Three new exhibitions have opened at TarraWarra Museum of art. All exhibitions run from March 28th until 8th June 2015.

Image: Kate Beynon Rose of Evening/Spirit of Kwan Yin in the lotus field  2014 (detail) watercolour, gouache and pencil on cotton rag 77 x 56 cm Courtesy the artist and Sutton Gallery, Melbourne
Image: Kate Beynon
Rose of Evening/Spirit of Kwan Yin in the lotus field 2014 (detail)
watercolour, gouache and pencil on cotton rag
77 x 56 cm
Courtesy the artist and Sutton Gallery, Melbourne

Kate Beynon | An-Li: A Chinese Ghost TaleTALE

Kate Beynon’s new body of work is inspired by a supernatural Chinese tale of two young spirits who traverse two worlds; one magically aquatic, the other earthly. Beynon has imagined the guiding spirit of the goddess Kwan Yin as their paths lead from tragedy to transformation, hope and healing.

The works have been commissioned by Art and Australia for a new hardcover publication, An-Li: A Chinese Ghost Tale, edited by Laura Murray Cree, which will include the tale alongside colour reproductions of the works in this exhibition. The book will be launched to coincide with the exhibition.

The exhibition will feature works on paper, paintings, an animated video and a suspended sculptural installation. The works draw on diverse source material including Chinese and Japanese traditional imagery, Taoist magic calligraphy blended with influences from contemporary comic book graphics, film, animation and fashion. Informed by ancestral imaginings, family connections and travel, the project continues Beynon’s interest in exploring aspects of transcultural life, feminisms and notions of hybridity in dealing with a ‘mixed up’ and precarious world.


Phase Change | An RMIT Design Laboratory exploring the impact of global warming in the Yarra Valley

Charles Anderson, (RMIT University/SAALA), Dylan Brady (studio505) and Michael Trudgeon (RMIT D-Lab/Crowd Productions) will spearhead Phase Change, a project that explores the future of the TarraWarra Estate and Museum, as well as the Yarra Valley more broadly, in relation to the changing nature of the environment. Engaging directly with global warming and its ecological impacts at a local and regional scale, and working across a range of design disciplines and related practices, Phase Change seeks to envision scenarios for sustainable and resilient futures. Phase Change will take the form of a working design laboratory which, evolving throughout the course of the exhibition, will provide a place for discussion, debate and lively interaction between the public and students in order to generate a dynamic, participatory installation.

Part of ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2015 11 April–17 May 2015, a Melbourne-wide Festival  of art exhibitions, forums and talks seeking to harness the creative power of the Arts to engage and inspire action on climate change.
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Earth and Sky | Mawurndjul and Gulumbu Yunupingu

The exhibition Earth and Sky curated by Hetti Perkins, will feature a selection of bark paintings by John Mawurndjul and Gulumbu Yunupingu, two of the most outstanding Australian artists of our time. In bringing the work of these two artists together, the exhibition will offer a panoptic view of ‘country’ from an Indigenous perspective. Both artists engage with and represent the natural world in a highly sophisticated and conceptual aesthetic form. Their work distils the spiritual nature of this engagement in work that resonates with a power that is both ceremonial and celebratory.


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