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ARTIST TALKS & EVENTS

ADULT TOURS PROGRAM AT THE GALLERY

By booking in to attend a tour all visitors agree to the following safety measures:
maximum 6 people on tour, Parents to socially distance away from art trail tour, or counted in total of 6 participants, wearing of face masks (except for children under 12 year of age), hand sanitizer, visitors must register using NSW Health QR code at entry, no cloaking facilities available, social distancing rules of 1.5metres per person apply to all attendees during the event and upon entry and exit of the event, All equipment cleaned before and after use. Single use. No sharing.  COVID Safety in place at the Gallery

Adult Tours (maximum 6 people)

Whether you’re a first-time visitor who wants an introduction to WAG or a returning visitor who is looking for a deeper understanding of the collection and current exhibitions, our weekly program of tours is a great way to enhance your WAG experience. WAG has a dedicated team of Volunteer Gallery Guides who invite you to look closely and feel deeply about the works of art on display. 
Cost: Free When: Every Saturday, 1.00pm-2.00pm No bookings required
Eventbrite Link: Saturday Adult Tours

Art & Dementia Tour (maximum 6 people)

This program allows individuals and groups of people who have dementia to have meaningful engagement with Wollongong Art Gallery’s exhibitions and collection. 
Cost: Free When: First Friday of every month, 2.00pm-3.00pm Bookings essential: Places are limited to eight participants (excluding carers). Carers are invited for tea and coffee while participants with dementia partake in the guided tour

Private Tours (maximum 6 people)

You can book a free guided tour for a small group tailored to their interests and level of art knowledge. A minimum of four weeks’ notice is required for these bookings.  Cost: Free 

For bookings and enquiries call our Education Officer, Julie Danilov on 4227 8506 or email jdanilov@wollongong.nsw.gov.au 

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By booking in to attend an event all visitors agree to the following safety measures: maximum 44 people in the BlueScope Gallery, wearing of face masks, hand sanitizer, visitors register using NSW Health QR code at entry, no cloaking facilities available, no food or drink will be served, this is a seated event, social distancing rules of 1.5metres per person apply to all attendees during the event and upon entry and exit of the event. COVID Safety in place at the Gallery

EVERY BODY From the Collection

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Written From The Body: an experiential workshop on writing from the senses with Dr Sarah Nicholson 

Saturday 17 January 2021, 2.00–3.00pm 
Cost: $35/$25 SCWC members 
Bookings: South Coast Writers Centre website 

SCWC Poetry Prize on the theme of ‘Every Body’ 

August 2020 – February 2021 
$1000 in prize money for an exceptional poem responding to the Gallery’s exhibition theme ‘Every Body’. Prize and entry details are available on the South Coast Writers Centre website. 

‘Every Body’ Poetry Prize award event 

Saturday 27 March, 1.00 – 3.00pm 
This event will feature the announcement of the Poetry Prize award and readings from short listed writers. Afternoon tea provided. Free all welcome 
All events presented in partnership with the South Coast Writers Centre. 

Free Enrichment Program: Responding to Artworks Through Dance 

Students will develop a performative response to the Every Body exhibition. 
Years 10 & 11 Visual Art, Drama & Dance Students 
Thursday 25 March, 2021, 9.30am - 3.00pm 

Enrichment Program: Figure Drawing 

Year 3: Tuesday 10 November / Year 4: Wednesday 11 November / Year 5: Thursday 12 November / Year 6: Friday 13 November 9.30am – 3.00pm 
Cost $50 per student


GEORGE GITTOES on being there

Free Special Events

Opening Event: Tales from the Yellow House Jalalabad 

Saturday 13 February, 1.00-3.00pm 
Join us for this special opening event of storytelling and music a with artist George Gittoes and musician Hellen Rose.

Artist Talk with George Gittoes AM and performance artist Hellen Rose 

Wednesday 3 March, 11.00am–12.00noon
 

Artist talk for Secondary Students (years 10 - 12) with artist George Gittoes and musician Hellen Rose 

Tuesday 23 February, 11.00am–12.00noon 
Bookings: jdanilov@wollongong.nsw.gov.au Film

Screening of White Light introduction by George Gittoes AM and Hellen Rose 

Sunday 18 April, 1.00–3.00pm 
Award-winning documentary film maker George Gittoes has worked in places such as Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan and more recently the suburbs of Chicago. White Light focuses on Englewood, Southside of Chicago which has worse gun violence statistics than any active war zone of the last two decades, and explores how the community is working to bring peace and end the cycle of revenge and retaliation.



