ARTIST TALKS & EVENTS
ADULT TOURS PROGRAM AT THE GALLERY
By booking in to attend a tour all visitors agree to the following safety measures:
maximum 6 people on tour, Parents to socially distance away from art trail tour, or counted in total of 6 participants, wearing of face masks (except for children under 12 year of age), hand sanitizer, visitors must register using NSW Health QR code at entry, no cloaking facilities available, social distancing rules of 1.5metres per person apply to all attendees during the event and upon entry and exit of the event, All equipment cleaned before and after use. Single use. No sharing. COVID Safety in place at the Gallery
Adult Tours (maximum 6 people)
Whether you’re a first-time visitor who wants an introduction to WAG or a returning visitor who is looking for a deeper understanding of the collection and current exhibitions, our weekly program of tours is a great way to enhance your WAG experience. WAG has a dedicated team of Volunteer Gallery Guides who invite you to look closely and feel deeply about the works of art on display.
Cost: Free When: Every Saturday, 1.00pm-2.00pm No bookings required
Eventbrite Link: Saturday Adult Tours
Art & Dementia Tour (maximum 6 people)
This program allows individuals and groups of people who have dementia to have meaningful engagement with Wollongong Art Gallery’s exhibitions and collection.
Cost: Free When: First Friday of every month, 2.00pm-3.00pm Bookings essential: Places are limited to eight participants (excluding carers). Carers are invited for tea and coffee while participants with dementia partake in the guided tour
Private Tours (maximum 6 people)
You can book a free guided tour for a small group tailored to their interests and level of art knowledge. A minimum of four weeks’ notice is required for these bookings. Cost: Free
For bookings and enquiries call our Education Officer, Julie Danilov on 4227 8506 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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By booking in to attend an event all visitors agree to the following safety measures: maximum
44 people in the BlueScope Gallery, wearing of face masks, hand sanitizer, visitors register using NSW Health QR code at entry, no cloaking facilities available, no food or drink will be served, this is a seated event, social distancing rules of 1.5metres per person apply to all attendees during the event and upon entry and exit of the event. COVID Safety in place at the Gallery
EVERY BODY From the Collection
SCWC Every Body events at WAG.pdf
Written From The Body: an experiential workshop on writing from the senses with Dr Sarah Nicholson
Saturday 17 January 2021, 2.00–3.00pm
Cost: $35/$25 SCWC members
Bookings: South Coast Writers Centre website
SCWC Poetry Prize on the theme of ‘Every Body’
August 2020 – February 2021
$1000 in prize money for an exceptional poem responding to the Gallery’s exhibition theme ‘Every Body’. Prize and entry details are available on the South Coast Writers Centre website.
‘Every Body’ Poetry Prize award event
Saturday 27 March, 1.00 – 3.00pm
This event will feature the announcement of the Poetry Prize award and readings from short listed writers. Afternoon tea provided. Free all welcome
All events presented in partnership with the South Coast Writers Centre.
Free Enrichment Program: Responding to Artworks Through Dance
Students will develop a performative response to the Every Body exhibition.
Years 10 & 11 Visual Art, Drama & Dance Students
Thursday 25 March, 2021, 9.30am - 3.00pm
Enrichment Program: Figure Drawing
Year 3: Tuesday 10 November / Year 4: Wednesday 11 November / Year 5: Thursday 12 November / Year 6: Friday 13 November 9.30am – 3.00pm
Cost $50 per student
GEORGE GITTOES on being there
Free Special Events
Opening Event: Tales from the Yellow House Jalalabad
Saturday 13 February, 1.00-3.00pm
Join us for this special opening event of storytelling and music a with artist George Gittoes and musician Hellen Rose.
Artist Talk with George Gittoes AM and performance artist Hellen Rose
Wednesday 3 March, 11.00am–12.00noon
Artist talk for Secondary Students (years 10 - 12) with artist George Gittoes and musician Hellen Rose
Tuesday 23 February, 11.00am–12.00noon
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Screening of White Light introduction by George Gittoes AM and Hellen Rose
Sunday 18 April, 1.00–3.00pm
Award-winning documentary film maker George Gittoes has worked in places such as Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan and more recently the suburbs of Chicago. White Light focuses on Englewood, Southside of Chicago which has worse gun violence statistics than any active war zone of the last two decades, and explores how the community is working to bring peace and end the cycle of revenge and retaliation.
