An interactive exhibition where visitors are encouraged to touch and play with the artwork will open at Orange Regional Gallery on Saturday 14 May.
Hello, good to meet you was created by multidisciplinary artist Liam Benson through a collaboration with Riding for the Disabled Association NSW’s Tall Timbers Centre in Box Hill, where he volunteered for more than a year.
The work celebrates the compassionate and intimate relationship between horses and humans. Inspired by the ways that horses interact, feel and connect, Benson’s installation offers a space where audiences can express themselves with non-verbal communication, dance and sensorial play.
The installation includes a large, colourful textile ‘mane’, a video featuring horses, colourful wearable fringes and space to dance, stretch, play and relax.
The original installation was commissioned in 2019 by the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) for its Jackson Bella Room, a space for people living with disability or access requirement to connect with contemporary art through sensory experience.
The presentation of Hello, good to meet you at Orange Regional Gallery has also provided an opportunity to extend on Benson’s initial work through a new collaboration with the Orange branch of Riding for the Disabled for its first regional showing.
Orange City Council’s Services Policy Committee Chair, Councillor Mel McDonell, said the exhibition had broad appeal for a wide variety of people of all ages and abilities.
“It’s not often people are not only invited to touch an art exhibition, but to wear pieces of the art, dance and play amongst it,” Cr McDonell said.
“While the exhibition is colourful and fun, it also highlights the amazing work of Riding for the Disabled, its horses and its volunteers who play such an important role in enriching the lives of people living with disability.”
The exhibition will be opened at a morning tea celebration with the artist at 10.30am on Saturday 14 May. It will be officially opened by MCA Audience Engagement Director Gill Nicol. Bookings are through Eventbrite. The exhibition will run until 24 July.