Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery

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Exhibitions Opening Night
HERE&NOW17: New Photography + Kevin Ballantine: Photographs 1986 - 2001

Join us for the opening of two new photography exhibitions. HERE&NOW17: New Photography curated by Chelsea Hopper features newly commissioned work from WA-based artists Jacqueline Ball, Scott Burton, Lucy Griggs, Georgia Kaw, Dan McCabe and Lydia Trethewey.

Kevin Ballantine: Photographs 1986 - 2001 curated by Sally Quin is a 15-year survey of Ballantine’s practice, capturing the urban landscapes of Perth and Fremantle.

To be opened by Max Pam, Honorary Lecturer, School of Arts and Humanities, Edith Cowan University. 

Register below to attend. Light refreshments will be served.  

Image: Scott Burton, Innaloo, 2017, digital print on premium art stock

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Artists and Curator: Tour and Talk

Join curator Chelsea Hopper and local artists Dan McCabe and Georgia Kaw as they discuss their works of art and the framing of the exhibition.

Hear about how New Photography seeks an expansion of photography in order to shape new, formerly unimaginable relations between art and the larger cultural sphere.

Image: Dan McCabe, -32.041913, 115.753677 (front), 2017, acrylic sheeting on alubond in custom frames, 87cm x 62cm

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Kevin Ballantine
Artist and Curator Talk and Tour

Curator Sally Quin will join Kevin Ballantine in conversation about his works in the new exhibition Kevin Ballantine: Photographs 1986-2001.

Hear Kevin’s views on street photography and his own approach to documenting the changing face of Perth over an extended period, with images that have captured both the banal and spectacularly beautiful.

Image: Kevin Ballantine, Road to Fremantle, 1990, digital print on archival paper © Kevin Ballantine  

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Talking Allowed Series
Seeing Allowed? With Professor Jane Lydon

Over the last two years and with the rise of the citizen photographer, there have been radical changes in how we respond to photographs and images, particularly those that reveal unimaginable suffering. Whether it is a photograph of the lifeless body of Aylan Kurdi washed ashore near the Turkish resort of Bodrum, the images of Dylan Voller spit-hooded and shackled to a restraint chair, or the photograph of the Muslim woman amidst the carnage on Westminster Bridge, images appear to have acquired a new status in their capacity to prompt indignation and action. Which images can we say have changed the course of history? And what makes an image powerful at a particular moment?

In her talk ‘Seeing Allowed?’, Professor Jane Lydon (Wesfarmers Chair of Australian History) will speak to a number of issues that surround images of suffering. While it would seem that in 2017 photographs and images are becoming central to socio-political and ideological tensions, Professor Lydon will explore whether or not real change can be wrought by harrowing images of suffering.

‘Talking Allowed’ is a new series of presentations offered by the UWA Institute of Advanced Studies and the UWA Cultural Precinct, where a UWA academic will give a short presentation on a topic of current relevance to the arts and culture before inviting the audience to participate in discussion. 

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Let's Talk Shop
Conversation with Stewart Scambler

Hear Stewart Scambler, one of WA’s leading potters, shed light on his practice from the selection and processing of naturally occurring local clay though to the ring of works in his Palmyra and York kilns.

Stewart’s work will also be available to purchase in store at this event.

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WAMSS Photographic Exhibition

Experience the art of medicine at this exhibition of photography from the WA Medical Students’ Society. See photographs highlighting important global health and sociocultural issues, taken by UWA medical students who have sought out unique opportunities in far-flung places. 

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Visual Arts x Mindfulness Tour
Going Slow

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 you allow your mind to settle on selected pieces of contemporary art.

Each viewing will be themed differently and will be followed by an informal discussion.

You can choose to drop-in for one session, or attend all the full 4-week program.

This series is presented by the UWA Health and Wellbeing department in in collaboration with the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery. 

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Panel Presentation
Contemporary Photography

Contemporary photography spans a huge range of disciplines, from fine art to photojournalism, archival documentation and much more.

Discussing everything from risk-taking in photojournalism, to creative conceptual installations that are studio based, photographers Claire Martin, Graham Miller, Kevin Ballantine, and curator Chelsea Hopper will address current issues in contemporary photography.

Kevin Ballantine, Town Pictures, 1989, digital print on archival paper © Kevin Ballantine

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For visitors living with Alzheimers
Art and Alzheimers Tour

Join us for an engaging tour of the new photography exhibitions, Kevin Ballantine: Photographs 1986 – 2001 and HERE&NOW17: New Photography, designed to connect participants living with dementia in a shared exploration of art through personal insights, emerging interpretations and memories.

Refreshments provided.

Image: Kevin Ballantine, Cottesloe Beach, 1988, digital print on archival paper © Kevin Ballantine

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Talking Allowed
Visual Influences on Legislation: Culture Jamming the Perth Modern School relocation proposal

Culture Jamming is defined as a movement that mixes politics with graffiti, and satire with paint. Said by some to scramble "... the signal, injects the unexpected, and spurs audiences to think critically and challenge the status quo", this presentation, by Professor Camilla Baasch Andersen, UWA School of Law, and artist Desmond Mah examines a new way for law and visualization to intersect.

Camilla and Desmond will showcase some of the many artistic works produced by artists and children to protest the recent proposal to relocate Perth Modern School to an inner-city high-rise, as well as jamming sites which promote racial equality, and ask the question: Is this controversial way of visually expressing public resistance and opinion effective in influencing legislation? Should it be?

‘Talking Allowed’ is a new series of presentations offered by the UWA Institute of Advanced Studies and the UWA Cultural Precinct, where a UWA academic will give a short presentation on a topic of current relevance to the arts and culture before inviting the audience to participate in discussion.

Image: Culture jamming at Perth Modern School.

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For Visitors With Visual Impairment
’Can Touch This’ Tour

Join us for an innovative touch and audio descriptive tour of 
Kevin Ballantine: Photographs 1986 – 2001 and HERE&NOW17: New Photography. Audio Description enhances visual art for people who are blind or vision impaired. A trained Audio Describer delivers a verbal description of the visual elements.

This tour will also include various tactile 3D-printed translations of the artworks on display.

Refreshments Provided.

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Friday Talk
The Likeness – Curator tour and talk

The Likeness is an exhibition drawn from the Cruthers Collection of Women’s Art and curated by Gemma Weston.

It is a partial survey of 100 years of Australian portraiture, reflecting how artists have utilised the genre to explore ideas of self-determination, identity and the changing - or unchanging - role of art in society.

Join Gemma for an in–depth examination of the collection’s take on women’s portraiture, and a close look at key collection works.

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WINTERarts Workshop
Paint Yourself

Use modern make-up to create your own self-portraits.

Did you know that many of the earliest pigments used to paint with, were first used to decorate our bodies? Let’s see how we can use modern make-up as a palette and create our own self-portraits. If you can apply a decent foundation, you’re already on your way to painting a great portrait. 

View the portraiture exhibition The Likeness and join us in this two hour workshop to learn some tips and tricks from professional artist Elizabeth Marruffo. All materials provided. Participants will need to bring with them a printed A4 ‘selfie’ photograph. 

Image: A.M.E. Bale, Self Portrait, c. 1906, oil on board, 48 x 34.8 cm, CCWA 752. Cruthers Collection of Women's Art. The University of Western Australia