View from the Gallery
April School Holidays
PHOTOGRAPHY AT BALMORAL BEACH
Balmoral Beach was bathed in sunshine when children aged between between 9 and 12 took to the sands armed with their camera and a colourful array of imaginative beach props. Here, they were guided by fine art photographer, Caroline McLean-Foldes, in the art of portrait photography at the beach.
Drawing inspiration from famous photographs such as The Bathers by Anne Zahalka and Sunbaker by Max Dupain, the children had fun stepping into the role of both model and photographer whist seeking to replicate these iconic Australian photographic images.
Caroline McLean-Foldes has a Master of Documentary Photography.
Each year thousands of students from local schools including Mosman Public, Middle Harbour Public School, Beauty Point Public School, Cammeray Public School, Sacred Heart and Blessed Sacrament participate in 90 minute creative workshops, appreciating and discussing art works, as well as creating their own which are inspired by Gallery exhibitions.
At the end of 2012, Gallery staff and Volunteers gathered to farewell Pernille Elmgreen who had worked for the past two years at Mosman Art Gallery as a Primary School Art Educator. After spending fourteen wonderful years living in Mosman, Pernille and her family have moved to Denmark, her country of origin.
As the school bookings pour in for 2013, the Gallery welcomes Xina Crowther to the Education Program team.
Xina is a Mosman resident who has worked as an Art Educator both in Australia and overseas. In addition to joining the team at Mosman Art Gallery, Xina works part-time as the K – 6 Visual Art Specialist at Mosman Prep School. We look forward to the creative and innovative contributions Xina will bring to the Education Program.
Mosman Art Gallery is thrilled to be shortlisted for three national awards as part of two major, national industry best practice awards to be announced at the Museums Australia national conference in Canberra later this month.
Ken Done’s 2012 exhibition Attack: Japanese Midget Submarines in Sydney Harbour has been shortlisted for a Museums and Galleries National Award (MAGNA) for best exhibition.
In addition, the 2012 exhibition Bungaree: The First Australian has been shortlisted for two Museums Australia Publication and Design Awards (MAPDA) under the categories of Major Catalogue and Invitation. The Bungaree exhibition is currently touring and will next open at The Glasshouse (Port Macquarie) in late May.
We are very excited to be nominated in both these awards and will keep you posted on the outcome!
An Artful Affair Luncheon MC’d by Simon Marnie with artists Ruth Burgess and Jenny Sages.
Many thanks to all who supported the Gallery this week by attending our major fundraising lunch An Artful Affair, featuring ABC Radio 702’s Simon Marnie in conversation with artists Jenny Sages and Ruth Burgess.
Guests enjoyed a sumptuous meal and fine wines in the Gallery’s Grand Hall, which was followed by a very insightful and interesting ‘conversation’ hosted by the ever charming and inimitable Simon Marnie. In all it was a very convivial occasion and based on its success we will undoubtedly hold more Art lunches in the near future.
Make sure you tune in to 702 ABC Sydney this Sunday 21 April at 11.30am when Simon Marnie will talk to artist Jenny Sages about her Paths to Portraiture exhibition currently on show at Mosman Art Gallery.
Simon Marnie and Ruth Burgess in conversation over lunch.
Lisa Paulsen and friends at the ‘Artful Affair’ luncheon.
Eileen Jeffress, Dr John Yu AC, Rachel Lavell and Stanley Wachman.
Suzanne Alexander’s recent series of paintings, Harbour Remnants, which explores the historical face of Sydney Harbour and the remnants of its life as a working harbour, was the inspiration for the Gallery’s first Friends Focus Tour for 2013.
On Thursday 28 March, Friends of Mosman Art Gallery met at Circular Quay to board a Sydney Ferry which took them on a discovery tour of the enigmatic harbour sites which have served as inspiration for Harbour Remnants.
The Friends had the opportunity to capture the changing nature of Sydney’s rich maritime heritage as the ferry cruised past landmarks such as Goat Island and Mort Bay. A comprehensive guided tour of Ballast Point was given by Leichhardt Library Local History Librarian, Aimie Zar which informed the Friends about the history and extraordinary transformation that this fascinating site has undergone.
The Friends were then ferried to Cockatoo Island, described as the ‘jewel in the crown of Sydney Harbour’ where they enjoyed a relaxed lunch surrounded by the breathtaking vistas of Sydney Harbour and afterwards explored the island’s fascinating industrial landscape.