Heartland: Contemporary Art from South Australia

From the desert to the ocean – art taps into our connection with place.

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The Art Gallery of South Australia presents HEARTLAND: Contemporary Art from South Australia from 21 June to 8 September 2013. Premiering new and recent work by 45 established and up and coming South Australian artists the exhibition embraces the distinct geographic locations and sensibilities characteristic of South Australia.

“Throughout South Australia, artists are making work in response to the world around them. HEARTLAND: Contemporary Art from South Australia presents these evolving and sometimes unexpected visions and offers new ways of thinking about place, country and identity,” said co- curators Nici Cumpston and Lisa Slade.

Underpinned by the desire to work with artists who respond to place in an innovative manner Cumpston and Slade traversed the state – from as far as Amata in the state’s northwest to Mt Gambier in the states south-eastern corner – seeking out those making work with emotion, spirit, resilience and originality.

“Art from the ancestral heart of this country, from the world’s oldest living culture, occupies the centre of the exhibition and features works by the Tjala Arts artists from Amata in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands in the state’s northwest. The multi-dimensional installation created for HEARTLAND includes figurative sculptures made from tjanpi (spinifex) and found materials, large vibrantly coloured canvasses and a local language sound component,” Ms Cumpston and Ms Slade said.

Traversing media, age, gender and culture HEARTLAND also features artists Kate Breakey, Kim Buck, James Darling and Lesley Forwood, Wendy Fairclough, Stewart MacFarlane, Ian North, Annalise Rees, Chris De Rosa, Yhonnie Scarce, Paul Sloan, Angela Valamanesh, Hossein Valamanesh and Amy Joy Watson.

HEARTLAND: Contemporary Art from South Australia runs from 21 June to 8 September 2013 and is FREE thanks to the assistance of the South Australian Government’s New Exhibitions Fund. The exhibition is being presented as the Art Gallery’s contribution to the 2013 South Australian Living Artists Festival.

For further information, visit www.artgallery.sa.gov.au/heartland

Accompanying the exhibition is a vibrant events program of tours, talks and hands-on art activities, as well as audio and video support material.

HEARTLAND – KEY DATES

Opening Night: Thursday 20 June 2013 Season: Friday 21 June to Sunday 8 September 2013

DEPARTURE: Friday 28 June, 6 – 10pm Guided Tours: Daily, 11am & 2pm Lunchtime Talks: Tuesdays, 12.30pm START at the Gallery: Sunday 4 August & Sunday 1 September, 11am – 3pm

 

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