Mermaids splash in to Cowra Regional Art Gallery

A new exhibition has opened at the Cowra Regional Art Gallery during the holiday season with summer in mind.

Titled “Making a Splash: Mermaids and Modernity” this lively exhibition presented in collaboration with Macquarie University Gallery and explores the mermaid as a cultural figure of the contemporary world.

It features fresh interpretations encapsulating the socio-political and cultural dimensions that connect tradition and folklore with contemporary issues specific to time, place and site.

The exhibition features the creation of new works by Australian and overseas artists offering fresh interpretations of the mermaid including paintings by Chilean artist Mauro Anselmo Olivos Castillo, Eddie Blitner and Kate Downhill.

An installation of photography and found mermaid souvenirs from Greece by renowned photographer Effy Alexakis, photomedia works by Jacquelene Drinkall.

There is also a sound installation by Nigel Helyer, mixed media installations by Meredith Brice and Maria Cmielewski and sculptures by Nola Jones.

'Making a Splash: Mermaids and Modernity' explores the mermaid as a cultural figure of the contemporary world.

Gallery Director, Brian Langer

Rethinking the mermaid as a powerful symbol that has the capacity to make change about contemporary issues including identity and gender politics lies at the core of Making a Splash. Wider still are issues of the environment and heritage.  

“Making a Splash” continues to February 3, 2019 it’s not to be missed

Also, on January 23 and 24 the Cowra Regional Art Gallery is presenting its popular Summer Workshops for Children series.

Workshops this year are ‘Creative Mosaics’ with Catherine Bennett where participants can create a name plaque, house number or garden decoration and ‘Making a Splash Mermaids and Ocean Creatures’ Collage and Mixed Media with Libby Murray where participants will create an underwater scene.

The Cowra Regional Art Gallery is located at 77 Darling Street, Cowra.

Open hours are Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 4pm and Saturday 2pm to 4pm.

For enquires call 6340 2190. Admission to the gallery is free.

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