Kendal Gear wins People's Choice Award in 2018 Hurford Hardwood Portrait Prize

Perth artist Kendal Gear has been announced as the winner of the People’s Choice Award in the 2018 Hurford Hardwood Portrait Prize at Lismore Regional Gallery.

Gear's self-portrait was voted by Gallery visitors as the favourite in a tightly contested list. On being named winner, Gear said, “It was great to be part of the exhibition and it’s so exciting and encouraging to receive this award, and prize money of $1,000. It’s come at a really good time for me.”

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Director of Lismore Regional Gallery, Brett Adlington congratulated the winner, saying:
 
“For us, the Hurford Hardwood Portrait Prize is a chance to support a broad range of artists, emerging and established; local and national. We also see this award as a chance for the community to engage with a whole range of artistic styles, and the People’s Choice Award is a chance to acknowledge this. Kendal's work is exquisite in its detail and craftsmanship - and obviously resonated with our audiences.”
 
Acknowledging their support of the People’s Choice Award, Brad Gosling of Chandlers Betta Home Living, Lismore said:

“This portrait prize is a great way to celebrate the art of portraiture, and like The Archibald Prize, we know that many visitors like to have their say about who they think the winner should be. It’s for this reason we were happy to support the People’s Choice Award in the Hurford Hardwood Portrait Prize, and would like to congratulate the winner, Kendal Gear, on being voted favourite by visitors to the gallery.”
 
Brett Adlington also thanked the prize sponsors, Hurford Hardwood and Chandlers Betta Home Living, Lismore. “To have the support of local business really means so much for us, and helps us support artists in the early stages of their careers.”

Director of the Art Gallery of NSW, Dr Michael Brand, previously named Nicole Kelly as the Winner of the Hurford Hardwood Portrait Prize with her work, Jumaadi + Clouds + Rain, which now enters Lismore Regional Gallery's permanent collection.

The Hurford Hardwood Portrait Prize will next be held towards the end of 2020.

Finalists selected for Portrait Prize at Lismore Regional Gallery

69 portraits have been painstakingly selected from 211 strong entries for the Hurford Hardwood Portrait Prize. These 69 will be included in the exhibition of finalists at Lismore Regional Gallery from 28 July – 23 September 2018. The announcement of the winner will be by this year’s judge, Dr Michael Brand, Director, Art Gallery NSW, on Saturday 28 July at 12 midday.

Robert Malherbe ,  Nina looking up   2018, oil on board, 46 x 38cm, image courtesy the artist and Michael Reid Gallery, Sydney

Robert Malherbe, Nina looking up 2018, oil on board, 46 x 38cm, image courtesy the artist and Michael Reid Gallery, Sydney


According to Kezia Geddes, curator, Lismore Regional Gallery, “Portraiture is Australia’s favourite genera of art. Big art prizes like The Archibald, The Doug Moran and The Portia Geach Memorial are testament to our love of the portrait. People are ultimately programmed to understand the human face and its many expressions. It is therefore not surprising that we are so readily enchanted by the ability of artists to render subtle nuances of a person and to capture something - whether this be a likeness or an aspect of someone’s persona.”

The Hurford Hardwood Prize started in response to a public call for a portraiture prize in the region. Now in its 8th year the prize was originally called The Northern Rivers Portrait Prize, and it was a painting and drawing prize open to artists whose artwork depicted a person from the Northern Rivers. It has since expanded to include portraits of any subject in any medium and is open to artists Australia wide. The finalist works reflect this expansion and include paintings, drawings, photographs, ceramics, and video portraits. Subjects are equally diverse and include local identities such as, Michael Balderstone, Dailan Pugh OAM and Ric Richardson, celebrities like Reg Mombassa, and more personal portraits of artists’ family members and quite a few self-portraits.

Gallery staff were so impressed by the standard of entries that the Permanent Collection Gallery (usually dedicated to exhibiting the permanent collection) was made available for the exhibition.

