Exhibition to transform Collie Art Gallery

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Nicolette BarbasSouth Western Times
There Were Moments of Transformation opens at Collie Art Gallery on Friday January 29.
Camera IconThere Were Moments of Transformation opens at Collie Art Gallery on Friday January 29. Credit: supplied

An exhibition of of 40 works from the Art Gallery of Western Australia’s is opening at the Collie Art Gallery next week.

There Were Moments of Transformation explores the power and fragility of transformation through video, jewellery, glass, ceramics and sculpture.

Featuring works by international artists including Auguste Rodin, Pierre-Auguste Renoir and William Kentridge and pieces by WA artists like Lucy Yukenbarri and Bethamy Linton, the exhibition asks guests to consider how materials change us and the world around us.

Art Gallery WAcurator of 19th century arts Melissa Harpley explained the focus was on materiality, creative process and applying a different lens of looking at the transformative nature of art.

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“With this exhibition, we wanted to explore the process of transformation that occurs through art and the process of making works,” Ms Harpley said.

“Our approach lies in drawing out how materials are transformed as works are created, how artists engage and transform the environment during their development process, and how we are transformed, by the experience of considering the process, the emotional response generated and our connection to the works.”

Accompanying this exhibition is the engagement activity Conversations with Rain. Developed in partnership between the Art Gallery of WA and ECU School of Education the activity is supported by Healthway, Act-Belong-Commit.

Collie Art Gallery coordinator Payam Parish said he was delighted to share some of WA’s most prized visual works at the gallery.

“The arts play an important role in the cultural and economic health of Collie and this free exhibition offers our community the chance to view firsthand in their hometown,” he said.

There Were Moments of Transformation opens at Collie Art Gallery on January 29 and runs from through to March 14.

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