Maitland Regional Art Gallery (MRAG) in conjunction with Maitland City Council (MCC) is excited to bring to the Hunter three new and diverse exhibitions opening  Friday 23rd July at 6pm.

CCP (Centre of Contemporary Photography) Documentary Photography Award, Operation Art and the solo exhibition Shorelines – Adrian Lockhart

Shorelines is a series of large painting, works on paper and mixed media sculptures incorporating traditional sculptural techniques and drawings including the use of full size surfboards. Lockhart is a master draftsman with exquisite mark making techniques. This exhibition is an expressive and creative interpretation of the beach and the sea. Lockhart is a ‘mad surfer’ who has combined his love of the ocean and the surfing with his artistic passions to create Shorelines. Lockhart first exhibited at MRAG some 5 years ago and has, since that time, held a close relationship with the art gallery and the city of Maitland.

Operation Art is an initiative of the Children’s Hospital at Westmead, The NSW Department of Education and Training and the Art Gallery of NSW in partnership with the Nelson Meers Foundation.

This years Operation Art has been selected from over 660 entries from across NSW. Children create their artwork knowing that they will be appreciated by sick children in hospital and their families. The talent and creativity of all children who submitted artworks is rewarding. The exhibition travels to a number of regional centres across NSW and at the end of the tour the artworks become part of the permanent art collection of The Children’s Hospital at Westmead for sick children, their families and staff to appreciate. This is Maitland’s turn to feature this popular exhibition with many local students represented.

The CCP Documentary Photography Award is a biennial showcase of contemporary Australian documentary photography. Since the inaugural exhibition in 1997, this event has grown in profile and significance. It represents a unique, national initiative in support of documentary photography, providing a rare opportunity to assess the themes, styles and ideas that characterise this fascinating genre. The seventh exhibition demonstrates the breadth of contemporary approaches to documentary practice from traditional black and white narratives through to vibrant colour recordings all of which have been achieved without digital manipulation. Themes range from Victoria’s Black Saturday Bushfires through to ocean swim racing and portraits of people having haircuts.

The finalists are Matthew Abbott, Paul Batt, James Brickwood, Darren Clayton, Georgia Metaxas, Simon O’Dwyer, Andrew Quilty, Leah Robertson, Dean Sewell, Laki Sideris, Tom Williams and Krystle Wright

The $5,000 Copyright Agency Limited (CAL) prize was awarded to Tom Williams for the series NEIGHBOURHOOD: the Redfern – Waterloo Public Housing Estate

Everyone is welcome to attend and entry is free. Refreshments supplied by Tyrrell’s Wines and Mansfield’s Catering

Date issued: 22 July 2010

Media Contact: Kim Blunt, Public Program Coordinator
Telephone: (02) 4934 9795