WOW! What Stories We Tell

SPECIAL EVENTS

Aerials with Jane

Sunday 21 March, 2.00–5.00pm
Work with facilitator Jane Davis and a videographer to create video footage of your aerial skills and/or acts. Bring your own chosen outfit, and come 30mins early to run your own warm-up. Apparatus available: lyra, silks or trapeze. Session: 60mins. For experienced aerialists.  Cost: $90 (includes edited video footage)

Find your flow: Hula Hooping workshop and demonstration with Sarah Fitzgerald

Sunday 11 April, 1.30–3.00pm
This workshop encourages participants to discover their own unique hooping style. Open for everybody interested in hoops and movement, and all experience levels. 
Cost: $25 per person. Ages 13+ BYO hoops if you have them.

Circus WOW School Holiday Workshop

Friday 16 April, 10.00am–3.00pm Cost $50

Circus All-Sorts Demonstration

Performance and Workshop
Saturday 1 May, 12.00noon-2.00pm
A fun packed circus workshop including hula hoops, juggling, spinning plates, devils sticks,
diabolo and more with professional circus performer Emma Khourey (aka Tine Green)
Cost: $12 per person. All ages

Exhibition tour and talk with curator and performer Libby Bloxham

Wednesday 5 May, 11.00am– 12.00noon

Slapstick and Stage Combat 101 Mini Performance & Workshop with 

Neisha Murphy

Saturday 29 May, 1.00–3.00pm
This action packed two hour beginner adult workshop to learn the basic techniques of
slapstick and stage combat. Cost: $25 per person. Ages 18+


SAXON REYNOLDS Wunderkammer

Artist’s Studio Installation 

The Wunderkammer exhibition will feature a re-creation of the artist’s studio, where exhibiting artist Saxon Reynolds will work to design and create a new work, giving the audience the opportunity to meet the artist and see the creative process. 

Junior Art Trail 

Friday 11 June, 10.00–11.00am


IAVA ARTISTS' TALKS AT THE GALLERY



ILLAWARRA ASSOCIATION FOR THE VISUAL ARTS (IAVA) LORE

FREE SPECIAL EVENTS 

Talking Circle 

Saturday 19 June, 2.00 – 3.00pm 
Angela Forrest (Dementia Specialist), Lara Seresin (Art Therapist) and Virginia Settre (Meditation for art practice) join together and hold a space for gently talking, sharing and learning. An opportunity to see how art can make a positive impact on people’s lives. The LORE exhibition is curated so that the artworks are accessible for Dementia and Disability community and people from all walks of life. 

Telling a story through drawing Workshop with Kate Stehr 

Wednesday 30 June, 10.00 – 11.30am 
Kate Stehr has created unique drawing implements that relate to story and folk lore. In her workshop Kate will present the idea of story and how it reveals itself through her art. She will discuss the mark making implements and how they instigate story through their use. Drawing implements will be provided to the group for mark making and story development. For participants with varying abilities. 

Floor Talk with curator Virginia Settre and artist Alannah Dreise 

Wednesday 7 July, 11.00am – 12.00noon 
Alannah Dreise’ artwork explores emersion in place and time; of living in the Illawarra in the here and now. Alannah will focus on the built environment, interchange of people within it and LORE within the local community. 

Artist Talk with Peter James Hewitt 

Wednesday 7 July, 1.00 – 2.00pm 
Known for his earthy textured and poetically gestured paintings, Peter James Hewitt will present an enlivened floor talk that relates to his Yuin heritage and teaching from local elders. A chance to sit down for a good yarn. LORE, the Arts & the Environment Saturday 17 July, 2 – 3pm Deb Redwood (Artist & Environmentalist), David Curtis PhD, (Ecoarts Conference) and Curator Virginia Settre discuss the changing perceptions of ecological nature and the environment; and how these feed into new lore in contemporary times.


IAVA ARTISTS’ TALKS AT THE GALLERY

MELISSA RITCHIE & GUY JAMES WHITWORTH  

Saturday 6 February at 2.00pm 
Melissa Ritchie was born in Georgia, USA, but grew up in Australia and paints from her home studio in the Shellharbour region. Melissa is well known for her unique portraits, most recently establishing herself as a painter of comedians and stand up comics. Predominantly an oil painter, she has been a finalist in many of Australia’s portrait prizes including the Archibald Prize, Portia Geach Memorial Award, Shirley Hannan Portrait Prize and Kilgour Prize. 

