week students will engage with art, learn a new skill and build upon the skills they learnt from the previous week to create their own artworks. Collaboration and an open mind are encouraged.

Students must be able to have an attention span of 2hrs. $75 | $65 InSight Members. Prices per term. Spaces are strictly limited. Bookings are essential at Reception or 4780 5410

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9 WEEK PAINTING THE LANDSCAPE COURSE WITH ARTIST TIM ALLEN WEDNESDAYS, 2 MAY – 27 JUNE 10:30AM – 1PM This workshop covers the many varied creative and technical approaches to the landscape painting tradition. Students will work plein air (taking in the spectacular views from the Cultural Centre) as well as from sketches, photos, memory and imagination. They will explore colour, mark making and composition. Tim will demonstrate many techniques and approaches to the genre; he will introduce and analyse historical and contemporary landscape artists as well as discussing his own work. There will also be individual feedback as students develop their own unique approaches and styles. Suitable for all students with some previous painting or drawing experience (equivalent to a one term art class or more). $350 | $325 InSight Members Includes all materials. Bookings essential at Reception or 4780 5410. 28 • Blue Mountains Cultural Centre


2ND KATOOMBA ¡AH-HA! CIRCUS & VARIETY NIGHT SATURDAY 24 FEBRUARY DOORS OPEN 7:30PM 8PM START LIMITED SEATING This one night only event features performances by Mare (Strings on Fire), Ben Noir (Ben Palumbo) Stuart Christie (Ex Circus Oz), Sydney special guest Skye Gelman (2015 Greenroom Award for Innovation in Contemporary Circus), Tahmour Bloomfied (Winner of Grand Jury 1st Prize for Street Theatre at the Vevey Artists de Rue Festival) and Sydney special guest MC Marlena Dali (the Oyster Club) with local house band still to be announced! $27 | $20 Concession Tickets sold via: https://www.trybooking.com/TOQE Please note this event is not suitable for children.

BEGINNERS INK PAINTING WORKSHOP WITH ARTIST SOFIE DIEU-GROSJEAN

2018 SYDNEY WRITERS' FESTIVAL IN THE BLUE MOUNTAINS

SATURDAY 31 MARCH

SATURDAY 28 APRIL

10:30AM – 1:30PM

Blue Mountains Library and Cultural Centre, in partnership with Varuna and the Sydney Writers’ Festival, will host a fabulous, day-long program of literary events for kids and adults. The program will include a special story time from a legend of children’s picture books and a visit from a bestselling children’s author as well as a youth writing workshop. Adults can catch a symposium on climate and the economy, a how-to-get published forum and a special spotlight on Western Sydney writers. All program details and tickets are released on 16 March 2018!

In this workshop you will be introduced to the main principles of ink painting and will learn the central role of water to compose a balanced artwork. You will learn ‘wet on wet’ and ‘wet on dry’ techniques, and will experiment through layering effects to create light and darkness. You will discover various reserve techniques to create depth and texture. This workshop also includes tips for ink management, brush and paper qualities, how to use negative and positive space efficiently. By the end of the workshop you will have produced one A4 and one A3 painting which explore a variety of textures and details.

For more information visit: www.varuna.com.au

$110 | $100 InSight Members Please bring your own apron, notebook and pen. Bookings essential at Reception or 4780 5410. InSight Membership Magazine issue 16 • 29


The Gallery Café 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

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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.

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


InSight Membership MEMBER BENEFITS Free annual entry to the Blue Mountains City Art Gallery and World Heritage Exhibition Discounts on 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 selected Blue Mountains Theatre house shows No booking fee at Blue Mountains Theatre Exclusive access to pre-sale tickets on selected events at Blue Mountains Theatre

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SUMMER EXPOSURE PRIZE WINNERS After a stellar line-up of exhibitions in 2017, Braemar Gallery finished the year on a high with the annual community exhibition Summer Exposure. The exhibition showcased works from supporters of Braemar Gallery, including previous exhibitors and volunteers, in a vibrant display of local talent. Works featured a range of mediums: oils, watercolour, acrylic, mixed media, sculpture, photography, drawing and textiles. Three artists were awarded sponsored prizes from local businesses ColourArt, Springwood, the Ori Café and the Oriental Hotel. The competitive Director's Choice, selected by Blue Mountains Cultural Centre Director, Paul Brinkman, was awarded to Rachel Hannan for her work Lincoln Rock Winter Sunset. And the ever-popular Viewer's Choice prizes were claimed by Bron Newman for her work

