Artwork painted directly onto the gallery walls and masterful works on paper from Picasso, Renoir and Rembrandt are set to feature in Maitland Art Gallery's exciting upcoming season.
The gallery will launch its autumn season on Saturday, February 29 where visitors will be able to explore seven new exhibitions, headlined by Maitland's own Lucas Grogan's bold, fastidiously patterned, highly graphic, pun filled work.
The exhibition, Long Story Short, showcases the artist's multi-disciplinary practice, featuring his signature blue paintings alongside delicate embroidery, intricate quilts and an immersive mural which Grogan will paint directly onto the gallery walls during the installation of the exhibition.
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"Having amassed an international following, Long Story Short brings together works from private and public collections from across the country. Maitland Regional Art Gallery is excited to present the most significant collection of Lucas Grogan's work to date and celebrate his achievements in his home town of Maitland," Gallery Coordinator Kattie Bugeja said.
Visitors are also invited to explore Guns to Roses, the latest exhibition to celebrate works from the city's permanent collection. Acquiring its first work in 1957, the city's art collection has grown to be a significant community asset.
Through the support of Maitland City Council and donations, the gallery has more than 5,500 items with a value over $10 million, representing some of Australia's finest artists.
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Guns to Roses showcases recent acquisitions by leading contemporary artists that respond to modern concerns including global conflict and an environment threatened by global warming. Artists include Li Hongbo, Locust Jones, Rosemary Laing, Dr Christian Thompson AO, Shonah Trescott and more.
View the work of local 'apprentices' alongside international 'masters' like Picasso, Rembrandt and Renoir as school students create artworks in response to selected artworks from the Lakeview Collection. Schools participating in Masters and Apprentices include Belmont High School, Cardiff High School, East Maitland Primary School, Hunter Valley Grammar School, Kotara High School, Linuwel School, Lochinvar Public School, Maitland High School, Mount View High School, Nillo Infants School, Northlakes High School, Rutherford Technology High School, St Joseph's College Lochinvar, St Paul's Primary Rutherford, St Peters All Saints College Maitland and Tomaree High School.
Explore contemporary approaches to traditional printmaking techniques in Let all birds fly: the hybrid print curated by Patricia Wilson-Adams and Therese Kenyon, get to know the delicate work of Japanese artist Kei Takemura, enjoy a selection of finalists from the 63rd Maitland International Salon of Photography competition and be immersed in a site specific work created by local artist Jaime Pritchard.