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October 2014 exhibitions

23 Aug > 11 Oct
Launch:  23 Aug 12 > 2pm

An exhibition acknowledging Shoalhaven Aboriginal Service Men & Women

Main Gallery

The IN MEMORY exhibition is a photographic and multimedia display recognising Shoalhaven's Aboriginal service men and women's contribution to Australia's defence force. The exhibition is driven by the stories and reflections on military services, war and homecoming of Aboriginal servicemen and women and their families.

Aboriginal people have a long and proud, often little known history

of contributions to Australia's military efforts. While Australia's official military history has, until recently, neglected and denied the presence of the Aboriginal soldier in the battlefields of Africa, Europe and the Pacific, Shoalhaven families can directly share their experiences handed down through generations. From the Boer War to the World Wars, the Korean War, Vietnam, The Gulf Wars to Peacekeeping

in our region and Afghanistan, and the Reserves, Shoalhaven

Aboriginal men and women continue to make their contribution.

IN MEMORY is a collaboration between Shoalhaven City Arts Centre & Regional Gallery and Shoalhaven City Council's Community Development team in consultation with the local Aboriginal community. Generous research support for the exhibition has also been received from The Australian War Memorial, AIATSIS, local museums, historical associations, Veteran Affairs, and RSL Branches within the Shoalhaven.


20 Sep > 11 Oct
Launch:  20 Sep 12 > 2pm

Jennifer Gowen

Access Gallery

In 2011, the artist spent time working and living in Kabul. This exhibition is a unique visual response to her personal observations of the daily lives of ordinary Afghans as they live their lives in this volatile and war-weary country. Many aspects of Afghan life intermingle with the billowing blue Afghan burqas and snow-capped mountains.


20 Sep > 11 Oct
Launch:  20 Sep 12 > 2pm

Peter Hewitt

East Gallery

Peter James Hewitt is an Indigenous urban-based conceptual artist who is currently studying a research masters in Creative Arts at the University of Wollongong in which he is researching urban Aboriginal art and concepts of identity politics. His work investigates a fragmented subjectivity within the compositions of abstract mark-makings.


20 Sep > 11 Oct
Launch:  20 Sep 12 > 2pm

Kylie Douglass

Foyer Gallery

Ten years after her first exhibition of cuttle fish bone at this gallery, the artist returns with a progression of work distinguished and refined, stripping and transforming this recycled yet forgiving medium into beautiful contemporary art. The fragility and rawness juxtaposed with the jagged and directional forms of these artworks brings harmony and harshness together.


18 Oct > 07 Dec
Launch:  18 Oct 12 > 2pm


Main Gallery

Something of an unsung hero, Samuel Elyard arrived in the Shoalhaven in 1868 and died here in 1910, and during this time recorded buildings, landscape and river in art, mostly watercolour, that should be celebrated as one of the treasures of our region.

This exhibition surveys his watercolours of the area from his first to last works, and briefly looks at works in oil, drawing and photography. Curated by Max Dingle.


18 Oct > 08 Nov
Launch:  18 Oct 12 > 2pm

Lissa de Sailles

Foyer Gallery

Seeking the Silence is the culmination of a year long journey into the ancient process of basket weaving and experimentation with mainly locally sourced plant fibres. The silence of the object speaks volumes about the loss of Indigenous cultural practices and the impact that modern society has on the land on which it inhabits.