Shallows and Tiffany Beaumont for her sculpture Where's Dorothy?. With 50 participating artists and 79 entries, Summer Exposure is a wonderful community event that celebrates the diversity of creative talent right here in the Blue Mountains. If you haven't yet made your way to Braemar Gallery, 2018 is set to be a cracking program of Blue Mountains artists. The Gallery is open Thursday to Sunday, 10am – 4pm. We hope to see you there! TOP: RACHEL HANNAN Lincoln Rock Winter Sunset 2017, oil on canvas, 50 x 50 cm MIDDLE: BRON NEWMAN Shallows 2017, oil on paper, 30 x 20 cm BOTTOM: TIFFANY BEAUMONT 2017, Where's Dorothy?, sculpture, glass & cement, 100 x 75 cm

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OPEN THURSDAY – SUNDAY 10AM – 4PM FREE ENTRY

22 FEBRUARY – 25 MARCH SALLY COPPARD IS THERE STILL LIFE? BLUE MOUNTAINS EMBROIDERY GROUP FOLLOW THE THREAD – A TEXTILE EMBROIDERY CONNECTION

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PETA HINTON DWELL PENELOPE HALE THE PATCHWORK OF CHILDHOOD 26 APRIL – 20 MAY METAL URGES REBECCA WATERSTONE NEAR AND FAR


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DAMIEN LEITH THE WINNER’S JOURNEY 10TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR SATURDAY 27 AUGUST 8PM This special concert marks 10 years since Damien Leith won Australian Idol and released his six times platinum album - The Winner’s Journey. To celebrate this auspicious

anniversary, the Aria award winning singer-songwriter is gearing up for a massive national tour and performing for the very first time in the Blue Mountains. Hear favourites like Night of my Life, Hallelujah and Roy Orbison classics, along with rare gems, audience requests and hilarious untold stories from this renowned musician, novelist and raconteur.

ARIA award-nominated Baby et Lulu ARIA award-nominated Baby et Lulu accompanied by their six-piece band accompanied by their six-piece band return to Blue Mountains Theatre for a return Blue Mountains Theatre show to of the gorgeous French music full of for a show of gorgeous joie de vivre, seductive French harmony, and music full ofetjoie seductive that Baby Lulude jevivre, ne sais quoi! harmony, and that Baby et Lulu je ne Lara Goodridge (FourPlay String sais quoi! Quartet) and Abby Dobson (Leonardo’s Bride) combine their Lara Goodridge (FourPlay String amazing talents in an explosion of Quartet) and Abby Dobson French chic that will have you thinking (Leonardo’s Bride) combine their you are talents in a Parisian A heady amazing in anCafé! explosion of combination of feminine couture – French chic that will have you thinking from elegant to va va voom, seductive you are in a Parisian Café! A heady $65witty Adultbanter, | $55 Concession and romantic chansons combination of feminine couture – sung exquisitely in French, and the Bookings via from elegant to va va voom, seductive extraordinary musicianship of the www.bluemountainstheatre.com and witty banter, romantic chansons band – leaves audiences enraptured. or contact 4723 sung exquisitely in5050 French, and the extraordinary musicianship of the $38 Adult | $36 Concession band - leaves audiences enraptured. Bookings via $65 Adult | $55 Concession www.bluemountainstheatre.com or contact the Box Office on 4723 5050 Bookings via A one off booking fee of $3.30 (for service www.bluemountainstheatre.com and handling) applies per transaction: this is orregardless contact of 4723 5050 or value of items the number purchased.

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DAN SULTAN FRIDAY 27 APRIL, 8PM The multi award-winning Dan Sultan will be getting up close and personal with fans when he brings his Killer Solo Tour to Blue Mountains Theatre. In an intimate and acoustic performance, Sultan will strip back to basics – just Dan, a Steinway concert grand piano and his guitar – as he reimagines tracks from his three-times ARIA-nominated 2017 album Killer alongside old favourites. This is a unique opportunity to experience the extraordinary storytelling and musicianship of Dan Sultan. All tickets $44 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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ZENRASA SUNDAY 15 APRIL, 2PM Bronwyn Kirkpatrick – shakuhachi Colin Berryman – sitar Special guest John May - calabash Grounded in traditional Japanese and Indian melodies and rhythms, “Rasa” is that power in music to evoke an emotion, to transport the listener to another place or time, while the traditional music of the shakuhachi is a meditation practice in Japanese “Zen” Buddhism. Colin was a disciple of the late Pandit Ashok Roy; while Bronwyn

is an award-winning Master of the Shakuhachi. Both regularly perform in cross-cultural collaborations: Colin in Eric Whitacre’s Winter and projects such as The Firebird, Intertwine, D’yari (Kurdish); while Bronwyn with the Bell Shakespeare Theatre Company, Sydney Dance Company and TaikOz.

$28 | $25 Concession 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.

