We would like to thank you all for your continued support and understanding during the temporary closure of West Gippsland Arts Centre. The Exhibitions we had planned for the coming months have been rescheduled into next year but we have left the artist information below and included links to their website where available so you can still enjoy a 'virtual' exhibition.
We have some innovative, interactive and inventive content coming so we ask you to keep your eyes on our social media platforms so you can stay connected with each other and with West Gippsland Arts Centre and most importantly, stay healthy in mind and spirit!
Sam K Ryan is an illustrator, graphic artist and sleepwear designer. As a creative, she is inspired by black and white, classic Hollywood films. The elaborately embellished costume designs and overall aesthetic of the 1930s to 1950s film eras continues to summon her love for all that has a vintage and quirky essence.
Whether Sam may be focusing on fashion-based or narrative illustrations, she tends to interweave pops of colour and/or floral motifs in some form into these.
Sam's illustrations include elements applied using Computer Aided Design (CAD) that are combined with hand-drawn characters, typography, motifs and various other visuals. She also uses mediums such as innk, watercolours and coloured pencils.
Sam was due to exhibit with us in April and has been rescheduled to April 2021. Visit Sam's website here. And follow her on Facebook and Instagram.
Tuesday 5 May - Friday 29 May
‘Plasticity’ as an exhibition is an invitation to reflect on the omnipotence of plastic in our everyday lives. The amalgamation of plastics with organic bodies and natural environments is explored using plastic waste as an art medium. ‘Plasticity’ refers to the malleability of plastic, its capacity to mimic properties of natural materials and organic bodies, and to adopt seemingly infinite textures, forms and shapes.
The environmental, ecological and biological consequences of household plastic waste is receiving global and local attention. Governments across all levels are confounded by issues and challenges attached to its use and disposal. First invented in 1907, plastic is now seemingly indispensable to human activity; it is present in practically every hour and space of our lives. In just eleven decades plastic has become established as one of the cheapest, most useful, and durable materials ever invented. It is modern industry’s most disregarded and readily discarded product. Half of the plastic produced in the world is single-use, eight million tonnes enter our oceans each year[i], and more than 60 million plastic bottles are disposed of everyday.
With these concerns in mind, I collected all plastic waste generated by my household over a 12 month period, that in the past would have been sent to landfill or recycled, was gathered, washed and reused. I photographed each week’s plastic waste, and at the end of every four weeks created sculptures and associated artworks.
Karen was due to exhibit with us in May but has been rescheduled to May 2021. Visit Karen's website here.
Tuesday 2 June - Friday 3 July
Netherlands-born Lucy Chapman divides her work between Botanical Art, Nature Surrealism and Contemporary Abstract. Her Winter Journey exhibition hung on the WGAC ground floor comprises 24 nature-surrealist paintings inspired by the 24 respective songs of Schubert’s Winterreise. Her first-floor Botanica et Avia exhibition features paintings of botanical subjects and birds.
Lucy was due to exhibit with us in June but has been rescheduled to June 2021. Visit Lucy's website here.
Tuesday 6 October- Friday 30 October
Two passionate and accomplished artists, Cheryl Cook and Joan Best, explore Gippsland’s natural treasures. They bring to life the essence of our diverse environment using a variety of techniques including textiles, altered leaf prints, stitch and ceramics. The works are structurally powerful yet delicate and emotively capture the artists’ experiences. The body of work reflects the varied responses of the two artists and the richness demonstrates their love of and commitment to Gippsland.