A convict in the family?

A Convict in the Family – 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.

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 10 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.

Calligraphy for Kids

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Friday 21 April
Session 1: 10 – 10:45am (5 – 12 years)
Session 2: 11am – 12pm (13 – 18 years)
$15 / $12 Insight Magazines
Bookings essential at Reception or by calling 4780 5410

This workshop is specially designed for school children to learn about the history and special tools of Chinese calligraphy, as well as experience a taste of the calming energy created by each soft brush stroke onto rice paper. Xueyi will provide a step-by-step guide to strokes and characters. Students will create a meaningful Chinese calligraphy work of their own.

Xueyi Bai worked in the Shanghai Children’s Palace for twelve years as a Chinese calligraphy teacher. She is a member of the Chinese Calligraphy Association and a member of the Shanghai Chinese Calligraphy Association, one of few in Australia. Now, Xueyi is a Chinese calligraphy workshop presenter at the Art Gallery of New South Wales and the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre.

(Image courtesy of year 1 students from the Blue Mountains Steiner School)

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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A CONVICT IN THE FAMILY?
Public Programs

A Convict in the Family – 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.

SCULPTURE OTHERWISE: PUBLIC PROGRAMS

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Artist Talks: Sculpture Otherwise & Woodstock Curator and Artist Talk
Saturday 22 April
11:30am – 1pm
Free with gallery ticket

Find out more about Sculpture Otherwise & Woodstock and join us for a lunchtime talk with Justin Morrissey, Exhibition Manager & Curator – Sculpture at Scenic World and exhibiting artists.

Nicole Welch: Public Programs

Lunchtime Panel Discussion as part of Australian Heritage Week
Saturday 15 April, 10:30am – 12:00pm
FREE with Gallery ticket. RSVPs appreciated at Reception or 4780 5410
Join Sabrina Roesner, Exhibitions Manager at Blue Mountains Cultural Centre for a lunchtime panel discussion with exhibiting artist Nicole Welch; Alex Wisser, Co-Director of Cementa and Yuri Bolotin, Director of BigCi and local explorer to discuss ecological themes in contemporary practice.
Autumn School Holiday Program with Nicole Welch: Create a Hybrid Landscape
Tuesday 18 April, 10:30am – 12:30pm
Suitable for ages 6 – 11 years.

Unleash your creative side this school holiday and experiment with collage techniques with exhibiting artist Nicole Welch. In celebration of World Heritage Day, participants will explore the history of the Blue Mountains and its unique ecological features as they work with images of the Blue Mountains to create a collage of a hybrid landscape that speak to a future of sustainability.

All Material included, however kids are welcome to bring their own images of the Blue Mountains. $17/$15 InSight Members. Bookings essential at Reception or 4780 5410.

Nicole Welch – Public Programs

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Lunchtime Panel Discussion as part of Australian Heritage Week
Saturday 15 April
10:30am – 12:00pm
FREE with Gallery ticket.
RSVPs appreciated at Reception or 4780 5410

Join Sabrina Roesner, Exhibitions Manager at Blue Mountains Cultural Centre for a lunchtime panel discussion with exhibiting artist Nicole Welch; Alex Wisser, Co-Director of Cementa and Yuri Bolotin, Director of BigCi and local explorer to discuss ecological themes in contemporary practice.

Autumn School Holidays Workshop: Create a Hybrid Landscape with Nicole Welch
Tuesday 18 April
10:30am – 12:30pm
Suitable for ages 6 – 11 years.
$17/$15 Insight Members.
Bookings essential at Reception or 4780 5410

Unleash your creative side this school holiday and experiment with collage techniques with exhibiting artist Nicole Welch.

In celebration of World Heritage Day, participants will explore the history of the Blue Mountains and its unique ecological features as they work with images of the Blue Mountains to create a collage of a hybrid landscape that speak to a future of sustainability. All materials are included; however participants are welcome to bring their own images of the Blue Mountains to work with.

 

TEA AND CHOCOLATE

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Saturday 29 July
10:30am – 12:30pm
$50 / $45 Insight Members
Bookings essential at Reception or by calling 47805410

Tea and Chocolate Pairing a match made in heaven. Through this workshop you’ll experience flavor, aromas and textures of teas (black, green, black and oolongs) paired with delicious citrusy, fruity, floral, nutty and earthy chocolates, a true sensory appreciation. This workshop will demonstrate how these two ancient and nutritious products complement, enhance and contrast each other, a delightful experience. All teas provided at the workshop are premium teas from natural farming and all chocolate are gluten free.

Liliana Algorry, Tea Sommelier and Tea Blender will run the workshop. All teas provided at the workshop/masterclass are premium teas from natural farming.