Current Exhibitions

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 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.


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



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.