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BLUE MOUNTAINS CULTURAL CENTRE

ISSUE 17


Public Programs Coordinator Katrina Noorbergen Gallery Technician Jules Gull Curator Rilka Oakley Front of House Kellie Mar Connie Moran Nicole Roberts Patron Services Officer Nicole Roberts Café Coordinator Sharon Holstein

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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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contents Editor: Nicole Roberts InSight is proudly designed and printed in the Blue Mountains.

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FROM THE DIRECTOR

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

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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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BLUE MOUNTAINS BOTANICA: EXPLORE, COLLECT, CREATE

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COMMUNITY EVENTS

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BLUE MOUNTAINS CULTURAL CENTRE PUBLIC PROGRAMS

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Printing: Springwood Printing Front cover: Telopea speciosissima, botanical illustration from Curtis's Botanical Magazine, 1808. Image courtesy Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust Date of publication: June 2018

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FROM THE DIRECTOR It is an exciting time of the year at Blue Mountains Cultural Centre as we celebrate NAIDOC Week with a range of exhibitions and public programs. On the 6th of July we will be launching John South’s exhibition Skyworld, exploring Aboriginal astronomy through film and installations. On the 9th of July we will host the local NAIDOC Awards and annual flag raising ceremony, and in following weeks we will be presenting a wide range of talks, screenings and workshops celebrating Aboriginal culture. The Cultural Centre marks its 100th exhibition since opening in 2012 with the presentation of the feature show Blue Mountains Botanica. This exhibition is a unique collaboration between the Cultural Centre and the

Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust that has enabled the Cultural Centre to borrow rare and fascinating objects from the early colonial period of exploration to the Blue Mountains. Botanical drawings, etchings, books and plant specimens make up this extensive exhibition that has been curated to specifically focus on the unique flora of the Blue Mountains. Timed to coincide with the Leura Gardens Festival, Blue Mountains Botanica will be on show from 25 August to 14 October. Paul Brinkman Director, Blue Mountains Cultural Centre


BLUE MOUNTAINS CULTURAL CENTRE AND SCULPTURE AT SCENIC WORLD PARTNERSHIP EXHIBITION OPPORTUNITY 2018 26 JUNE – 29 JULY Each year one work from the Sculpture at Scenic World exhibition is chosen for the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre Exhibition Opportunity, and is displayed for one month at the Cultural Centre after Sculpture at Scenic World concludes. This year, the Exhibition Opportunity was awarded to David Jensz with his work Ripple, to be installed in the Cultural Centre central courtyard from 26 June – 29 July. Ripple is made from recycled corrugated iron, re-configured to create a horizontal plane, with a series of conical trumpet-like depressions that represent anomalies in the fabric of space/time. The geological time frame represented in the sandstone cliffs of the Blue Mountains predates civilisation and extends beyond our everyday

experience. The grandeur of the environment can unite us through a sense of perspective: the immensity of space/time reminds us of the small but integral part we play in the world and the interconnections that link us to our time and reality. The scale of the universe and the limitations of trying to fully comprehend it is one of the primary motivating factors behind Jensz's practice. Cosmologists tell us that our solar system is one of millions in our galaxy and that our galaxy is one of billions in the universe. As large as the visible universe is, apparently we can only see 5% of what is out there. The other 95% is Dark Energy or Dark Matter. DAVID JENSZ Ripple (detail) 2017, recycled corrugated iron, 650 x 320 x 70 cm. Photo: A Shot Above photography

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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

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

JOHN SOUTH SKYWORLD 30 JUNE – 19 AUGUST

MYCORRHIZAL FUTURAE - FEROX – INFERIUS 25 AUGUST – 7 OCTOBER

OUT OF BOUNDS 19 MAY – 1 JULY

OPERATION ART 30 JUNE – 19 AUGUST

BLUE MOUNTAINS BOTANICA 25 AUGUST – 14 OCTOBER

KEVINA-JO SMITH NEVER GIVE UP 7 JULY – 19 AUGUST

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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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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 effects 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 work

with these ideas using photography, painting, drawing, sculpture, video and sound. A Blue Mountains Cultural Centre Exposé Program exhibition

THIS PAGE: Image courtesy the artists. OPPOSITE: MARY ALICE EVATT Woman in green sitting on red chair 1930, oil on board, 66 x 55.5 cm. Photo: Graham Lupp

This project was assisted by the Windmill Trust Scholarship, established by the Windmill Trust in memory of artist Penny Meagher. The program is administered by the National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA).

