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jarrah sculpture by howard taylor

Season 2 Exhibitions Launch
Stewart Scambler: Fragment + Modern Australian Landscapes, 1940s-1960s + Authentic Determination

Join us for the launch of our Season 2 program of exhibitions: 


Stewart Scambler: Fragment
Presenting a new body of work by potter Stewart Scambler - a striking assembly of large-scale sculptural forms and murals, inspired by Scambler's journey through the Pilbara and Kimberley regions of Western Australia.

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Modern Australian Landscapes, 1940s - 1960s: Works from the University of Western Australia Art Collection
Exploring work in the modern landscape tradition in Australian art with paintings by Elise Blumann, Sam Fullbrook, Audrey Greenhalgh, Guy Grey-Smith, Godfrey Miller, Sidney Nolan, John Passmore, Howard Taylor and Fred Williams.

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Authentic Determination
A collaboration between South Australian-based artist Brigid Noone and the Cruthers Collection of Women's Art. 

Image: Howard Taylor, Bush structure, 1963, sheoak and jarrah, burnt and painted, 111 x 50 cm. The University of Western Australia Art Collection, Presented by Pola and Bronek Stein in gratitude for the life they have enjoyed in Australia since their arrival in 1939, 1995, © Howard Taylor Estate


oil painting of three figures with bright auras in a room

Artist and curator in conversation

with Gemma Weston and Brigid Noone

Artist Brigid Noone and Gemma Weston (Curator of the Cruthers Collection of Women’s Art) discuss the role of complex networks and shared histories embodied in the artworks that have been selected or produced for the exhibition Authentic Determination.

This exhibition features key artists from the Cruthers Collection of Women’s Art, including Joy Hester, Ann Newmarch and Vivienne Binns, together with new work by Noone and her peers.

Image: Brigid Noone, Lucky Bitches, 2017, oil on canvas, 75x100cm. © Courtesy of the artist. Photograph by Grant Hancock


Ceramic triangular sculpture by Stewart Scambler

Artist and curator in conversation

with Stewart Scambler and Sally Quin

Potter Stewart Scambler and Curator Sally Quin take us through Scambler’s stunning exhibition (Stewart Scambler: Fragment) of large-scale works inspired by his journey through the Pilbara and Kimberley regions of Western Australia.

Image: Stewart Scambler, Fragment II (detail), 2017-2018, oxidised stoneware, dimensions variable. © Stewart Scambler. Photograph: Kevin Gordon



Image of women wearing a hijab

Talking Allowed: Talking Aloud about Head Covering (and other relevant clothes)

with Krishna Sen FAHA, Professor Emerita, Social Sciences, UWA

"In Australia, in March 2017 a red-headed Anglophone woman covered herself from head to toe in a black garb and showed up in parliament. In India, in 2013, 1 February was declared International Hijab day and women of all faiths were invited to don this particular form of clothing. In Indonesia, when I first started asking young women in their 30’s why they wore the hijab when their mothers didn’t, friends who had my best interest at heart responded: ‘Ibu, this is a very sensitive question. Please be careful’.

In each of the three nations where I have spent my life-time, and indeed in many other parts of the world, there appears to be some sort of a moral panic around a particular item of women’s clothing on all sides of the argument. Is there something particular about the hijab in our time or is ‘to cover or not to cover’ always a central political question?"

Krishna Sen, a Bengali Indian by birth, Australian by choice, is Professor Emerita and Senior Research Fellow in Social Sciences, UWA. She is internationally recognised for her research and publications on Indonesian media and politics. She is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities and a member of the New Colombo Plan Reference Group.

Talking Allowed is an event series in collaboration with UWA Institute of Advanced Studies on the second Wednesday of every month, where a researcher or artist will give a short presentation on a topic of current relevance to the arts and culture, followed by discussion and debate. 

Campus Partner: Institute of Advanced Studies 


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Curator's Talk and Tour

Modern Australian Landscapes, 1940s-1960s: Works from the University of Western Australia Art Collection

The modern Australian landscape tradition is captured in the spectrum of works selected from the UWA Art Collection by Curator Sally Quin. Join her as she discusses how formal experimentation of the post-war period has been used to reveal underlying structures of the bush, through the iconic imagery of Fred Williams, Sidney Nolan, Howard Taylor, and others.

