Sculpture Otherwise + Re-Mix

13 April – 13 May 2018

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

GEORGIA HUMPHRIES Coloured Model 2017, coloured paper card and sticky tape, 140 x 18 x 11 cm. Photo by Silversalt


Re-Mix is an extension of the Sculpture at Scenic World exhibition, showcasing outdoor artworks at various locations throughout the upper Mountains including the Cultural Centre. This year the Cultural Centre hosts a sound piece by local artist Damian Castaldi.

Unusual Birds 2018
audio loop on CD (16 minutes)

Unusual Birds is an audio remix in the style of electronica & ambient soundtrack. It takes its name from the algorithmic processing of location sound recordings taken in Pekina, a small town in the wheat belt of the Flinders Ranges in South Australia. The unusualness of the birds is in the remix of added rhythmic synthesis found in their duration, pitch and timbre and the sonic playfulness that is reproduced in their cross talk and bird song along with an array of other dog and insect sounds.

Castaldi wasn’t able to immediately identify the birds he recorded but some of the possibilities are the Whistling Kite, the Black-shouldered Kite or the Black-breasted Buzzard. Other species of birds found in the Flinders Ranges include the Chestnut Teal, the Swamp Harrier, the Spotted Harrier, the Dusky Moorhen, the Banded Lapwing, the Straw-necked Ibis, the Australian White Ibis, and the Pied Heron.

The sound is produced to drift in and out of our listening consciousness and to become part of the environment within which it is heard, in this case, the outdoor foyer space and viewing platform of the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre.

Damian Castaldi is a sound and digital media artist. Spanning over twenty years his career is built upon a diverse practice that encompasses mixed media installation, performance and audiovisual production.


The Collection: New Acquisitions

24 March – 6 May 2018

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

IMAGE: 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





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


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.

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.


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!

RSVP appreciated at Reception or 4780 5410.


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!

RSVP appreciated at Reception or 4780 5410.



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 deep time 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 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 has been supported by the Ontario Arts Council




KAREN MIRANDA ABEL Gardens of Stone: Cave I 2017, steel, natural patina, Blue Mountains rainwater, 240 x 120 cm. Image courtesy the artist

Blue Mountains Portraits

3 February – 18 March 2018

Blue Mountains City Art Gallery is celebrating the Blue Mountains community with a major portrait exhibition of local personalities and community members. Over forty artworks in a broad range of styles and media such as painting, photography, drawing, collage and mixed media will be exhibited together with a selection of local students’ work.

A Blue Mountains City Art Gallery exhibition

GRAHAM MCCARTER Peter Rushforth 2012, photographic print on Hahnemühle photo rag paper, 43 x 26 cm. Courtesy the artist

Public Programs


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.

RSVP appreciated at Reception or 4780 5410.

Julie Paterson

Cloth: From Seeds to Bloom

9 December 2017– 28 January 2018

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Cloth: From Seeds to Bloom traces 20 years of work from one of Australia’s most influential textile designers and local Blue Mountains resident, Julie Paterson.

Drawing inspiration from the Australian bush, Paterson’s stunning fabrics are a riot of colour, floral forms, and patterns. Achieving commercial success through design excellence, her designs are highly prized and sought after, with short batch productions quickly snapped up by avid collectors, interior decorators, and commercial clients.

The exhibition will focus on nine key textile groupings – the first called Seeds and the last one Bloom. Contemporary textiles commonly sit at the practical end of art and design. Cloth: Seeds to Bloom is comprised of Julie Paterson’s domestic textile objects, which take the viewer on a journey from the humble seed through to the luscious bloom.

An Australian Design Centre touring exhibition

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Julie Paterson, Cloth: From Seeds to Bloom installation view. Image courtesy the artist and Australian Design Centre.


Heidi Axelsen & Hugo Moline

The Visitors

9 December 2017– 14 January 2018


The Visitors explores alternate means of encounter and exchange between the human and botanical worlds. Rather than simply using plants to do things for us, could we work for them? The exhibition investigates the potential of this ‘Plant agency’ in Katoomba and its surrounds.

Plants mostly seem to recede into the background, the base and stage for the lives of faster moving creatures like us. Yet we depend entirely and absolutely on the lives and labours of the plant world. We are here because they are here.

