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October 7, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm UTC+11
We invite you to come and join us as we showcase the latest season of exhibitions at Casula Powerhouse. We’re launching five amazing shows, which speak to the experiences of our multicultural community. Bellbird’s Cordon-Bleu trained Head Chef, Federico Rekowski will be creating delicious, FREE refreshments that will enhance your exhibition viewing experience. Our October Exhibition Launch Day will be Auslan-interpreted.
Al’Jaale’ah: Locally Global
Al Jaale’ah: locally global is a community and cultural engagement program by artist, Shireen Taweel with an exhibition outcome influenced by young Islamic women from Secondary schools in the Liverpool region. This program provides a safe place for young Islamic women to share stories and learn creative skills.
Shireen Taweel is a local artist currently based at the Parramatta Artists Studios. Her creative practice continues a long tradition that involves the act of marking and piercing copper. This process stretches throughout history and across cultures, but is infinitely connected to Taweel’s contemporary experience of being a migrant of Muslim and Lebanese heritage living in Australia.
The gestures that Taweel etches into copper are suggestive of an art form steeped in tradition, but is explored through new perspectives, placing emphasis on the global experience of migration, movement and multiculturalism. The resulting works contribute to a cross-cultural discourse of shared histories and experiences between diverse communities and cultural groups.
Taweel hosted a number of workshops with young Islamic women from local secondary schools to present this new body of works for the Al’Jaale’ah: locally global exhibition in the Marsden Gallery at Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre. Students will be asked to share stories around the idea of identity, belonging, sacred places and the nature of cross-cultural experiences within the greater community of Western Sydney. Students drew patterns with Taweel that are representative of their story. These patterns were transferred by the artist into sheet copper through the process of metal piercing and are presented in this exhibition.
Faith presents an artistic exploration of the 1967 Referendum, its people and impact featuring The Left Field Collective and their mentors. Inspired by activist Faith Bandler AC (1918 – 2015)
who was instrumental in the fight for acknowledgment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia, the artists have responded to Faith as a person and broader ideas of faith in
the individual and society.
Coordinated by Orana Arts in partnership with Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, Faith presents newly commissioned works by participating artists from The Left Field Collective Colin Brooks Jnr,
Lachlan Goolagong, Aleshia Lonsdale, Paris Norton and Alex Nixon. This project is a long-term initiative that has supported the professional development of emerging contemporary Aboriginal
artists from the Dubbo region underpinned by a belief that their work, stories and experiences must be shared.
Through the program artists are paired with leading Aboriginal contemporary artists, to challenge, explore and develop their practice. Alongside the Left Field Collective, Faith presents work from mentor artists Blak Douglas, Karla Dickens, Nicole Monks, Chico Monks and Jason Wing.
Have you seen MY Emily?
Have you seen MY Emily? is the first institutional exhibition by Wiradjuri conceptual artist, Amala Groom. Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre has commissioned the artist to develop and present a 6-channel digital video work where Groom performs an extended conversation between herself and the wife of a former Prime Minister in a stately Manhattan home.
Based upon an actual conversation, the installation seeks to expand upon the language of ownership and authority surrounding western perceptions of Aboriginal art and culture, unveiling the indistinct nuances of interpretation and the potentially shocking hidden truths that language can possess.
Reimagining the conversation and the behaviours of both parties, Groom unpacks what was said, what was imagined to be said, and what it could have really meant.
As a bookend to the conversation, the exhibition features the painting, Untitled – by the very subject of the conversation, Anmatyerre artist, Emily Kame Kngwarreye.
Curated by Adam Porter
Filming supported by CuriousWorks.
Artwork Loan Courtesy of Simon Chan – Art Atrium.
The Motion Room
The Motion Room is a long term project of the Think + Do Tank Foundation in Liverpool and Fairfield, South Western Sydney. The Motion Room is a collection of projects that use design thinking to inquire into the needs of a community, develop innovative solutions alongside community members, and to test and to refine those solutions directly with the community and service providers. The Motion Room’s chief objective is to increase the level of control the local community exercises over everyday life in their neighbourhoods. We connect intrepid artistic inquiry and practice with high impact socially engaged projects to make low-income South-West Sydney communities easier places in which to live.
Through consultation and inquiry in both Liverpool and Fairfield, we have identified some of the most pressing concerns. They include: food insecurity; transport disadvantage; personal safety; digital connectivity; and the quality of public space. These issues have a real impact on the daily life, well-being, health and personal freedoms of the people in these communities.
Think+DO Tank Foundation and the Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre are excited to present The Motion Room exhibition. It features works made by women and young people living in the Green Valley and broader Liverpool communities in collaboration with; Katie Green, Province Studio (Anne-Louise Dadak & Laura Pike), Joey Ruigrok van der Werven, Monica Kumar, Luke Cignarella, Afaf Al-Shammari, Jane Stratton, Pia Larsen, Janet Parker-Smith, Annie McKinnon, Claudia Chidiac, Dominique Hage, Kim Siew, Nicole Barakat, Stephanie Peters, Hepa Taahi, Cabinet of Wonder (Tim Jetis), and Velinda Wardell.
The Motion Room is supported by: Australia Council for the Arts; Create NSW; Crown Resorts Foundation & the Packer Family Foundation; Liverpool Women’s Resource Centre; Liverpool Migrant Resource Centre; Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre; Multicultural NSW; South Western Sydney Health; Liverpool City Council Australia; Fairfield City Council; Ashcroft Public School, Liverpool West Public School, Marsden Road Public School; Liverpool Plaza; Liverpool City Library; Sydney College of the Arts; Bonnie Support Services; Allen & Unwin; English Family Foundation; and the Mercy Foundation.
When does a space become a place? What makes a place a home? Accompanying the exhibition Near x Far, which examines Western Sydney as a creative home to a growing group of artists, Home Work presents a series of large scale maps and building elements as a creative blueprint. Home Work presents you with a landscape that is ready for you to move into. Come find your place and create your own space in an exhibition where familiarity and fantasy are here, there and everywhere, in everything and everyone.
The Kids Gallery is curated to provide a year-round integrated visual learning environment in relation to the main exhibition programs at Casula Powerhouse Liverpool. The gallery features a range of interactive environments that encourage children and adults alike to investigate major themes or key aspects of artworks on display. The Kids Gallery provides an accessible space dedicated to the development of visual thinking.