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CPAC To Reopen In November With Exhibitions To Celebrate And Honour Local Artists

November 9, 2020 Attraction No Comments

Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre (CPAC) will re-open its doors on Sunday, 15 November 2020 with four exciting new exhibitions, following the restoration of the Koori Floor.

The new exhibitions range from a touching posthumous showcase exploring one woman’s refuge in Gil Farla – My Secret Urban Sanctuary (18 November 2020 – 17 January 2021); a new video work from Djon Mundine OAM reflecting this year’s devastating bushfires (16 November 2020 – 17 January 2021); the 29th Annual Mil-Pra AECG Exhibition, celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture in the Liverpool region and beyond (18 November 2020 – 27 January 2021); to the 23rd Annual Liverpool Art Society Exhibition (18 November 2020 – 27 January 2021), promoting local creative talent.

The winners of the Mil-Pra AECG and Liverpool Art Society awards will be announced on Saturday, 21 November 2020.

“It’s wonderful to re-open our doors with such a positive and powerful line-up of exhibitions,” said CPAC Director, Craig Donarski. “We’re proud to be able to honour the life and work of the late-Gil Farla, and we thank her family for supporting us in realising her vision and sharing her insights with the public.”

“We’re also thrilled to introduce Djon Mundine’s newest video work, as well as welcome the return of the Annual Mil-Pra AECG and Liverpool Art Society exhibitions. We can think of no better way to re-open our doors than with a celebration of Gil, Djon, and our local artists,” he added.

Gil Farla – My Secret Urban Sanctuary

My Secret Urban Sanctuary is a touching body of work from Gil Farla, exploring her garden, its surrounds, and its many creatures. In July of this year, Gil unexpectedly passed away from a short illness. However, this posthumous exhibition was made possible by the support of her family and the Casula Powerhouse Scholarship Prize, which was awarded to her last year at the 22nd Annual Liverpool Art Society Exhibition.

Djon Mundine: Wali (Possum-Marsupial) Ritual

Following the devastating bushfires of 2019 and 2020, nearly three billion native creatures in Australia have died, and many will become extinct in our lifetime. Wali (Possum-Marsupial) Ritual is the newest video work from Djon Mundine, and serves as a memorial to the spirit and beauty of these creatures.

Djon Mundine OAM is a proud Bandjalung man from the Northern Rivers of New South Wales. He is a curator, writer, artist, and activist celebrated as a foundational figure in the criticism and exhibition of contemporary Aboriginal art.

Mil-Pra AECG Exhibition

The annual Mil-Pra Aboriginal Education Consultative Group (AECG) exhibition and art prize celebrates the significance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture in the Liverpool region and beyond. The Mil-Pra AECG Award of $1,500 will be awarded to the artist whose work best responds to the 2020 theme of, “Always Was, Always Will Be.” Entries are open to a variety of artworks, from paintings to ceramics and sculptural pieces from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists of all ages living in both NSW and the ACT.

In addition to the Mil-Pra AECG Award, CPAC will present the first Casula Powerhouse Aboriginal Scholarship Award. The winner will receive $1,500 to develop an exhibition at CPAC in 2021.

Liverpool Art Society Exhibition

The 23rd Annual Liverpool Art Society Exhibition returns for another year to promote and celebrate the creative talent of our local Liverpool region. The awards are open to submissions of all types, including painting, drawing, ceramics, sculpture, photography, and mixed media from Liverpool Art Society members of all ages.

The Casula Powerhouse Scholarship Prize of $1,500 aims to support the development of an artist’s professional practice by providing the opportunity to further their research and to hold a solo exhibition at Casula Powerhouse’s Marsden Gallery in 2021.

Event Details
What: Gil Farla – My Secret Urban Sanctuary, Djon Mundine: Wali (Possum-Marsupial) Ritual, Mil-Pra AECG Exhibition, and Liverpool Art Society Exhibition
When: Saturday, 21 November 2020 (Exhibition Launches for Gil Farla, Mil-Pra, and Liverpool Art Society)
Monday, 16 November 2020 (Djon Mundine)
Where: Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, 1 Powerhouse Road, Casula NSW 2170
Price: FREE

Don’t forget, Casula has its own train station!

Exhibition Details:

Gil Farla – My Secret Urban Sanctuary | 18 November 2020 – 17 January 2021 | FREE
Mil-Pra AECG Exhibition | 18 November 2020 – 27 January 2021 | FREE
Liverpool Art Society Exhibition | 18 November 2020 – 27 January 2021 | FREE

For further information visit www.casulapowerhouse.com
Stay up to date through: www.facebook.com/casulapowerhouse

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