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Exhibitions are an integral part of what makes Bankstown Arts Centre so great! Our Exhibition calendar includes exhibitions by both established and emerging artists.
4 May - 13 June 2019
In this new exhibition of work by Broken Hill Artist Rick Ball, recent works on paper sit alongside works on canvas and a selection of sculptures made over the past 17 years. The artworks on display are imprints of Rick’s time in the environs of Broken Hill. Broken Hill is a multi-cultural city perched on the very edge of the Desert. Even as a younger person, Rick says he felt inundated by the ancientness of everything. This inundation continues today, and can be seen in his art as he plays between conventional and highly unconventional art forms.
“Since arriving in Broken Hill 17 years ago, a deeper and much more complex sense of time has gradually infiltrated my artwork... and I sense that this is important for us all, for what we are facing today." – Rick Ball
4 May - 30 June 2019
The Bankstown Communities for Children Committee wanted to know what children think life will be like in Canterbury-Bankstown and decided the best way to find out was to ask them!
On display in our Incubate Gallery over the month of May are a series of artworks that have been created by children aged 4 to 15 years of age. They were asked to build a Bankstown where they want to live, using recycled materials and their imagination. The art workshops, facilitated by artist Melissa Wheeler, were part of the Children’s Voices Out Loud project which is all about listening to children.The children involved all live in the Canterbury-Bankstown area, but many identified as being from many other places, countries, and communities.The participants said Canterbury-Bankstown would be a better place if we could change ...“How many cars there are and have more natural things.”We could “put some more seconds on the crossing lights.”We should “Just protect the environment more ” and people feel like they belong if there’s "more multiculturalness.”This project was a partnership between the Smith Family, BYDS, BCRG, Polyglot Theatre and Bankstown Arts Centre.
image credit: Kevin Ngo
June & July 2019
Over the months of June and July, Bankstown Arts Centre are excited to be presenting BANGALI, a series of works by Artist Kerrie Kenton in our Incubate Gallery. Kerrie Kenton is a local Darug artist working in weaving, painting and design who also produces works on paper. Kenton’s works are inspired by her Indigenous heritage and the environment. On the exhibition Kerrie states “Within your heart & soul are precious things that cannot be taken from you. These objects are an expression of the beauty & resilience of my Ancestors & Culture.”Kerrie will be facilitating a half-day indigenous weaving workshop during NAIDOC week on the 9th of July. A link to book tickets for this will be available shortly.WHERE: Bankstown Arts Centre, Incubate Gallery
West to East is the new sculpture in the garden courtyard by renowned Barkandji artist and master carver
Uncle Badger Bates. Uncle Badger was the Artist in Residence for June 2018 and during this time sculpted on site this monumental sandstone artwork This sculpture explores connections to local waterways and stories associated with local flora and fauna. This important artwork is part of an ongoing Indigenous Artists Exchange with Council’s Sister City Broken Hill.
On this work, Bates stated, “The eagle is my wanga or totem, and represents me coming from Broken Hill to Bankstown, which connects me with you all here. The two Ngatji or rainbow serpents live in a special waterhole in the Georges River.”
Badger Bates’ work is represented in nationally renowned collections including the National Gallery of Australia, the Art Gallery of NSW and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney. Aside from being in numerous private collections, Badger has also created public artworks throughout Australia.
*This project is supported through the Australian Government's Indigenous Languages and Arts program.
Credit: Photograph by Christopher Woe
Rolling Musical Screech by Artist Sue Pedley is a series of printed signs on posts with images of birds and the descriptions of the bird's voices that inhabit the park surrounding the Bankstown Arts Centre. The work uses the ubiquitous road sign form to draw people's attention to local birds and their often unheard songs and voices. The selection of birds – the Magpie, Fig Bird, Ibis, Koel and Indian Myna is a mix of endemic, migratory and introduced species to the area. Bird communities are like human communities targeted, displaced and vulnerable in a rapidly changing urban environment with high-density housing, new transport systems and the removal of trees, parklands and waterways.
Sue Pedley is a mid-career artist who researches place, community, culture and history in relation to materiality through site-specific installation and interdisciplinary practice. Sue has worked with musicians, architects and designers and has been invited to work with urban and rural communities in Australia and Japan. Sue explores ways to reformulate the basic elements of time, light and space and experiments with different materials and their connection to place.
The Touchstones are three outdoor sculptures created by Artist Jane Cavanough . The Touchstones make reference to the creativity residing in the Arts Centre and the local stories around Canterbury- Bankstown.
The sculptures are constructed with rust, carved glass and copper. Each panel of glass was also frosted on its internal face to amplify and diffuse the sun's light by day, and each sculpture was wired with LED lighting to illuminate by night.
Wurrungwuri is a sculpture based on the home of water. It tells the story of how we all need to actively protect and conserve our natural resources. It was made by the Aboriginal Arts Group that meets weekly at Bankstown Arts Centre and facilitated by artist, Diamando Koutsellis.
Wurrungwuri means "this side of the river" in Darug language.
Bankstown Arts Centre has a range of artist opportunities. To find out how to exhibit your at Bankstown Arts Centre , go to the
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To see previous exhibitions, go to our Previous exhibitions page.