X marks the spot for MRAG's ten year anniversary celebrations
Gallery Coordinator Kattie Bugeja says, ‘A desire to engage, inspire, empower, welcome and sometimes challenge, has earnt MRAG the title of ‘the people’s gallery’ which is an achievement to celebrate. We are thrilled to launch eight new exhibitions themed ‘X Marks the Spot’, to celebrate ten years of MRAG on Saturday 24 August.
‘Meet makers, creators, artists, musicians and performers, as we launch eight new exhibitions. Come along and bring your family and friends in this tribute to one of Maitland’s treasures, MRAG.’
A new 6 metre tall permanent installation by internationally acclaimed contemporary artist (and Maitland’s own), Nell, will be unveiled to acknowledge the Gallery’s significant milestone. MRAG Members will showcase an exclusive preview to ‘Made in the Light’ on Friday 23 August from 6.00pm until 9.00pm. This is a ticketed fundraising event with bookings available at maitlandticketing.com.au.
‘Unfolding Time’ honours architect, art lover, philanthropist and MRAG partner, Penelope Seidler’s, generous gift to the city of an impressive collection of artworks valued at over $400,000. The collection features icons Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse, alongside critically acclaimed artists William Kentridge, Shaun Gladwell, Fiona Hall, Charles Blackman, Michael Cook, Destiny Deacon and Imants Tillers.
Also featured is two time Archibald Prize winner Del Kathryn Barton with a hauntingly beautiful interpretation of Oscar Wilde’s ‘The Nightingale and the Rose’, brought to life by the artist in collaboration with filmmaker Brendan Fletcher in an ACMI touring exhibition.
Journeys across time and place characterise the works of Suzanne Archer and Lottie Consalvo. Archer’s lifetime of unwavering creative pursuit is showcased in ‘Time Traveller’ and Consalvo’s ‘Somewhere Else’ explores the intangible through painting, video, and performance. Expansive landscapes and still life studies honouring the plein-air tradition characterise Nola Tegel’s ‘In the Light of Day.’ Suzanne Archer will present Sunday Studio on Sunday 25 August from 11.00am until 1.00pm. This is a ticketed event, please phone 02 4934 9859 for bookings.
Local exhibitions include the Maitland Region Society of Artists’ celebration of their 21 year contribution to the cultural fabric of the region and deep connection to the city. The wonderful ‘Stories from Wonnarua Country’ brings the work of students from seven local schools together exploring what it means to be living on Wonnarua Country today and the wizardry of puppets by local legend Frank Oakes will be featured in the Gallery’s Project Space.
Also featured is ‘Bird Murmuration’ by artist Kes Harper of Studio Gleaned, a beautiful gently moving kinetic sculpture inspired by the art of Georges Braque. Visitors to the Gallery can ‘Meet the Maker’ and have a chat about the artist’s environmentally conscious practice on Saturday 24 August from 12.00pm or explore the Gallery’s open collection store during opening hours on this day. Full details of all MRAG activities are available online at mrag.org.au.