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Karla Dickens: Embracing Shadows

Tue Jan 3 - Sun Mar 12

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Tue Jan 3 - Sun Mar 12

Tue Jan 3 - Sun Mar 12

From January 3 – March 12 2023, Campbelltown Arts Centre presents Embracing Shadows, a survey exhibition by Lismore-based Wiradjuri artist Karla Dickens.

Spanning 30 years of practice, Embracing Shadows will focus on themes of female identity and racial injustice that are enduringly explored in Dickens’s reflections on Australian culture. The exhibition will bring together key bodies of work for the first time, including Hot Thing (1995), Sheila’s Downunder (2002), Black Madonna (2009), Workhorse (2015) and Bound (2016), as well as select works from the Dickensian Circus and Country Show series (2020-2021).

Embracing Shadows will also premiere Disastrous, a series created following the record-breaking floods that devastated Dickens’ home region of the Northern Rivers in early 2022.

Born in 1967 in Sydney, Karla Dickens is of Wiradjuri, Irish and German descent. Through collage, painting, installation, photography, film and poetry, Dickens’ practice is a highly personal and political interrogation of Australian culture and history. Dickens’ work has featured in major group exhibitions in Australia and internationally, including A Dickensian Country Show, Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art, Art Gallery of South Australia and A Dickensian Country Circus, NIRIN: 22nd Biennale of Sydney, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2020, and she is one of nine artists selected to create a new commission for the Art Gallery of New South Wales’ major expansion project, Sydney Modern, launching late 2022. Dickens work is held in many public and private collections across Australia and internationally.

Project Team
Artist: Karla Dickens
Director: Michael Dagostino
Curator: Emily Rolfe
Assistant Curator: Hannah James
Marketing Officer: Ella Beer
Design and Communications Officer: Ashley Murray
Production Officer: David Langosch
Creative Learning Officer: Julia Quinn Education Officer: Edwina Hill

A photograph of a painting in earth tones of a rocky area with native Australian animals sitting atop by artist Karla Dickens

Opening Hours:
Monday to Sunday 10am to 4pm

Tickets : Free
1 Art Gallery Road Campbelltown, NSW 2560 Australia

Wheelchair accessible. Accessible toilets. AUSLAN interpretation available at select events.

Located on the edge of Sydney, Campbelltown Arts Centre (C-A-C) is in a unique position to forge collaborative exchanges between artists, disciplines and communities through the creation of new curatorial situations and challenging streams of practice. , Using the edge as a starting point, Campbelltown Arts Centre creates a secure platform for communities and artists to take risks, challenge perceptions, confront issues and raise questions through the commissioning of new works. These new works invite collaboration, partnership, local, national and international dialogue, the juxtaposition of new and traditional techniques and cross-disciplinary approaches. Contemporary artists are at the forefront of Campbelltown Arts Centre’s programming and through consultation with communities, we deliver a program that profiles contemporary visual arts, performance, dance, music, live art and emergent practices. , Located on Dharawal land, Campbelltown Arts Centre is proudly owned by the people of Campbelltown. A cultural facility of Campbelltown City Council, assisted by the NSW Government through Create NSW and by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. Campbelltown Arts Centre receives support from the Crown Resorts Foundation and the Packer Family Foundation and the Neilson Foundation. , Campbelltown Arts Centre is a short walk from Campbelltown train station and features clean amenities, the Arts Centre Café, a Japanese Garden and sculpture garden. We also have large green, open spaces ideal for picnics and gatherings.

Suitable for all ages.

Details

Start:
Tue Jan 3
End:
Sun Mar 12
Tickets:
Free
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Campbelltown Arts Centre
Phone:
02 4645 4100
Email:
artscentre@campbelltown.nsw.gov.au
Website:
https://c-a-c.com.au/
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