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2018 Exhibitions Launch

Opening night for Zadok Ben-David: Human Nature + FLORA + In Light of Shadows 

We launch the 2018 exhibitions program with the opening of three new exhibitions - Zadok Ben-David: Human Nature, presented as part of the Perth Festival and supported by the Visual Arts Program Partner Wesfarmers Arts. In Light of Shadows, presented by the Berndt Museum and FLORA, drawn from the Cruthers Collection of Women's Art.  

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Image: Zadok Ben-David, The Other Side of Midnight, 2013, hand painted stainless steel, dia. 300cm. Courtesy Shoshana Wayne.


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Life and Death in Nature: Exhibition Tour and High Tea

Presented by the University Club of WA

Don’t miss this opportunity for an exclusive up close and personal exhibition tour with internationally acclaimed artist Zadok Ben-David as he hosts a tour of his exhibition Human Nature as part of the 2018 Perth Festival program. Co-hosted by curator Felicity Fenner, the event starts with a tour at the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery after which guests stroll through the beautiful UWA campus to the University Club for a wonderful High Tea and presentation.

2:30pm - Meet at LWAG | 3:15pm - Walk to University Club | 3:30pm - High Tea and presentation  | 5:00pm - Event concludes

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Image: Zadok Ben-David, The Other Side of Midnight, 2013, hand painted stainless steel, dia. 300cm. Courtesy Shoshana Wayne.


Painting of Monotora Myristica by Ellis Rowan

FLORA: Curator’s Talk and Tour

Join Curator Gemma Weston as she reveals some of the stories behind the diverse images of  owers in the exhibition FLORA featuring works from the Cruthers Collection of Women’s Art. Visit the exhibition and learn more about our ongoing fascination with  owers.

Image: Ellis Rowan, Monotora Myristica (detail), n.d., gouache on cream paper, 61 x 40.5cm, CCWA 759, Cruthers Collection of Women’s Art, The University of Western Australia


Painting of Monotora Myristica by Ellis Rowan

FLORA Education Workshop

Professional Development for Secondary School Teachers

FLORA education kits are available for Year 12 Visual Arts (General), Year 10 Printmaking, and general school groups from lower primary to Year 12. Join educator Erin Knight in this professional development workshop to learn about the kits and their application.

Ellis Rowan, Monotora Myristica (detail), n.d., gouache on cream paper, 61 x 40.5cm, CCWA 759, Cruthers Collection of Women’s Art, The University of Western Australia


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Friday Talk

Devastated nature: the historical role of creative arts in memorialising natural world loss

View the artwork in Zadok Ben–David: Human Nature and join Susan Broomhall as she discusses historical responses to environmental trauma through sixteenth century French poetic works.

Susan Broomhall is Professor of History at UWA and Co-director of the Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions specialising in gender, emotions and material culture of early modern Europe. 

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

Image: Zadok Ben-David, The Other Side of Midnight, 2013, hand painted stainless steel, dia. 300cm. Courtesy Shoshana Wayne. 


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Let’s Meet at LWAG

For visitors living with Alzheimer’s

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. 

Light refreshments provided.

Image: Zadok Ben-David, The Other Side of Midnight, 2013, hand painted stainless steel, dia. 300cm. Courtesy Shoshana Wayne.


Painting of Monotora Myristica by Ellis Rowan

Medicine and Art: Professional Development Workshops

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.
  • 1 March, Human Nature: Examine works by artist Zadok Ben-David that explore changing aspects of the natural world, embracing hope and despair, knowledge and enigma. 
Reflect on issues such as our relationship with nature and our views of life and death. 

  • On 12 April,explore images of FLORA that invoke a multitude of meanings and uses: including love, honour, death, medicine, beauty, and sustaining ecosystems, while discussing how we value, understand and construct our world. 

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.

Please note that this event is intended for medical practitioners of all levels. Each session is limited to 20 participants. 

Ellis Rowan, Monotora Myristica (detail), n.d., gouache on cream paper, 61 x 40.5cm, CCWA 759, Cruthers Collection of Women’s Art, The University of Western Australia


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Art and Mindfulness

Going Slow: Human Nature + FLORA 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.

The 45-minute session involves a slow observation of selected artworks with the theme of empathy and compassion, followed by an informal discussion.

An International Slow Art Day initiative. 

Image: Zadok Ben-David, The Other Side of Midnight, 2013, hand painted stainless steel, dia. 300cm. Courtesy Shoshana Wayne.


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LWAG Signs

Auslan Interpreted Tour

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

Image: Zadok Ben-David, The Other Side of Midnight, 2013, hand painted stainless steel, dia. 300cm. Courtesy Shoshana Wayne.


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CULTURE CLUB I

Art Party featuring drinks + music + door prizes + art activities + tours

Come to LWAG’s Art Party to celebrate the new academic year!

Bring your friends and meet new ones. This is an opportunity for newcomers as well as regular visitors to explore the gallery and to tour the latest exhibitions – Zadok Ben-David: Human Nature, FLORA and In Light of Shadows in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

Enjoy a free sundowner, experiment with art activities and listen to live music. You may win a door prize too! Students are particularly welcome.

