Gabrielle Collins,  Here and There
Sep
18
to Oct 20

Gabrielle Collins, Here and There

Tamworth local Gabrielle Collins presents new oil paintings, featuring landscapes from Tasmania to Lord Howe Island.

As Collins passes through a landscape, urban or otherwise, she is aware of the elements of light and composition that are constantly changing, with endless possibilities for transformation into a 2D medium.

Her challenge is to capture the essence of a place at a certain time of day by manipulating and experimenting with tone, colour and  mark making.

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Hanna Kay,  Aspects 2019
Sep
18
to Oct 20

Hanna Kay, Aspects 2019

This body of work was inspired by my immediate natural surroundings within the small rural village in which I live. My daily walks are framed by fields of feral grasses and weeds stretching from one side, where the trees edge the riverbank, to the other side, reaching the slopes of the ranges. In some seasons, the dew on the tall weeping stalks will glitter in the rising sun, while the setting evening sun will catch the tips of motionless grasses turning the fields bronze. At other times the grasses are short, either frostbitten or drought thirsty.  The fields of grasses and weeds, which are home to a plethora of insects, spiders, rabbits, frogs, echidnas, snakes, and the trees provide habitation for an abundance of birds, some of which I could not name to save myself.

Particularly moving is watching birds building their nest. Be it a juvenile bower bird constructing his ground-based nest decorated with a collection of blue junk lures, or a honeyeater assembling an assortment of twigs in a melaleuca tree. Each bird would fly away and return, again and again, with appropriate building materials. At a certain point, after a careful inspection from all sides, the nest would have reached perfection.

Some nests last for a while, others would be destroyed by forces of nature - be it the wrath of a dominant bower-bird or a fallen branch in a storm. The artworks are a contemplation on the transient nature of habitat, be is a grass field, a river or a nest. - Hanna Kay 2019

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Marie Larkin, Quest: The Journey
Jul
11
to Aug 11

Marie Larkin, Quest: The Journey

A new exhibition from Tamworth based Pop Surrealist artist, Marie Larkin

She is the Revelation, a Vision, an Epiphany. Enlightenment. Fleeting, elusive and ephemeral. In her heart lies hope and in her passage, renewal. Her appearance is a call to action, the inspiration and understanding distilled in that moment will set them in motion. She calls the Warrior Sisterhood to emerge resolute, to gather across the badlands and depart, bearing their offspring and shepherding those most vulnerable. Lightly they tread this earth, as quiet as whispers they pass into the dawn.  

Society has become increasingly anxious as we become more and more aware of how fragile the balance of our world is in terms of occurrences such as global climate change, the extinction of species and the threat of terrorist and nuclear attack. Through the rapidly growing genre of post-apocalyptic fiction and film, writers and filmmakers have responded to our increasing level of anxiety and try to represent the consequences of these. I have been very interested in how the post-apocalyptic genre has exploded in recent years, paralleling the increasing risks we read, see and hear in the news, on social media and in everyday life. Through their imaginations, writers and filmmakers speak to our deepest fears and force us to reflect on the human values we care about most. But there is usually hope at the end of these films and it is this hope I want to focus on in this body of work.

 Initially set in a post apocalyptic world, this new body of work finds the goddess archetype as a warrior - brave, confident and victorious. The ‘battle ground’ or bleak world she emerges from is indicated, left open to interpretation, though not always explicit. She emerges wearing armour as a symbol of experience, resilience and knowing; not the destroyer, but the protector and creator of new life where there was chaos and destruction. On the ground where she stands, waterfalls begin to flow, plants spring up, animals play… She brings balance and new life, returning the earth to the paradise it once was. From chaos and hell, to the Garden of Eden. She is a metaphor for hope and the qualities of strength, resilience and willpower that mankind must draw upon to survive.

 The women in this series move through the landscape as both warrior and explorer, seeking out a better world and creating it at the same time. They survey the landscape, they walk, moving over snow covered plains, rugged mountains and deep forests, they travel over the water, to come to journey’s end.

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Wild At Heart
Jul
11
to Aug 11

Wild At Heart

Wild At Heart is Weswal’s second International Lowbrow/Pop Surrealist exhibition. This group show, again curated by Australian Pop Surrealist artist Marie Larkin, showcases the work of seventeen artists from Australia and across the globe. The first exhibition, held in 2017, was enormously successful and many people travelled considerable distances to be able to view art of this genre in a gallery setting. This time we have asked artists to submit more than one work for the show.