Image: Howard Taylor, Bush structure, 1963, sheoak and jarrah, burnt and painted, 111 x 50 cm. The University of Western Australia Art Collection, Presented by Pola and Bronek Stein in gratitude for the life they have enjoyed in Australia since their arrival in 1939, 1995, © Howard Taylor Estate


jarrah sculpture by howard taylor

Professional Development Workshop for School Teachers

Modern Australian Landscapes, 1940s-1960s: Works from the University of Western Australia Art Collection

Education kits for the exhibition Modern Australian Landscapes, 1940s -1960s have been developed in line with WA SCASA requirements and address VET competency criteria for school teachers.

Learn more about these education resources in a workshop led by educator Erin Knight. 

Image: Howard Taylor, Bush structure, 1963, sheoak and jarrah, burnt and painted, 111 x 50 cm. The University of Western Australia Art Collection, Presented by Pola and Bronek Stein in gratitude for the life they have enjoyed in Australia since their arrival in 1939, 1995, © Howard Taylor Estate


Image of man holding a new born baby

Exhibition: WAMSS Photography

Every year, final year medical students from the University of Western Australia spend four weeks in a clinical elective unit, choosing to step outside their comfort zone for an experience that enriches their future as clinicians. Replacing the stethoscope with a camera, their photographs in this exhibition highlight the journeys they have taken, and the global health and sociocultural issues observed in far-flung places.

Campus Partners: Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences and the Western Australian Medical Students’ Society (WAMSS). 

Image: Samuel Khor, My First Catch, Northern Provincial Hospital, Vanuatu


jarrah sculpture by howard taylor

Art and Mindfulness: Going Slow

Visual Art x Mindfulness Tour

Slow your day down by joining us for a different kind of art gallery tour. Much like a mindfulness exercise where you focus on your breathing, in this tour we settle our minds on the artwork on display at the exhibitions Stewart Scambler: Fragment and Modern Australian Landscapes, 1940s -1960s.

We begin this session with a close observation of selected artworks from the exhibition, followed by an informal discussion on themes of empathy and compassion.

This program runs bi-monthly and is open to all. Sign up for a single session or register for all dates. 

Image: Howard Taylor, Bush structure, 1963, sheoak and jarrah, burnt and painted, 111 x 50 cm. The University of Western Australia Art Collection, Presented by Pola and Bronek Stein in gratitude for the life they have enjoyed in Australia since their arrival in 1939, 1995, © Howard Taylor Estate


Papercutting pattern by artist Tusif Ahmed

Exhibition: Paigham -i- Ramadan (Message of Ramadan)

Paigham -i- Ramadan (Message of Ramadan) is an exhibition from UWA’s Centre for Muslim States and Societies showcasing papercutting by artist Tusif Ahmed and conceived as part of Ramadan - the ninth month of the Islamic calendar where Muslims fast from dawn to dusk. The intricate and fragile works are hand-cut, utilising a fusion of old Chinese techniques and Islamic patterns found throughout the Middle East.

Campus Partners: UWA Centre for Muslim States and Societies 

Image: Tusif Ahmed, The Ideal, 2015. Papercutting Art , 123 x 84 cm.


Ceramic triangular sculpture by Stewart Scambler

Exhibition tour and high tea with Stewart Scambler

Stewart Scambler: Fragment

Arriving in Perth from England as a young boy, Stewart Scambler was struck by the natural environment and, in particular, the intense light of Western Australia – which significantly influenced his practice as a potter. On his property at York, Scambler grows trees to stoke his wood-fired kiln and collects materials to make his own clay body, from which he makes the vessels and domestic wares he is well-known for.

In the exhibition Stewart Scambler: Fragment at the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, Scambler presents a new body of work, a striking assembly of large-scale sculptural forms and murals inspired by his recent journey through the Pilbara and Kimberley. Join us as the artist walks through the exhibition and shares stories of his practice over high tea.

Image: Stewart Scambler, Fragment II (detail), 2017-2018, oxidised stoneware, dimensions variable. © Stewart Scambler. Photograph: Kevin Gordon


Photo of ceramics by Alana McVeigh

Let's Talk Shop

with Alana McVeigh

Alana McVeigh is one of Western Australia’s premier ceramicists whose delicate porcelain vessels focus on simplicity and form.

