Current Exhibitions

The Collection

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

 

 


Liminal Refugia

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 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


 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

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.

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.