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Friday 23 September, 4pm

Paddock to Paper Drawing Workshop

To coincide with our current Terrace Projection: Agri-Cultures by Zoe Scoglio, we are delighted to present Paddock to Paper this Friday 23 September.

Part drawing workshop, part feast, Paddock to Paper is open to people of any age and technical ability to draw and experiment in this guided session with local artist and CAM staff member Anna Schwann. Join us at the gallery for a (sort of) still life drawing workshop, that you can eat at the end!

Anna Schwann works in expanded sculptural practice that investigates the encounter between art and audience; facilitating conversation using sensory engaging tactics as means of connection.

Taking inspiration from the farming 'industry', social economies, and the ethos of Gung Hoe Growers, this drawing workshop invites you to explore lateral thinking around process and outcome, the movement of time, and figuring out how to work with your neighbours.

Tickets available online. Bookings essential.
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Current Exhibitions

8 September—16 October 2022

Orbit: Mark Dober - The Edge of Town

Mark Dober, House by the railway, Castlemaine 2022, oil on board. Collection of the artist.

In keeping with his practice of making paintings and drawings in the landscape, Mark Dober has made work specifically for this show at the edge of Castlemaine and its surrounds.

Subjects include houses by country roads or railway tracks, a church nestled among trees at Chewton, a path winding its way along Forest Creek, and Poplars in a pastoral setting. Light and space, the near and the far, the bucolic and the strange, make their appearance in ways which convey contrasting and ambiguous moods. Above all, Mark's work conveys a direct and lively response to landscape, one grounded in observation.

This is the second exhibition in our 2022 Orbit series, showcasing artists who live and work in Central Victoria. Supported by the Besen Family Foundation. 

5 March 2022—5 March 2023

There is a certain Slant of light

Ethel Carrick Fox, French beach scene, c1910, oil on wood panel. Gift of Major R F MacNay, 1978. Collection: Castlemaine Art Museum.

What is light? It is the warmth from the sun, it is all colour, it is particles of energy, it travels in waves, it is fast. Starlight, light on water, the iridescence of shells, light is refracted through glass, it falls on skin and fabric. Light is a sudden flash, a revelation or, as in the famous poem by Emily Dickinson which lends its title to this exhibition, light is life and death.

This exhibition brings together historical works from the CAM collection with contemporary art and objects borrowed from generous artists and lenders.

This exhibition is supported by the Australian Government’s Culture, Heritage and Arts Regional Tourism (CHART) Program.

23 June 2022—26 February 2023

Reflections on the Castlemaine Art Museum Collection

Penleigh Boyd, Spring Fantasy, 1919, oil on canvas, 73.5 x 80cm. Gift of the artist, 1921. Collection Castlemaine Art Museum.

This exhibition presents a selection of works from the art museum collection, accompanied by a written Reflection from a diverse range of contributors. Contributors are asked to ‘reflect’ on works or objects from the CAM collections and history – opening up our art and museum collections to new voices and knowledge.

This series and exhibition represent a commitment from the Castlemaine Art Museum to make our magnificent collection accessible, relevant and uplifting. You can also explore past Reflections, interviews, and videos through our website.

We invite our community to continue these reflections and conversations and have included a number of works which have not yet attracted a Reflection.

We gratefully thank all contributors for their generous texts, many of whom have volunteered their writing; and the artists and makers who have inspired such curiosity and thought.

15 September 2022—12 February 2023

Liz Williamson: Weaving Eucalypts Project

Liz Williamson, Weaving Eucalypts Project (detail), 2020-2021. Image: Ian Hobbs, Courtesy of the artist.

This collaborative project by Australian weaver Liz Williamson explores local colour, cultural connections, and shared weaving traditions. It extends from Williamson’s research into experiments with Australian natural dye plants and unique colours extracted from locally sourced plants.

The project features 100 panels woven by Williamson with fabric dyed by 60 collaborators with over 50 eucalypts species identified and sourced from over 50 locations.

In 2020, Williamson began inviting colleagues in Australia and India to colour silk fabric with eucalyptus leaves collected locally. Once received in her studio, the fabric was stripped and woven into panels referencing the traditions of woven rag rugs and ‘making do’ where ‘new’ items are made from old or readily available materials. In this project, the fabric is new while the colour is readily available in eucalyptus leaves, bark, and twigs. The woven panels reflect place and location while the process has created a unique community of practitioners.

Since 2021, the project has expanded to connect with more colleagues in Australia and India as well as other countries touched by the Indian Ocean – Bangladesh, Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, South Africa, and Thailand.

29 July—16 October 2022

Zoe Scoglio: Agri-Cultures

Zoe Scoglio, Agri-Cultures, 2022, video still. Courtesy of the artist.

Terrace Projections reach beyond the gallery space and transform the Castlemaine Art Museum's art deco façade into a screen, featuring creative works and artists' commissions. Using the medium of light, CAM brings contemporary images and ideas to the streets of Castlemaine.

During the cold dark nights of winter, Zoe Scoglio's Agri-Cultures illuminates the CAM facade with video from the summer and autumnal days at Gung Hoe Growers and the Harcourt Organic Farming Co-op. Agri-Cultures is a commissioned video work by local artist Zoe Scoglio in dialogue with local small-scale farmers Gung Hoe growers in response to the theme ‘Industry’.

Focusing on the manual labours and tactile relations, this is a visual portrait of the daily regenerative wholistic practices and emergent cultures at the Harcourt Organic Farming Co-op. As a volunteer at Gung Hoe Growers, this commission was an opportunity for Zoe Scoglio to enter more deeply into conversation and to further learn from and attend to the practices of daily care-full cultivation.

This exhibition is supported by the Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund – an Australian Government initiative.

CAM acknowledges with respect the Dja Dja Wurrung as the Traditional Owners of the land on which Castlemaine has been established.
Free entry
Thursday 12pm–4pm
Friday 12pm–6:30pm
Weekends 12pm–4pm
Supported by
Creative Victoria
Mount Alexander Shire Council
Australian Government RISE Fund
Besen Family Foundation
Art Guide Australia
Christine Bell
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