Join us to hear Alana discuss how she explores the clay using her bare fingers and her consummate application of pure colour glazes, which appear so deceptively simple. It is this combination of unobtrusive technical discipline and sheer beauty that distinguishes her work. Alana’s work will be available for sale at this event.

Image: Ceramics by Alana McVeigh


jarrah sculpture by howard taylor

Medicine and Art

Professional Development Workshops

Free professional development workshops aimed at medical and health professionals of all levels. Registration is required. Limited to 20 participants. 

Develop visual language and refine communication skills through close observation of artworks. Ioana Vlad and Janice Lally will guide participants to become more comfortable with ambiguity and develop reflective practice through the exploration of art and its meanings. The workshops are designed to enrich empathic skills while enhancing social and cultural awareness.

  • 7 June, In Light of Shadows: View the exhibition and explore notions of light and shadow in different sociocultural imaginings and understandings – including ideas of knowledge, mortality, morality, power and memory – while discussing issues pertaining to mental health.
  • 16 August, Modern Australian Landscapes, 1940s-1960s: Examine the exhibition and identify visual elements that contribute to creating an impression of the land, full of vitality and energy. Discuss issues of cultural identity. 

Dr Ioana Vlad MD FACEM is an Emergency Medicine Physician, Clinical Toxicologist and co-Director of Emergency Medicine Training at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, WA.

Dr Janice Lally PhD (History and Philosophy of Science) is Curator of Academic and Public Programs at the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery.

 

Campus Partner: Emergency Medicine, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital

Image: Howard Taylor, Bush structure, 1963, sheoak and jarrah, burnt and painted, 111 x 50 cm. The University of Western Australia Art Collection, Presented by Pola and Bronek Stein in gratitude for the life they have enjoyed in Australia since their arrival in 1939, 1995, © Howard Taylor Estate


Image of kris which is an asymmetrical dagger

Friday Talk

Kris: Power and history in Bali

Join cultural and social anthropologist Professor Lyn Parker (Asian Studies, UWA), whose research includes the anthropology of Indonesia, women and gender relations, to view the kris (asymmetrical daggers with distinctive blade-patterning) in the exhibition In Light of Shadows. Learn more about the place of kris, considered as magically powerful objects in Balinese history and culture.

Campus Partner: Discipline of Asian Studies, UWA.

Image: Keris, 20th century, Indonesia, metal, wood. RM & CH Berndt Estate, Berndt Museum [1994/0050.1-2]


jarrah sculpture by howard taylor

Friday Talk

Modern Australian Landscapes in Literature

Modern Australian landscape tradition is captured in the spectrum of works selected from the UWA Art Collection by Curator Sally Quin. View the exhibition and join Associate Professor Tanya Dalziell as she discusses selected works and considers some relationships with contemporary Australian literature.

Campus Partner: Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions. 

Image: Howard Taylor, Bush structure, 1963, sheoak and jarrah, burnt and painted, 111 x 50 cm. The University of Western Australia Art Collection, Presented by Pola and Bronek Stein in gratitude for the life they have enjoyed in Australia since their arrival in 1939, 1995, © Howard Taylor Estate


Ceramic triangular sculpture by Stewart Scambler

Let's Meet at LWAG

For visitors living with Alzheimer's, and their carers, friends or family

Join us for the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery’s quarterly program for people living with dementia and their carers or family members. This event provides a forum for conversation through the shared viewing and exploration of artworks on display – highlighting themes, artists, and exhibitions at LWAG.

Free to attend. Light refreshments will be provided. 

Image: Stewart Scambler, Fragment II (detail), 2017-2018, oxidised stoneware, dimensions variable. © Stewart Scambler. Photograph: Kevin Gordon


Detail of artwork made of painted wood depicting Indian deity

Art and Mindfulness: Going Slow

Visual Art x Mindfulness Tour

Slow your day down by joining us for a different kind of art gallery tour. Much like a mindfulness exercise where you focus on your breathing, in this tour we settle our minds on the artwork on display.

We begin this session with a close observation of selected artworks from the exhibitions In Light of Shadows and Authentic Determination, followed by an informal discussion on themes of empathy and compassion.

This program runs bi-monthly and is open to all. Sign up for a single session or register for all dates. 

