19 July, 2007

Visions of Australia

The Minister for the Arts and Sport, Senator George Brandis, ... announced funding of $1,078,339 to support the development and touring of 17 cultural exhibitions, under the latest round of the Australian Government’s Visions of Australia program.

Senator Brandis said these exhibitions showcase the diversity of Australia’s cultural life with contributions from Indigenous and textile artists, print and jewellery makers and photographers.


Australian Capital Territory
Australian War Memorial

Focus: Photography and War 1945–2006

This photographic exhibition offers an overview of the historical and aesthetic richness of the Australian War Memorial's extensive collection of war photographs, through the images and experiences of 15 photographers working from 1945–2006. The exhibition concentrates on the work of still photographers, whose work goes beyond the mere recording of evidence and demonstrates a unique capacity to encapsulate both the subtlety and the complexity of an event in a single image.

The exhibition will tour to QLD, VIC , WA , SA, NSW and TAS.

Touring Funding : $103 297

Australian War Memorial

George Lambert: Gallipoli and Palestine Landscapes

George Lambert: Gallipoli and Palestine Landscapes will utilise small panel paintings, drawings and watercolours to outline Lambert's representation of significant landscapes whilst an official war artist in Palestine, Sinai and Gallipoli and how these connect to individual and national memories of war.

The exhibition will tour to QLD, VIC, WA, SA and NSW.

Touring Funding : $89 993

National Gallery of Australia

Ocean to Outback: Australian Landscape Painting 1850–1950

Marking the 25th anniversary of the National Gallery of Australia this exhibition documents the dynamic century of landscape painting from the colonial 1850s to the immediate period following World War II. Ocean to Outback reflects the great strengths of the National Collection and includes works taken from the permanent display, others restored and reframed in period style, a number of new acquisitions, and some works that have never been shown before.

The exhibition will tour to NSW, TAS, SA, VIC , WA , NT and ACT.

Touring Funding : $130 000

Western Australia
FORM Contemporary Craft and Design Inc

Cross-Country: Canning Stock Route

This exhibition tells the story of Aboriginal and European interaction on the Canning Stock Route . Cross-Country: Canning Stock Route will date from Alfred Canning's mission to establish a well-watered passage through the desert, told through Aboriginal eyes and voices, through paintings, songs, artefacts, journals, alongside historical accounts and material collected by Canning and others. It also showcases artworks from some of Australia 's renowned Aboriginal artists and art centres.

Development Funding: $88 325

Tasmanian Wood Design Collection Limited

Tidal Zone

Tidal Zone includes new works by members of the furniture designers association that explore the theme of the ‘tidal zone', the space between the land and sea. The designers included focused on this shifting space in which discarded, found and natural materials are collected and combined after the tide has washed away the previous landscape. The objects display new interpretations and unusual combinations of materials, and include recycled material and new functions for furniture.

The exhibition will tour to WA, SA, QLD, ACT, NSW, VIC and TAS.

Touring Funding : $80 700

Northern Territory
Artback NT Arts Touring

ReCoil: Change and Exchange in Coiled Fibre Art

ReCoil: Change and Exchange in Coiled Fibre Art presents a range of woven forms by
15 Indigenous and three non-Indigenous artists. The exhibition illustrates how coiling has altered the fibre practice of many Indigenous women and encouraging the emergence of fibre movements across remote Australia . The exhibition is culturally and historically significant and is the first to highlight the little known history of the practice of coiling and its increasing influence on contemporary art.

The exhibition will tour to NT, WA, SA, ACT and QLD.

Touring Funding : $70 555

South Australia
South Australian Museum

Crayon to Acrylic

This exhibition centres on the largest Western Desert painting in existence—the Ngurrara canvas (8 x 10 metres), painted by senior traditional owners of the Great Sandy Desert of North Western Australia for presentation to the National Native Title Tribunal in 1997. The painting will be exhibited, supplemented by two bodies of work which reflect on it. One comprises a selection of paintings and film material, made during the painters' more recent visits to their ancestral land and the other comprises artefacts, crayon drawings and maps of the Great Sandy Desert country made by the painters' parental generation during a 1952 anthropological expedition.

Development Funding: $58 500

New South Wales

Face to Face

Face to Face is an exhibition exploring new forms of portraiture that incorporate a variety of digital technologies from digital prints to single channel digital video and interactive installations. The exhibition will explore the notion of what constitutes the myriad faces of contemporary Australian identity, looking at ourselves and mirroring our curiosity about what is possible and what we may become as individuals in an era of rapid technological and social change.