Guy James Whitworth is a Sydney based artist, author and activist. He has had eight solo exhibitions and won several awards. Portraiture is his preferred genre, but is also known for his ‘bikescapes’ and the underlying political content within his work. With a large following in the LGBTQI communities, documentaries about his work have played in various film festivals around the world. His second book ‘Enough of your nonsense’ is based on the exhibition of the same name.

IAN BROWN & CHRIS DUCZNSKI 

Saturday 27 March at 2.00pm
Ian Brown is a painter who explores abstract expressionism through rich, bold brush strokes and colour, evolving and exploring new styles while building upon previous responses. His artworks are somewhat experimental… from loose mark making to known landscapes… but somehow his large free paintings always return to the abstracted form. 

Chris Duczynski is a photographer whose work covers Street, Landscape, Portrait and aerial drone work. He was also a cinematographer who filmed worldwide with Qantas for nearly two decades. Photography is now his passion and as Cartier-Bresson once said, he is always searching for that ‘decisive moment’.

KAREN HOOK & DIANE GOODMAN 

Saturday 29 May at 2.00pm
Karen Hook will share and discuss her artworks created over a two month period during a Residency in France and sabbatical to England and Morocco, as well as works from earlier periods. Karen’s art practice continues to evolve through photography, painting and drawing, as she constantly attempts to find ways to connect and explore these mediums whilst being influenced by her immediate environment and her emotional connection to place. 

Diane Goodman explores through her work notions of place, identity and memory in relation to specific landscapes photographed over time. Although photography has been her chosen medium for many years, she recently re-introduced painting and drawing into her practice. The tedious manipulation of both process and image is her personal imprint. 

IIAVA is a group of highly accomplished artists with networks of like-minded artistic friends and colleagues. In each talk an IAVA member has invited an artist they admire, for a joint discussion about their artistic practices.

 

WAG PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES 

ENTANGLEMENTS: HUMANS, ANIMALS, ENVIRONMENTS

The Gallery is delighted to present a series of talks in partnership with the University of Wollongong. Researchers from the Australian Centre for Culture, Environment, Society and Space (ACCESS) and from the Animal Studies Research Network (ASRN), to share ideas and developments from their research.


SUMMERTIME: REFLECTIONS ON A VANISHING FUTURE 

with Professor Danielle Celermajer, USYD 

Thursday 4 March, 5.00 - 6.30pm 
Professor Celermajer will discuss her new book: Summertime: Reflections on a Vanishing Future (Penguin 2021). Gathered here is the story of Jimmy the pig and others written in the shadow of the bushfires that ravaged Australia. In the midst of the death and grief of animals, humans, trees and ecologies Celermajer asks us to look around and to become present to all beings who are living and dying through the loss of our shared home. At once a howl in the forest and an elegy for a country’s soul, these meditations are lyrical, profound and heartbreaking. 

FOLLOWING GUITARS FROM FACTORY TO FOREST 
with Professor Chris Gibson & Dr Andrew Warren 

Thursday 22 April, 5.00 - 6.30pm 
Guitars are no w the world’s most popular musical instrument. This talk explores the entanglements associated with guitars in rewind, from factories where guitars are mass-produced, to the forests that provide the key material ingredient: timber. Professor Gibson and Dr Warren will share insights from their new book on the people who make guitars, care for forests, cut trees and mill timber. Major change is afoot as the realm of music meets settler-colonialism, global capitalism, and environmental change. 

TALKING TO URBAN TREES 
with Dr Jennifer Atchison 

Thursday 3 June, 5.00 - 6.30pm 
Whether or not we think they speak back to us, people talk to urban trees. In this talk Dr Atchison will discuss research from the ‘email a tree’ program based on a remarkable data set held in public trust by the City of Melbourne. This initiative was intended to allow members of the public to email if a tree was in need of maintenance, making the City’s management of the urban forest more efficient. People emailed Melbourne’s trees with comments, questions, and in some cases love letters. In a context where urban forests are increasingly important for city liveability, resilience, and sustainability, hopefully this research will shed light on how people value and might care for urban trees into the future.