National Photographic Portrait Prize 2017
1 July – 13 August
Blue Mountains City Art Gallery is the first venue in The National Photographic Portrait Prize 2017 tour. The exhibition is selected from a national field of entries, reflecting the distinctive vision of Australia’s aspiring and professional portrait photographers and the unique nature of their subjects.
A National Portrait Gallery exhibition
Image: GARY GREALY Richard Morecroft and Alison Mackay 2016
This exhibition is supported by the National Collecting Institutions Touring and Outreach Program, an Australian Government program aiming to improve access to the national collections for all Australians.
To Paint the Country
3 July – 23 July
Blue Mountains Cultural Centre Seminar Room
Susan Bell – Aranawan
Nicole Boorudoo Parsons – Yuin
Kristine King – Wiradjuri
Annette Lavender – Bundjalung
Teekee Marloo – Palawa
Pippa Smith – Wiradjuri
Leanne TobinShay Tobin – Darug
Dianne Ussher – Darug (Burramadigal)
Anthony Vale – Darug (Buruberonga)
Uncle Ed Walker – Dharawal
This exhibition consists of a collection of artworks by Aboriginal students involved in a TAFE Outreach course called Dambu-Waa Ngurra: Painting the Country, facilitated by established artist and teacher Leanne Tobin.
The course allows Aboriginal community members of any age to learn painting skills and strengthen their connection with their own Aboriginal identity while simultaneously learning about country – the country where their people come from and their connection to where they live now; the Blue Mountains.
Many of the participants of this class, through circumstances beyond their control, have been disconnected from their traditional families and communities often as a result of trans-generational trauma and/ or government intervention. Several have been adopted, others went through foster care, were made a ward of the state or brought up on a mission. Some have never painted before while others have been painting for many years and have utilised this class to explore other aspects and techniques to add to their art practice.
Dambu-Waa Ngurra: Painting the Country has become in a sense, a way to deal with the past; a vehicle for sharing and learning. Many of the classes involve informal discussions about cultural matters and through research and sharing, the students explore and discover more about who they are and where they’re from.
The students bring with them their own cultural knowledge and stories. It is a class filled with laughter, comradery and courage. Sad stories are shared and the burden is lessened with each retelling. All students come with their areas of expertise and all are happy to share what they know.
These paintings continue the age-old cultural practice of sharing stories. The artists included in this exhibition graciously allow others a glimpse into their own personal journeys.
Blue Mountains Cultural Centre and the artists acknowledge that the City of the Blue Mountains is located on the traditional lands of the Darug and Gundungurra peoples.
A NAIDOC Week exhibition
IMAGE: LEANNE TOBIN One Sister Sleeping 2017, acrylic paint on canvas
Tracey Moffatt from the MAMA collection
8 July – 13 August 2017
Tracey Moffatt is one of Australia’s most successful international artists, known for her film, photography and video works. Drawing on cinema, television and the media, her art is equally inspired by popular culture, recollections from her childhood and art history. The exhibition is drawn from the collection of the Murray Art Museum Albury (MAMA), and features photographs from Moffatt’s Something More, Scarred for Life and Some Lads series. Moffatt began her career as an experimental filmmaker and producer of music videos, and she continued making films after establishing herself as an artist. She first came to prominence in the Australian art world with her series Something More. Commissioned in 1989 by the Albury Regional Art Gallery, now MAMA, the series set the tone and themes for much of Moffatt’s later work and is accompanied by other works from the MAMA collection.
A touring exhibition from the MAMA collection
Captions: TRACEY MOFFATT (1960) Something More # 3 1989, Cibachrome photograph. Commissioned by MAMA with funds from Visual Arts/Craft Board of the Australia Council, Aboriginal Arts Committee of the Australia Council, the Exhibitions Development Fund of the Regional Galleries Association of New South Wales and the New South Wales Ministry for the Arts, 1989. MAMA collection