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JOHN SOUTH: SKYWORLD 30 JUNE – 19 AUGUST Australian Aboriginal cultures are rich with astronomical connections, including sky stories, which are a way of remembering and transmitting important parts of ceremony, law and culture. Skyworld is the spiritual realm beyond the horizon that is part of the Aboriginal cosmology shared across tribes. It is inhabited by Dreamtime ancestors who formed our landscape before transcending into the sky, leaving behind geological reminders, such as rock formations, mountains, plants or animals. Through film and installation John South (Barkindji) explores Aboriginal astronomy and the cultural and spiritual mythologies surrounding the night sky. South uses the waterlily as a symbol of connection between the Skyworld above and the earth below. A Blue Mountains City Art Gallery exhibition curated by Rilka Oakley

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OPENING NIGHT JOHN SOUTH: SKYWORLD

RHIZOME – COLLABORATIVE WATERLILY INSTALLATION

FRIDAY 6 JULY 6PM – 9PM

SATURDAY 7 JULY 11AM – 1PM

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Join us for the exhibition launch of John South: Skyworld.

Artist John South (Barkindji) invites community members and visitors to a collaborative waterlily making session. The waterlilies can be taken home or placed in the Gallery as part of a temporary installation to accompany John South: Skyworld.

Beginning just after sunset, Darug and Gundungurra Elders will welcome us to Country and then lead us through an immersive smoking ceremony by Darug man Chris Tobin. Through performance, music and storytelling Wagana Aboriginal Dancers will share their contemporary and traditional Aboriginal dances, inspired by the landscape and creation stories of the Blue Mountains and Central NSW West country. RSVP appreciated at reception or 4780 5410. OPPOSITE: JOHN SOUTH Skyworld 2018, video installation THIS PAGE: Image courtesy Penrith Observatory

Children must be supervised by an adult. RSVP appreciated at reception or 4780 5410.

STARGAZING EVENING & PLANETARIUM SATURDAY 7 JULY 6PM – 8PM FREE EVENT Turn your eyes to the night sky for a fascinating evening of stargazing at the Cultural Centre, led by astronomers from the Penrith Observatory. Hot food and drinks will

be available from the Gallery Café as you view celestial bodies through a variety of telescopes. A planetarium will also be set up in the Gallery space for one night only, running astronomy presentations alongside John South: Skyworld. Outdoor stargazing (weather permitting) and planetarium sessions require booking at reception or call 4780 5410.

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OPERATION ART 30 JUNE – 19 AUGUST Operation Art is the premier state wide visual arts exhibition for students from Kindergarten to Year 10. It is a unique contemporary children’s exhibition which encourages students to create artworks for children in hospital. The exhibition focuses on creating a positive environment to aid the healing and recovery process of young patients. The Operation Art Touring Exhibition comprises 50 selected artworks from the 2017 Operation Art Main Exhibition. These works will tour regionally and be on display at Blue Mountains City Art Gallery from 30 June – 19 August 2018. They will then be given to The Children's Hospital at Westmead as part of their permanent collection. Operation Art is an initiative of NSW Department of Education and The Children’s Hospital at Westmead AARON NGUYEN, Clemton Park Public School, year 2

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STUDENT OPERATION ART WORKSHOPS YEARS 1 & 2 TUESDAY 14 AUGUST YEARS 3 & 4 WEDNESDAY 15 AUGUST YEARS 5 & 6 THURSDAY 16 AUGUST 9AM – 2:30PM Spend a whole day making, creating and learning new visual arts skills with these fun and practical student workshops. Covering a variety of mediums, experiment and expand your artmaking experience with drawing, painting, printing, mixed media and sculpture. Parents are invited to a mini presentation of the work at 2:30pm. All equipment and materials are supplied but you should bring recess, lunch and a paint shirt. $50.60 per student Bookings essential via: www.artsunit.nsw.edu.au RUBY WEST, Neutral Bay Public School, year 1

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KEVINA-JO SMITH NEVER GIVE UP 7 JULY – 19 AUGUST Kevina-Jo Smith’s Never Give Up is an immersive installation, combining film, photographs, textile panels and costumes to enact a collective consciousness around the ever increasing environmental threats facing our planet. The exhibition is formulated as a direct response to Smith’s experience as artist in residence in a remote Indigenous community in the Guna Yala region of Panama. Smith’s art practice is focused on connecting the material world with the imagined – global with local. She weaves an intensely personal visual language as a means of addressing social, environmental and political issues. Her multi-layered installations often incorporate up-cycled and found materials, with each component being delicate and time consuming to create. This slow and labour intense process is Smith’s tribute to the natural world and a ritual against destruction. A Blue Mountains Cultural Centre Exposé Program exhibition 14 • Blue Mountains City Art Gallery


along some pictures and examples to get your brain racing with ideas. You will use things commonly found in your recycling bin at home to build small structures in a pot plant. Materials are supplied, but you are very welcome to bring along things from your own recycling and collecting. $45 | $40 InSight Members.

