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The Gallery is temporarily closed. We will reopen on Saturday 4 December 2021. Read more about the Orange Regional Gallery Extension Project HERE

Future
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Aida Tomescu: Unfolding Presence

4 December 2021 – 23 January 2022

A survey exhibition of one of Australia’s leading contemporary artists, Aida Tomescu: Unfolding Presence will launch Orange Regional Gallery’s new extension. The exhibition presents recent large-scale painting series alongside key paintings and graphic works from the last twenty five years.

Tomescu attends fully to the image at hand, working through its stages gradually, layering and excavating until the painting reaches its ‘inevitable natural state’ and all the elements in the work cohere into a unified presence.

An Orange Regional Gallery exhibition.

Aida Tomescu in her studio 2021. Photo: Jenni Carter. Courtesy of the artist.

Karla Dickens: A Dickensian Sideshow

4 December 2021 – 13 February 2022

Wiradjuri artist Karla Dickens presents A Dickensian Sideshow, the third stage of a three-part project shown at the Adelaide Biennial 2020 and Biennale of Sydney 2020. Working with found objects, the exhibition examines the complex history of Aboriginal boxing tents and rodeos, which travelled throughout regional areas with travelling circuses. In this installation Dickens presents the arena in which these boxers ‘performed’ as a complex and multi-faceted crucible in which they were both celebrated and exploited.

An Orange Regional Gallery and Lismore Regional Gallery partnership exhibition.

Karla Dickens, Golly fucking gosh II, 2021, mixed media, 120 x 120 cm. Photo: Michelle Eabry. Curtesy of the artist and Sullivan & Strumpf Sydney with thanks to Andrew Baker.

Antariksa:  Co-Prosperity #5

4 December 2021 – 16 January 2022

Orange-based Indonesian artist, historian and researcher Antariksa presents a new installation of Co-Prosperity, with earlier iterations shown at the Sharjah Biennial (2014), and Asian Art Biennial (2019). The new work features a major installation and video components that engage with the shared histories of Australia, Southeast Asia and Japan during World War II.

An Orange Regional Gallery exhibition.

Antariksa, Co-Prosperity #4, 2019, UV-sensitive ink on paper, A4 size, copies (amounts variable), UV light. Commissioned by 2019 Asian Art Biennial. Courtesy of the artist.

Gary Grealy Portrait Project

4 December 2021 – 5 June 2022

Working in collaboration with Orange Regional Gallery and Orange Local Aboriginal Land Council, Gary Grealy presents a new series of photographic portraits of established and emerging leaders in the local aboriginal community. As part of the project Gary mentored an emerging Aboriginal photographer providing insight into his photographic process as an artist and commercial photographer.

An Orange Regional Gallery and Orange Local Aboriginal Land Council partnership exhibition made possible with generous support from Anna and Simon Ainsworth.

Gary Grealy, Doug Sutherland, Archaeologist, Orange Aboriginal Lands Council, 2020. Courtesy of the artist.

Jaq Davies: Marking time

22 January – 6 March 2022

Jaq Davies work is inherently an autobiographical process. Working with line – created with the mediums of hair, charcoal, paint or string – she pushes the boundaries of the picture plane, playing with scale and marking time. Working with found objects and mark making, Davies will create a large-scale wall installation, and a series of expansive drawings and sculpture that celebrate the poetry of her everyday.

An Orange Regional Gallery exhibition.

The Arena

29 January – 13 March 2022

The Arena is a group exhibition that platforms sport as a performance, with the roles of players and the crowd as actors in collective mythmaking and fanfare. Exhibiting a range of video work, painting, photography and sculpture by Khaled Sabsabi, Marikit Santiago, WBYK, Zoe Croggon, Richard Lewer and Tully Moore, the exhibition examines sport as a medium to explore the limits of human emotion such as passion, mania and fanaticism in competition.

An Orange Regional Gallery exhibition.

WBYK, The Arena exhibition poster. Commissioned by Orange Regional Gallery, 2021

Ada Clarke: Hope, Colour, Vitality

5 February – Sunday 6 March 2022

Since arriving in Millthorpe in 1994, Ada Clarke has been working en plain air in the Central West. Ada’s vibrant gouache and oil paintings are emotional interpretations of the landscape through which she aims to offer hope, colour and vitality as antidotes to ‘darkness and depression.’

An Orange Regional Gallery exhibition.

Ada Clark, The Australian Bush, 2020, gauche on paper. Collection of Nina Machielse Hunt.

Salvatore Zofrea: The Drawn Line

Saturday, 26 February – Sunday, 1 May 2022

A major survey of drawings by artist Salvatore Zofrea. Covering the artist’s practice over six decades. The exhibition traces the development of the artist through drawing; from his early teenage sketches to preliminary drawings for woodblock prints, psalm paintings, frescoes and stained glass windows. Inherently biographical, the exhibition plays out the artist’s personal journey from Italy to his life within the Australian landscape. Zofrea’s practice demonstrates the enduring power of mark making.

A Manly Art Gallery & Museum and Orange Regional Gallery partnership exhibition.

Salvatore Zofrea, Tomato harvest, undated, ink and pencil on paper, 60 x 100cm approx. Collection of the Consulate General of Italy in Sydney.

Current Projects

the CORRIDOR project partnership

In 2022 Orange Regional Gallery (ORG) is curating a group show of site-specific work by artists selected from the CORRIDOR AIR + PD-LAB.

Running across 2020-2021 the CORRIDOR AIR + PD-LAB was a curated residency program of Arts and Science residencies that includes professional development, presentations and workshops. Artists, writers, and curators collaborated during the program, expanding upon the themes of the Galari, Anthropogenic Biomes, Geomorphology and Herbarium.

Orange Regional Gallery partnered with the CORRIDOR project; presenting seminars, and meeting with the artists throughout the residency program.

As part of the partnership, ORG is working with a selection of AIR + PD-LAB artists towards an exhibition in 2022. Artists Matt O’Brien, Stephan van der Merwe, Steven Cavanagh, Thomas Thorby-Lister and Heather Vallance have been selected for the group exhibition. The artists will work with Orange Regional Gallery curator Lucy Stranger to create new work, building upon key ideas that were formed during the residency at the CORRIDOR project.

The ongoing partnership between Orange Regional Gallery and the CORRIDOR project aims to support and strengthen the arts ecology of artists, art spaces and institutions in the Central West of New South Wales.

Images taken during the the CORRIDOR AIR + PD-LAB at the CORRIDOR project

Arts &
Health

A ground-breaking partnership between Orange Health Service and Orange City Council provides an extensive range of original artworks available within a health setting. Launched in 2011 Orange Regional Gallery exhibits works from its permanent Collection throughout the Orange Health Service. Recently the Orange Regional Museum has joined the partnership, which will now bring an extensive range of original artworks and historical items to over 200,000 people per year. Exploring the collection provides a change in focus for visitors and staff.

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Orange Regional Gallery is a centre for art in the Central West of New South Wales, Australia.

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Acknowledgement: Orange City Council is situated within the traditional lands of the Wiradjuri Nation. We acknowledge the traditional custodianship of these lands, and pay our respect to the Wiradjuri people for their care and stewardship of these lands for more than 40,000 years and to the Elders of the Wiradjuri Nation past, present and future.