Image: I. Wayan Nunkal, The Abduction of Sita, Punjung Village, Bali, Indonesia, painted wood, steel P. Bridge Collection, Berndt Museum [1982/0006.1-11]


 
jarrah sculpture by howard taylor

Can Touch This: Tactile and Verbal Description Tour

For visitors with visual impairments, and their carers, friends and family

Join us for a touch and verbal descriptive tour of the current exhibitions. A trained guide delivers descriptions of the visual elements of artworks exhibited, along with tactile opportunities using mixed media and 3d-printed models of the artworks.

Tours are free to attend and open to friends, families and carers. Light refreshments will be provided after the tour. 

Community Partner: DADAA (Disability in the Arts, Disadvantage in the Arts).   

Image: Howard Taylor, Bush structure, 1963, sheoak and jarrah, burnt and painted, 111 x 50 cm. The University of Western Australia Art Collection, Presented by Pola and Bronek Stein in gratitude for the life they have enjoyed in Australia since their arrival in 1939, 1995, © Howard Taylor Estate


jarrah sculpture by howard taylor

LWAG Signs: Auslan Interpreted Tour

For adults with hearing loss and their friends

Experience the artwork at LWAG in Australian Sign Language. Join us for a free tour in Auslan of the current exhibitions guided by a gallery staff member and interpreter from Auslan Stage Left.

Tours are free to attend and also open to friends, families and carers. Light refreshments will be provided after the tour. 

Community Partner: Auslan Stage Left   

Image: Howard Taylor, Bush structure, 1963, sheoak and jarrah, burnt and painted, 111 x 50 cm. The University of Western Australia Art Collection, Presented by Pola and Bronek Stein in gratitude for the life they have enjoyed in Australia since their arrival in 1939, 1995, © Howard Taylor Estate


Ceramic triangular sculpture by Stewart Scambler

Friday Talk: Travellers in the Land

with Dr Shino Konishi, senior lecturer at the UWA School of Humanities, and the School of Indigenous Studies

Dr Shino Konishi, a senior lecturer in the School of Humanities and the School of Indigenous Studies at UWA specialises in Indigenous history and has a particular interest in encounters between European explorers and travellers and Aboriginal people.

Join Dr Konishi to explore the installation and the forms in this exhibition. 

Image: Stewart Scambler, Fragment II (detail), 2017-2018, oxidised stoneware, dimensions variable. © Stewart Scambler. Photograph: Kevin Gordon


jarrah sculpture by howard taylor

Artist Talk: George Haynes

Modern Australian Landscapes, 1940s-1960s: Works from the University of Western Australia Art Collection

Join artist George Haynes who will share insights about his own work and that of his contemporaries exhibited in Modern Australian Landscapes, 1940s –1960s.

Image: Howard Taylor, Bush structure, 1963, sheoak and jarrah, burnt and painted, 111 x 50 cm. The University of Western Australia Art Collection, Presented by Pola and Bronek Stein in gratitude for the life they have enjoyed in Australia since their arrival in 1939, 1995, © Howard Taylor Estate


Girl playing a xylophone musical instrument

Performance: Piñata Co-Lab

Australian Soundscapes

Co-Lab is an annual commissioning project that brings together UWA composition and percussion departments, which has produced more than 25 new works to date. In 2018, these talented young composers create new and imaginative works for percussion, inspired by works in the exhibition Modern Australian Landscapes, 1940s-1960s: Works from the University of Western Australia Art Collection.

Campus Partner: UWA Conservatorium of Music

Image: UWA Conservatorium of Music, Piñata Co-Lab.


Self portrait of artist Jenny Watson wearing a white blouse and smoking a cigarette

Friday Talk: Feminism, Collaboration and Community

with Dr Chantal Bourgault du Coudray

Dr Chantal Bourgault du Coudray teaches gender and cultural history at UWA, and is also the Academic Coordinator of the McCusker Centre for Citizenship.

Join Chantal to explore connections between feminism, collaboration and community through reference to artworks in the exhibition Authentic Determination. These include new works developed by artist Brigid Noone in response to selected works from the Cruthers Collection of Women’s Art, as well as works by artists in her own network.

Campus Partner: Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions.

Image: Jenny Watson, Self Portrait (Light Fire Version) For Myself (detail), 1980, pastel and wash on paper, 56 x 76cm, CCWA 723. Cruthers Collection of Women’s Art, The University of Western Australia