TINY TREEHOUSES WITH KEVINA-JO SMITH FRIDAY 20 JULY 10:30AM – 12:30PM AGES 8 – 14 Do you like to build things and create your own unique spaces? Do you like thinking and learning about the future of our environment? Artist Kevina-Jo Smith invites you to come along and create your own tiny 'treehouse,' scaled down to indoor plant size for you to take home and continue to nurture. Kevina will bring

Bookings essential at reception or 4780 5410.

residency that inspired the work for this show and why Zoe is interested in collaborating with Kevina to design and publish a book of her artwork. RSVP appreciated at reception or 4780 5410. OPPOSITE: KEVINA-JO SMITH Queen of the Turtles (detail) 2017, type C print, 101 x 81 cm. Photo: Sofie Iverson THIS PAGE: Exhibiting artist Kevina-Jo Smith.

ARTIST IN CONVERSATION SATURDAY 21 JULY 11AM – 12PM FREE WITH GALLERY ADMISSION TICKET Immerse yourself in Kevina-Jo Smith’s exhibition Never Give Up before joining Kevina and designer, writer and senior lecturer at University of Technology, Sydney Zoe Sadokierski for a conversation in the Gallery. Kevina and Zoe will discuss the artist

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MYCORRHIZAL FUTURAE - FEROX – INFERIUS 25 AUGUST – 7 OCTOBER Mycorrhizal: Futurae - Ferox – Inferius is Freedom Wilson’s new body of work which raises awareness of the endangered Buttercup Doubletail Orchid (Diuris aequalis). Orchids have evolved highly complex ecological partnerships over millennia. Beneath the soil each plant species depends on a specific species of Mycorrhizal fungus for its existence. Little is known about the optimal environmental conditions that support these fungi, but many can only grow in healthy ecosystems. Wilson participated in botanical surveys and field research in the Kanangra Boyd Wilderness area and in Snow Gum habitat near the

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Wombeyan Caves and Canberra. She was guided in her research by Ecologist and Saving Our Species Project Officer Anna Murphy from the Office of Environment and Heritage. A Blue Mountains Cultural Centre Exposé Program exhibition

FREEDOM WILSON Boyd River Buttercup Doubletail Orchid (detail) 2018, mono print, 77 x 57 cm. Photo: Marty J Walker


TAKE A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE – PLANT EVOLUTION WITH ANNA MURPHY SATURDAY 25 AUGUST 10AM – 12PM FREE EVENT Anna Murphy, Threatened Species Officer for the Office of Environment and Heritage will lead a walk through local bushland to discover the fascinating ecology and evolution of Australian plants. Meet at the Cultural Centre at 10am. RSVP appreciated at reception or 4780 5410.

and encourage better outcomes for the environment? Artist Freedom Wilson and ecologist Anna Murphy discuss Mycorrhizal Futureae -Ferox - Inferius, an art project exploring the plight of the endangered Buttercup Doubletail Orchid. Freedom and Anna will talk about the importance of preserving Australian biodiversity and the crucial work being undertaken to look after threatened species. Also presenting will be David King, Gundungurra man and local bushcare legend, who will discuss the cultural impact of losing a threatened species. RSVP appreciated at reception or 4780 5410.

THREATENED SPECIES DAY GALLERY TALK

BUSHCARE CONVERSATIONS

SATURDAY 8 SEPTEMBER 11AM – 12PM

SATURDAY 8 SEPTEMBER 1PM – 2PM

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How can the meeting of art and science help to develop new understandings of the Australian bush

Learn more about restoring and protecting the natural environment by attending this bushcare information sharing session at the

Blue Mountains Cultural Centre. Local bushcare and conservation groups will discuss their recent initiatives and provide information about how you can be involved. RSVP appreciated at reception or 4780 5410.

