Equine Inspired – Suite of Exhibitions 27 August – 5 October 2014

equineHorses have shared a close relationship with humans and been our trusted companions throughout history, capturing our hearts and imaginations; horses are celebrated through story, verse and art.

With 2014 being the Chinese zodiac Year of the Horse, the Northern Rivers Community Gallery (NRCG), will present ‘Equine Inspired’ from Wednesday 27 August to Sunday 5 October 2014.

‘Equine Inspired’ is a suite of exhibitions that will bring together individual artists and craftspeople who hold a strong material or conceptual connection with these beautiful majestic animals.

Coinciding with the Emirates Melbourne Cup Tour, Ballina Cup Race Day, Ballina Jockey Club Centenary Celebrations and the Coastal Country Music Festival, this exhibition will present a delectable selection of works in painting, sculpture, textile and millenary craft.

An Equine Way of Life by Clare Barry is a series of watercolour and acrylic paintings that are both atmospheric and rich in detail. Clare’s works pay tribute to the regal and magnificent equine lifestyle.

As a local artist from Coraki, Clare has been involved with horses all her life and is central to her practice.

Clare’s personal ‘Equine Way of Life’ is both the source and inspiration for her paintings and illustrations that depict scenes from rodeos, camp drafts and intimate moments a rider shares with their noble horse.

The Nature of Millinery by Julie Casey. Millinery and horse racing have shared a long history, evolving together over many years.

The Nature of Millinery presents an elegant assortment of chic and innovative race day hats and headwear, crafted with some of nature’s most cherished gifts such as banana leaf fibres, silks and natural straws.

With nature being the main inspiration, each exquisitely crafted headpiece is carefully designed to exploit the natural flow of the chosen material to embody the essence of nature and its unique beauty.

The Tack Room presents the works of two talented equine artists, Peter Mortimore and Scott Bridle, in a series of drawings, paintings, photography and exquisitely hand crafted tack from Peter Mortimore’s personal collection.

For Peter and Scott, ‘horse tack’ is point of departure to explore complex narratives of mateship between rider and horse in the Australian outback. In The Tack Room each artist presents a series of enigmatic portraits capturing the magnificent but harsh existence of life in the Australian outback and the bond shared between man and beast.

Peter’s works often depict portraits of finely crafted saddles capturing the absent presence of both rider and horse. Similarly, photographer and outback helicopter pilot, Scott Bridle’s photographs are deeply emotional portraits of shared moments between rider and horse at work in the outback.

The Fiasco of the Forlorn Soul by Wendy Powitt takes you on a wondrous journey through the artist’s deepest thoughts exploring her creative process and fusing mythological narratives with personal experience.

Creating hand embroidered wall works and fantastically designed jewellery, Wendy’s works are a labour of love, detailing hand embroidered prose and imagery on horsehair for her wall works and fantastical jewels that merge vintage and sacred objects, fashion and myth, to both decorate and protect the wearer.

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  1. […] Talking of Cups… Don’t miss the official Emirates Melbourne Cup Tour as the iconic trophy visits Ballina this Saturday 30 August. Accompanying the Cup wil be cup-winning jockey, John Marshall, who rode Rogan Josh to victory in 1999. You can view The Melbourne Cup at a number of locations. 9am-10am Big Prawn, then onto a vist to residents of St Andrews Nursing Home and afterwards at Ballina RSL from 12:30 – 4pm. Talking of horses… Northern Rivers Community Gallery will show an ‘Equine Inspired’ suite of exhibitions to coincide with the visit and will continue through until Sunday 5 October 2014. For more info… […]

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