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Elsewhere art exhibition starts two-year regional tour in Wagga Wagga


Friday, 10 Aug 2018

* Major exhibition by acclaimed Australian artists to open in Wagga Wagga

* Exhibition to then tour NSW regional centres

* Related workshop and seminar will examine ‘Orientalism’

A major exhibition will commence its two-year tour to regional centres when it opens to the public at the HR Gallop Gallery (building 21) at Charles Sturt University (CSU), in Wagga Wagga from 10am on Monday 13 August 2018.

The exhibition Elsewhere: Travels through Morocco, Egypt, Syria, Iran and Central Asia will be officially launched 10 days later at the HR Gallop Gallery at 6pm on Thursday 23 August.

This exhibition has been curated by Dr Sam Bowker (pictured left) lecturer in art history and visual culture in the CSU School of Communication and Creative Industries in Wagga Wagga, with the support of assistant curator Ms Jessica Green.

Dr Bowker said Elsewhere is a touring exhibition that will depart Wagga Wagga to be exhibited in Griffith later in 2018, in Dubbo and Port Macquarie in 2019, and in Tamworth in 2020.

“The exhibition coincides with the 40th anniversary of Edward Said’s book Orientalism,” Dr Bowker said.

“In the exhibition acclaimed Australian artists Wendy Sharpe and Bernard Ollis critically reflect on travel and drawing as creative practices to help us witness and understand each other.

“Wendy Sharpe is a winner of the Archibald Prize, and has served as an Official War Artist for the Australian War Memorial, and subsequently served on the AWM's Board of Directors.

“Bernard Ollis is an internationally acclaimed artist and the former Director of the National Art School in Sydney.

“I commend this exhibition to all who are interested in art and the world seen through artists’ eyes,” Dr Bowker said.

The exhibition also includes a Booranga Writers’ Centre workshop at the HR Gallop Gallery from 2pm to 4pm on Saturday 18 August, and a seminar, ‘Art after Orientalism’, from 1pm to 2pm on Thursday 30 August in the lecture theatre beside the HR Gallop Gallery at CSU.

The Elsewhere: Travels through Morocco, Egypt, Syria, Iran and Central Asia exhibition tour has been made possible through the support of the NSW Government through Create NSW, and Charles Sturt University.

The free exhibition opens to the public at the HR Gallop Gallery (building 21) on Darnell Smith Drive at CSU in Wagga Wagga from 10am on Monday 13 August to Friday 7 September. The official launch is at 6pm on Thursday 23 August.

Media contact: Bruce Andrews, 0818 669 362

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with Dr Sam Bowker who is based at CSU in Wagga Wagga.

Art images displayed:

Upper: Uzbekistan Scroll (Detail 1) by Wendy Sharpe

Lower: Palmyra Roman Ruins (2009) by Bernard Ollis

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