13 February – 4 March
In the 1950s, the wool trade epitomised the Australian way of life. Australia’s export economy rode high ‘on the Sheep’s Back’.
Photojournalist Francis Reiss documents the life and times of a sheep industry family with enduring images of Rex White of Burren Burren, near Collarenebri, New South Wales. The images, taken in 1951, offer a glimpse of the 30,000 acres and 5,000 sheep that symbolise a successful farm at the height of the wool boom in Australia.
Floor talk by Whitehorse Artspace curator Jacquie Nichols-Reeves: Wednesday 28 February, 6pm. RSVP by Friday 23 February on 9895 8888.
6 – 25 March
Women, Light the Way is an exhibition by women artists in celebration of creativity and the joy of life. Celebrating International Women’s Day 2018, this selection of work will showcase how a woman’s view can transform the world. The four participating artists – Simone Doherty, Marijke Gilchrist, Lynn Nicholas and Angharad Dean – have presented their subject matter in a range of media. Women, Light the Way is based on the common theme that women balance their work with their lives as women: always with many balls in the air but centred on the joy of bringing light to life.
27 March – 15 April
Opening: Thursday 29 March, 6pm – 8pm
This exhibition explores artist Emma Finch’s love of colour and design with her vision of foresight, perception and spirituality found in ordinary life. Inspired by nature’s beauty, Emma Finch invites the audience to take a quirky look at her own ‘colour vision’.
17 – 29 April
Opening: Thursday 19 April, 6pm – 8pm
Inspired by nature, Man and Wah create plant based visual works through large photographic prints and audio visual projections which highlight the intricate forms and colours of plants. These works celebrate the beauty and diversity of plant life from around the world. They invite us to pause and appreciate the role nature plays in sustaining a liveable planet, while encouraging us to reflect and deeper contemplate our relationship with nature.
1 – 13 May
The City of Whitehorse has a Sister City Relationship with Matsudo, a Japanese city on the outskirts of Tokyo. The relationship was developed by the former City of Box Hill in 1971 and was continued by the City of Whitehorse in 1994, when local government in Victoria amalgamated.
The two cities participate in an active exchange program for young people, which strengthens cultural understanding and promotes friendly relations. The relationship also promotes economic development opportunities between the two countries. This exhibition is a celebration of this enduring Sister City Relationship.
Mokuhanga, Japanese for ‘wood block print’, is the beautiful traditional water-based printing technique of Japan. A print is created through design, carving blocks for each colour, and then printing each colour successively until the print is completed. This exhibition features a series of Mokuhanga designed and created by local secondary school students, guided by artist Terry McKenna from the Australian Mokuhanga School.
29 May – 3 June
Opening: Thursday 31 May, 6pm – 8pm
Maria Radun is an artist interested in exploring memory, feelings of disorientation and the different experiences of assimilation into unfamiliar surroundings. During her residency Maria will create a series of portrait paintings featuring people who have immigrated to Australia at a young age. Through this exhibition she shares their stories and explores how the experience of moving countries shapes identities, personalities and life choices.
5 – 10 June
Opening: Thursday 7 June, 6pm – 8pm
Katherine Marmaras is a multi-disciplinary artist who works in ceramics, printmaking and drawing. This exhibition will be a display of ceramic and mixed media works created during her residency at Box Hill Community Arts Centre.
Katherine’s works are an expression of the immediate and local surrounds, created by taking a closer look at objects found in nature and ephemera. This exhibition offers the community the opportunity to see and experience their surrounds and discover what may sometimes be overlooked in the day-to-day.
12 – 17 June
Opening: Tuesday 12 June, 2pm
This exhibition is an annual display of a years’ work by the Box Hill Hand Spinners and Weavers. All items are for sale including knitted and crocheted exhibits, spun and woven articles and felted accessories.
18 – 24 June
Opening: Monday 18 June, 7.30pm
Box Hill Art Group’s Mid Year Exhibition offers a wide variety of paintings in all styles and media. This exhibition is the recent work of members of the group and offers the public the opportunity to purchase an original artwork at a very reasonable price.