I really began the process by selecting the artists for this show and that generated the theme, because though their styles are diverse, the artists in this exhibition tended to include animals, or animal motifs their work. An animal theme is also broad enough to allow each artist flexibility in interpretation and that is important in a group show. In curating an exhibition of this nature it is important that the works of individual artists complement each other to create a show that is varied but still cohesive. I am very excited to present Wild At Heart at Weswal Gallery.
— Marie Larkin, Curator
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Captive Nature
Jun
5
to Jul 7

Captive Nature

7 Contemporary Australian Jewellers, capturing the ephemeral natural world in their work

Luke ABBOT (NSW)
Christine BATTOCCHIO (VIC)
Amanda CROATTO (VIC)
Sarah DINGWALL (VIC)
Kath INGLIS (SA)
Nicole JAKINS (QLD)
Linda VAN NIEKERK (TAS)

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Alison Jackson,  Jewellery and Tableware pop-up shop
May
2
to Jun 2

Alison Jackson, Jewellery and Tableware pop-up shop

Australian silversmith, Alison Jackson, is known for her sleek and timeless  designs. Weswal 

Gallery is thrilled to present a select range of Alison’s jewellery and tableware in a pop-up exhibition,  all 

handcrafted using traditional practices in her Canberra  studio. Available until sold out

Join us for the opening event on Saturday 4 May , 12 - 2pm, we’ll be serving champagne and chocolate from local chocolatiers, Deva Cacao.

Deva makes luscious organic chocolate that is dairy-free, gluten-free and guilt-free; it will be available to sample and purchase during this event.

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Leslye Cole,  Drawn to the Bush
May
2
to Jun 2

Leslye Cole, Drawn to the Bush

Accomplished illustrator, Leslye Cole, will be showing a body of work featuring her signature animal portraits and rural scenes.

Join us for champagne and chocolates on Saturday May 4 from midday to 2pm, and celebrate the opening of this gorgeous show.

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James White,  Chiaroscuro
Mar
28
to Apr 28

James White, Chiaroscuro

‘from darkness into light’

For this exhibition I have been inspired by the Baroque style, which uses contrast, exuberant detail, deep colour and surprise, to achieve a sense of awe. I have always enjoyed using clear, pure colours and the tonal contrast is my main focus in these works resulting in strong shadows and bright sunlight, making the central idea jump out from the artwork.“ James White

The  chiaroscuro technique refers to the interplay between light and dark that was used in Baroque paintings.

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Three Perspectives,  an Arts North West project
Feb
28
to Mar 24

Three Perspectives, an Arts North West project

This exhibition is the culmination of three emerging regional curators who participated in a professional development project aimed at developing curatorial skills, gaining practical experience and expanding their professional networks

The program was created as a result of the government’s Create NSW funding initiative, the aim being to engage and promote regional Aboriginal artists, arts and culture by introducing more Aboriginal people to curatorial positions in regional NSW. 

Official opening for this exhibtion is 6pm 28 February 2019

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Stockroom Selection
Dec
13
to Dec 23

Stockroom Selection

FOR 10 DAYS IN THE LEAD UP TO CHRISTMAS WE WILL BE EXHIBITING A SELECTION OF RECENT WORKS FROM SOME OF OUR MOST SOUGHT AFTER ARTISTS,  including:

Anthony Michael CAHILL

Leslye COLE

Gab COLLINS

Michelle HUNGERFORD

Hanna KAY

Rowen MATTHEWS

Mark MOHELL

Yvonne OVERTON

Liz PRIESTLEY

Susan WEAVER

James WHITE

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A Shared View
Oct
4
to Nov 4

A Shared View

Creativity requires nourishment; this can come in  different guises. In July 2017, a group of artists travelled to Tamworth to stay for a week. Each day the group travelled together to different locales around the New England area to paint. This group has a  comradery which has been built over the years with many such similar trips exploring and painting different landscapes. Visiting different places, communing with nature, sharing meals, lots of art talk and the general sharing of ideas are a contrast with the solitary existence of the artist spent alone in the studio. This exhibition, 'A Shared View' is the outcome.

