Fragments - new exhibition at the Narrandera Arts Centre
Fragments, curated by local artist Hape Kiddle is the is the next installment of Western Riverina Art’s program ‘Activating Narrandera Arts’ to be held at the Narrandera Arts and Community Centre from Monday 16th – Sunday 29th July 2018. This program has seen curators hired to present a series of exhibitions over two years, and has been made possible by funding from the Federal Government through the Regional Arts Fund
Kiddle, a carver and jeweler based at Bidgee Studio, Griffith, has developed the concept for Fragments which includes his own work and the work of several other artists and practitioners from around the region. Each artist has been given a piece of Red Gum and Kiddle is loosely mentoring each of them to respond to the material in their own way, applying their own practices, methods, and individuality produce something original for this exhibition.
“I want the development of each artwork to be spontaneous. I want the artist to react to the Red Gum in their own way, and while I am providing support I am leaving the process up to the artist to ensure they apply their individuality onto the project,” says Hape Kiddle.
The artists and practitioners involved range from early-career to established and are from a range of backgrounds, including: contemporary artist and musician Jason Richardson, jeweler Kristy-Lee Agresta, painters Ann Rayment and Janine Murphy, and steelworker Mark Carter to name a few.
“Each of the artists and practitioners are from very different backgrounds, this exhibition will bring together their diversity of practices through the commonality of the Red Gum,” says Mr Kiddle.
Western Riverina Arts Executive Officer Derek Motion believes the exhibition will showcase the variety of styles and motives of artists and practitioners based in our region.
“It will be interesting to see what each of the individuals produce using this one specific material: the Red Gum. The people of Narrandera and surrounds will be able to see how this important local material can be interpreted in so many different methods and styles,” said Mr Motion.
- Open: Monday 16th July - Sunday 29th July, 10am - 4pm daily.
- Narrandera Arts Centre, Cadell Street Narrandera
- Official opening Thursday 19th July, 6:30pm
- Artist talk to close the exhibition, Sunday 29th July, 2pm.
- Entry is free, donations are welcome.