JUNIOR SILK SCREEN PRINTING WORKSHOP INSPIRED BY THE BUSH TUESDAY 2 OCTOBER 10AM – 2PM AGES 7+ Join exhibiting artist Freedom Wilson for a fun silk screen printing workshop inspired by things we find in the Australian Bush. Using a collection of found leaves, flowers, feathers, twigs and insects, learn how to create a silk screen stencil and print your own T-shirt. $75 | $70 InSight Members. Materials included. Bookings essential at reception or 4780 5410.

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Blue Mountains Botanica 25 AUGUST – 14 OCTOBER For more than two centuries the unique vegetation of the Blue Mountains region has provided a rich treasure trove for some of Australia’s most notable botanists and botanical illustrators. By naming and documenting a myriad of plant species they paved the way for today’s conservation and research efforts. Developed in partnership with the Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust, Blue Mountains Botanica delves into the history of botanical exploration of the Blue Mountains and features historical botanical illustrations, plant specimen and archival material drawn from the National Herbarium of NSW, the Daniel Solander Library and the Blue

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Mountains Botanic Garden, Mount Tomah. The exhibition will also feature a selection of works by contemporary Sydney and Blue Mountains artists who incorporate botanical elements in their works through a range of media such as drawing, photography and installations. Exhibiting artists are James Blackwell, Ona Janzen, Jennifer Leahy & Edith Pass, Angela Lober, Julie Nettleton, Edith Rewa and Jacqueline Spedding. A Blue Mountains City Art Gallery exhibition developed in partnership with the Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust. Pimelia linifolia, botanical illustration from Curtis's Botanical Magazine, 1805. Image courtesy Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust


SHEDDING A LIGHT ON BOTANICAL SPECIMENS WITH MIGUEL GARCIA

BOTANIC ART FOR BEGINNERS WITH ANGELA LOBER

SATURDAY 25 AUGUST 2PM – 3PM

SATURDAY 6 OCTOBER & SUNDAY 7 OCTOBER

FREE WITH GALLERY ADMISSION TICKET

10AM – 3:30PM

Join us for an intriguing insight into the historical and botanical specimens on display as part of Blue Mountains Botanica. Miguel Garcia will discuss his role working as Librarian in the Daniel Solander Library, Royal Botanic Gardens and the significance of the Herbarium in the study and conservation of these specimens. RSVP appreciated at reception or 4780 5410.

This introductory botanic art course covers the techniques needed to prepare and sketch a botanical subject and build an image using watercolour paint. Artist Angela Lober will guide students through observation and sketching a subject from life to building tonal, realistic images. Through class demonstrations and one-on-one guidance, exercises will explore general principles in composition, light and shade, and colour mixing. $245 | $230 InSight Members

ANGELA LOBER Stenocarpus sinuatus 'Firewheel tree' 2008, watercolour, 75 x 60 cm. Image courtesy Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust

Required materials list available on request. Bookings essential at reception or 4780 5410.

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BLUE MOUNTAINS BOTANICA EXPLORE, COLLECT, CREATE AND DISCOVER Blue Mountains Cultural Centre has partnered with the Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust, Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mount Tomah and the Leura Gardens Festival to celebrate spring in the Blue Mountains across three locations:

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BLUE MOUNTAINS CITY ART GALLERY Follow the journey of the first botanical explorers to the Blue Mountains and discover stunning historical plant specimen, botanical illustrations and archival records, which tell the story of the first attempts to document the unique plant world of the region. Joseph Maiden, Allan Cunningham, Robert Brown, George Caley, Isobel Bowden and Margaret Flockton, amongst others, were instrumental in identifying, collecting and naming a large number of plants in the Blue Mountains. These records are of great significance to today’s plant classification, conservation and research efforts and are held in the collections of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Australia’s oldest scientific institution (1816) for botany and horticulture, and the National

Herbarium of New South Wales, which holds Australia’s largest reference collections of botanical specimens. The exhibition will also examine current scientific research and conservation efforts such as the regeneration of the ancient Wollemi Pine in secret locations across the Blue Mountains. The unique landscape and biodiversity of the Blue Mountains has always been a drawcard for artists and creatives, and many of them are inspired by the unique plant life of this region. Alongside the loans from the Royal Botanic Garden collections will be a display of works by contemporary Blue Mountains and Sydney artists and botanical illustrators who incorporate botanical elements in their works. Isopogon anemonifolius, botanical illustration from Curtis's Botanical Magazine, 1803. Image courtesy Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust


Blue Mountains Botanica will be on display at Blue Mountains City Art Gallery from 25 August to 14 October. Continuing the theme of nature conservation is Freedom Wilson’s Exposé exhibition Mycorrhizal: Futurae - Ferox – Inferius. Wilson champions the importance of biodiversity conservation in the National Parks and Wilderness areas within Australia. The intricacies of Australian plant life and ecological communities within the natural environment are echoed in her drawings, printmaking and installations. Mycorrhizal: Futurae - Ferox – Inferius will be on display at Blue Mountains City Art Gallery from 25 August to 7 October. Coinciding with the exhibitions will be a range of creative workshops, lectures and kids programs, which will be held across the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre and Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mount Tomah.

