BUNBURY BIENNALE 2017. 8 July - 10 September, Bunbury Regional Art Galleries.

The Bunbury Biennale is a juried exhibition which brings together works by contemporary artists from across Western Australia. Featuring some of the state’s most respected visual arts practitioners, alongside emerging and mid-career artists it is a chance for regional audiences to experience the diversity of contemporary arts practice in the west.

This year, the 13th Bunbury Biennale continues to celebrate the diverse identities of WA based artists and showcases contemporary visual arts practice across a range of media, from sculpture and installation to painting, drawing and printmaking.

The Bunbury Biennale was initiated by the City of Bunbury Arty Collection Committee in 1993 – it is the second oldest Biennale event in Australia. It was created in order to expand and diversify the existing city of Bunbury Art Collection which is the largest public art collection in the state, outside of the Art Gallery of Western Australia.

2017 exhibiting artists:
Amanda Alderson – Tom Blake – Christophe Canato – David Carson – Jacky Cheng – Olga Cironis – Jennifer Cochrane – Julie Cox – Mel Dare – Moira de la Hunty – Tom de Munk Kerkmeer – Donna Fortescue – Indra Geidans – Michele Grimston – Lee Harrop – Pablo Hughes – Elisa Markes-Young – Marpole – Jarrad Martyn – Tommy May – Clyde McGill – Angela McHarrie – Britt Mikkelsen – Ron Nyisztor – Pixles and Fibre – Nada Rawlins – Helen Seiver – John Prince Siddon – Sergio Tampalini – Mark Tweedie – Tony Windberg – Gera Woltjer

The artists come from a wide variety of backgrounds and the resulting works cover a diverse range of techniques and ideas. From stories of the Ngarrangkarni (Dreamtime), by John (prince) Siddon to explorations of the nexus between art and science by video artist David Carson and works created using 2.6 billion-year-old rock samples by Lee Harrop, the exhibition presents a slew of artworks to delight and challenge audiences.

Exhibition curator Caroline Lunel said the artwork also provokes conversation. 
“It is a privilege to be able to showcase this overview of West Australian arts practice to audiences in Bunbury,” she said.
“The Bunbury Biennale presents artists from Perth alongside a number of prominent artists working in regional and remote areas around the state and we are proud to present such a strong representation of contemporary art in in Western Australia.”

The Bunbury Biennale is a major opportunity for the City of Bunbury to acquire new works for its art collection, which already features many highly-respected WA artists.

It is also a chance to highlight the important role that the arts play in regional WA, in both building local communities and attracting tourists to the region.

The official opening of the exhibition will be held on Saturday, July 8 at 6pm with all welcome to attend to see the celebration of contemporary art for themselves.

Free artist talks will also be held on Saturday, July 8 and Saturday, July 22 at 2pm offering audiences the chance to find out firsthand more about the artworks and their makers.

© Christophe Canato 2017

The Exhibition will be on display in The Chapel Gallery and The Lower Gallery at the Bunbury Regional Art Galleries, Wittenoom Street, Bunbury from Saturday 8 July, 2017 to Sunday 10 September, 2017.  The Galleries are open every day from 10am to 4pm.  Free entry.  For further information contact the Galleries on 9792 7323.


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