Two women in an art gallery standing with some tall red glass pieces.
FIRE-WATER-LIFE: Art Gallery Director Dr Lee-Anne Hall and artist Emma Varga with works from Varga's exhibition Fire – Water – Life at the National Art Glass Gallery.

Arts & Culture

Summer Exhibition program launches at Wagga Wagga Art Gallery

Published: 13 Dec 2023 1:23pm

Wagga Wagga Art Gallery is set to launch its Summer Exhibition program.

Immerse yourself in the program featuring four new exhibitions and an afternoon of artist talks and facilitated conversations in the exhibition spaces coming up this Saturday 16 December.

Discover the captivating See You in Hell exhibition, a collaboration by Sydney artists Louise Zhang and Jessica Bradford. Explore playful and subversive artworks and installations that delve into Chinese concepts of the Afterlife, taking you on a journey through Diyu, the Chinese concept of Hell.

A horseshoe shaped table with various small ceramic pieces arranged at random.
VARIOUS MEDIUMS The exhibition 'See You in Hell' exhibition by Louise Zhang and Jessica Bradford features various mediums that explore Chinese concepts of the Afterlife.

POWER – The Future is Here, is a touring exhibition from Museums and Galleries of NSW and is a collaboration between Kamilaroi/Gamilaraay artist Dennis Golding and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students from Alexandria Park Community School.

As superheroes, Golding and his young collaborators are empowered and reminded of the strength of their culture in forming their identity and connection to Country.

A series of warm coloured silk capes hanging on the wall, each of them have hand painted First Nations Symbols on them.
📷 Dennis Golding, The Future is Here, 2021, installation at Carriageworks. Image courtesy and © the artist. Photograph Zan Wimberley

Staying with the Trouble brings together four established artists: Linda Dening, Kim Mahood, Sally Simpson and Wendy Teakel, showcasing large-scale experimental drawings resulting from a year of discussions and critiques.

The artists reference the ideas of author Donna Haraway, whose book of the same title Staying with the Trouble, asks us to take responsibility and action regarding the current crisis of life in our damaged world.

Celebrate the illustrious career of glass artist Emma Varga in the exhibition Fire – Water – Life at the National Art Glass Gallery. Reflecting on 50 years of glassmaking, Varga's work draws attention to major global warming events, urging us to consider their environmental impact.

small glass cubes of various colours on a long table in a gallery in front of a window.
50 CUBES: 50 glass cubes representing 50 years of Emma Varga's career, each reflect upon the natural world.

This Saturday’s program of events includes the opportunity to connect with the artists through floor talks and discussions.

Gain a greater understanding of Staying with the Trouble as the artists present a floor talk at 2pm discussing the individual and collective evolution of their work for the exhibition.

At 3:30pm there will be a floor talk with See You in Hell artists Louise Zhang and Jessica Bradford, facilitated by Art Historian Dr. Sam Bowker from Charles Sturt University, unravelling the playful exploration of Chinese concepts of the Afterlife.

This is followed by the official launch event for the four exhibitions at 5pm.

Ensure you don’t miss this day of art and inspiration at the Wagga Wagga Art Gallery’s Summer Exhibitions launch on Saturday 16 December from 2pm.


Wagga Wagga Art Gallery Summer Exhibitions

Dennis Golding: Power – The Future is Here
Louise Zhang and Jessica Bradford: See You in Hell
Emma Varga: Fire – Water – Life
Staying with the Trouble: Linda Dening, Kim Mahood, Sally Simpson, and Wendy Teakel

Floor Talk: Staying with The Trouble

When: Saturday 16 December, 2pm -3pm
Cost: Free. Bookings appreciated via website

In conversation: Louise Zhang and Jessica Bradford

When: Saturday 16 December, 3:30pm -4:30pm
Cost: Free. Bookings appreciated via website

Summer Exhibition Launch:

When: Saturday 16 December, 5pm -7pm
Cost: Free. Bookings essential via website
Where: Wagga Wagga Art Gallery