BLUE MOUNTAINS BOTANIC GARDEN, MOUNT TOMAH Discover some of the plants on display at Blue Mountains Botanica in their natural environment at the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mount Tomah. Mount Tomah is the only botanic garden in a World Heritage Area and is home to 21,000 plants and 900 species, including the famous Wollemi Pine. There you can enjoy the Margaret Flockton Award Exhibition from 11 August to 23 September or celebrate one of the Blue Mountains most iconic plants, the Waratah, at the Wild About Waratahs Festival in September. Visit bluemountainsbotanica.com to see the full calendar of programs across the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre and Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mount Tomah.

LEURA GARDENS FESTIVAL Enjoy spring in the Blue Mountains and immerse yourself further in all things botanical by visiting some of the most stunning and unique gardens in the region. The gardens of Leura are famous for their magnificent displays of azaleas, rhododendrons, dogwoods, camellias and other cool climate exotics, as well as flowering annuals, perennials and bulbs. The 2018 Leura Gardens Festival will be held for six days over two long weekends: Saturday 29 September – Monday 1 October 2018 (public holiday weekend) and Friday 5 – Sunday 7 October 2018. Gardens are open from 9:30am – 4:30pm daily. Visitors to the Leura Gardens Festival will receive discounted entry into Blue Mountains City Art Gallery. For more info visit: leuragardensfestival.com.au

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Community Events DOCUMENTARY SCREENING ART & SOUL SATURDAY 7 JULY 1PM – 3:30PM FREE EVENT Blue Mountains Cultural Centre will show episodes from ABC documentary series ART + SOUL, a tribute to Indigenous art and culture directed by Warwick Thornton and Steve McGregor. Episodes Pride and Prejudice and Beauty and Cruelty will be screened free in the seminar room followed by a Q&A session with artist John South and local independent film producer Jo-anne McGowan. RSVP essential at reception or 4780 5410. IMAGE: Uncle Lex Dadd. Photo by Andrew Merry

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STORYTELLING WITH UNCLE LEX DADD

NAIDOC WEEK LAUNCH

SATURDAY 7 JULY 1PM – 2PM

9AM DOORS OPEN 8:30AM

FREE EVENT

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Sit with Uncle Lex Dadd and learn about the history and culture of the Darug people through storytelling, music, traditional tools and bush craft. This is an open community event for anyone aged three and up.

NAIDOC Week (8 – 15 July) is a celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s culture, history and achievements. Blue Mountains NAIDOC events will be launched at Blue Mountains Cultural Centre on Monday 9 July from 9am with the local NAIDOC Awards and the annual NAIDOC Flag Raising Ceremony.

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Blue Mountains Cultural Centre Public Programs WOLLEMI ARTISAN MARKET WINTER EDITION SATURDAY 23 JUNE 10AM – 3PM FREE EVENT Join us at the Culture Centre for the Wollemi Artisan Market – Winter Edition! Browse stalls from talented Blue Mountains makers, listen to live music by Lazy Byrd and Piccolo Bear and enjoy a special solstice menu from the Gallery Café. Showcasing art prints, jewellery, homewares, beauty products, bags, accessories, toys and more, the market is the perfect opportunity to shop local.

FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT

TRIVIA NIGHT

SATURDAY 23 JUNE 4PM – 6PM

FRIDAY 10 AUGUST

FREE EVENT Rug up warm with a blanket and hot chocolate for a free family screening of Where the Wild Things Are (2006), directed by Spike Jones, at the Cultural Centre. The Gallery Café will be open for hot food, drinks and plentiful popcorn! We welcome you to stay and watch the Carrington Hotel's fireworks display at 6pm from the viewing platform. BYO warm blanket and pillows. RSVP appreciated at reception or 4780 5410.

6PM – 8PM DOORS OPEN 5:30PM Put your knowledge to the test in categories such as art, science, pop culture, sport, music, geography, and local history at the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre Trivia Night! Form a team of six or register to be placed on a table for a chance to win some great prizes. A night of live music, food, drinks and brain teasers to bring out your competitive streak! $15 | $10 InSight Members Bookings essential at reception or 4780 5410.