If we are their guests, we are rather inconsiderate ones. We farm them, we garden them, we prune and transplant them. We harvest them and process them. We eat them and wear them. We use their bodies to house ourselves. Like unwanted visitors we depend much on our hosts to support our endeavours and we take much more than we return.

Inhabiting a single site for a lifetime, plants seem incapable of paying any visits of their own. Perhaps if we expand our timescale beyond a singular plant we can see the way plants move not individually but across generations. Is it through their seeds that plants pay visits? Exploring new terrain and flourishing or perishing according to the conditions in which they germinate; continuing or terminating their journey accordingly.

This project explores the possibility of finding other, less extractive modes to engage with the plant world. Instead of just doing things to plants could we do things for them, or even with them. Could we become agents for plants? Real estate agents? Travel agents? Secret agents?

The exhibition comprises an investigation into the kinds of methods which may be required to make this shift. The work is envisaged as a kind of mobile training camp containing various devices to assist in the practice of ‘plant agency’.

Heidi Axelsen and Hugo Moline work across architecture, installation, social process and situated public art. Through an interest in modes of mobility, occupation and ownership, their work engages with specific places and asks if the social, political and ecological relationships could be re-framed or re-arranged.

They make objects, shelters, vehicles, tools and devices not as end products in themselves but as ‘props’ to gather together communities of concern and catalyse the formation of new relationships within a particular place or process.

A Blue Mountains Cultural Centre Exposé Program exhibition


This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.






HEIDI AXELSEN & HUGO MOLINE The Visitors 2017, digital C print, 198cm x130cm. Image courtesy the artists


Moving Histories // Future Projections

20 January – 11 March 2018

Artist : John Glover (England; Australia, b.1767, d.1849) Title : Natives on the Ouse River, Van Diemen s Land Date : 1838 Medium Description: oil on canvas Dimensions : Credit Line : Purchased with assistance from Mr and Mrs J K Bain 1985 Image Credit Line : Photographer Credit : Jenni Carter Accession Number : 48.1985

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 Smith of collaborative artist group, Barbara Cleveland, the exhibition explores invisible pasts, forgotten narratives and repressed memories, reminding us how history is fractured by race, class and gender.

A dLux MediaArts exhibition toured by Museums & Galleries of NSW




JOAN ROSS Colonial Grab 2014, digital animation, sound, 7.38 min. Animation and sound by Josh Raymond. Courtesy the artist and Michael Reid Gallery


Picture Gallery: Contemporary Australian Children’s Book Illustrations

30 September – 19 November 2017


Blue Mountains Library and Blue Mountains Cultural Centre are pleased to showcase this fun collection of original artworks presented by WestWords and the Sydney Writers’ Festival.

As part of the Sydney Writers Children’s Festival of Moving Stories, WestWords and the SWF present an exhibition of a selection of works by renowned contemporary Australian children’s illustrators. Featuring Andrew Joyner (from Too Many Elephants In This House, The Swap), Tony Flowers  (including works from Saurus St), Cheryl Orsini  (including Pom Pom, Where Are You?), Judith Rossell  Wormwood Mire (the follow-on novel after Withering-By-Sea), Shaun Tan (from Tales From Suburbia), Chris Nixon (from Meet Captain Cook) and Liz Anneli  (from Howzat).

On display at the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre Seminar Room. Entry is free.

A WestWords touring exhibition presented by Blue Mountains Library and Blue Mountains Cultural Centre


Photo Elements with David Brazil


16 September – 21 October
10:30am – 12:30pm
$210 / $195 Insight Members
Bookings essential at reception or by calling 4780-5410

This 6 week photography course is designed to help individuals hone their creative vision to produce better images while also getting the most from their digital camera. With a focus on nature-based photography, the techniques learned can generally be applied to portraiture, travel and photojournalism. Key areas explored in this course include: Camera craft – focus on creative control, understanding photographic equipment and techniques, image processing, editing and printing, and publishing, review and exhibition. This course is for anyone with an interest in photography, no prior experience is needed, however basic computer skills are assumed. Students are required to bring their own cameras. A digital camera capable of manual settings and at least 8 megapixel resolution is encouraged and DSLR’s are recommended, a tripod and laptop is also recommended. David Brazil is a photographic artist and educator based in the Blue Mountains. David has extensive experience working commercially as an event photographer and has exhibited locally and as part of the HeadOn Photo Festival.