Month long exhibition exploring life after the fires and COVID through paintings, sculptures and a Timescapes Voices installation featuring local voices, curated by Barbara Lepani, Sean O’Keeffe and Brad Diedrich.
The Timescapes Exhibition will be held at the gorgeous Gang Gang Gallery in Lithgow during the month of July, with its official opening on Saturday 4 July at 2.30pm.
The exhibition of paintings and sculptures has been curated by Sharon Howard, owner of Gang Gang Gallery, and the sculptor, Henryk Topolnicki of Gallery H at Dargan. Depending on COVID rules, Sharon may schedule three openings including Saturday 11 and 18 July.
It will also feature Timescape Voices, an immersive installation that will feature a range of voices, complemented by a series of moving images that capture the landscape of the Blue Mountains after the devastating mega fire of our 2019-2020 Black Summer.
Timescape Voices is based on interviews by Barbara Lepani and recorded by Brad Diedrich, threaded together to create an immersive experience, combined with moving images created by local artist, photographer and film maker, Sean O’Keeffe.
The voices are:
Sharon Riley—Wiradjuri cultural custodian who discusses what it means to be a cultural custodian, fighting the fires to protect Aboriginal protected sites, and the nature of cultural burning as caring for country.
Chris Tobin—Dharug man who talks about how we can learn from Aboriginal culture about how to relate to country as ‘family’, about art as a way of being, drawing on the experience of his art camp at Bell.
Sean Butler—a local stonemason who, together with his family, fought the fierce mega fire that swept across Newnes Plateau and the Clarence Colliery
Jayde Lutschini—a young 19 year old Lithgow student, artist and aspiring paramedic, about the impact of the COVID pandemic.
Rich Evans—owner of Central West Media, which produces the Village Voice is a creative entrepreneur who has been closely involved with the Portland Foundation’s efforts to transform the old cement works site into a cultural precinct. Rich discusses a new vision for Lithgow and its environs.
Patsy Wolfenden—Wiradjuri woman and student of native horticulture is deeply committed to protecting Australia’s native plants, especially in the remediation of old mining sites, and embracing a more sustainable way of living with country.
Lex Dadd—Dharug Elder and member of the Firesticks Alliance who works for the Aboriginal Cultural Resources Centre based in Katoomba, discusses the importance of cultural burning and improving our cultural understanding of the ‘old ways’.