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Public Programs

INK & GOLD: ABSTRACT LANDSCAPES WITH ARTIST SOFIE DIEU

PLANNING AND VISUALISING TECHNIQUES FOR CREATIVE PROJECTS

3 WEEK COURSE

6 WEEK COURSE

SUNDAYS 15 JULY – 29 JULY

WEDNESDAYS 29 AUGUST – 3 OCTOBER

10:30 – 1:30PM

10AM - 1PM

This fun, hands on workshop will teach you how to make a funky felted soap with brightly coloured wool! Take your lovely felted soap art home or make it for someone as a special gift. Suitable for kids age five and up.

Discover versatile ink painting techniques in an abstract exploration of the landscape. Artist Sofie Dieu will lead a workshop series in ink painting for those interested in developing gestural, textural and visual art skills. Designed to accommodate all skill levels, Sofie will guide you in the application of larger, expressive techniques through to more detailed work and experimentation with gold leaf, ink layering, collage and automatic writing.

Do you have a visual arts or creative project that you can’t get going? Faye Wilson, Art Director of Blume Illustrated Magazine, will help you to plan, research and visualise an arts, illustration or creative project. Participants will be guided through the various processes of assessing, planning, researching and pitching their creative projects to a professional standard, using a variety of drawing, art and design techniques.

$20 | $15 InSight Members.

$210 | $190 InSight Members.

Materials included. Bookings essential at reception or 4780 5410.

Materials included. Bring an apron. Bookings are essential at reception or 4780 5410.

KIDS FELTED SOAP WORKSHOP WEDNESDAY 18 JULY 10:30AM – 11:30AM

This course is suitable for anyone with a visually based idea that they want to develop and present, and would suit those with some visual art skills. $350 | $330 InSight Members. Materials included. Bookings essential at reception or 4780 5410.

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LIVING LINES – COPPER PLATE ETCHING WITH LIZ PERFECT 4 WEEK COURSE THURSDAYS 13 SEPTEMBER – 4 OCTOBER 10AM - 1PM Using botanical illustrations as inspiration, specimens from the Royal Botanic Garden herbarium or favourite plants from your own backyard, Liz Perfect will guide students through the practical and artistic processes of developing a copper plate etching. Over four weeks you will learn how to make a series of proofs to develop your own botanical themed artwork using hardground and aquatint. Students will be also be given the opportunity to explore drypoint and monotype to create their own gestural and expressive art prints. $240 | $210 InSight Members Materials included. Bookings essential at reception or 4780 5410.

SOUNDSCAPES WITH MIXED MEDIA ARTIST DAMIAN CASTALDI 3 PART WORKSHOP SERIES SATURDAYS 15 SEPTEMBER – 29 SEPTEMBER 10AM - 3PM The S o u n d s c a p e s workshop series is an introductory course for young adults wanting to engage with recording sound on location in the Blue Mountains. Throughout the series Damian will focus on showing you how to develop specialist audio production skills to listen to, capture, record, edit and process environmental sounds, skills that are transferrable to a wide range of uses, such as home recording, podcasting, sampling and exploring a dedicated electroacoustic sound art practice. $250 | $235 InSight Members. Bring own laptop. All other equipment provided. Bookings essential at reception or 4780 5410.

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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 Unlimited free entry to Blue Mountains City Art Gallery and World Heritage Exhibition Discounts on Cultural Centre public programs 10% discount at the Gallery Café and Cultural Centre Shop (excludes exhibition artwork sales) 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 the 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 Blue Mountains Theatre events

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BRAEMAR GALLERY EXHIBITION PROGRAM CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN CLOSES FRIDAY 3 AUGUST 2018 Artists are invited to submit proposals for the 2019 Braemar Gallery Exhibition Program.

The Application Form and Guidelines are available to download from the Cultural Centre website:

Braemar Gallery is located in the historic Braemar House, Springwood and functions as a community gallery. Now in its third year of annual exhibition applications, Braemar Gallery hosts a selection of changing exhibitions each month. The program is focused on supporting Blue Mountains artists, and is a must-see for art lovers!

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The Braemar Gallery Exhibition Program is a great opportunity for artists and community groups based in the Blue Mountains region to exhibit at this historic venue and showcase their works to a diverse audience. Successful applications will be exhibited in the 2019 calendar year.