Featuring work from Tim Allen, Stuart Boggs, Rhett Brewer, Gab Collins, Brad Hammond, Michael Herron, Michelle Hungerford, Stephen King, Rowen Matthews, Alison McKay, Richard Morecroft, Bradley Short.

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On Edge: Ceramics from Max Powell
May
17
to Jun 17

On Edge: Ceramics from Max Powell

"Living in the country and especially here in the New England, the seasons shape and guide us. The basic forces in nature add a structure and richness to how we live our lives and have a powerful impact on how we feel, think and respond.

The designs, forms and process found in nature are reflected in my work and are an endless source of wonder and inspiration.

My ceramic work represents the playing with the elementals of design to create surfaces that give a feeling of our hot dry summers, the cold frosty winter mornings and the many and varied influences and stories that are drawn from the landscape and mixed into the potters clay.

Originally studying painting at the National Art School, a personal detour occurred when I began assisting a friend in their ceramics studio and I came to enjoy the versatility of ceramics…. from the intimate functional objects for every day use to sculptural and expressive works." Max Powell

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Gwen Robson: Foliage
Apr
12
to May 13

Gwen Robson: Foliage

"This series of drawings is a celebration of natures delights. Completed in a single uninterrupted sitting, freshly collected branches are strung up in the studio to allow for acute observation. I work with an intense concentration, allowing for a complete connection with my subject. There is an urgency to inform, with deliberate mark making and no room for reworking.

I have used graphite and charcoal pencil to complete these drawings, with the occasional use of watercolour paint, giving a nod to botanical illustration. Within my compositions, I'm interested in exploring the shape of leaves, the play of intersecting and overlapping leaves and branches, and the negative spaces between them." Gwen Robson

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Anna Henderson: Artist's Story
Mar
8
to Apr 8

Anna Henderson: Artist's Story

"Artist's Story is a rather simple concept, it is my story - a maker of ceramics and paintings."  Anna Henderson. The exhibition includes sawdust fired large hand built pots,  raku fired wheel thrown bottles and vases and a range of raku fired hand built bottles.  The ceramics are complemented by paintings, mixed media on wood.

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Rhett Brewer: Fluidity
Mar
8
to Apr 8

Rhett Brewer: Fluidity

"I am a Sydney based contemporary landscape painter whose work explores the many forces that act on our environment with a theme of constant flux and eternal becoming. My paintings are made using a variety of techniques and concerns usually found in Realism, Expressionism, Romanticism, Abstract Expressionism and Pop . I’ve been exhibiting my paintings and other artworks professionally since 1981 in Australia and elsewhere. I have also worked as an academic in universities and art colleges and curated exhibitions. I’ve been in numerous groups shows and solo exhibitions since I started exhibiting professionally in 1981. My work is in many collections both public and private in Australia as well as overseas." Rhett Brewer

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Christine Murphy & Peter Toth: Same But Different
Dec
7
to Jan 14

Christine Murphy & Peter Toth: Same But Different

Showcasing ceramics and works on paper from local artists Christine Murphy and Peter Toth. 

Christine Murphy Artist Statement:

"A combination of intuition and spontaneity plays a part in the disassemblage and reassemablage to create unique organic forms establishing a juxtaposition of strength and fragility, depicting a weathered eroded state as is the nature of earth.

These works are primarily focused on the natural naked beauty of clay expressed through smoking the pieces in a sawdust firing process, the smoke fired work is reflecting the unpredictability of nature and it’s outcomes.

A relinquishing of control allowing nature to play it’s part has become an almost forgotten aspect of our own journey through life. Embracing the joy of letting go and finding the beauty in what is, not what is contrived."

Peter Toth Artist Statement:

"I’ve always liked experimenting. I think of it more as exploration – a sort of intuitive coming together of an image in my mind and the properties of acting itself. I think through my hands. Sometimes I may sketch an idea and then modify and develop it as I work. But most of the time I rely on instinct, to work through the clay to bring an idea to fruition.

Glaze – I require a glaze which would mature in the 1200-degree Celsius range for commercial reasons. Success in the use of a glaze depends like everything else on experience, but the learning process can be very stimulating if you are prepared to explore and experiment."

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