Saturday April the 14th is opening drinks for FIONA BARRETT-CLARK. Join us at the gallery between 3 and 7pm. Fiona's distinctively Australian landscape paintings are executed upon plywood board giving them a unique grainy texture reminiscent of old photographs or slides. Barrett-Clark's paintings give the impression of the enormity of the Australian landscape, void of people but not of human presence.
Our next two shows both open on Saturday June 30th, do join us for drinks from 3pm onwards to view the works. This will be the the first time we present our new dual exhibition format.
Ken O'Regan is a mid-career Australian artist from Newcastle who has developed a sculptural practice combining found object assemblage with an environmentally conscious theme. Ken O'Regan's work is held in the collections of the Newcastle Art Gallery, Wallsend District Library, The University of Newcastle and in many important private collections. We are thrilled to be showing Ken's work in the larger of our two rooms, which lends itself to installation based exhibitions.
Ondine Seabrook is an emerging artist from Sydney. A painter who graduated from The National Art School in 2017, Ondine Seabrook is represented by China Heights Gallery in Surry Hills. Her work is typically inspired by the Australian landscape, though with her last major experience being a trip through the American western desert, the works on exhibition show clusters of land features common to that area. In a more abstract aesthetic sense Seabrook's new works are concerned with composition, laying and shapes. Ondine's work will be hanging in the smaller light filled front gallery which complements paintings so well.
Saturday 17th March from 3pm onwards is opening drinks for AMELIA VIVASH. Originally hailing from Queensland Amelia now lives in Sydney. A graduate of The Whitehouse Institute of Design, where she recieved a classical training in fashion design Amelia has also trained at Central Saint Martins in London. Beginning making work in primary school, her absolute all time hero is Noel Fielding (of The Mighty Boosh) and with a musical taste as diverse as Louis Armstrong, Queen and David Bowie. From millinery to the wildest wearable soft sculptures you have ever seen, and her paintings and drawings. We are really excited about showing this body of work by such a prolific young Sydney artist.
Portrait photograph courtesy of Chrissie Hall.
Saturday 17th February from 3 pm to 5 pm is the opening of BROOD a peek into Newcastle's new Creative Incubator studios. Featuring works by award-winning artists Sally McDonald, Gavin Vitullo and Braddon Snape.
Sally McDonald primarily works in acrylic, resin and mixed media to create layered atmospheric textural works. She views the world around her in revelation, enchanted by the colour, texture, movement and light of the Australian landscape. How she translates emotions onto canvas and engage one’s senses through a considered combination of media is core to her practice. Self-described as an intuitive painter, the Australian landscape is an ever-present inspiration for her work.
Gavin Vitullo’s sculpture Breathe was the winner of the 2017 “Sculptures In The Vineyards". It is a contemplative, physical examination of the future prospects for all species in a constrictive, malnourished landscape, where a single breath may not be a surety. The association of the oxygen tank as a life preserver, perhaps the last ditch effort to sustain life through an alternative means of breathing. A slight, solitary Fig (ficus rubiginosa) becomes a metaphor for the fragile balance of life in a pivotal moment of reflection. We are very fortunate to have this work on display at the gallery.
Braddon Snape has developed a practice over 20 years that encompasses sculpture and installation in a diverse range of media. Highlights include participation in Sculpture by the Sea seven times, a finalist in the McClelland Sculpture Survey and Award, the Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize, ISF Korea and numerous significant Public Art commissions that demonstrate a thorough understanding of materiality and site. His most recent work interrogates a dangerously exciting and new method of inflating steel.
Join us for a post-opening gathering at the Tinshed and enjoy some of their locally brewed craft beers.
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Dungog Contemporary Brood opening
3 pm - 5 pm, Saturday 17th February
BROOD exhibition is on from
17th February until the 13th March
146 - 150 Dowling Street, Dungog
Regular opening hours are 9 am to 5 pm, 7 days.
Dungog Contemporary presents "Paradise"
Please join us on Saturday 20th January at 3 pm to 5 pm we are proud to present the official opening of this colourful group show "Paradise". Featuring works by Newcastle based artists Madeleine Cruise, Jen Denzin and Mandy Robinson. Come and partake in a glass of bubbles while exploring the delights of this new collection of works.
Date: Saturday 20th January
Time: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: Dungog Contemporary
146 - 150 Dowling Street Dungog 2420
Contact: Sarah Crawford 0410 332 236 or
RSVP Friday 19th January
The exhibition will be held from
12th January to 12th February.
Madeleine Cruise explores the role of ritual and habit in everyday life and the way these practices contribute to personal identity and purpose. Her work is inspired by iconography and the performance associated with her experience of religious and cultural festivities.
Jen Denzin has exhibited regularly in Newcastle for the past 10 years. She uses commonplace materials such as plastic buckets, drinking straws, cable ties and tacky mementos to construct gaudy assemblages and vibrant environments. Her work is informed by historical meeting points, honing in on the interplay between peoplegroups and cultures specifically in the AsiaPacific region.
Mandy Robinson uses the repetitive nature of her practice as a form of meditation. Her wonderfully detailed line work builds up form and texture. This same meditative practice translates into her sculptural work, which she describes as 'examples of three-dimensional drawings.'
The 18th and 19th November will see the first annual Upper Hunter Arts Trail Weekend. At Dungog Contemporary we will be having artist talks by Belinda Street & Madeleine Cruise, with Nicole Chaffey painting an en plein air work of Dowling St.
Our official opening is on Saturday from 4 pm until 9 pm, with live music by Duncan Harty's band "Those Jazz Guys"
1st October Dungog Contemporary presents Murrurundi Art Excursion October long weekend sees the inaugural Spring Market, held at established Art Gallery, Michael Reid Murrurundi. We will be taking a day trip to visit the markets, see the gallery, listen to two artist talks and enjoy all the experiences available on the day.