Please contact the Braemar Gallery Exhibition Coordinator if you have any queries regarding the exhibition program: email: braemargallery@gmail.com

NOW ACCEPTING COMMITTEE APPLICATIONS Blue Mountains City Council is calling for applications for volunteer membership to the Braemar Gallery Management Committee. For more info visit: bluemountainsculturalcentre.com.au/ braemar-gallery

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

24 MAY – 17 JUNE

16 AUGUST – 9 SEPTEMBER

COLOUR RUN

RHETT BREWER AND ANTHONY CAHILL ON THE ROAD

21 JUNE – 15 JULY LOUISE FOX AND CATHIE COX A RETURN TO HOME DONNA RANSOM OUT ON A LIMB ALICE RIDGWAY GLANCE BEYOND REALITY 19 JULY – 12 AUGUST ELLEN KING, JILLIAN CULEY AND CAROLYN DANCE NATURE NURTURING LEONARDA KOVACIC SERENE REFLECTIONS

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SANJA ZEMLJACENKO HERRMANN SUBLIME AND TRANSIENT 13 SEPTEMBER – 7 OCTOBER HORIZONS THREE BLUE MOUNTAINS ARTISTS EXPLORE LANDSCAPES BLUE MOUNTAINS BOTANICAL ARTISTS BEATA GEYER Rose Mountain (detail) 2018, installation detail, acrylic, MDF, dimensions variable


ALWAYS… PATSY CLINE SATURDAY 22 SEPTEMBER, 8PM Created and originally directed by Ted Swindley – based on a true story. Always…Patsy Cline is a musical play based on a true story about the legendary country singer’s friendship with a fan from Houston. The show, complete with down home country humour, true emotion and audience participation, includes many of Patsy’s unforgettable hits such as Crazy, I Fall to Pieces, Sweet Dreams and Walking After Midnight. Starring country music sensation Courtney Conway alongside popular stage star Mandi Lodge as Louise Seger. Directed by AFI award -winner Denny Lawrence. $55 | $50 Concession 10% Discount for InSight Members 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. InSight Membership Magazine issue 17 • 9


XYLOURIS WHITE (CRETE/AUS) FRIDAY 21 SEPTEMBER, 8PM Xylouris White, the visionary collaboration of Cretan lute player and vocalist George Xylouris and Australian post-punk drummer Jim White (The Dirty Three), returns to Australia to celebrate the release of their third album, Mother. Mother continues the duo’s innovative concoction of free-jazz, avant-rock and ages-old Greek folk traditions that saw their 2014 debut album Goats top the Billboard World Music chart. “It’s dark and magical music, and there’s nothing else like it.” – TheArtsDesk.com ***** $36 | $33 Concession 10% Discount for InSight Members 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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KAKI KING (USA) THE NECK IS A BRIDGE TO THE BODY SATURDAY 18 AUGUST, 8PM “I’ve never seen anything like it... a sumptuous feast for the senses, a dizzying display of sound and vision by a guitarist already renowned for her innovation... I repeat: Do not miss this." – Boston Globe Provocative and moving, surprising and beautiful, The Neck Is A Bridge To The Body is Kaki King at her visionary best: deconstructing and redefining the role of solo instrumental artist through virtuoso technique, insatiable imagination, and boundless humanity. This ground-breaking multi-media performance uses projection mapping to present the guitar as an ontological tabula rasa in a creation myth unlike any other, where luminous visions are cast onto an Ovation Adamas 1581-KK Kaki King Signature 6-String Acoustic guitar customized specifically for this production.

The Neck Is A Bridge To The Body debuted at Brooklyn’s acclaimed BRIC Theater in New York City in 2014, and is touring extensively worldwide.

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.

$38 | $35 Concession Bookings via www.bluemountainstheatre.com or contact the Box Office on 4723 5050

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THE SONGS & TALES OF ANGRY OLD MEN SATURDAY 4 AUGUST, 8PM Featuring more than 20 iconic songs interwoven with tales that reveal surprising and unknown stories behind some of the world’s most legendary performers. Audiences can expect music from artists including: Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits, Neil Young, Jim Morrison, Nick Cave, Willie Nelson, Tom Petty, Johnny Cash, John Mellencamp and more. Led by Jeremy Edwards and Matt Ross performing vocals and guitar; with Wayne Kellett (bass and vocals), Di Solomon (keys and vocals) and George Brugmans (drums). $38 | $35 Concession 10% Discount for InSight Members 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. 6 • Blue Mountains Theatre & Community Hub


and Scott Holmes as Lee, the Nancy Boys re-imagine the Sixties through the eyes of the iconic and culty Nancy & Lee.

