Castlemaine Art Museum is thrilled to be hosting a number of exhibitions and events as part of the visual arts component of the Castlemaine State Festival programme.

Image: Photograph by Kylie Stillman

 

CAM will be open EVERYDAY throughout the Festival (22-31 March) with extended hours from 10am – 5pm.

We look forward to seeing you all at the Festival!

For more information about the festival program visit www.castlemainefestival.com.au.

Events:

Saturday March 23rd 1.30-2.20pm – Castlemaine Art Museum – ARTIST TALK – Hayley Millar-Baker – https://www.facebook.com/events/2218003078464837/

Saturday March 23rd 2.30-3.20 – Castlemaine Art Museum – ARTIST TALK – James Tylor – https://www.facebook.com/events/2227059417547627/

Saturday March 30th 1.30-2.20pm – Castlemaine Art Museum – ARTIST TALK – Lyndell Brown & Charles Green – https://www.facebook.com/events/2039877896138658/

Saturday March 30th 2.30-4pm – Castlemaine Art Museum –  ART FRAUD – $10 admission – purchase tickets here – https://castlemainefestival.com.au/events/art-fraud/

 

The visual arts programme is being coordinated by the La Trobe Art Institute – here is what Dr Kent Wilson from the LAI wrote about the upcoming exhibits at CAM.

“La Trobe Art Institute is pleased to present artwork for the Castlemaine State Festival within the iconic Castlemaine Art Museum (CAM). We have assembled a selection of high calibre Australian artists who reflect on notions of identity and history filtered through an appreciation and understanding of environment and place. We see CAM as a key and central hub for the visual arts programming of the festival, at which we will be presenting artist talks and guiding audience groups in order to showcase not only the art but the venue itself.

Hayley Millar-Baker and James Tylor will be presenting together in Higgins Gallery, the dual exhibition amplifying their individual explorations into historical legacies in contemporary conditions. Millar-Baker’s interrogations of personal and collective realities and re-imaginings combine with Tylor’s highly researched explorations of Australian cultural representations to produce a uniquely intimate expression of colonisation and the complexity of overlapping histories.

IMAGE: HAYLEY MILLAR-BAKER, ‘UNTITLED (THE BEST MEANS, OF CARING FOR, AND DEALING WITH THEM IN THE FUTURE)’, 2018, 80 X 100 CM, INKJET ON COTTON RAG. COURTESY OF THE ARTIST.

In the Stoneman Gallery Lyndell Brown and Charles Green present a new work that is an immense visual countdown of images of turbulence, war, aftermath from 1918 to 2018. Working together as one artist since 1989, Brown and Green have built a unique vocabulary that speaks both to the aftermath of conflict and to the contemporary condition of continuous wars across the globe.

IMAGE: LYNDELL BROWN AND CHARLES GREEN, ‘100 YEARS OF DISASTER, 1918-2018’ (DETAIL), 2018, INKJET PRINT ON RAG PAPER, 4 PARTS, EACH 120 X 360 CM. COURTESY OF THE ARTISTS.

Working with local kindergarten children and artist Ann Ferguson, Eliza Jane Gilchrist works with notions of the built and natural environment to elicit narratives of place. A child-centric approach puts storytelling and imagination at the centre of consideration, allowing exploration and engagement with objects, forms, sound and space. Her work will be presented in the Sinclair Gallery.

IMAGE: ELIZA-JANE GILCHRIST AND WARNAMBOOL COMMUNITY, ‘STRANGE GARDEN’, 2016, CARDBOARD, CANE, GUM STRIP, TEXTA, DIMENSIONS VARIABLE.

The inaugural recipient of the Eucalypt Commission, Kylie Stillman, presents a new outdoor sculpture that reflects on and celebrates the majesty of this most iconic of Australian trees. Located on the entrance forecourt of the museum, the artist’s work sits as testament to the creative inspiration of our natural environment.”

IMAGE: KYLIE STILLMAN,’LOCAL BRANCH’, 2016, HAND-CUT PAPERBACK BOOKS, TIMBER, SAW HORSES, 161 X 245 X 123 CM. PRIVATE COLLECTION. COURTESY OF UTOPIA ART SYDNEY.