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Artbomb: a slow release celebration of creativity

24/06/2020

Hurstville Museum & Gallery invites you to celebrate its reopening in the wake of COVID-19 restrictions with Artbomb, an exhibition that is supporting a diverse selection of local artists, providing the community a unique opportunity to connect with them.

The process of creation and installation has been opened up for visitors to see and in some cases, get involved with.

Artbomb has 10 artists and five groups participating, using the Museum & Gallery space like their own studio, creating or finishing key works for display in the gallery space.

Described as a “slow release explosion of creativity”, the exhibition began on 9 June, when the gallery walls started out white and devoid of any artwork.

Local artist Dawei Xu was the first featured artist, creating a streetscape scene inspired by his local area of Peakhurst. There are now six artworks in the space, with more to come in the coming weeks.

The community is being encouraged to contribute their experiences of the COVID-19 lockdown period to the show via a craft maker station where they can create papercut versions of their face, or try their hand at landscape oil pastel drawings inspired by Michael Ambriano’s works.

This Thursday 25 June, Wiradjuri artist Merindah Funnell will be creating a mural and on Saturday 27 June, artists Kelia Terencio and Sudjuice will be doing a live performance piece called ‘Best Before’ at 11.00am.

Many of these artist sessions have been livestreamed for visitors who may not be ready to attend events just yet, and people are encouraged to follow Hurstville Museum & Gallery on Facebook and Instagram to see what’s happening and when.

Upcoming list of artists:
  • Thursday 25 June, 10am-1pm: Merindah Funnel
  • Saturday 27 June, 11am-11.15am – Performance of ‘Best Before’ by artists Keila Terencio and Sudjuice (Shopfront Theatre)
  • Tuesday 30 June, 10am-1pm: John Davies
  • Thursday 2 July, 10am-1pm: Becky Gibson
  • Thursday 9 July, 10am-1pm: Shine Art Academy
  • Saturday 11 July, 10am-1.00pm: LU CID and Nicole Pingon, ‘Noxious’ installation (Shopfront Theatre)
  • Tuesday 14 July, 9.30am-12.30pm: Oatley Writers’ Group (early open time)
  • Tuesday 14 July, 1.00pm-4.00pm: Discovery Writers
  • Saturday 25 July, 10am-1.pm: LU CID and Nicole Pingon, ‘Noxious’ performance (Shopfront Theatre) 

News story image (previous page): Step into my COVID-19 space (at a distance) by Jamie Parmaxidis. Photo courtesy of the artist.
Banner image (this page, above): 'Best Before' installation by artists Keila Terencio and Sudjuice for the Hurstville Museum & Gallery exhibition 'Artbomb'.

“During COVID-19, my colour palette became bolder and brighter, putting back the life into these tough times. I like to think of individuals as isolated puzzle pieces, it can feel frustrating and sad when you are alone, but once you find your connecting pieces, we feel whole again.” – Jamie Parmaxidis

Location: Hurstville Museum & Gallery, 14 MacMahon Street, Hurstville
Opening hours: Tuesday – Friday, 10.00am – 4.00pm,
Saturday, 10.00am – 2.00pm
Sunday, 2.00pm – 5.00pm
Phone: 9330 6444
E-mail: museumgallery@georgesriver.nsw.gov.au

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