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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.
5 March - 25 March
HOME brings together the artwork of a group of Women from the Lakemba Rohingya Community who now call South-West Sydney their home. Presented by Bankstown Arts Centre, supported by Settlement Services International and facilitated by local Artists Nicole Barakat and Melissa Wheeler, this exhibition explores the personal stories of the women and their experiences living in a new land after leaving their own home behind. This exhibition is presented in celebration of International Women's Day.
Image Credit: Nicole Barakat
5 March - 29 March
In this exhibition, Bounpraseuth explores the search for meaning from the remains of trauma and grief. Bounpraseuth's art practice is a ongoing re-processing of the loss of a once meaningful faith and most recently, the passing of her dear mother. The title of the exhibition plays with the tense of a Biblical scripture found in Luke 23:43, reflecting the artist's shift from a future focused spiritual outlook, to a new personal philosophy based on Mindfulness meditation's principle of being in the present. ARTIST BIO Anney Bounpraseuth is an Australian-born artist of Laotian heritage. Bounpraseuth's art practice reinterprets the matriarchal traditions passed down to her throug painting, textiles and craft methodologies, as a way of asserting self-determined identity. After leaving a strict religious faith of many years, Bounpraseuth's current work shifts representations of Paradise into the present, in order to visualise a spiritually meaningful life in an irreligious context. Bounpraseuth often uses reconfigured fabric remnants in paintings and textile works that function as both a literal and symbolically reparativereconstruction of identity. This exhibition is presented in celebration of International Women's Day. Image: Anney Bounpraseuth, You Are With Me in Paradise, acrylic on board, 2019. Photo by Simon Hewson
The artist Sektor is a commercial mural artist working for Blackbook Ink. He came across the idea for this piece as one of the first things people ask for when wanting a mural is to have nature painted throughout it.
The irony of this request is we are building more and more infrastructure around us, destroying the natural habitat , only to then have it replaced with painted versions of what used to be there.
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.
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To see previous exhibitions, go to our Previous exhibitions page.