Homecoming, a local perspective: navigating the experience of returning from conflict
A Dogwood Crossing Exhibition, curated by Annabelle Brayley
An Anzac Centenary Commemorative Exhibition
John Mullins Memorial Art Gallery

14 September – 6 November 2018

Homecoming explores the impact war and conflict has on returning veterans and those who stayed at home, their families and the community. The exhibition has been built on stories collected from Western Downs residents and supported by personal objects, photographs, letters and memorabilia. Regional artists have been the first responders to this diverse collection of human stories. Visitors are invited to consider their personal response to these stories spanning World War I to the present day.

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Megan McNicholl | Homecoming – the waiting 2018 | Digital photo montage | 76cm x 101cm

Voyages Botanical | Christine Johnson
John Mullins Memorial Art Gallery

14 September – 6 November 2018

An exhibition inspired by the artist’s Creative Fellowship at the State Library of Victoria. Johnson’s research,which drew on the library’s collection of rare books of botanical illustration, took her back to the pioneering work of early botanical artists including Sydney Parkinson, Pierre-Joseph Redouté and Ferdinand Bauer and was the beginning of her own creative journey. She tells the story of these early years of the exploration of Australia – embellishing it by blending art with science, cartography and facsimiles of writings from the explorers’ journals. Johnson creates delicate and beautifully-realised solar plate engravings of wildflowers – powerful symbols of the vulnerability and fragility of Australia’s natural environment and heritage.

Christine Johnson | Chorizema illicifolia 2015 | Solar-plate engraving | 56cm x 47cm

Looking Forward, Looking Back | Curated by Dogwood Crossing Miles
John Mullins Memorial Art Gallery

21 July – 11 September 2018

This is a showcase exhibition of artwork created by past and present Miles residents, or those with a connection to the Miles district, is  presented in partnership with the Miles Back to the Bush Festival Committee. The exhibition will feature a variety of art forms including traditional media such as paintings, drawings and photography to more recently developed approaches using digital media and 3D printing techniques.  An evening function at the gallery on 7 September 2018 will formally open the 2018 Miles Back to the Bush Festival.

Kylie Bourne | Kings of the Bush 2016 | Glass Mosaic | 67cm x 96cm

People Like Us | Curated by UNSW Galleries Directory Felicity Fenner
John Mullins Memorial Art Gallery

25 May – 16 July 2018

Opening Night – Friday 25 May
Artist Floor Talk with exhibiting artist Laura Fisher at 6.30pm, prior to official opening at 7pm
Click here to listen to Laura speak about her artwork Veloscape 01 created in collaboration with Volker Kuchelmeister

People Like Us captures universal aspects of the contemporary human condition in film, animation, digital and interactive art. In a diverse collection of recent new media works by Australian and international practitioners, the exhibition also reveals the many experimental technologies being deployed by artists as they comment on issues confronting us in the 21st century.

A National Exhibitions Touring Support Australia exhibition developed by UNSW Galleries and toured by Museums & Galleries of NSW. The National Touring Initiative is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its principal arts funding body, and by the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, State and Territory Governments.

Angelica Mesiti | Rapture (silent anthem)  2009 | Single-channel video | 10 minutes, 10 seconds | Courtesy the artist and Anna Schwartz Gallery

Miles High Showcase | Miles State High School Visual Arts Students
Curved Wall

25 May – 16 July 2018

Miles State High School has a terrific group of art students now undertaking a course at each year level with the new art teacher, Mrs Patena Moesker.

The works displayed are predominantly from term one, combining one and two dimensional pieces. Tonal drawings of portraits from the senior grades, three step paintings from year 10, some ‘exquisite corps’ collages from the lower grades and creativity exercises, using the mysteries of circles forms part of the exhibition.

Georgina Garnsey | Marilyn 2018 | Graphite and ink on paper | 20cm x 30cm

Cosmological Landscapes | Kathryn Brimblecombe-Fox
John Mullins Memorial Art Gallery

29 March – 22 May 2018

This is an exhibition that visually rethinks concepts of landscape and what they mean in an age where space and cosmological research are revealing more about Earth’s universal environment. Cosmology, the scientific study of the universe across all temporal and spatial scales, provides new perspectives of Earth and humanity in an era where emerging technologies pose both opportunities and threats. These perspectives are explored by untethering landscape from Earth-bound horizons to search for orientation via new universal horizons.

Kathryn Brimblecombe-Fox | Life Takes a Cosmic Perspective 2014  | Oil on linen | 91cm x 137cm

The View From Here: An Exhibition of Papercuts | Lead Artist Pamela See
Curved Wall

29 March – 22 May 2018

The View From Here explores the impact of human intervention on biodiversity through papercut installation and animation. The participatory artworks were a culmination of workshops staged in Beijing, Brisbane, Toowoomba, Gympie and Miles.

Papercutting workstation for all ages. Try your hand at this ancient artform.

Lead Artist Pamela See | Papercuts from the exhibition The View From Here 

Papercut activity designed by Pamela See