As the Sydney Festival continues and Invasion Day/Australia Day approaches, galleries and art centres are asking what does it mean to create art and live in Australia? These varied visions of Australia coalesce across landscape, film, identity and connection.
Arthur Boyd: Landscape of the Soul
A retrospective of the work of this Australian artist, who was significant for re-assessing the Australian landscape in fine art, delves into this particular aspect of Boyd’s work. Curated by Barry Pearce, the exhibition includes a wide range of works, including prints, paintings, drawings, photographs and archival material. Taking works from the Bundanon Trust, which was established by Boyd and his wife Yvonne, the travelling exhibition stops off at the National Art School on its way around Australia.
Opening January 17, 6 - 8pm
National Art School Gallery
Cnr Forbes and Burton St, Darlinghurst
Mon – Sat, 11am – 5pm
Just Not Australian
A broad group show of artists at various stages of their careers and who work in a variety of mediums, this exhibition investigates the idea of Australia. Works on display include Soda_Jerk’s ‘TERROR NULLIUS’ which premiered last year in Melbourne and challenged many of the depictions of Australia we see on screen.
Opening January 18, 6 – 8pm
43 – 51 Cowper Wharf Rd, Woolloomooloo
Mon – Fr, 11am - 5pm // Sat – Sun, 11am – 6pm
Looking here looking north
Exhibiting the works of Woven collective, this show at Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre showcases artists who have ongoing connections to Indonesia. Between performance, painting, installation, photography, video and sculpture, the artists interrogate cross-cultural connections, identity and memory. As part of the exhibition, Casula Powerhouse will host Asyik Casula Indonesian Cultural Day on February 10, with performances and workshops.
Launch January 19, 2 - 4pm
Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre
1 Powerhouse Rd, Casula
Mon - Fri, 9am – 5pm // Sat – Sun, 9am – 4.30pm
Xiao Lu: Impossible Dialogue 肖鲁: 语嘿
This major exhibition of defining contemporary Chinese artist Xiao Lu will centre on her 1989 performance, entitled Dialogue, in which Lu shoot her own installation. This act sent ripples across the landscape of contemporary Chinese art and politics, leading to Lu temporarily moving to Sydney. For this exhibition at 4A, performance works, as well as a new commission which engages with the artist’s connection to Australia, will be exhibited. On January 20, Xiao Lu will discuss the exhibition with Sydney Festival Director Wesley Enoch and how art can lead debate.
Opening January 19, 4 - 6pm
4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art
181-187 Hay St, Sydney
Tue – Fri, 11am – 7pm // Sat – Sun, 11am – 4pm