Transforming ideas of art

Alexander ScottPilbara News
James Lynch Other people’s dreams of me: we were running and running 2004
Camera IconJames Lynch Other people’s dreams of me: we were running and running 2004 Credit: Supplied/Art Gallery of Western Australia

An exhibition featuring 40 works of art that explore the power and fragility of transformation will open in Exmouth this week.

Doors to the There Were Moments of Transformation exhibition will open on Friday at the Tantabiddi Travelling Gallery at the Ningaloo Centre.

Featuring works from the State Art Collection, including Renoir’s Tete de Venus and Rodin’s 1880 bronze La Faunesse a Genoux, the display will run until October 25.

An opening ceremony will be held on Friday and will include performances by local musicians and artists Jimmy McGrath, Shmone, and Jessica Dudley.

The exhibit is part of the WA regional touring program developed by Art on the Move and the Art Gallery of WA through funding from the State Government’s Regional Exhibition Touring Boost.

Art Gallery of Western Australia curator of 19th-century arts Melissa Harpley said the exhibit’s goal was to explore the process of transformation that occurred through art and making works.

“Our approach lies in drawing out how materials are transformed as works are created, how artists engage and transform the environment during their development process, and lastly how we are transformed, by the experience of considering the process, the emotional response generated and our connection to the works,” she said.

Shire of Exmouth chief executive Cameron Woods said the tour was a fantastic opportunity for the regional arts to get support and to make places such as the Tantabiddi Travelling Gallery known to a broader community.

“This free exhibition offers the chance to view some of Western Australia’a most prized visual works first-hand,” he said.

“And we are very excited to be able to host such a high-profile exhibition here at the Ningaloo Centre and are looking forward to this unique experience for our local community and the many visitors currently calling Exmouth home.”

There Were Moments of Transformation will run in conjunction with the Conversations With Rain project, a multi-platform project exploring children’s creative relations to the weather.

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