Media Release from Hawkesbury Regional Gallery -- New Exhibition Opening 6PM 9 September


We have a great new exhibition program for you, opening at 6pm on 9 September. Titled Choose Your Own Adventure (after the popular children's book series) it investigates the medium and meaning of contemporary book arts. The program comprises four exhibitions, starting with Shaun Tan; The Art of Story Discovering the Lost Thing - Book to Film (see below)in which we see how an acclaimed picture book was created and went on to became an Oscar-winning film. 



(Editor's Note) This exhibition looks like fun. While we missed out on the 'choose your own adventure' phenomenon, it seems it isn't too late. Just 'Google' search CYOA and the creative and the humourous pops up.One reviewer writes: 'Without Choose Your Own Adventure books, we may have had to pay attention in class and eventually get well-paying but boring jobs as accountants or something!'


The Gallery staff has created multiple layers to this exhibition theme:


  • Kylie Stillman's Local Branch is an installation specially created for this exhibition using books ‘weeded’ from the Hawkesbury Library collection. The work consists of more than 500 intricately carved books.
  • A display of artist’s books from the Manly Library collection: a great way to experience this energetic emerging contemporary art form. 
  • The Gallery's small exhibition space will be home to a lovely display of works, Lost Things, by Year 5 pupils from Kurrajong Public School

Hooray for getting the Year 5 students involved! Art is a wonderful and fascinating facet of our lives -- when we experience it first hand!

So hang out with 'the books' at our Hawkesbury Regional Gallery in September! Remember, the gallery is closed on Tuesdays.

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   Rod McRae Exhibition, 'Wunderkrammer'


A couple of weeks ago, we stopped by the Hawkesbury Regional Gallery to view the newest exhibition of Rod McRae's, Wunderkrammer, The Cabinet of Wonders. Located on the second level of the Deerubbin Centre in Windsor, this is an exhibition of great complexity. The artist's work is unusual -- animals displayed both in and out of their natural enviroment coveying our (human) relation to each species. While one may, or may not agree with his philosophy and his activism, McRae provides that rare opportunity to think and to ponder our relationship to the natural world. 


For students 12 and up, exposure to the complexities of our world provides an opportunity to think comprehensively and organically. . . to answer questions about our activities within and our responsibilties to the natural world.



For the primary school kids, it can be an introduction to nature and art. That being said, it is important that we protect the little ones from some of life's harsh realities, so we suggest that parents or teachers see the exhibition before the children view it. From an artistic prespective, this is an amazing exhibition and every child can grasp that.





Media Release: 15 July 2016 - 4 September 2016



Imagine the gallery filled with real wild animals including a zebra, a lion, penguins, antelope, fox, fawn, fish, rabbits, a baboon and a polar bear! This veritable ‘cabinet of wonders’ brings together sculpture and various media to discuss a broad range of conservation issues, from climate change to big game hunting.

Says artist/curator, Rod McRae:  Each work explores an animal ‘issue’ using real preserved animal bodies (taxidermy) to tell their stories. Using the real thing creates art that is both authentic and empathetic. I argue that sculptures of animals rendered in resin, plastic, stone, wood or metal cannot speak as directly to us as the real animal. Each work touches on a different aspect of the human-animal relationship including biodiversity, pollution, climate change, conservation and stewardship. Each work asks us to examine our responsibilities as fellow travellers on this planet. (NB All the animals in Wunderkammer have been ethically sourced)


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