Weekly Update 2009

From the Gallery
By Linda Elliott

19 December 2009 

Arthur Wicks, #2 Cultivating the Sand Memories, 1980,screenprintfrom the exhibition Inside/Outside: Forward/Backwards


The Friends of the Wagga Wagga Art Gallery are off on another fun weekend bus trip to see Masterpieces from Paris: Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cézanne and beyond-Post-Impressionism from the Musée d'Orsayat the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra. Why not hop on board for a fun filled weekend and make new friends?


This exceptional show brings together 112 of the best known works of modern art from the Musée d'Orsay in Paris. Included are iconic works such as Vincent van Gogh's beautiful Starry night 1888 and Van Gogh's Bedroom at Arles 1889, Paul Gauguin's Tahitian women 1891, Paul Cézanne's beloved Mount Saint-Victoire c 1890 as well as works by Georges Seurat, Pierre Bonnard, Claude Monet, Maurice Denis, Edouard Vuillard and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec among many others.


The cost of this weekend tour will be $350 (plus single supplement) if you pay before December 31.  This includes return coach to Wagga Wagga, morning tea and lunch on Saturday, accommodation and breakfast at The Brassey of Canberra, lunch on Sunday, and all entry fees are covered. This would make a perfect Christmas/Valentines Day present.


Over several decades, Wagga's famous contemporary artist, Arthur Wicks has explored the paradoxes of contemporary life. His prolific output has encompassed painting, printmaking, performance and sculpture. Inside/Outside: Forward/Backwards, at Wagga Wagga Art Gallery, presents a survey of Arthur Wicks' work, focusing on several of the key themes that have informed his practice. Inside/Outside: Forward/Backwardsfeatures several of Arthur Wicks' renowned sculptural machines, with a range of vehicles including a helicopter, an armoured car and a caged cyclist. A selection of prints and works on paper is also on display. These are drawn from several decades of the artist's work in the collection of the Wagga Wagga Art Gallery. This is a great exhibition for seeing a survey of such an esteemed artist.


Civic Melancholy features photographs of Wagga Wagga and its surroundings by Riverina-based artist Jamie Holcombe. Civic Melancholy uncovers aspects of our urban environment that we too often ignore. Many visitors to this exhibition will recognise places around town that we pass by every day unaware and others will remember sites recorded here that have since been transformed.


The photographs in Civic Melancholy are large-scale images of landscapes and structures from Wagga Wagga and other smaller communities in the region. They evoke an urban life cycle: empty bush and fields give way to construction sites; houses and offices emerge and then fall into disrepair, their remains collapse back into the soil.


TwoPointZero is a photographic exhibition by students from the Bachelor of Arts (Photography) at the Wagga Wagga campus of Charles Sturt University. This graduate exhibition reveals a wide variety of photographic styles and techniques, with a particular focus on portraits and the human figure, alongside landscapes, abstract works and other subjects. This diversity highlights a range of photographic practices and technical expertise.


The success of these works reflects the culmination of intense study by these students within the School of Visual & Performing Arts at Charles Sturt University. At the same time each of these committed and talented practitioners has brought their own identity to their work. This is a consequence of geographical location equally balanced with a national perspective, and a determined eye on the world stage.


Into the Fourth Decade: A Retrospectivepresents an array of work by renowned glass artist and designer Gerry King. This exhibition brings together pivotal works from King's artistic journey through four decades of working in glass. Originally trained as a glassblower he now works with a wide variety of techniques which include hot, cold and warm glass. 

He holds various academic awards culminating in a Doctor of Creative Arts from the University of Wollongong.  In the 1980's he was instrumental in the development of the Glass Studies course at the University of South Australia. Into the Fourth Decade:  A Retrospective on now in the National Art Glass Gallery.


Thank you to all the Friends of the Gallery and Volunteers who have helped over the year. Without their assistance the gallery just couldn't do what we do. From all here at the Wagga Wagga Art Gallery we wish you a Merry Christmas and a safe New Year.



Staff from the Wagga Wagga Art Gallery wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year


Exhibitions this weekend

Main Gallery

Next: Inside/Outside: Forward/Backwards

11 December - 21 January 2010


Links Gallery


Until 10 January 2010


Margaret Carnegie Gallery

Civic Melancholy

Until 31 January 2010


National Art Glass Gallery

Gerry King: INTO THE FOURTH DECADE: a retrospective

Until 10 January 2010




What: Friends of the Wagga Wagga Art Gallery Bus Trip

When: Saturday 27 & Sunday 28 February 2010

Where: National Gallery of Australia - Masterpieces from Paris 

Cost:   $350.00 (plus single-supplement) before 31 December / $370.00 (plus single-supplement) after 31 December / Payments to be made at Wagga Wagga Art Gallery