If These Walls Could Speak

A Creative Exhibition Collaboration between the Woodford Academy and the Blue Mountains Artist's Network, Guest Curator Susan Cochrane

If These Walls Could Speak is a series of exhibitions and poetry over three Open Days at Woodford Academy on 1 & 15 April, 20 May 2017 from 10am - 4pm. You are invited to join us for the Exhibition Opening on each day from 1 – 2pm. Much more detail about If These Walls Could Speak and Woodford Academy is here....

1 April – ARTISTS - Greg Bakes, Christine Hyde, Alison Marcer, POET - Emma Brazil

15 April - ARTISTS - Mary Greig, Caitlin Hughes, Jo Langley, POETS - Mark O'Flynn + John McManamey 2 poems

20 May - ARTISTS - Tia Henderson, Cathie Cox, Livonne Larkins, POET - Jenny Campbell

If These Walls Could Speak is a temporary, thematic exhibition inspired by the architecture, landscape, real and imagined personalities, history and heritage of Woodford Academy. The participating artists will create paintings, drawings, prints, encaustic images, computer generated designs to display throughout the buildings and grounds. The poet's work will be printed and displayed. Poetry readings and artist's talks will be a highlight the event.

Congratulations to the artists selected for If These Walls Could Speak, Greg Bakes, Cathie Cox, Mary Greig, Tia Henderson, Caitlin Hughes, Christine Hyde, Jo Langley, Caterina Leone, Livonne Larkins, Alison Marcer, and to the poets, Mark O'Flynn, Emma Brazil, Craig Billingham.

Also congratulations to Saskia Everingham as Assistant Curator for The Elements and If These Walls Could Speak

The exhibition is an event over three Open Days under the umbrella of the Woodford Academy’s calendar of events, which match the outstanding heritage site with an active community of Blue Mountains artists. In this collaborative project the participating artists are members of the Blue Mountains Artist's Network (BMAN). A selection process will determine ten artists with a suite of four to five artworks each and three established Blue Mountains poets.

On the three Woodford Academy Open Days of the exhibition on 1st and 15th April and the 20th May, 2017, the completed artworks will be displayed on easels in appropriate sites. An online catalogue, promotion of the event on Woodford Academy, National Trust and BMAN Facebook, websites and other social media presence, banners 

and publicity will support the event.

Adjoining an Aboriginal reserve, the wall of the Woodford Academy bear witness to the lives of its occupants over time, from the plight of early settlers and some reputed sly grog traders. In the Gold Rush days it was a convivial inn, then a distinguished  Victorian country retreat of the Fairfax family, and finally a major private school with a long association with the McManamey family and other well-known Blue Mountains identities.  Some of these character's presences are said to linger and make occasional ghostly apparations, which fascinate observers of the paranormal. 

This iconic Blue Mountains site is embedded with historical interest and local heritage;In 1874, an event of great astronomical significance took place, when an observatory was set up to record the Transit of Venus, enabling scientists to better calculate earth's distance from the sun. Several fo the Woodford Academy boys courageously served at Gallipoli, and the Woodford schoolroom holds their memories.

Since 2013, The Woodford Academy’s program of monthly events has matched the outstanding heritage site with an active community of artists. The Woodford Academy's management Committee's (WAMC) business plan identified site-specific creative events at Woodford Academy as having multiple positive benefits: as a unique and inspirational venue for artists in the Blue Mountains creative community, as a means of attracting a wide demographic of local people and visitors. 

Curatorial Statement

If These Walls Could Speak  is inspired by the architecture, landscape, real and imagined personalities, history and heritage of the Woodford Academy. The artists participating in this event may create works in any style of painting, drawing, photography, encaustic images, collage, computer generated and graphic designs to display on easels throughout the buildings and grounds. As the Woodford Academy is a National Trust property, under heritage protection, nothing can be added/altered to the structure. There are excellent sites in the interior, exterior and grounds to display artworks on standard easels. This is a condition of entry.

If These Walls Could Speak is proposed as a one-off event under the umbrella of the Woodford Academy’s program of monthly events, which match the outstanding heritage site with an active community of artists. On this occasion the participating artists are, or become, members of the Blue Mountains Artist's Network (BMAN). A selection process will determine ten artists with a suite of four to five artworks each.

On the three Woodford Academy Open Days of the exhibition in April and May, 2017, the artists will display their completed, unframed artworks on easels in appropriate sites around the buildings and grounds, they may also have other artworks in a portfolio. All artworks will be for sale.

 
 
 
 

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