GLENN A. BAKER PRESENTS Join us for two unforgettable nights of exceptional 1960s music hosted by the legendary Glenn A. Baker: Tijuana Taxi and The Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood Experience. Glenn A. Baker is renowned for his encyclopaedic knowledge of rock music. He is a three-time winner of the BBC’s Rock Brain of The Universe title, an author of 17 books and a national radio and television presenter.

GLENN A. BAKER PRESENTS THE NANCY SINATRA & LEE HAZLEWOOD EXPERIENCE FRIDAY 14 SEPTEMBER, 8PM Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood were pop’s quirkiest duo, a beauty and the beast pairing that created some of 1960s America’s most quintessential pop. Their iconic 1968 album Nancy & Lee spawned some of the duo’s best songs and inspired generations of musicians.

Fresh from sell-out shows in Sydney and Melbourne, they’ll be running riot through their classic hits, including These Boots Are Made for Walking, Jackson, Summer Wine, You Only Live Twice, Something Stupid, Bang Bang, Up, Up & Away, the trippy Some Velvet Morning and many more fabulous solos and duets. $33 | $30 Concession 10% Discount for InSight Members 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.

Fronted by renowned stage, film and television actor Zoe Carides as Nancy

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GLENN A. BAKER PRESENTS TIJUANA TAXI FRIDAY 27 JULY, 8PM A TRIBUTE TO THE MUSIC OF HERB ALPERT AND THE TIJUANA BRASS Tijuana Taxi is a dapper eight-piece ensemble (with real marimba!) that evokes the mood and music of the swinging Sixties, faithfully recreating

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21 classics of this unique, upbeat, melodic group, including hits Spanish Flea, Tijuana Taxi, The Lonely Bull and A Taste of Honey. Tijuana Taxi itself is a who’s who of Sydney’s finest Latin and jazz musicians, and is led by renowned bassist Tina Harris. Striking chords of deep nostalgia for baby boomers as well as intriguing and delighting kitsch-loving younger

folks, this is music that spans all generations. $33 | $30 Concession 10% Discount for InSight Members 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 item purchased.


Blue Mountains Theatre & Community Hub Program

GLENN A. BAKER PRESENTS TIJUANA TAXI FRIDAY 27 JULY THE SONGS & TALES OF ANGRY OLD MEN SATURDAY 4 AUGUST

KAKI KING SATURDAY 18 AUGUST

XYLOURIS WHITE FRIDAY 21 SEPTEMBER

GLENN A. BAKER PRESENTS THE NANCY & LEE EXPERIENCE FRIDAY 14 SEPTEMBER

ALWAYS… PATSY CLINE SATURDAY 22 SEPTEMBER

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FROM THE HUB Of all the feedback we receive from our audiences, one of the most frequent responses is the appreciation of the diversity of programs that we present here at the Blue Mountains Theatre. In August, we welcome not one, but two international, world-class guitar virtuosos to our stage: Albert Lee and Kaki King. Grammy award-winning country-rock artist Albert Lee is best known for his fiery fast fingers and his inimitable playing style. New York-based Kaki King will present her extraordinary solo show The Neck Is A Bridge To The Body, in which cutting-edge technology is used to project stunning imagery directly onto the guitar as she plays to create a provocative and beautiful immersive experience. We are delighted to introduce a special Blue Mountains Theatre presentation: two unforgettable evenings of iconic

1960s music hosted by Australia’s own legendary music guru, Glenn A. Baker. First up is acclaimed Sydney band Tijuana Taxi – a dapper eight-piece ensemble of jazz and latin musicians who capture the unique sounds and mood of Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass. Then, in September, we look forward to The Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood Experience – a riotous reflection on pop music’s quirkiest duo. Rounding out our eclectic program of international artists is Xylouris White, the visionary collaboration of Cretan lute player George Xylouris and Australian post-punk drummer Jim White. These and many more exciting programs can be found at: bluemountainstheatre.com Tim Smith Facility Manager Blue Mountains Theatre


BLUE MOUNTAINS THEATRE & COMMUNITY HUB Facility Manager Tim Smith Programs Coordinator Yvonne Hellmers Administration & Ticketing Officer Mim Lombardi Theatre & Building Technician Philip Regan Marketing Officer Lara Bohdanowicz Business Administration Officer Agnes Zalan Front of House Supervisor Andrew Lyons

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InSight Membership Magazine Issue 17  

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

InSight Membership Magazine Issue 17  

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

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