WOW! What Stories We Tell
Aerials with Jane
Sunday 21 March, 2.00–5.00pm
Work with facilitator Jane Davis and a videographer to create video footage of your aerial skills and/or acts. Bring your own chosen outfit, and come 30mins early to run your own warm-up. Apparatus available: lyra, silks or trapeze. Session: 60mins. For experienced aerialists. Cost: $90 (includes edited video footage)
Find your flow: Hula Hooping workshop and demonstration with Sarah Fitzgerald
Sunday 11 April, 1.30–3.00pm
This workshop encourages participants to discover their own unique hooping style. Open for everybody interested in hoops and movement, and all experience levels.
Cost: $25 per person. Ages 13+ BYO hoops if you have them.
Circus WOW School Holiday Workshop
Friday 16 April, 10.00am–3.00pm Cost $50
Circus All-Sorts Demonstration
Performance and Workshop
Saturday 1 May, 12.00noon-2.00pm
A fun packed circus workshop including hula hoops, juggling, spinning plates, devils sticks,
diabolo and more with professional circus performer Emma Khourey (aka Tine Green)
Cost: $12 per person. All ages
Exhibition tour and talk with curator and performer Libby Bloxham
Wednesday 5 May, 11.00am– 12.00noon
Slapstick and Stage Combat 101 Mini Performance & Workshop with
Saturday 29 May, 1.00–3.00pm
This action packed two hour beginner adult workshop to learn the basic techniques of
slapstick and stage combat. Cost: $25 per person. Ages 18+
SAXON REYNOLDS Wunderkammer
Artist’s Studio Installation
The Wunderkammer exhibition will feature a re-creation of the artist’s studio, where exhibiting artist Saxon Reynolds will work to design and create a new work, giving the audience the opportunity to meet the artist and see the creative process.
Junior Art Trail
Friday 11 June, 10.00–11.00am
IAVA ARTISTS' TALKS AT THE GALLERY
ILLAWARRA ASSOCIATION FOR THE VISUAL ARTS (IAVA) LORE
FREE SPECIAL EVENTS
Saturday 19 June, 2.00 – 3.00pm
Angela Forrest (Dementia Specialist), Lara Seresin (Art Therapist) and Virginia Settre (Meditation for art practice) join together and hold a space for gently talking, sharing and learning. An opportunity to see how art can make a positive impact on people’s lives. The LORE exhibition is curated so that the artworks are accessible for Dementia and Disability community and people from all walks of life.
Telling a story through drawing Workshop with Kate Stehr
Wednesday 30 June, 10.00 – 11.30am
Kate Stehr has created unique drawing implements that relate to story and folk lore. In her workshop Kate will present the idea of story and how it reveals itself through her art. She will discuss the mark making implements and how they instigate story through their use. Drawing implements will be provided to the group for mark making and story development. For participants with varying abilities.
Floor Talk with curator Virginia Settre and artist Alannah Dreise
Wednesday 7 July, 11.00am – 12.00noon
Alannah Dreise’ artwork explores emersion in place and time; of living in the Illawarra in the here and now. Alannah will focus on the built environment, interchange of people within it and LORE within the local community.
Artist Talk with Peter James Hewitt
Wednesday 7 July, 1.00 – 2.00pm
Known for his earthy textured and poetically gestured paintings, Peter James Hewitt will present an enlivened floor talk that relates to his Yuin heritage and teaching from local elders. A chance to sit down for a good yarn. LORE, the Arts & the Environment Saturday 17 July, 2 – 3pm Deb Redwood (Artist & Environmentalist), David Curtis PhD, (Ecoarts Conference) and Curator Virginia Settre discuss the changing perceptions of ecological nature and the environment; and how these feed into new lore in contemporary times.
IAVA ARTISTS’ TALKS
AT THE GALLERY
MELISSA RITCHIE & GUY JAMES WHITWORTH
Saturday 6 February at 2.00pm
Melissa Ritchie was born in Georgia,
USA, but grew up in Australia and
paints from her home studio in the
Shellharbour region. Melissa is well
known for her unique portraits, most
recently establishing herself as a painter
of comedians and stand up comics.
