River on the Brink: inside the Murray-Darling Basin
Led by Barkindji artists and supported by leading contemporary artists disgusted with the destruction of the once great Darling/Barka River, the exhibition is a rigorous protest in response to a national emergency.
Orange Regional Gallery April – June 2018
The exhibition was a navigation around the spaces and objects that shape and reflect the physical and psychic contours of our lives. Interiors was seen through the eyes of a select group of modernist and contemporary Australian artists.
Country & Western: landscape reimagined
Conceived and curated by Gavin Wilson for Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, Townsville, the major touring exhibition was awarded Visions of Australia tour funding for 7 venues in 4 states. The exhibition was launched in Townsville in July 2015 and travelled to S.H.Ervin Gallery Sydney, Blue Mountains Cultural Centre Katoomba, Mornington Peninsula Gallery VIC, Wagga Wagga Art Gallery NSW, Orange Regional Gallery NSW, Cairns Regional Gallery QLD and concludes at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin in April 2017.
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Self Portraits on Paper – Yellow House Sydney
Self Portraits on Paper was a one off fundraising event that presents self-portraits on paper by 25 of the most celebrated and highly-regarded artists in the country. All works were be offered by renowned auctioneer, Andrew Shapiro on 17 March 2016, the final evening of the exhibition at the Yellow House Potts Point. Much thanks to all the artists who supported the foundation with their wonderful works.
Recent perceptions of an age-old genre.
Refiguring Dystopia: the art of Richard Goodwin was launched at Bathurst Regional Art Gallery in 2013. The project was supported with Visions Development Funding. In January 2014 the exhibition travelled to the COFA Galleries at the University of NSW, Paddington. Once again, the exhibition was a resounding success with extensive critical appraisal in both the Weekend Australian and the Sydney Morning Herald.
Picturing the Great Divide: Visions from Australia’s Blue Mountains.The inaugural exhibition at the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre demonstrated the powerful impact the Blue Mountains region has had on the cultural life of the nation. The diverse works displayed identified and celebrated the extraordinary nature of this world heritage landscape. Further to this, the exhibition traced the constant hold the Blue Mountains catchment has had on the imagination of visual artists since the early days of European settlement.
The Jason Benjamin touring exhibition Everyone Is Here: paintings and works on paper officially launched by curator Gavin Wilson at Wagga Wagga Art Gallery. As Edmund Capon pointed out: ‘For all the attention and detail in these paintings the one outstanding condition they evoke is scale; those horizons seem to herald an infinity of time and space. This is nature revealed to us with a daunting authority and an almost nostalgic timelessness’.
In 1993, he was commissioned by The Art Gallery of New South Wales to research and curate The Artists of Hill End an exhibition that focused on the post-war shift in landscape perceptions and people’s relationship to place. In 1996 he was presented with the National Award in Research and Communication by the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects for the project.
In 1998 he curated the successful touring exhibition, Escape Artists: Modernists in the Tropics, for the Cairns Regional Gallery. As part of Sydney’s 1999 cultural Olympiad, he curated and organised the acclaimed photographic tour, David Moore and Sydney Harbour: 50 years of photography. In 2001, he conceived and curated the regional touring exhibition Rivers + Rocks: select works of Arthur Boyd and Brett Whiteley for the Bundanon Trust.
In 2000, he was commissioned by Wagga Wagga Regional Art Gallery to research and curate the gallery’s first major exhibition, The Big River Show: Murrumbidgee Riverine. The exhibition was launched in October 2002. In the same year, he was commissioned to curate Beneath the Monsoon: Visions North of Capricorn the inaugural exhibition for Artspace Mackay launched in February 2003.Two major exhibitions, Fireworks: tracing the incendiary in Australian art for Artspace Mackay, and Encounters with country: landscapes of Ray Crooke for Cairns Regional Gallery toured metropolitan and regional centres throughout the country in 2005-2007.In 2006 he was commissioned by Orange Regional Gallery to develop and curate his original concept relating to food and art. Cuisine & Country: a gastronomic venture in Australian art which was launched in April 2007 at Orange Regional Gallery by renowned chef Tony Bilson. Attendences at the show were the highest on record.
June 2009, the exhibition Out of Hill End: recent works from the central west opened at the Damien Minton Gallery in Sydney -David Marr author and journalist opened the show to an enthusiastic crowd of over 300. 17 artists from Hill End are exhibiting ceramics, photography, painting, installation, drawing and sculpture.
Tweed River Art Gallery has been awarded a grant by Visions of Australia to develop a touring exhibition of works by the artist Euan Macleod titled Surface Tension: the works of Euan Macleod 1991-2009. The exhibition will open at the SH Ervin Gallery 11 November 2010 before travelling to the Tweed River Art Gallery Murwillumbah, Brisbane, Mornington Victoria, Newcastle and Orange in NSW. This exhibition was originallly conceived by Gavin Wilson.
Her Excellency Marie Bashir AC CVO
Governor of New South Wales
Seen here in front of Bush bacchanal Pokolbin 2010 with curator Gavin Wilson and staff of Australian Galleries launched Love on Mount Pleasant: Garry Shead Toasts Maurice O’Shea exhibition at Australian Galleries, Sydney. The opening was a resounding success attended by over 300 people celebrating a creative arc that stretches back 57 years to the gentle slopes of Mount Pleasant in Pokolbin.
Surface Tension: The Art of Euan Macleod at the S.H.Ervin Gallery Sydney. November-December 2010. Touring NSW, Victoria and Queensland in 2011
Elemental Reckoning: The art of Tim Storrier 1981-2011. At the S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney Nov 11th – Dec 18th 2011. The wave (garland) 1998 (detail)
Rosemary Valadon at the Oriana
Join us in Orange for a superb exhibition of paintings inspired by the multi award winning artist’s deep immersion in the rhythms of life at her home in Hill End.