According to Brett Adlington, Director Lismore Regional Gallery, “The winner will receive $10,000 and the work will become part of Lismore Regional Gallery’s art collection. The prize money has been provided by local business, Hurford Hardwood. The Hurford Hardwood Portrait Prize is one of our most popular exhibitions and we are very grateful to Hurfords for their generosity and support which makes the exhibition possible.”

“Hurfords are proud to have been involved in the Hurford Hardwood Portrait Prize since 2012. It is magnificent to see the growth of its popularity now attracting entries from every state & territory  across Australia as well as plenty of local entries. We look forward to a very diverse & stimulating exhibition." say sponsors, Gaela and Andrew Hurford.

Todd Fuller ,  Billy's Swan   2017, video still, chalk and charcoal animation and video, 5:37 mins, courtesy the artist and MAY SPACE, Sydney

Todd Fuller, Billy's Swan  2017, video still, chalk and charcoal animation and video, 5:37 mins, courtesy the artist and MAY SPACE, Sydney

Adlington says, “Lismore Regional Gallery has also provided a $1000 People’s Choice Award which will be awarded to the artist with the highest number of public votes”. Prizes are controversial by nature, after all.  

2018 Hurford Hardwood Portrait Prize finalists
Abbey McCulloch, Amanda Bromfield, Amanda Penrose Hart, Andre Bowen, Anne-Marie Zanetti, Ashley Frost, Caroline Zilinsky, Chelsea Gustafsson, Chris Hazell, Clara Adolphs, Clare Thackway, Corinna Berndt, David Wells, Dr Darien Midwinter, Fleur Diamond, Geoff Harvey, Georgi Milln, Guy Morgan, Hilary Herrmann and James Guppy, Ian Roberts, Ildiko Hammond, Jacklyn Wagner, James Bowles-Leeson, James J De Weaver, Jane Theau, Jenny Johns, John Smith and Nikky-Morgan Smith, Karen Preston, Kendal Gear, Kenneth Craig Lambert, KHR Stewart, Kylie Foley, Lisa Axiotis, Liz Stute, Lucas Wright, Lucila Zentner, Lynden Stone, Marc Stapelberg, Marian Drew, Martin Claydon, Martin Edge, Matilda Michell, Matthew O'Brien, Maya Veit, Meg K Nielsen, Michael Simms, Nic Mason, Nicholas Ferguson, Nicole Kelly, Nicole Monks, Raimond de Weerdt, Raj Panda, Rene Bolten, Rikki Fisher, Robert Malherbe, Ryan Mugan, Sachin Moncrieff, Samuel Condon, Stephen Nothling, Steven Giese, Symone Male, Thomas Readett, Todd Fuller, Tony Kearney, Tony Leitch, Trinity Leonard, Vanessa White, Virginia Hodgkinson, Zom Osborne
 
EXHIBITION OPENING AND WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT:
Saturday 28 July, 12:00 midday
Official opening and winner announcement by Dr Michael Brand, Director, Art Gallery NSW

The Eighth Annual Grace Cruice Memorial Exhibition

Northern Rivers Community Gallery (NRCG) Ballina launches an exciting new exhibition this month and welcomes community and visitors to join us in the Gallery.

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The Eighth Annual Grace Cruice Memorial Exhibition features new 2D and 3D fine art works by members of Ballina Arts and Crafts Centre Inc. The exhibition showcases the diverse talents of the group which draws its members from all over the Northern Rivers region.

This exhibition celebrates the role played by early BACCI members in the establishment of the Northern Rivers Community Gallery and through this display, also hopes to encourage new members to join and share BACCI’s passion for creativity.

Exhibition opens Wednesday 6 June 2018 and continue until Sunday 1 July 2018. The official launch event is Thursday 7 June from 5.30pm – 7.30pm and all are welcome to attend.

The Trailer Project presents: John Witzig

The Trailer Project will present The Lure of the Sea by John Witzig opening Thursday, June 14 at Lismore Regional Gallery.

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THE TRAILER PROJECT PRESENTS
THE LURE OF THE SEA


JOHN WITZIG

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at 5:00 pm Thurs 14 June 2018
Exhibition continues until Friday 22 June 2018


image: Cactus Landscape 1975, digital print


thetrailerproject@gmail.com
www.thetrailerproject.com
 

We're Closer Than You Think: Northern Rivers Artists

Part of ArtState 2017, We’re Closer Than You Think brings together artwork by several artists based in the Northern Rivers. The exhibition questions the notion of regionality and the perception that artists working outside of metropolitan areas are hindered by location.
 
In various stages of their career and working across a range of disciplines, each artist in the exhibition was chosen for inadvertently refuting the relationship between location and success, population and production, and that the quality of their practice is determined by these imaginary borders.

Be quick! We’re Closer Than You Think will be open until Friday 8 December.
 
Co-curated by Natalie Bull and Zoe Robinson-Kennedy.

Image: Helle Jorgensen,  The lofty thoughts generator and processor . Photo by Michelle Eabry.

Image: Helle Jorgensen, The lofty thoughts generator and processor. Photo by Michelle Eabry.

Artists

Skye Baker
Amanda Bromfield
Kylie Caldwell
Ben Crawford
Michael Cusack
Karla Dickens
Kathryn Dolby
Penny Evans
Stephen Garrett
Natalie Grono
Charlotte Haywood
Helle Jorgensen
Jenny Kitchener
Mahala Magins
Robert Moore
Jess O’Connor
Kat Shapiro-Wood
Amber Wallis
Christine Willcocks
 

Location

The OLD Gallery
(next to Palate Cafe)
131 Molesworth St
Lismore, NSW 2480
 
 

BSA ArtState Exhibitions: APOLLO & Nine

Byron School of Art is presenting two exhibitions as part of ArtState: Nine, at the BSA Project Space, and APOLLO in Lismore.

Diana Miller's  Quilted Earth , acrylic on linen

Diana Miller's Quilted Earth, acrylic on linen

Also, BSA Alumni are showing throughout Lismore, including at the old Lismore Regional Gallery site.

FRIDAY 1 December 6 - 8pm : Opening of Nine

BSA PROJECT SPACE
112 Dalley St, Mullumbimby
Exhibition runs from 1 - 13 December
Open six days, closed Sundays, 10am to 2pm
or by appointment 0431 034 892

 

 

Showing as part of ArtState Lismore 2017


Apollo

AMAC
James Guppy
Alex Hudson
Travis Paterson
Melissa Poole
Zuzana Kovar & Nicholas Skepper
Christine Willcocks
 


An assembly without the limits of the square

30 November - 3 December 2017
 

James Guppy's  Touching her back , acrylic on canvas, 2016  

James Guppy's Touching her back, acrylic on canvas, 2016  

Apollo is a group show from the Byron School of Art BSA Project Space.  It is a re-pairing of works and an assembly without the limits of the square: both documenting a number of past exhibitions and responding to the semi-submerged toy theatre where the exhibition is housed.
 

NORTHERN RIVERS CONSERVATORIUM OF MUSIC
Downstairs Studio, 152 Keen Street, Lismore
Thursday 12pm - 3pm | Friday 10am - 8pm
Saturday 10am - 8pm | Sunday 10am - 3pm

Art on Bundjalung Country

 

Art on Bundjalung Country opens tonight at Lismore Regional Gallery.

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Increasingly, creativity is being seen as a major indicator in increasing people’s health and wellbeing. Art on Bundjalung Country is a major partnership between the Gallery, Arts Northern Rivers, North Coast Primary Health Network, Bulgarr Ngaru Aboriginal Medical Corporation and University Centre for Rural Health to stimulate artistic practice for emerging Aboriginal artists to enhance their social, economic and health outcomes. This partnership is advised by a committed steering group of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal arts and health professionals.

Throughout 2017, a series of workshops have been held across the region by established Aboriginal artists including Penny Evans, Gilbert Laurie, Francis Belle-Parker, Michael Philp, Cherie Leon and Robin Davis to pass on their creative skills to a wide range of emerging Aboriginal artists. The result will be an exhibition acknowledging the depth of current practice in the region, and celebrating the next crop of up and coming Aboriginal artists working in Bundjalung country.

Friday, December 8, 2017 at 5.30pm (for 6.00pm speeches)

To be opened by Dr Vahid Saberi, Chief Executive Officer, North Coast Primary Health Network.

Speeches will be followed by a performance by the Nini Nahri-Gali dance Troupe.

From Here to There: Australian art and walking

BAM Associate Editor Sharne Wolff and Contributor Jane Denison have been commissioned by Lismore Regional Gallery to develop the curatorial concept From Here to There: Australian Art and Walking due to their shared interest in walking and art.

Lismore Regional Gallery has been selected as the Dobell Exhibition Grant for 2018 for the exhibition curated by Wolff and Denison.

The exhibition will present eight leading Australian artists who incorporate the everyday act of walking in their art. The first of its kind in Australia, the exhibition features work by Lauren Brincat, Dean Brown, Daniel Crooks, Agatha Gothe-Snape, Alex Karaconji, Noel McKenna, Sarah Mosca and Liam O’Brien.

Lauren Brincat, This Time Tomorrow, Tempelhof, 2011, Documentation of an action. Single-channel digital video, colour, audio, 5’:19” Image courtesy the artist and Anna Schwartz Gallery

Lauren Brincat, This Time Tomorrow, Tempelhof, 2011, Documentation of an action. Single-channel digital video, colour, audio, 5’:19” Image courtesy the artist and Anna Schwartz Gallery

The works are selected on two criteria: an artwork based on a visual reference to the act of walking, or an artwork produced as the result of walking. For example, the act of walking is forefront in Daniel Crooks’ spliced video productions that investigate walking as motion and in Dean Brown’s works that depict solitary walking figures. Artworks produced as a consequence of walking include Noel McKenna’s detailed drawings of observations from his suburban walks, and Sarah Mosca’s delicate photographs that record the warmth and feel of the artist’s moving body.

The Dobel Exhibition Grant will enable From Here to There to reach its full potential, to bring important Australian artists to Lismore’s regional community and support public programs that demystify the works, educate audiences and provide a range of easily accessible activities to explore how walking can unleash creative adventures.

This funding will also allow the exhibition to expand to include more works of greater scale and the commissioning of two significant new works. It will also support a residency for one artist which will enable the production of a new work relevant to the local area, an artist talk and a guided map-making activity for audiences.

The Dobell Exhibition Grant, supported by the Sir William Dobell Art Foundation, offers $40,000 in funding to one regional NSW gallery per annum. The program aims to support high-quality exhibitions that speak to a broad audience across NSW. To assist in expanding appreciation for the visual arts, these exhibitions should be supported by innovative public and education programs that creatively engage both artists and the community.

Read more about the Dobell Exhibition Grant

 

ABOUT THE SIR WILLIAM DOBELL ART FOUNDATION

The Foundation was formed in 1971 from the artist’s bequest with instructions that “a Foundation be established for the benefit and promotion of art in NSW."

Since then, the Foundation has sponsored a wide variety of projects and is best known for the Dobell Drawing Prize, which ran for 20 years at the Art Gallery of NSW and evolved into the new Dobell Australian Drawing Biennial in 2014.

The Foundation supports acquisitions to public collections, as well as publications, films and educational programs, including the annual Year 11 student Dobell Drawing School held with the National Art School.

 

The Dobell Exhibition Grant is supported by the Sir William Dobell Art Foundation and managed by Museums & Galleries of NSW.

 

Artists: Apply to Exhibit at new LRG

Exhibition Proposals

CALL FOR PROPOSALS :: NEXT DEADLINE: 27 NOVEMBER 2017

Are you interested in exhibiting with Lismore Regional Gallery?

The first floor will showcase curated exhibitions, touring exhibitions and a dedicated gallery for the permanent collection. We will balance our program in these spaces across the year so that it reflects the diverse interests and voices of people from our region and beyond.

The prominently located downstairs gallery will prioritise local early career artists in a program of about eight exhibitions per year. The gallery is approx 9.8m x 3.5m x 3.4m (h) (download floor plan here) and has gallery lighting and hanging tracks. Artists will receive a fee of $250 per show, and be expected to help with installation/de-installation. With a large floor to ceiling window, the gallery space will be highly visible to people passing by and those engaging in activities in the Lismore Quadrangle.

