Cornucopia at MRAG this Saturday
Roll up roll up, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, all the fun of the fair is here in Maitland Regional Art Gallery (MRAG) this weekend. The Gallery is launching ‘Cornucopia’ - MRAG’s summer of art festival this weekend that includes six exhibitions and 100+ activities across summer.
Maitland residents and visitors are invited to the official opening from 3.00pm this Saturday 9 December to enjoy a giant marionette installation, live music, circus performances and more. Attendees will also have the opportunity to meet the artists and sitters behind the exhibitions.
A series of photographic portraits by Gary Grealy is the focus of one of the exhibitions opening this weekend at MRAG. Gary Grealy has been a frequent finalist in the National Photographic Portrait Prize since its inception in 2007 and took out the title in this year’s prize for his portrait of highly respected ABC journalist Richard Morecroft and his partner Alison McKay. Both Morecroft and McKay will join Gary Grealy and other sitters in a casual talk over drinks of the experience in front and behind the camera.
Drawing the attention of families across the region, however, is David Archer’s Archer’s Arcadia - a collection of animated interactive sculptures, influenced by scenes from carnivals & seasides of the Victorian & Edwardian era infused with a spark of the artist’s playful humour. His glitzy fabrications see art and mechanics combine, such as the bubble farting life size pig (pictured) that has visitors young and older in fits of giggles. The artist is seldom found in the typical well lit studio in cap and smock, but rather, boiler suited, tinkering deep in the bowels of discarded gadgetry and domestic junk.
MRAG’s Cultural Director Brigette Uren says, ‘The summer festival offers a cornucopia of pleasures. MRAG has a reputation as ‘The People’s Gallery’ and this summer will prove why. The myriad of exhibitions range from the serious to the most whimsical, spanning extensive periods of Australian post colonial history, but it is the atmosphere created by the free events this summer, that connect ideas to our daily life and the reason so many people love to call the Gallery theirs’.
A flash sale of 20% off storewide will sweeten Saturday’s event, coupled with Dave Wells’ acoustic set from 3.00pm.
For more details about the official launch visit mrag.org.au