Arts & Culture

First exhibition to launch as part of Council’s 2019/20 Community Gallery Program

Published: 01 Aug 2019 11:27am

Exhibition: Juju Roche Unearth
Launch: 6pm, Friday 2 August
Exhibition period: 3 August to 22 September

The first exhibition as part of Wagga Wagga Art Gallery’s local artists program will be launched this Friday 2 August.

Juju Roche grew up in Mangoplah and in Unearth she brings the natural world into her artwork.

Each piece was created in a repurposed woolshed on her childhood farm, with paintings left out in elements and infused with the sunlight, rain and debris.

Juju’s exhibition is the first in Council’s 2019/20 Community Gallery Program, which is open to applications from artists across the Riverina.

Through a competitive application process, artists are selected by a panel of industry specialists to hold an exhibition at the Wagga Wagga Art Gallery. The gallery provides selected artists with a supportive environment, high profile exhibition space, professional development and exposure and promotion of their creative arts practices.

“The Wagga Wagga Art Gallery continues to support artists whose practice demonstrates innovation, artistic merit and relevance to a local audience,” Gallery Director Caroline Geraghty said.

“We had a competitive field of applications this year, both in strength and volume.

”The first artist to exhibit as part of this program is Juju Roche, whose large-scale paintings are integrated with nature.

“Juju graduated from the Sydney College of Arts in 2006 and has exhibited on numerous occasions, both solo and collaboratively.

“The selection of artists for the 2019/20 program highlights the strength and breadth of creative practice in the region and celebrates a diverse and innovative range of creative expression.

“The other successful applicants in 2019/20 are Joel Markham, Michael Agzarian, Fiona Durman, Robyn Veneer Sweeney and Louise Halsey.”