Image: Zadok Ben-David, The Other Side of Midnight, 2013, hand painted stainless steel, dia. 300cm. Courtesy Shoshana Wayne.

 
Painting of Monotora Myristica by Ellis Rowan

Friday Talk

Flowers in a research world: genetics and honey bees

Flowers carry a multitude of iconic meanings – including love, honour and death – and have many uses, from traditional medicine to decoration. But what is their significance in a research world?

Join Monika Murcha and Julia Grassl, two leading investigators from the Plant Energy Biology Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence at UWA, and the Cooperative Research Centre for Honey Bee Products to learn about the role of plants and their flowers in molecular studies and the vital relationship between bees and flowers.

CAMPUS PARTNER: Plant Energy Biology ARC Centre of Excellence at UWA

   
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In Light of Shadows: Curator’s Talk and Tour

Explore the meanings that light and shadow embody in various cultures through the diverse array of objects in In Light of Shadows with exhibition curator Sarah Ridhuan. Consider the broad themes of mortality, memory, power and knowledge in this selection of objects from the Berndt Museum collection of works from Asia.

Sarah Ridhuan is Curatorial Assistant at the Berndt Museum working on its diverse collections and exhibitions, with a focus on the intersections of anthropology, art and museums.

   
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Friday Talk

Reflections on shadows and light

View the exhibition In Light of Shadows and join Richard Read to closely observe and discuss the myriad stories conjured by the play of light and shadow in different cultures and within the visual arts.

Emeritus Professor Richard Read is an Associate Investigator in the Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions and a Senior Honorary Research Fellow in the UWA School of Design. He has published numerous texts on the relationship between literature and the visual arts, Giotto, Rembrandt, nineteenth and twentieth century art and critical theory, and complex images in global contexts.

Campus Partner: ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions


Painting of Monotora Myristica by Ellis Rowan

Artist Workshop

Create your own Tussie Mussie 

Participate in an intimate workshop for adults led by artist Alina Tang, exploring the significance of flowers in the exhibition FLORA and examining traditional Victorian meanings of flora.

Participants are invited to create their own individual Tussie Mussie – a small bouquet of flowers offered as a gift in the Victorian era, where each element represented a symbolic meaning – using an array of oral material including fresh blooms, dried flowers, dried herbs. All materials will be supplied.

The workshop will involve a guided exploration of the materials: their sensory experience, symbolic meanings, and discussion of traditional gift-giving practices.

    
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Let’s Talk Shop with Claire Greenhill

Claire is a jewellery maker, landscape architect and artist who works from her home studio in Palmyra. Claire’s jewellery is inspired by nature, architecture and traditional cultures.

Join us to hear Claire discuss her process of using coloured enamel, oxidisation and altered surfaces to create contrast and texture, playing with proportion and scale to create unique and contemporary work.

Claire’s work will be available for sale at this event.

 

Painting of Monotora Myristica by Ellis Rowan

Symposium: FLORA

Current Western Australian-based research in plant science and conservation biology, traditional uses of plants, and environmental issues that challenge our future, will be discussed in a symposium presented by eminent Western Australian speakers.
  • John Curtin Distinguished Professor Kingsley Dixon is Director for the ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centre for Mine Site Restoration (CMSR), a collaborative alliance between Curtin University, UWA, Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority and six mining industry partners.

  • Vivienne ‘Binyarn’ Hansen is a Balladong Wadjuk Yorga woman from the Bibbulmun Nation, or Noongar people, of the south-west of Western Australia. She is co-author, together with John Horsfall, of Noongar Bush Medicine: Medicinal Plants of the South-west of Western Australia (2016) UWA Publishing.

  • Professor Steve Hopper AC is Professor of Biodiversity at the University of Western Australia’s Albany Centre.

  • Vicki Long is a Pilbara-based botanist, ecologist and ethno-botanist who has observed and worked with Pilbara flora for over 33 years. She has worked as an ethno-botanist with many Aboriginal groups and corporations in the Pilbara recording their traditional ecological knowledge, especially the use of plants.

Campus Partner: Institute of Advanced Studies

 


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Art and Mindfulness

Going Slow: Human Nature + In Light of Shadows

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.

The 45-minute session involves a slow observation of selected artworks with the theme of empathy and compassion, followed by an informal discussion.

An International Slow Art Day initiative.


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Can Touch This

Tactile & Verbal Description Tour

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 versions of the works.

Tours are free to attend and open to companions and carers. This event is run in partnership with DADAA.

  
Painting of Monotora Myristica by Ellis Rowan

Friday Talk

Feeling FLORA: the emotions of conservation

View the exhibition FLORA with Andrea Gaynor and join a discussion about the relationships between emotion and conservation, and how they have been expressed over time.

Andrea Gaynor is an Associate Investigator with the Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions and an Associate Professor in History at The University of Western Australia. Her research seeks to use the contextualising and narrative power of environmental history to solve real world problems.

Campus Partner: ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions