Summer Exhibition Suite 2016/17

Posted on: December 6th, 2016 by Krissie Scudds

Penrith Regional Gallery & Lewers Bequest: Summer Exhibition Suite

Mandy Martin: Homeground (2 Dec – 26 Feb) | Alice Sciberras: Abstract Reality (2 Dec – 26 Feb) | The Lady & The Unicorn: Arthur Boyd & Peter Porter (16 Dec – 26 Feb)

Enjoy a visit to Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest as the Summer Exhibition Suite opens from Friday 2 December 2017, 6pm.

The Gallery’s summer program features work by Mandy Martin, Homeground; Arthur Boyd & Peter Porter, The Lady and the Unicorn and emerging artist Alice Sciberras, Abstract Reality.

Mandy Martin: Homeground, is a twenty-year survey exhibition concentrating on Mandy Martin’s deep unease about the landscape in which we live. Environmental issues relating to water security, the impact of the region’s coal-fired power stations and open cut mines are central concerns.

Each of the twenty works in the exhibition have been carefully selected, creating a suite of works that distil the essence of Martin’s practice since she moved to Mandurama in the Central West in 1995.

The survey includes examples of Martin’s collaborative practice including paintings with the indigenous artist Trisha Carroll and digital projections with the Canberra based artist and curator, Alexander Boynes.

Martin is one of Australia’s most important artists, with a career spanning over 40 years. She has had numerous exhibitions in Australia, Mexico and the USA and has exhibited in France, Germany, Japan, Taiwan and Italy. Her works are in many public and private collections in Australia including the National Gallery of Australia.

Mandy Martin: Homeground will be on exhibition until Sunday 26 February 2017 and will then tour to Cowra Regional Art Gallery and Orange Regional Gallery. This is a Bathurst Regional Art Gallery touring exhibition curated by Sarah Gurich.

Mandy Martin and Alexander Boynes
Blast 2015
Pigment, oil, linen and digital projection loop
Collection of artist

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Gravity (and Wonder) Public Programs

Posted on: August 16th, 2016 by Krissie Scudds

From Gravity in the Garden to star-gazing in the night skies and a full day Gravity Geeks Art + Science Symposium there’s something for everyone with a suite of Public Programs accompanying the Gravity (and Wonder) exhibition.

Public Programs

Gravity (and Wonder) in the Garden

Sunday 11 September 11- 3pm
This event includes a panel-style In Conversation with Costa Georgiadis. Tickets are $25 and can be booked online here. Free garden tours, solar telescope viewings and gravity model demonstrations will make up the day.

Star Gazing at Western Sydney University Observatory

Saturday 8 October 7pm – 9pm

Star Gazing in the Gallery Garden

Saturday 22 October 6.30 – 9pm

Gravity Geeks Art + Science Symposium at The Joan

Saturday 5 November 9am – 5pm

Download a full list of activities here.

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Gravity (and Wonder)

Posted on: June 28th, 2016 by Krissie Scudds

Gravity invisibly governs the movement of the world, the shape of space and the flow of time. Gravity (and Wonder) explores human fascination with these fundamental aspects of the universe through scientific investigations and artistic explorations.

Marking the beginning of a long-term partnership between Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest and the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS), Gravity (and Wonder) is a vibrant three month program with a range of events, workshops and programs extending the themes of a central exhibition. The project collaborators are joined by education partner Western Sydney University, bringing its Penrith Observatory and academic expertise into the project alongside citizen science events to intrigue the community. Eminent astronomer and science communicator Professor Fred Watson AM is the patron of this multi-faceted project.

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George Gittoes: I Witness

Posted on: May 18th, 2016 by Krissie Scudds

Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest is proud to present Hazelhurst Regional Gallery & Arts Centre’s touring exhibition George Gittoes: I Witness, the first major survey in Australia of the work of leading Australian artist and filmmaker George Gittoes.


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Punuku Tjukurpa

Posted on: March 4th, 2016 by Krissie Scudds

Artback NT, in association with Maruku Arts, presents Punuku Tjukurpa, the first touring exhibition of artworks from the Maruku Arts archive based at Mutitjulu, near Uluru in the Northern Territory. The exhibition includes carved objects made of wood, known as puny, sculptural and 2D pieces and specially produced audio and video footage.

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Community Heritage Grant I National Library Australia

Posted on: October 17th, 2015 by Krissie Scudds

Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest is celebrating the successful completion of its Collection Significance Assessment Project. The Gallery was awarded a $4,000 Federal Community Heritage Grant to evaluate the cultural significance of the Gallery and its permanent collection. The significance assessment process is crucial to understanding the history of the Gallery as a centre of artist activity in the mid-century period. According to independent consultant, Dr Sally Watterson

the site itself, gardens and artworks are unique to the local area and relates to its rural past at a time of great change. As such, Penrith Regional Gallery presents an intimate picture of one of the key sites of modernist art and design in NSW.

Receiving the Heritage Grant has awarded the Gallery a fabulous opportunity to further its ambition to increase engagement with scholars, students and the general public interested in researching this fascinating period in history.


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Tribute to Vernon Treweeke

Posted on: April 1st, 2015 by Krissie Scudds

Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest would like to pay tribute to artist Vernon Treweeke who died 19 March 2015 in Sydney, aged 76. Penrith Regional Gallery was privileged to have worked with Vernon, with his unique approach to art celebrating creativity and encouraging a sense of wonder. Treweeke played a momentous role within the Sydney art scene as the father of psychedelic art.

Born in 1939, Treweeke grew up in Sydney before attended boarding school in Bathurst where he met and became close friends with Brett Whiteley. He studied painting, drawing and sculpture at the National Art School (1957 to 1959) before heading to London, via India and France, where he became involved in London’s dynamic art scene along with the likes of Francis Bacon, David Hockney and Patrick Caulfield. During his time in London, Treweeke was exposed to a unique fusion of British, European and American styles of contemporary art that created the atmosphere that nurtured a range of artistic styles, including Pop, Colour-field, Hard-edge, Minimalism and Conceptual art. The early exposure to this array of styles continued to inform Treweeke’s practice, which he layered with a particular psychedelic flavour.

Treweeke returned to Sydney in 1966 via America, bringing with him the energy of 1960s international art practice. Treweeke soon became a regular exhibitor at Central Street Gallery, the modernist art space founded by Tony McGillick and later, the important Sydney contemporary art space Gallery A. His work has been exhibited in many shows, including the Young Commonwealth Artists, touring Germany, France and England (1962) and the ground breaking exhibition The Field held at the National Gallery of Victoria (1968).

In more recent years Treweeke’s practice featured in major exhibitions. Shows at Penrith Regional Gallery include a major retrospective of his works in Vernon Treweeke: The Secret Paintings (2003), surreal digital sequences in a solo show Vernon Treweeke: 3DHD (2011) and an exploration of the galaxy in the group show The Visitors: The Australian Response to UFOS and Aliens (2007-8). Four large-scale colour digital photographs of Dame Joan Sutherland, aptly titled Star Queen Series (2005), are included in the permanent collection of Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest.

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