Winter Magic Festival

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Saturday 24 June
9am – 4pm
Free

This year the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre have teamed up with the Winter Magic Festival to play host to a fun-fulled day of performances, workshops, installations, food and education.

Pirory School Choir (UK)

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Pirory School Choir (UK)
Saturday 8 July
4:30 – 5:30pm
$10 / $8 (Insight Members)
Bookings at reception or by calling 4780 5410

The Blue Mountains Cultural Centre is excited to play host to a magical performance by the Priory School Choir who  will be travelling to and performing at selected Australian venues. The Priory School Choir is a three-part mixed voice choir from Hitchin, UK. Along with their four-part a-cappella chamber choir, they have toured Paris in 2014 and Belgium in 2015. They have performed in Ghent Cathedral to a full audience as well as various locations around the UK and have also made it to the finals of the National Music for Youth Festival in the UK. The choir performs in a range of styles from musicals, popular songs, traditional African music and gospel/religious music.

 

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2017 Programs

Curator’s Talk
Saturday, 1 July | 11am – 12pm

Find out more about The National Photographic Portrait Prize 2017 and join exhibition Curator
Dr Sarah Engledow for a lunchtime talk. Free event with Gallery ticket. RSVPs appreciated at Reception or 4780 5410.

Digital Photography with David Brazil
Saturday 29 July | 10am – 3pm | $150 / $145 (Insight Members) 

In conjunction with the National Photographic Portrait Exhibition, the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre will be holding a fun–filled, one day hands on photography workshop led by local artist and photographer, David Brazil. This workshop is for beginners and enthusiast photographers – basically anyone looking for inspiration and deepening their connection to photographic practice and art.

This is a practical workshop with emphasis on doing – trying new techniques and experimenting with different approaches to subjects. You will need a digital camera preferably a digital SLR with interchangeable lenses, but any camera will do. If you have a tripod, please bring it along. If you have a macro (close focussing) lens, please bring that along too.

Over the course of the day all participants will have a chance to try their hand at 3 practical demonstrations

David Brazil is a photographic artist and educator based in the Blue Mountains. His work has been exhibited at the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre in 2013-2014 and he also exhibited as part of the HeadOn photo festival for the past 4 years.

Blue Mountains Cultural Centre Collection

3 June – 25 June

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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 Blue Mountains Cultural Centre: New Acquisitions will showcase the latest additions to the Collection including works by Leo Robba, Euan Macleod, Robert Malherbe, Chris Tobin (Darug) and Hayley West.

A Blue Mountains City Art Gallery exhibition

 

Image: CHRIS TOBIN Autralian Landscape 2016, open-bite etching, 37 x 49 cm

Kurt Sorensen Public Programs

Kurt Sorensen – Solitude is Desolation – Artist Talk and Film Screening
Saturday 27 May, 11am – 3pm (with an hour lunch break)
Free with gallery ticket

From 11am, join exhibiting Artist, Kurt Sorensen and special guest Courtney Colins for a free lunchtime talk and Q&A about his exhibition Solitude is Desolation. From 1:30 – 3pm, join Kurt for an introduction to and film screening of iconic Australian Film, Picnic at Hanging Rock.

Workshop | Alternative Photographic Processes with Kurt Sorensen
Saturday 17 June
10:30am – 12:30pm
$60 / $55 Insight Members

Artist Kurt Sorensen will take participants on an exploration of analogue photography where he will anecdotally share both his theoretical and practical approaches to analogue image making, with an emphasis on the cyanotype process.

Bookings essential at reception or by calling 47805410.

Vivid Portraiture with Freedom Wilson

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Wednesday 12 July
10am – 3pm
$70 / $65 Insight Members
Bookings essential at Reception or by calling 4780 5410
Suitable for ages 7 – 12 years

This winter school holidays kid’s workshop is inspired by 2017 National Photographic Portrait Prize, which will be on show in our City Art Gallery from 1 July – 13 August. Led by local Artist, Freedom Wilson, students will create two printed portraits onto MDF board. The first will depict their own profile and story and the second is a tribute to someone who has been a strong influential figure in their lives. Students will learn screen printing and collage techniques to create the works.

