Centenary of Griffith


Griffith is the place to be this May, when the arts take over the city!

Griffith Regional Art Gallery is hosting an Arts Festival in conjunction with the Griffith International Sculpture Symposium which is being held from Monday 2 May until Wednesday 18 May, which will include arts masterclasses, exhibitions and a shared table dinner event.

Gallery Coordinator, Mr Raymond Wholohan said a number of incredible events will ensure May is dedicated to the arts in Griffith.

“The Griffith International Sculpture Symposium will be a wonderful event and we expect an influx of people from across the region as well as many locals to stop in at Griffith Pioneer Park Museum to observe the artists creating their masterpieces,” said Mr Wholohan,

“To add to the public’s experience, the Gallery will be hosting several masterclasses over the May weekends.”

A Portraiture Masterclass will run on Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 May with tutor Tony Curran. Tony, a highly regarded artist and tutor, will be developing skills and understanding within portraiture using a number of stimulating artistic techniques, including: compositional techniques, expanded approaches to portraiture and experimenting with different material and media.

If you enjoy drawing, don’t miss out on the opportunity to participate in a two-day masterclass with Dennis O’Connor. Dennis will provide some insight into approaches and conventions of drawing the human body that have evolved since the Renaissance. Being attentive to the undraped model, students will explore at their own pace, experience and understand the shift from form to line and touch upon the continuum of ‘forms of representation’. Dennis has over 30 years’ experience teaching drawing at a number of Universities and Colleges throughout Australia.

Lastly, in keeping with the theme of sculpting, Hape Kiddle will be running a Spoon Carving Masterclass. Hape is a master woodcarver and is one of Griffith’s prominent artists. Hape is interested in enhancing the intrinsic qualities in materials used, he will explore with the students form, line, texture and material benefits and restrictions. Students will be taught how to carve using only a chisel and carvers knife.

Manager Griffith Regional Theatre and Art Gallery, Raina Savage said she is thrilled to be able to add to the Symposium by offering these Masterclasses.

“May is a really exciting time for Griffith with the International Sculpture Symposium, which is an incredible opportunity for people to observe artists while they create spectacular works of art to add to our landscape,” said Ms Savage.

“Adding to the Symposium by hosting an Arts Festival is something we feel will greatly benefit both visitors to Griffith and locals by drawing out their creative side – what a wonderful time for the City of Griffith!”

Masterclass bookings are essential, and can be placed with the Gallery on 6962 8338 or email gallery@griffith.nsw.gov.au The two-day Masterclasses (Portraiture and Drawing) cost $200 and the Spoon Carving one-day Masterclass costs $120.

Several exhibitions are being held throughout May including Portrait of a Shimmering Self Just Waiting To be Touched by well-known local contemporary artist Vic McEwan, at Griffith Regional Art Gallery.

“Vic’s work is just incredible and I would recommend stopping by the Gallery to view his work,” said Mr Wholohan.

“Art Space at Griffith Regional Theatre is displaying Impression, Expression from Carmela Kozlowski which explores a number of mediums. Local gallery In The Frame, located at the top end of Banna Avenue, will be opening Gillie and Marc “Shattner”, a collection of contemporary sculptures on Friday 13 May from 6-8pm.”

“With so much happening, Griffith truly is the place to be inspired this May,” he added.

Manager Tourism & Economic Development, Mr Greg Lawrence said he encourages everyone to visit Griffith Pioneer Park Museum to witness the making of history from Monday.

“I invite you to come along and watch the seven international sculptors cut, carve and saw three tonne blocks of granite into beautiful sculptures,” said Mr Lawrence.

“These unique pieces will become a lasting legacy of Griffith’s first 100 years and will become objects of public art. This is an exciting, creative time in Griffith and we look forward to welcoming artists from out of town to this festival which is a first for Griffith.”

For further information about the Symposium or the sculptors, please visit centenarysculptures.com.au

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