Exhibition proposals can be submitted anytime throughout the year and selected by a panel.

Submitting your proposal

If you would like your artwork to be considered for exhibition at Lismore Regional Gallery, you can submit a proposal including:

• Images (10 maximum)
• CV/ BIO
• links to website (if available)
• an exhibition statement (approx. one page)

Your exhibition statement must include an artist’s statement/conceptual premise and a description of the show. You can also include ideas you have for public programming (workshop/artist talk/performance etc) and any preference for dates.

Download a proposal form here

Email your proposal to art.gallery@lismore.nsw.gov.au.

Industrial Relations  exhibition by Leora Sibony. Photograph: Kate Holmes

Industrial Relations exhibition by Leora Sibony. Photograph: Kate Holmes

New Lismore Regional Gallery Opening Events

Join us for the much anticipated opening of the new Lismore Regional Gallery - with an entire weekend of events to celebrate!

The new gallery has its opening party on Saturday October 28, 5:30pm

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Arstate Lismore | Early Registration Discount Extended

Early Bird registrations for Artstate Lismore have been extended until Monday 23 October, 11:30PM.

Join the conversation and celebrate the arts in regional NSW at Artstate Lismore, from 30 November – 3 December.

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Bell Shakespeare brings The Merchant of Venice to NORPA

Money makes the world go around. Portia has it. Bassanio wants it. Shylock lends it. Antonio owes the value of it. Love also plays a part. Portia offers it. Bassanio wants it. And Antonio may lose a pound of flesh for it.

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NORPA is thrilled to welcome world acclaimed company, Bell Shakespeare, back to the stage of Lismore City Hall with their new production The Merchant of Venice for two evening performances on Thursday 7 and Friday 8 September.

Artistic Director, Peter Evans, said at the announcement earlier this year, “This uncompromising production explores the tense relationship and prejudices between those that have, and those that don’t. The themes of justice and revenge continue to play strongly 400 years after this play was written.”

Featuring three time Helpmann Award winner, Mitchell Butel (Janet King and Rake) as the defiant Shylock, and Jessica Tovey (Wolf Creek and Wonderland) as Portia, the production is directed by Anne-Louise Sarks (Belvoir’s Jasper Jones and Medea), this masterfully envisioned production tackles the prejudices and preconceived notions of one of Shakespeare’s most challenging plays.

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Director Anne-Louise Sarks has developed a reputation for being unflinching in tackling difficult subjects.

“This is only the second time since becoming Artistic Director for Bell Shakespeare that we’ve invited a new director to join us in creating new work. Last year we were thrilled to be joined by Lee Lewis in directing The Literati. This year Anne-Louise Sarks takes the helm of our national tour and will get to present her work to 27 venues around Australia,” said Mr Evans.

Dark in its humour and bawdy in its romantic hijinks, The Merchant Of Venice takes audiences on a journey of love, mercy and justice.
 


"By any measure, this is great theatre. This is an intelligent close reading of the play. Little is overplayed, nothing is dodged. Shylock may be remembered as a career defining role for Mitchell Butel" The Australian

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NORPA gifts performance tickets to flood affected families

 NORPA and Circus Oz are donating 100 tickets to the company's upcoming show to flood affected families and individuals via Lismore Helping Hands community group.
 
The internationally acclaimed company's brand new show Model Citizens is currently touring nationally and will be performed at NORPA at Lismore City Hall on Friday 12 & Saturday 13 May.
 

Circus Oz is the first show NORPA has been able to present since the flood inundated the entire bottom floor of Lismore City Hall causing extensive damage to the Box Office, administration office, kitchen and dance studio.
 
Circus Oz and NORPA have also conducted free workshops this week for a number of schools in the region affected by the flood.
 
Lismore Helping Hands community group, with the help of other local agencies will distribute the free tickets to flood affected families and individuals.
 
