Date: January 01 2013
LAKE MACQUARIE CITY ART GALLERY
Overlooking the water at Booragul, the gallery is set in its own relaxing sailboat landscape. But the big-scale works in its latest landscape exhibition, from Robert Boynes's saturated cityscapes to Peter Daverington's explorations of land and identity, are anything but traditional.
The new Big Scope: Painting and Place exhibition, on until February 3, looks at how people interpret place in different ways, from the historical to the economic to the spiritual, says gallery director Debbie Abraham. ''It's giving people a broader concept and material possibilities of what landscape painting can be.''
The gallery, established in an old community hall in 1980, stepped up to new possibilities itself when its new building, designed by the architect Colin Still, opened in 2001. The gallery space still seems new, with an airy feel inside the glass and concrete, sitting on five hectares of lake frontage that includes a sculpture park and a circa 1927 house.
Also on until February 3 is Big, an exhibition by Newcastle Junior School, which caters for students with intellectual disabilities. Van Gogh, Picasso and Sidney Nolan were their starting points.
From February 8 to March 24 comes Bungaree: The First Australian, from Mosman Art Gallery and curated by Djon Mundine, with works by 15 indigenous NSW artists and a local emphasis on Biraban, a 19th-century leader of Lake Macquarie's awabakal people.
Distance from Sydney CBD- About 180km north, two hours from Sydney.
Address - First Street, Booragul.
Open - Tue to Sun, 10am to 5pm, free.
Food - Awaba House Restaurant Cafe.
Contact - 4965 8260,
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