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City of Ballarat Community Magazine July 2011
Gallery Annexe Open
The Art Gallery of Ballarat Annexe, an exciting new function space, is available
to the public.
Officially opened by Minister for Regional Cities Denis Napthine in July, the
new annexe is the final project of the redevelopment of the Art Gallery of
Ballarat, which has been underway since 2008.
The $1.9 million upgrade at the gallery features the installation of new
skylights in the Gallery’s display rooms, relocation of the café, building
façade update and upgrade of the galler y shop.
The expansion of the function area will enable the Galler y to develop a
more ambitious program of activities from film screenings to concerts and
fashion parades. Community groups, businesses and individuals are invited
to book the annexe for functions.
The formal end to the redevelopment coincided with an announcement of
a $100,000 sponsorship of the Galler y by McCain Foods.
It is has now become the single largest corporate sponsor in its 127-year
histor y of the Galler y. In recent years McCain Foods has contributed to
the Galler y’s Adopt an Artwork scheme and sponsored the Hans Heysen
Retrospective exhibition which the Galler y presented in 2009.
The sponsorship agreement will help the Galler y achieve its goal to remain
a vibrant and public arts asset for the residents of Ballarat and district.
Under the agreement, the company will be given naming rights to the Galley’s
function areas of a period of 25 years.
Below: Steve Yung of McCain Foods, Mayor Cr Craig Fletcher and Art Gallery of Ballarat
Director Gordon Morrison celebrate the opening of the new Gallery Annexe.
Projecting an Artistic Image
The Art Galler y of Ballarat is projecting contemporary video artworks on a
dedicated screen in one of its large windows facing Lydiard Street.
The video screenings take place every night from dawn to dusk, with
presentations changing ever y five to six weeks.
The project program, curated by Galler y Exhibition Officer Ben Cox, was
launched in early July, creating a public display space at the Gallery dedicated
The new initiative enables the Gallery to show works by notable Australian
video artists, exposing its visitors to new video art and adding to the Gallery’s
Maturing by Laith McGregor is on display, through 25 September. The work
is a satirical social commentary about the absurdity of what popular culture
perceives as the definition of masculinity.
David Rosetzky’s Nothing like this then runs from 29 September to 13
November. Silky smooth and elegantly beautiful, Rosetzky’s work shows a
group of beautiful young people on holiday. The beauty of the imagery is
gradually undercut by a sense of unease, suggesting tensions between the
inner and outer worlds of the characters.
The final work in the current project season is by Jill Orr, a performance artist
who is currently lecturing at the University of Ballarat Art Academy.
Titled The sleep of reason produces monsters – Goya, this work is a
development of a live performance the artist presented in 2002, where a
tonne of meaty, bloody animal bones dumped into the performance space
became a playground of abject horrors for the artist. It will be screened
from 17 November to 1 January, 2012.
The first display of the project program was a popular work by Daniel Crooks,
No.12 (seek stillness in movement). Footage of a man performing tai chi
exercise in a Shanghai park caught the eye and imagination of viewers and
crowds passing the window.
Below: Art Gallery of Ballarat Exhibition Officer Ben Cox checks out the new projections
display on Lydiard St North.
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