The Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery presents a program of innovative exhibitions featuring the University's extensive art collection, as well as new, contemporary art and touring shows.
Exhibition catalogues and publications, as well as art objects and gifts, are available for sale in the Gallery shop.
This exhibition considers how contemporary artists create an ideal reality- in the form of constructed worlds that transcend our daily experience, or by considering the beauty found in familiar places or things. Focus is on the object in space and installation work which communicates a sense of order, balance and wonder.
Featured artwork: Helen Smith, Alighiero e Boetti from Wikipedia, United Nations, 2013, oil on canvas, 150 x 216 cm
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People who you can't meet face to face features work from Indigenous artists from around Australia, juxtaposing tactile object and photographic image to examine the motif of the doll in a variety of contexts.
In an eclectic group of works from Elsie Labumore Roughsey - whose autobiography lends the exhibition its title - Joyce Winsley, the Narrogin Doll Makers, Tracey Moffatt and Destiny Deacon, the doll is variously an anonymous prop, a poignant effigy, a means of building community or a vehicle for cultural critique.
Featured artwork: Joyce Winsley, Granny Bass, 1999, guildford grass stitched and moulded, 30cm high, Copyright courtesy of the artist.
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This exhibition explores the inter-relationship between the people, country and stories of Goulburn Island, Northern Territory, as they were in the past and as they are now. Bark paintings, photographs and sound recordings from the collection convey the richness of djurrbilk or gossip songs.
The subject matter of these songs is diverse and thoroughly intriguing. Djurrbilk stories use human characters in the guise of animals. The stories are sometimes based on actual events that have happened in the community, but the use of animals obscures the original characters and their actions, protecting their identity and saving embarrassment. The Djurrbilk stories are amusing, and the songs through which these stories are told, are amazing. Aboriginal music will never be quite the same.
Featured artwork: Bark painting by Gwadbad No. 2 i.e. 'John', Maung language. RM Berndt Collection, 3rd October 1947, [WU1236]
Stan Hopewell began to make paintings during his wife Joyce's illness. The hundreds of paintings he created record important events in his life, in the life of his wife, and most importantly, in works that give visual form to the ineffable presences of God. That intimate spiritual relationship guided Hopewell through a life that has not been without hardship and challenge. His faith sustained him through the three years of his wife's serious medical condition but, when she died, Hopewell stopped painting. Ted Snell's monograph on the artist Stan Hopewell: facing the stars will be published by UWA Publishing in tandem with the exhibition.
Exhibition opens on Friday 11 October 2013, 6pm at the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery.
Featured artwork: Stan Hopewell, Christ 2003, oil and collage on board, 60 x 90 cm, © Courtesy of the artist.
Visit the Stan Hopewell: God is Love exhibition website for more information.
Experience the sights and sounds of Africa through the lens of world-renowned ethnomusicologist John Blacking. Music Dance Landscape Image uses the John Blacking Collection, housed at The University of Western Australia’s Callaway Centre, to provide snapshots of performances that Blacking encountered during his travels in southern and eastern Africa.
Travelling to South Africa, Mozambique, Zambia, and Uganda, he took camera, sound recorder, and notebook, to capture his impressions of music and dance in pictures, films, audio recordings, and diaries. The exhibition provides opportunities to see and hear rare musical instruments, and to watch lively dances on video.
Image: Venda girls practice tshigombela, South Africa, mid-1950s
In accompaniment to the current exhibitions, the Gallery hosts a range of free public events. For more information, visit the Public Program.