VAULT EXTRA 16 January 2024
ART GALLERY OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Yhonnie Scarce: The Light of Day
The largest-ever ensemble of internationally recognised Kokatha and Nukunu artist Yhonnie Scarce’s glass and mixed-media works seen in Australia opens on 2 February at the Art Gallery of Western Australia for this year’s Perth Festival. Scarce’s large-scale installations of glass works and archival imagery illuminate hidden stories of uranium mining and nuclear testing in Australia, particularly at Maralinga near the artist’s birthplace of Woomera in South Australia, as well as the impacts of colonisation on First Nations families and communities.
2 February – 19 May 2024
Image credit: Yhonnie Scarce, Fallout Babies, 2016, blown glass, found hospital cribs, dimensions variable, collection of the artist. Photo: Janelle Low. Courtesy the artist and THIS IS NO FANTASY, Melbourne ã Yhonnie Scarce
FOOTSCRAY COMMUNITY ARTS
Queer Out West: Artists Takeover Footscray Community Arts
On Saturday 3 February, the entire site of Footscray Community Arts will be taken over to celebrate the launch of Queer PHOTO, an exhibition as part of PHOTO 2024 International Festival of Photography. The free event, which begins at 2pm, starts with the launch of Queer PHOTO and PHOTO 2024 exhibitions with artist presentations, then a screening of Marungka Tjalatjunu (Dipped In Black) and Q&A, before heading down to the amphitheatre for a pop-up bar and live music by First Nations artists Djanaba, Soju Gang and Naycab as the sun sets.
3 February 2024
Image credit: Clifford Prince King, Untitled, (m & q), 2017, Archival Pigment Print on Canson Rag Photographique 310GSM, 48 x 32 inches. Courtesy artist Gordon Robichaux NY and STARS LA
SHOALHAVEN REGIONAL GALLERY
Death Love Art
Death Love Art brings together a number of artefacts and works by different artists drawn from the collections of a range of institutions including the National Gallery of Victoria, MCA, Heide Museum of Modern Art and National Museum of Australia, as well as artists’ private collections, to explore the relationship between death and art. Across 1st Century BC Egyptian funerary portraits, to Ned Kelly’s death mask, to contemporary Australian and international art, the exhibition showcases how art has been used to confront and process mortality forever and in various ways from ancient rituals to modern-day customs.
9 December 2023 – 3 February 2024
Image credit: Egypt, possibly er-Rubayat or Philadelphia, Portrait of young man with cloak, Roman Period, 140–160 CE, characteristic of encaustic on wood panel, 1.2 × 23.3 × 34.8cm. Courtesy National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne and Shoalhaven Regional Gallery, New South Wales
ART GALLERY OF BALLARAT
Significant Others at the Art Gallery of Ballarat considers the original use of the term in psychology to refer to any person who has a major influence on one’s quality of life. It celebrates a range of different relationships between pairs of artists, including partners, family members, teachers, mentors or friends, among which are Hans Heysen and Nora Heysen, John Brack and Helen Maudsley, Joy Hester and Albert Tucker, Inge King and Grahame King, George Lambert and Thea Proctor and more. The exhibition brings together and draws connections between artists and their works, drawn from the gallery’s Collection.
17 December 2023 – 11 February 2024
Image credit: John Brack & Helen Maudsley, The sewing machine & Our Souls that meet; our Souls together, 1955 & 2019, 2019, oil on canvas, purchased with funds from Aubrey HL Gibson, 1957. & Gift of the artist under the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program, 2022. Courtesy © Helen Brack
DEVONPORT REGIONAL GALLERY
Artists Lou Conboy, Peter Maarseveen, Bethany van Rijswijk, Rebecca C Robinson and Milly Yencken were invited to explore the wonder and possibilities of the darkest part of twilight, dusk, for an exhibition at Devonport Art Gallery. In its final days, the show recognises dusk’s affinity with Sigmund Freud’s concept of the uncanny, particularly as described by artist and author Mike Kelley. For curator Victor Manuel Medrano-Bonilla, the time of day represents the lifting of the veil of modern existence to reveal the allure and power of the divine, the wondrous and the profance.
11 November 2023 – 20 January 2024
Image credit: Bethany van Rijswijk, I touched the dew on their hem, 2023, archival print of collage on paper, Edition of 5 + AP. Courtesy the artist
A tireless champion of local artists
“Bronwen Colman had a lifelong passion for the arts and leaves an extraordinary legacy of public artworks that transformed urban spaces in Melbourne and beyond. From Docklands and the Royal Children’s Hospital in her hometown of Melbourne, through to major public art masterplans like the Brisbane River Art Framework, Bronwen influenced arts policy nationally and advocated for exceptional public art commissioning across Australia. She developed unique skills – curator, designer and project manager – over more than three decades in the arts.”
Image credit: Bronwen Colman. Photo: Possum Creek Studios