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Geelong Gallery works to contribute to the life and well-being of the city by fostering strong community engagement with the excellence of its collection, its creative lifelong learning experiences, and inspiring exhibitions.
Current Exhibition Highlights include-
RONE in Geelong-until 16 May 2021
Over the last two decades, Geelong-born artist Rone has built an exceptional reputation for large-scale wall paintings and immersive installations that explore concepts of beauty and decay. Rone’s latest site-specific installation will transform a room within Geelong Gallery in response to the architecture and history of the building, and the Gallery’s collection.
The first comprehensive survey of Rone’s career to date will also be presented, charting the artist’s practice from early stencil works and street art, to photographs documenting major installations that have transformed abandoned spaces.
Scenic Victoria—Land, sea, city-until 18 April 2021
This exhibition draws on the Gallery’s exceptional collection to survey artists’ enduring interest and engagement with the landscapes, seascapes and cityscapes of our region and wider State, with a specific focus on artistic responses to locations of personal significance. Includes historical works by Eugene von Guérard, Louis Buvelot, Frederick McCubbin and Walter Withers, through to more contemporary interpretations of the landscape and suburbia by Fred Williams, Jan Senbergs and Jenny Watson, amongst others.
Kait James—Souvenirs (Wall commission #1) - until 25th April
As a proud Wadawurrung woman, Kait James’s work poses questions relating to identity, perception, and our knowledge of Australia’s Indigenous communities. Using the craft technique of punch needling, she embroiders found materials now considered kitsch through their outdated representations of Indigenous people and culture. The works in Souvenirs are based on Aboriginal calendar tea towels from the 1970s and ’80s that generalise and stereotype her culture: she subverts these representations with the addition of familiar pop-cultural references, and imagery relating to indigenous issues relevant to the tea towel’s calendar year, as well as to the present day.
Through the use of humour and vibrant colours, James addresses the way colonial culture has dominated Australia’s history, how Australia and the world perceives our First Nations’ people and her personal reflections on her Indigenous heritage.