SPORTING HEROES FOUND IN AN UNLIKELY PLACE

Sport-lovers and creatives are being invited to a free workshop with award-winning artist Kerrie Poliness, when she opens the latest exhibition at the Western Plains Cultural Centre (WPCC).

Play On: The art of sport, is on display until 3 November, and brings together 10 years of contemporary art commissions, featuring work from winners of the Basil Sellars Art Prize.

One of the artworks to feature is Dream team, created by 2012’s winner Jon Campbell. Mr Campbell has taken the nicknames of his favourite AFL players, and rendered them onto small boards in enamel. It makes for a colourful display, and a must-see for sports fanatics.

“I was a big sports fan when I was younger, I played a lot of sport, and was always interested in nicknames, and I think that Australians are genuinely interested in nicknames, and there have been a lot of great nicknames in the AFL,” Mr Campbell said.

Also exhibiting is Kerrie Poliness, another winner in 2012, with her work Making the field, which is a geometric art-work that could be created by anyone – as long as they follow her specific directions.

This Friday, the public is invited to the free opening night, where they can see all the work featured in the exhibition, which has been brought to the region by NETS Victoria and the Ian Potter Museum of Art touring exhibition.

The public is also invited to free workshops with Kerrie on Saturday 31 August, where people of all ages will be given chalk to make their own drawings, by following the instructions delivered by Kerrie.

“This will be a unique opportunity for the public to take part in an interactive art class, with an award-winning Australian artist leading the way,” said WPCC’s Curator Kent Buchanan.

Official Opening:

Friday 30 August, 6pm. The public is welcome to the free opening, with refreshments provided.

Public Program:

Saturday 31 August, 11am. Chalk Designs with Kerrie Poliness. People of all ages welcome.


Kerrie Polliness - Marking the Field (2012)

Image credit: Kerrie Poliness
Marking the field (still) 2012

Single-channel SD video, 16:9 ratio, colour, sound

20:00 minutes

Courtesy of the artist and Anna Schwartz Gallery

Last Edited: 26 Aug 2019

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