Predominantly an oil painter, she has been
a finalist in many of Australia’s portrait
prizes including the Archibald Prize,
Portia Geach Memorial Award, Shirley
Hannan Portrait Prize and Kilgour Prize.
Guy James Whitworth is a Sydney based
artist, author and activist. He has had
eight solo exhibitions and won several
awards. Portraiture is his preferred genre,
but is also known for his ‘bikescapes’ and
the underlying political content within
his work. With a large following in the
LGBTQI communities, documentaries
about his work have played in various film
festivals around the world. His second
book ‘Enough of your nonsense’ is based
on the exhibition of the same name.
IAN BROWN & CHRIS DUCZNSKI
Saturday 27 March at 2.00pm
Ian Brown is a painter who explores
abstract expressionism through rich,
bold brush strokes and colour, evolving
and exploring new styles while building
upon previous responses. His artworks
are somewhat experimental… from loose
mark making to known landscapes… but
somehow his large free paintings always
return to the abstracted form.
Chris Duczynski is a photographer whose
work covers Street, Landscape, Portrait
and aerial drone work. He was also a
cinematographer who filmed worldwide
with Qantas for nearly two decades.
Photography is now his passion and as
Cartier-Bresson once said, he is always
searching for that ‘decisive moment’.
KAREN HOOK & DIANE GOODMAN
Saturday 29 May at 2.00pm
Karen Hook will share and discuss her
artworks created over a two month
period during a Residency in France
and sabbatical to England and Morocco,
as well as works from earlier periods.
Karen’s art practice continues to evolve
through photography, painting and
drawing, as she constantly attempts
to find ways to connect and explore
these mediums whilst being influenced
by her immediate environment and her
emotional connection to place.
Diane Goodman explores through
her work notions of place, identity
and memory in relation to specific
landscapes photographed over time.
Although photography has been her
chosen medium for many years, she
recently re-introduced painting and
drawing into her practice. The tedious
manipulation of both process and
image is her personal imprint.
IIAVA is a group of highly accomplished artists with networks of like-minded artistic friends and colleagues. In
each talk an IAVA member has invited an artist they admire, for a joint discussion about their artistic practices.
WAG PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
ENTANGLEMENTS: HUMANS, ANIMALS, ENVIRONMENTS
The Gallery is delighted to present a series of talks in partnership with the University of Wollongong. Researchers from the Australian Centre for Culture, Environment, Society and Space (ACCESS) and from the Animal Studies Research Network (ASRN), to share ideas and developments from their research.
SUMMERTIME: REFLECTIONS ON A VANISHING FUTURE
with Professor Danielle Celermajer, USYD
Thursday 4 March, 5.00 - 6.30pm
Professor Celermajer will discuss her new book: Summertime: Reflections on a Vanishing Future (Penguin 2021). Gathered here is the story of Jimmy the pig and others written in the shadow of the bushfires that ravaged Australia. In the midst of the death and grief of animals, humans, trees and ecologies Celermajer asks us to look around and to become present to all beings who are living and dying through the loss of our shared home. At once a howl in the forest and an elegy for a country’s soul, these meditations are lyrical, profound and heartbreaking.
FOLLOWING GUITARS FROM FACTORY TO FOREST
with Professor Chris Gibson & Dr Andrew Warren
Thursday 22 April, 5.00 - 6.30pm
Guitars are no w the world’s most popular musical instrument. This talk explores the entanglements associated with guitars in rewind, from factories where guitars are mass-produced, to the forests that provide the key material ingredient: timber. Professor Gibson and Dr Warren will share insights from their new book on the people who make guitars, care for forests, cut trees and mill timber. Major change is afoot as the realm of music meets settler-colonialism, global capitalism, and environmental change.
TALKING TO URBAN TREES
with Dr Jennifer Atchison
Thursday 3 June, 5.00 - 6.30pm
Whether or not we think they speak back to us, people talk to urban trees. In this talk Dr Atchison will discuss research from the ‘email a tree’ program based on a remarkable data set held in public trust by the City of Melbourne. This initiative was intended to allow members of the public to email if a tree was in need of maintenance, making the City’s management of the urban forest more efficient. People emailed Melbourne’s trees with comments, questions, and in some cases love letters. In a context where urban forests are increasingly important for city liveability, resilience, and sustainability, hopefully this research will shed light on how people value and might care for urban trees into the future.