“This is our way of saying thank you to the community of Lismore who have helped us so much at NORPA and Lismore City Hall in our time of need,” said NORPA’s General Manager Patrick Healey. “We know how exhausting and heartbreaking the clean up is and that there are families and individuals in our community who could do with a bit of time out to enjoy a fabulous show thanks to Circus Oz. Lismore Helping Hands have been at the coalface of helping people in our community and are well positioned to distribute the tickets to those who are having a tough time.”
 
Councillor Elly Bird from Lismore Helping Hands said "This generous offer from NORPA and Circus Oz will be greatly appreciated by families who have been impacted by the floods, who we have been helping over the last four weeks. Helping Hands will work closely with NORPA and other agencies to get these tickets to those families so they can have a great night out at the circus.”
 
Matt Hughes, Programming Director of Circus Oz, completed his university studies in Lismore, living with his grandparents. “I understand the heartache, anguish and trauma the flood-water brings, the hard work commences after the water recedes.”
 
“I also witnessed the resilience and spirit that demonstrated the strength of a community and how the people of Lismore support each other in times of need. As a company, Circus Oz celebrates diversity and human kindness, offering creativity and inspiration in the form of world class Contemporary Circus. When NORPA suggested we work with them and assist Lismore Helping Hands we were only too pleased to agree to such a worthy cause.”
 
About Model Citizens by Circus Oz
 
Stunningly lit and driven by a sensational live music soundtrack, Model Citizens seamlessly blends the risk and beauty of breathtaking physical improbability with no shortage of theatricality, choreography and, of course, absurdity!
 
The action unfolds within the cleverly designed model kit world that challenges perspective, scale and normality. Oversized everyday objects become an intriguing new playground of possibilities for the all-human ensemble, offering a new life as unexpected circus equipment. Imagine scaling a 6m safety pin, backflipping off a giant vertical clothes peg, getting tangled in an oversized cotton reel, or flying high in an enormous pair of aerial undies...
 
Audiences will be taken on a visually and emotionally charged journey by the multi- talented Circus Oz ensemble, exploring what it really means to be a model citizen in today's model kit society.
 
Circus Oz last performed at NORPA in 2014 to sell-out audiences. Tickets for Model Citizens are still available but are going fast.
 
CIRCUS OZ
MODEL CITIZENS
Friday 12 May, 7:30pm
Saturday 13 May, 1pm & 7:30pm
NORPA at Lismore City Hall
$25 - $55
Bookings: norpa.org.au or 1300 066 772

PAUL CAPSIS 'Addicted to the Nightlife' presented by NORPA in association with Tropical Fruits Festival

Paul Capsis’ voice has been described as “an act of God”; “like Ziggy Stardust on LSD". The performer is a gender-bending, gospel-shrieking force of nature.

 

In a specially curated show for NORPA, Paul Capsis will explore the music of Patti Smith, Skyhooks, Amy Winehouse, Janis Joplin, Judy Garland, Billie Holiday, Ike and Tina Turner, Doris Day, Thelma Houston and many more.

"I don't really do solo shows that often any more, as I am more concentrated in theatre," said Paul Capsis who has recently received rave reviews for his portrayal of Quentin Crisp in Resident Alien as well as for his numerous other stage roles "It's nice to revisit the cabaret form, which is basically me with an accompanist, Jeremy Brennan, doing a number of songs, a mixed bag of old and new songs, from Amy Winehouse, Janis Joplin to Tina Turner, with some fun and some dark notes too."

Capsis' will perform at NORPA on Thursday 29 Dec and Friday 30 Dec. His performance on Dec 29 will be preceeded by the Tropical Fruits Festival Street Parade that will finish at Lismore City Hall with the official Festival Opening Soiree from 5pm, including drag shows, a welcome by the Mayor, DJs, Coopers Bar, stalls and outdoor diner.

Capsis, who has never been to Tropical Fruits Festival, said his Lismore performance will be a treat for him as much as for the audience.

"I have heard of the Tropical Fruits Festival so much and for a very long time," he said. "I know friends of mine who perform there regularly, every year, and it is very nice to be invited this year."

Paul Capsis in 'Addicted to the Nightlife'
NORPA at Lismore City Hall
Thu 29 Dec & Fri 30 Dec, 8pm $50
Bookings: www.norpa.org.au