Three exhibitions by Australian artists Sir Sidney Nolan, Tracey Moffatt and
Mikala Dwyer open this weekend at City Gallery Wellington, as a highlight of
the 2002 New Zealand Festival. This weekend also marks the start of an
extensive public programme of public events based on the Australian Art
Sidney Nolans Ned Kelly Series - Paintings from the National Gallery of
Australia features the most enduring and instantly recognisable images ever
painted of Australias famous outlaw. The series was painted when Sidney
Nolan was himself an outlaw of a kind, having deserted from the army in
1944. Though he was only 30 when he completed the works, many consider them
to be the masterpieces of his career. A range of films on Ned Kelly and Sir
Sidney Nolan will be screening in the Gallery throughout this exhibition. 23
February - 19 May 2002.
LECTURE - Saturday 23 February, 2pm: Dr Brian Kennedy, Director of the
National Gallery of Australia in Canberra, will give a keynote address
entitled The Role of a National Gallery. The National Gallery of Australia
is home to the Ned Kelly paintings. This lecture is part of a lecture series
by international gallery directors, running throughout the Australian Art
Photographer and filmmaker Tracey Moffatt is currently Australias most
internationally recognised and widely exhibited contemporary artist. The
stylised worlds she creates draw on her own experience of growing up
Aboriginal in suburban Brisbane, and the images that engulf us in the media
age. Nine photographic series and six films/videos feature in this
23 February - 26 May 2002.
Mikala Dwyers seriously playful installations amaze visitors with their
seemingly chaotic accumulations of domestic and industrial materials. Dwyer
has exhibited widely in Australia and further afield over the past decade.
For this exhibition, she has created a new site-specific installation
especially for the Gallery. 23 February - 19 May 2002.