Shoalhaven, NSW: Bundanon today announced the Season 2 program: Parallel Landscapes, to be presented to the public from 2 July – 6 November 2022 at the recently opened Bundanon Art Museum. Parallel Landscapes presents four distinct artistic approaches to the Shoalhaven environment and wider Australian bush.
Encompassing three exhibitions the program explores different ways to view the natural world, ranging from the historical to the contemporary. The exhibitions are Arthur Boyd: Landscape of the Soul; The Hidden by Tim Georgeson and William Barton; and The River and the Sea by Reuben Ernest Brown (Uncle Ben Brown). The exhibitions reflect Bundanon’s central vision, as established by the Boyd family when gifting the property to the public in 1993 – to foster an appreciation for and understanding of landscape and art.
Curated by Barry Pearce, Landscape of the Soul explores a lifetime of landscape paintings by Arthur Boyd and returns to Bundanon after touring nationally, with works largely drawn from Bundanon’s Collection. Presented alongside new artist commissions, the history and legacy of the Bundanon Collection will be brought to life through diverse perspectives and methods of engaging with the landscape.
The Hidden is an immersive work of sound and imagery, created in residence at Bundanon by composer and musician William Barton, and filmmaker Tim Georgeson. This new commission, filled with striking images of shadows and light, didgeridoo and voice, resonates with spirits evoked from the natural world.
The River and the Sea celebrates the paintings of Yuin artist Reuben Ernest Brown (Uncle Ben Brown 1928 – 2009), who was creating work at a similar time to Boyd. A strong local advocate for connection to culture, Brown depicts animals, birds, trees and the built environment with vibrant colour and joy.
Rachel Kent, CEO said: “Bundanon’s Season 2 Program is a celebration of the landscape of this incredible place. We are delighted to present the Bundanon Collection in its new home for the first time since the Art Museum’s opening, alongside commissions by talented contemporary artists Tim Georgeson and William Barton, and Yuin artist Reuben Ernest Brown. We invite our audience to experience art in the context of the surrounding Shoalhaven landscape”
Executive Chef Doug Innes-Will will create a signature dish for the Season, inspired by Arthur Boyd’s Peter’s fish and crucifixion, 1993, oil on canvas, from Bundanon’s Collection. Bundanon’s Ramox Café features seasonal menus, with quality produce sourced from the surrounding Shoalhaven region.
Accompanying the three exhibitions will be a series of public programs, including Opening Weekend events presented on 2 – 3 July 2022. On Saturday 2 July, to coincide with the beginning of NAIDOC week, visitors to Bundanon will experience performances by leading composer and performer William Barton with Veronique Serret and Aunty Delmae Barton, the Djinama Yilaga Choir, and Nowra-born rapper Nooky. On Sunday 3 July Emeritus Curator of Australian Art, Art Gallery of New South Wales, and guest curator of Arthur Boyd: Landscape of the Soul, Barry Pearce will be in conversation discussing Boyd’s interior and exterior explorations of landscape.
Bundanon Writers Week: Dreaming With Eyes Wide Open Festival is on the 3 – 4 September 2022 and is presented in collaboration with South Coast Writers Centre. Visitors of all ages can participate in talks and workshops, with guests such as Zanny Begg, Diego Bonetto, Delia Falconer, Kate Forsyth, Jonica Newby, Dale Newman and Allison Tait.