For this special debut performance, Bronwyn and Colin are joined by renowned percussionist John May on the West African gourd-drum, the calabash, creating an eclectic instrumental fusion that promises to be fascinating, joyous and uplifting.

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THE NECKS FRIDAY 2 MARCH, 8PM “The greatest trio on earth” – New York Times, 2017 The Necks return to Blue Mountains Theatre after one of their busiest years yet in 2017 – which featured the release of their acclaimed double LP Unfold; opening for Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds on their Australian

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tour; a successful tour of the US; three European tours and a huge feature article in the New York Times. The Necks are one of the great cult bands of Australia. Featuring Chris Abrahams (piano), Tony Buck (drums) and Lloyd Swanton (bass), these three internationally renowned performers conjure a chemistry together that is brilliant and unparalleled in the world of music.

All tickets $38 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.


TURNER’S TURN SATURDAY 24 FEBRUARY, 8PM Geraldine Turner is one of Australia’s most legendary leading ladies, winning enormous acclaim for roles in stage musicals, on television, film and also through her extensive recording output. Turner’s Turn is a celebration of Geraldine’s incredible life on stage and marks her first cabaret performance in more than ten years. This intimate evening of songs from her celebrated career, peppered with show business anecdotes and great stories, is a rare opportunity to see one of Australia’s most beloved leading ladies up close and personal. Geraldine is accompanied on piano by Musical Director Brad Miller. $49 | $45 Concession InSight Members discount 10% 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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FAITH I BRANKO FRIDAY 23 FEBRUARY, 8PM One of the world’s great Gypsy bands will perform a special one-off concert at the Blue Mountains Theatre. Hailed as international Romani figures, Faith I Branko appear regularly at major concert venues and music events including Royal Festival Hall, Glastonbury, Ealing Jazz Festival and the Vienna Roma Festival. Combining the accordion, violin, effects pedal and tabor pipe, Faith I Branko take the audience on a journey from melancholy Roma violin laments to storming Serbian Kolos, with explorations into jazz improvisation, swing, Gypsy Rumba, Turkish and Indian influenced music. $35 | $30 Concession InSight Members discount 10% 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. 3 • Blue Mountains Theatre & Community Hub


Blue Mountains Theatre & Community Hub Program

FAITH I BRANKO FRIDAY 23 FEBRUARY

THE NECKS FRIDAY 2 MARCH

DAN SULTAN FRIDAY 27 APRIL

TURNER'S TURN SATURDAY 24 FEBRUARY

ZENRASA SUNDAY 15 APRIL

BABY ET LULU SATURDAY 28 APRIL

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THE ENCHANTED FLUTE

LAST NIGHT AT THE PROMS - A Community Event

Melissa Doecke & Mark Isaacs

Blue Mountains Orchestra / Mass Choir / Soloists

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Sat 3 March 2018, 7.30pm

STREETON TRIO Piano & Strings

Sat 5 May 2018, 7.30pm Sun 9 September 2018, 2.00pm

ACACIA STRING QUARTET

IAN COOPER & EMMA PASK Jazz Soul & Gypsy Swing

Sat 23 June 2018,

Sat 15 September 2018, 7.30pm

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ROGER WOODWARD

SIMON TEDESCHI

Piano Recital

Piano Recital

Sat 28 July 2018, 7.30pm Photo: Limelight

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FROM THE HUB 2018 sees the Blue Mountains Theatre head into its fourth year with some incredible international performers and stunningly talented musicians set to grace our stage. The program will be off to a rockin’ start with Jeff Duff’s extraordinary Bowie Unzipped, a must-see for fans of David Bowie. Raymond Crowe: The Unusualist will amaze and delight with his medley of illusion, comedy, magic and artistry. We’ll be presenting a bevy of critically acclaimed musicians when we turn up the heat with passionate and fiery European gypsy ensemble, Faith I Branko and renowned cult band The Necks, who return to the Theatre with their mesmerising soundscapes. Theatre diva Geraldine Turner will grace our stage with her fabulous new show Turner’s Turn. This is a rare chance to

see one of the greats of Australian musical theatre in a most intimate and entertaining cabaret performance. Eclectic world fusion group ZenRasa sees the shakuhachi, calabash and sitar come together for a fascinating concert that promises to be uplifting and joyous. Female performers abound with an exhilarating performance from The Ten Sopranos, while enchanting chanteuses Baby et Lulu return for a show of gorgeous French music. And if that’s not enough, multi-Aria award winning performer Dan Sultan will present a spellbinding one-off solo show performing on our Steinway concert grand! This and many more exciting programs can be found at: bluemountainstheatre.com Tim Smith Facility Manager Blue Mountains Theatre


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

InSight Membership Magazine Issue 16  

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

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