Image courtesy of artist; Freedom Wilson.

Kurt Sorensen: The Solitude is Desolation

13 May – 2 July

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Drawing upon the historical newspaper account of the disappearance of David and Emily Jane Joel near Wentworth Falls in 1918, Kurt Sorensen combines experimental analogue photography, video and sound works to explore the often uneasy relationship of colonial European settlers with the Blue Mountains environment.

Sorensen’s current work is created through researching historical colonial texts such as newspapers, state archives or journals and looking for specific instances of misadventure in Australian and other colonised environments. These stories are often not well reported and have largely been forgotten. Once a story has been chosen and thoroughly researched Sorensen then travels to the area where the incidents occurred and create images via various traditional photographic and screen based means. These images are made at the approximate time of day that the original events occurred and are often set in remote locations.

A Blue Mountains City Art Gallery Exposé Program exhibition

IMAGE: KURT SORENSEN I get some terrible frights here #1 2015, C-type photograph from colour negative, 116 x 94cm, from the series The Solitude is Desolation

 


 Public Programs

Kurt Sorensen – The Solitude is Desolation – Artist Talk and Film Screening
Saturday 27 May, 11am – 3pm (with an hour lunch break)
Free with gallery ticket

From 11am, join exhibiting Artist, Kurt Sorensen and special guest Courtney Colins for a free lunchtime talk and Q&A about his exhibition Solitude is Desolation. From 1:30 – 3pm, join Kurt for an introduction to and film screening of iconic Australian Film, Picnic at Hanging Rock.

Workshop | Alternative Photographic Processes with Kurt Sorensen
Saturday 17 June
10:30am – 12:30pm
$60 / $55 Insight Members

Artist Kurt Sorensen will take participants on an exploration of analogue photography where he will anecdotally share both his theoretical and practical approaches to analogue image making, with an emphasis on the cyanotype process.

Bookings essential at reception or by calling 47805410.

 

Collectors’ Edition #4

13 – 28 May

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This popular this fundraiser exhibition supports the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre’s Collection Acquisition Fund. Since its inception in 2014 more than 250 artworks have been exhibited and auctioned with the proceeds being used to acquire new works for the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre Collection. This year 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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A convict in the family?

13 May – 25 June

Photography by Mine Konakci

Was your ancestor transported for a pittance? A convict in the family? showcases the rich,
large-scale photographs of documentary photographer Mine Konakci. The works reveal the
connections between convict settlers, their direct descendants and the petty crimes that
changed the course of their families’ histories. Drawn from a diverse cross-section of the
community, sitters have been photographed alongside a representation of the item, or items,
stolen by their ancestors.

A convict in the family? is a travelling exhibition from Sydney Living Museums

MINE KONAKCI Ron Withington photographed with items similar to those stolen by his convict ancestor William Parish 2008-2013, archival print on Canson cotton rag paper, 60 x 77.5cm. Photograph © Mine Konakci

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Public Program

Artist Talks
Saturday 13 May
11am – 12pm
Free with gallery ticket

Join the photographer behind a convict in the family, Mine Konakci and the subject of one of her photographs, Blue Mountains resident Ron Withington. At the age of 33, Ron’s ancestor William Parish was convicted for assault on the King’s highway with a pistol and sentenced to 7 years transportation as of 1788. Find out more about the exhibition and the stories behind the photographs and join us for this free lunchtime talk.

UTOPIAN EDGE

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25 March – 2 April 2017

Proposals for Katoomba’s over-looked spaces

Katoomba is a city where the mundane and the magical are in constant conversation. It has a richness of contradictions and a density of potentials. It is both a centre and a periphery, a museum and a laboratory, a collection of fictions and a cluster of hard truths.

UTS interdisciplinary design students, together with Heidi Axelsen and Hugo Moline, have been working intensely over 10 days to reimagine some of Katoomba’s overlooked spaces. Exploring the town and learning from local experts, creatives and residents to design ‘realistic utopias’ – pragmatic yet transformative ideas for some of Katoomba’s roads less travelled.