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NEW SACRED - Exploring ritual and folklore in contemporary Australian art

Mosman Art Gallery launches its 2018 winter program on Saturday 14 July with an exhibition that partners across greater Sydney to the hub of Parramatta’s cultural precinct and its much acknowledged Parramatta Artists Studios.

Titled, New Sacred, the project introduces the first collaborative exchange between the two institutions and showcases the work of nine mid-career artists who are current residents and alumni of the Parramatta Artists Studios (PAS) at Mosman Art Gallery, from 14 July to 8 September 2018.

New Sacred will feature the work of: Adorned, Khadim Ali, Cigdem Aydemir, Keg de Souza, Mehwish Iqbal, Elena Papanikolakis, Marikit Santiago, Salote Tawale and Shireen Taweel.  

With the advent of changed migration patterns, new technologies and a globalised world, there comes a new search for values and meaning across contemporary Australia. New Sacred has been developed as a reflection of this search.

The exhibition responds to Australia’s multi-faceted cultural identity and considers storytelling through ritual, cultural traditions, narratives and folklore. With a range of media on show (installation, performance, video, painting, photography, drawing and textiles), cross-cultural conversations emerge as personal, family histories and life experiences are examined. The artists and artworks reflect distinct and diverse voices that speak to far-reaching social issues.

Working as part of a community has established Parramatta Artist Studios as a leading production space for contemporary practice. Since its establishment in 2006, Parramatta Artists Studios has supported artists to work and develop their careers in Parramatta. In this period more than 100 emerging, mid-career and established artists have participated in the program building PAS’ reputation as an incubator of artistic excellence. PAS offers the largest studio facility in western Sydney, supporting artists by providing professional studio spaces, exhibition opportunities and curatorial mentorship, while encouraging engagement with creative communities not just within Parramatta’s growing cultural sector but with wider Sydney, interstate and international audiences.

New Sacred is a joint role exhibition that encourages curatorial dialogue and the flow of ideas across greater Sydney while working with nine of Sydney's most creative practitioners.

Exhibition catalogue available.

Public Program of artist talks & events accompany this exhibition - please view mosman art gallery website for details and bookings.


Event starts
Saturday 14 July, 2018
Event Ends
Saturday 8 September, 2018
Mosman Art Gallery
Venue Address
1 Art Gallery Way, Mosman, NSW , 2088

Sydney, Mosman

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