The catalogue of the Explorers: narratives of site in contemporary art practice exhibition is now available. Beautifully designed by Explorers artist Jacqueline Spedding and featuring a wealth of coloured images of the artworks on show, limited copies of the 82-page catalogue are available at a cost of $25. Please contact Modern Art Projects Blue Mountains to obtain one: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Despite torrential rain the final open day of the Explorers: narratives of site exhibition at Woodford Academy on Saturday 18 November was a great success capped by the launch of two major publications.
The first was the catalogue of the Explorers exhibition, beautifully designed by Jacqueline Spedding who was also one of the 17 contemporary artists participating in the show. The catalogue showcases the works of these artists and also features an essay on the exhibition by Dr Jacqueline Millner, Associate Professor of Visual Arts at La Trobe University, along with contributions on aspects of the Academy’s history by Ken Goodlet and Kate O’Neill.
Jacqueline Spedding was honoured again in the second launch of the day for her role in initiating and designing Art at the Academy 2015-16. This is the second edition in a series which documents the innovative cultural program showcasing contemporary Blue Mountains artists and performers in Woodford Academy, the Blue Mountains’ oldest building.
While the artworks displayed in the Explorers exhibition have left the Academy, the show lives on. A limited number of catalogues is available from Modern Art Projects Blue Mountains at a cost of $25 and it can also be viewed on this website.
The final opportunity to see the innovative Explorers: Narratives of site exhibition will coincide with the release of a stunning pictorial record of the show at tomorrow’s open day (Saturday 18 November 2017 from 10:00am to 4:00pm) at the Woodford Academy.
At 12 noon a catalogue showcasing the work of the 17 contemporary artists whose work is installed in the buildings and grounds of the Academy will be launched. The catalogue also features an essay on the exhibition by Dr Jacqueline Millner, Associate Professor of Visual Arts at La Trobe University.
The Explorers catalogue is not the only publication release tomorrow. It will be followed by the launch of Art at the Academy 2015-2016 which was initiated and produced by Academy volunteer Jacqueline Spedding, who also designed the Explorers catalogue and participated in the exhibition. This is the second edition in this series of books documenting the innovative cultural program showcasing contemporary Blue Mountains artists & performers in the Blue Mountains’ oldest building.
In the afternoon there will be the final curatorial tours of the show and the opportunity to meet with some of the participating artists – and as on the previous open days the Woodford Academy café will also be open so you can enjoy lunch, morning or afternoon tea with your visit. While the Explorers exhibition and public program are free, normal Woodford Academy entry charges will apply to visit the site:Continue reading “Catalogue launch to mark final Explorers Open Day”
After the first two successful open days for Explorers: Narratives of site at the Woodford Academy on 7 and 21 October there is now one more opportunity to see this innovative exhibition when it opens for the last time on Saturday 18 November 2017 from 10:00am to 4:00pm.
The first two open days were very well attended and the final day should be just as exciting, with the combined works and performances of 17 contemporary artists as well as guided tours and artist talks. Further details on the public program will be provided closer to the date.
As on the previous open days the Woodford Academy café will also be open so you can enjoy lunch, morning or afternoon tea with your visit. And while the Explorers exhibition and public program are free, normal Woodford Academy entry charges will apply to visit the site:
The Explorers: Narratives of site second open day this Saturday 21 October from 10:00am to 4:00pm will be a great opportunity to visit the exhibition, see a performance and participate in guided tours and artists talks. Public program session times are:
10:00am – 4:00pm: DANICA KNEZEVIC performance “Ready to Hand”
12 noon – 1:00pm: Curator guided tour and artists talks on site
2:00pm – 3:00pm: Curator guided tour and artists talks on site
The Woodford Academy café will also be open so you can enjoy lunch, morning or afternoon tea with your visit.
While the Explorers exhibition and public program are free, normal Woodford Academy entry charges will apply to visit the site:
If you missed the opening of the Explorers: Narratives of site exhibition at the Woodford Academy on 7 October, don’t despair – there are two more opportunities to see this great show.
The exhibition can be viewed between 10:00am and 4:00pm on the two remaining Woodford Academy open days in 2017, Saturday 21 October and Saturday 18 November. The exhibition catalogue will be launched at the November open day. While the exhibition is free, the normal Woodford Academy entry charges will apply on both these open days.
The opening of Explorers: Narratives of site on Saturday 7 October at Woodford Academy was a huge success, with around 100 people attending. Feedback on the day and since regarding the artworks on display has been very enthusiastic, with a strong appreciation of what the project was trying to achieve in addressing the complex, lesser-known narratives associated with the site.
After a welcome to country by Aunty Carol and a smoking ceremony by Dharug man Chris Tobin, the audience at the launch heard from co-curators Beata Geyer and Mahalya Middlemist, along with Noel Burgess from the Academy, Dr Jacqueline Millner who is writing the catalogue essay and Blue Mountains MP Trish Doyle who formally opened the exhibition.
Trish had a surprise in store for the audience – the announcement that Create NSW has awarded MAPBM its second grant of $22,000 towards the Kiosk 3X6 Project, an intensive 18-week curatorial and artist residency at the Katoomba Falls Kiosk. This project will complement Explorers: Narratives of Site in building Modern Art Projects Blue Mountains’ commitment to developing opportunities for contemporary artists and curators to create and exhibit great new work in the Mountains.
To see more photos of the opening go to the Explorers: Narratives of Site Facebook page or follow this link.