Development Funding: $30 250

Lismore Regional Art Gallery

Life of the Land: John Olsen and William Robinson

Life of the Land: John Olsen and William Robinson is an exhibition of 30 paintings by two of Australia's most established and significant landscape painters, John Olsen and William Robinson, that affirm the experience and sensation of the Australian landscape. Both artists have developed distinctive visual languages in their explorations of the Australian landscape and environment. They are united by their searching and spiritual approach to landscape painting and their interest in aerial and inverted perspectives.

Development Funding: $43 000

Object—Australian Centre for Craft and Design

Marian Hosking: Jewellery

This exhibition, part of the Living Treasures: Masters of Australian Craft series, features the jewellery works of Marian Hosking, one of Australia's renowned crafts practitioners. The exhibition includes brooches, neckpieces and vessels using techniques such as silver casting, drilling and piercing which represent selected plants from three specific Australian environments: arid land, heath land and wet forest.

The exhibition will tour to NSW, VIC, WA, SA, QLD and TAS.

Touring Funding : $32 420

Parramatta Heritage Centre

Women Transported: Life in Australian Female Factories and the Convict System

Women Transported: Life in Australian Female Factories and the Convict System is a social history exhibition which will focus on life in Australian female factories and the convict system during colonial times told from the perspective of women themselves. Objects in the exhibition will be drawn from numerous Australian collections.

Development Funding: $49 100

Brisbane Multicultural Arts Centre

TAPA Polynesian and Melanesian Bark Cloth in Queensland

TAPA Polynesian and Melanesian Bark Cloth in Queensland will showcase the diversity of Pacific Islander cultural practices and visual iconography through the medium of tapa (textiles). The exhibition will highlight a less known aspect of Pacific culture through visual/ textile material culture, in a living cultural context. Works have been sourced from the University of Queensland, Queensland Museum and private collections.

Development Funding: $49 000

Caloundra Regional Art Gallery

Aboriginal Art: Ken Hinds Cultural Heritage Collection

Aboriginal Art: Ken Hinds Cultural Heritage Collectionfeatures a selection of 200 Aboriginal works from the Ken Hinds collection that showcases four distinct areas or styles of Indigenous art including Western and Central Australian paintings, Arnhem Land barks, works in ochre from the Kimberley and Torres Strait Islands and naive and figurative works by a diverse range of Indigenous artists.

Development Funding: $31 800

Queensland Performing Arts Trust

Sir Robert Helpmann: A Celebration

Marking the centenary of the birth of Sir Robert Helpmann this exhibition brings together a selection of photographic and print material, costumes and related artefacts, personal memorabilia and video and audio recordings from diverse national collections to explore and celebrate the legacy of this significant Australian.

Development Funding: $56 750

Workshops Rail Museum

Great Railway Journeys of Australia

Great Railway Journeys of Australia is a social history exhibition focusing on the development of Australia's rail network and various notable railway journeys within Queensland and Australia from historical and contemporary perspectives. The exhibition celebrates the iconic status of the romance of rail and travel as a leisure pursuit and illustrates how train travel continues to be a key component of Australia's tourism industry.

The exhibition will tour to NSW, VIC, WA, SA and TAS.

Touring Funding : $70 225

La Trobe University Gallery

Clifton Pugh: Printmaker

Clifton Pugh: Printmaker is a major retrospective exhibition which will explore some of Pugh's most significant themes and also the historical and social context in which he produced his prints and their contemporary relevance. Some of his most significant themes to be explored include, Leda and the Swan (and his 'Australianised' version—Leda and the Emu), interpretations of the Australian landscape, native flora and fauna, and environment and conservationist concerns.

Development Funding: $10 430

NETS Victoria

Hall of Mirrors: Anne Zahalka Portraits 1987-2007

This survey exhibition from the Centre for Contemporary Photography introduces the photographic works of Anne Zahalka, one of Australia's pre-eminent photographers, as well as previously unseen portraits and newly commissioned works. Hall of Mirrors examines portraiture, representation and identity throughout Zahalka's celebrated career, which spans more than 20 years.

The exhibition will tour to VIC, ACT, QLD, NSW, SA and TAS.

Touring Funding : $83 994

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