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Sep192013

EXHIBITION: ETERNAL REALITIES BY BELLA ANN TOWNES

Bella Ann Townes, 'The Hidden House', 2013, video still

EXHIBITION:

13-29 SEPTEMBER 2013

Gallery hours: Wed-Sun, 10am -4pm. 

 

Current Artist in Residence, Bella Ann Townes creates multichannel video and performance based artworks that question the definition and understanding of reality. Through stop motion, roleplay and video projection she creates contemporary fairytales as well as true stories. These video installations play on perceptions of what is real and what is fantasy in order to unfold the depths of the human condition.

The body forms a central theme within her work with a particular interest in faith and existence. The videos and installations highlight the duality at the centre of human experience; life and death, beauty and decay, desire and fear, love and loss, soul and spirit.

OPENING EVENT:
FRIDAY 13 SEPTEMBER 2013, FROM 5.30PM

 

Thursday
Sep192013

ARTIST IN RESIDENT: BELLA ANN TOWNES

ARTIST IN RESIDENCE: BELLA ANN TOWNES

6-30 SEPTEMBER 2013

 

Bella Ann Townes is a Sydney based photomedia artist with a BFA (honours) from the University of Newcastle, Australia. Since 2001, she has exhibited in numerous solo, group and collaborative exhibitions within Australia and internationally.

By integrating film, digital photography and sculpture, Bella Ann pushes, plays and experiments with the parameters of the photographic medium. The result offers an intimate glimpse at her sense of personal identity, transformation and environment.

Bella Ann Townes creates multichannel video and performance based artworks that question the definition and understanding of reality.

Through stop motion, role play and video projection she creates contemporary fairytales as well as true stories. These video installations play on perceptions of what is real and what is fantasy in order to unfold the depths of the human condition.

The body forms a central theme within her work with a particular interest in faith and existence. The videos and installations highlight the duality at the centre of human experience; life and death, beauty and decay, desire and fear, love and loss, soul and spirit.

Thursday
Sep052013

EXHIBITION: TINA FUNRAISER

 

EXHIBITION:

6-15 SEPTEMBER 2013

Gallery hours: Wed-Sun, 10am -4pm. 

 

Every October long weekend since 1998 This Is Not Art (TiNA) Festival has assisted with the development

of experimental and emerging arts practice through a schedule of (mostly free) events presented by the

four different festivals that combine make up TiNA: National Young Writers’ Festival, Critical Animals,

Crack Theatre Festival and Electrofringe.

 

The TiNA FUNraiser exhibition is a collection of works donated by local and national artists of which sales

proceeds will contribute to the running costs of TiNA 2013.

 

Artists featured include Jonathan James, Sindy Sinn, Brett Piva, Sophia Flegg, Nicole Chaffey and more.

 

The Lock-Up Cultural Centre is a proud supporter of TiNA.

 

OPENING EVENT:
FRIDAY 6 SEPTEMBER 2013, FROM 5.30PM

Tuesday
Aug272013

NOW ACCEPTING EXHIBITION PROPOSALS FOR 2014

 

The Lock-Up Cultural Centre is now accepting proposals for exhibitions throughout 2014. Closing date: Monday 16 September 2013. For more information and application requirement head to:

www.thelockup.org.au/art-gallery/

The Lock-Up invites applications for Independent Exhibitions annually. The applications are assessed by The Lock-Up’s Exhibition Program Committee comprised of volunteer professionals working within the Arts in Newcastle. Successful applicants hire for a fee the applicable exhibition space for the duration of the exhibition period and are provided with professional administration, marketing and curatorial support. For more information and to apply, download the PDFs via the below links.

EXHIBITION APPLICATION INFORMATION & REQUIREMENTS

EXHIBITION APPLICATION FORM

Friday
Aug232013

REVIEW: OPPOSED

Biljana Jancic, 'Opposed', 2013, site-specific installation.

BILJANA JANCIC, OPPOSED

Review by Jasmin Towers (a Lock-Up Volunteer).


I attended Biljana’s exhibition opening on Friday 16 August not knowing what to expect. My bearings were thrown when I entered the gallery and was greeted by silver tape enveloping the room, reaching the full extent of the space. If it wasn’t for a piece of paper reassuring me with the message, “Please walk freely throughout the gallery space”, I’d have thought viewing was only possible by standing at the entry to the gallery room . Feeling uncertain of where to stand, I wondered if I was allowed to step on the tape. There was a sense of intimidation of something larger than myself – both literally and figuratively.

I discovered that Jancic's work addresses 'existential anxieties'; anxieties concerning themselves with the ‘big’ questions in life.  'Who am I?', 'What is my purpose?', the anxieties that surface when contemplating our own existence.

It is curious to me how art has the power to conjure an emotional response, particularly concerning my own experience that was one intended by Jancic’s artistic philosophy.

Rather than creating artworks with objects, Jancic’s work takes on the space it is created in. Perhaps both the beauty and the downfall of site-specific art work is that it cannot be imitated to fit anywhere else. Experiencing this work as it was right here and now - a live theatrical performance.

 

Exhibition until Sunday 1 September

The Lock-Up Art Gallery hours: Wed - Sun, 10am to 4pm.