WHAT’S ON @ THE MPRG

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Jimmy Pike "The Owl"
Jimmy Pike “The Owl”

What:  Jimmy Pike’s Artlines: you call it desert, we used to live there.  From the Berndt Museum of Anthropology, University of Western Australia. The national tour of this exhibition is managed by ART ON THE MOVE. Jimmy Pike Artlines is a vibrant exhibition of previously unseen felt-tipped pen drawings by notable Western Australian Walmajarri artist, the late Jimmy Pike. Touched with a lively sense of humour, the works bring the artist’s country in the Great Sandy Desert of Western Australia into glorious relief through renderings of whimsical beings, shapes and earthscapes. The exhibition includes over 50 works on paper, made between 1990 and 2000, that draw on the knowledge and skill Pike learnt as a boy growing up in the hunting-gathering tradition of his family. His intimate knowledge of country is translated through the varying styles and themes surveyed in this collection of drawings. While Pike is best known for his acrylic paintings on canvas, and his internationally recognised textile designs through the Desert Designs label, this exhibition showcases his experimental approach to colour, texture and drawing.  When: 14 March – 11 May 2014

Where: Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Civic Reserve, Dunns Road, Mornington

Jimmy Pike talk and brunch with Dr Sandy Toussaint, Senior Lecturer in Anthropology, School of Social and Cultural Studies, The University of Western Australia.

Dr Sandy Toussaint wrote the catalogue essay about the late artist Jimmy Pike. She will share her insights into the country and mythic places of the Dreaming that are the subject of much of Jimmy Pike’s art and life. Enjoy a refreshing brunch at the Gallery and enjoy Sandy’s tales of working with Australian indigenous groups in the Kimberley for almost three decades.

When: Sunday 30 March, 10am–11.30am

Cost:  M $12 G $15

Where: MPRG, bookings essential, phone 5975 4395

What: Behind the Lines 2013 The Museum of Australian Democracy Travelling Exhibition

Behind the Lines 2013 looks back on the highs and lows of the political year through the eyes of Australia’s best cartoonists. Selected from over 600 submissions and works from the Museum of Australian Democracy’s own collection, the cartoons provide amusing and insightful commentary into the parties, personalities and political power-plays that characterise Australian politics. From asylum seekers to leadership battles, the carbon tax to the economy, this exhibition employs wit and wisdom to reflect on a year of controversy, crises and moments of unintentional comedy to celebrate the robust nature of Australian democracy. Behind the Lines is a Museum of Australian Democracy Travelling Exhibition.

When: 14 March – 4 May 2014

What: Behind the Lines illustrated talk with Dr Tania Cleary, curator and author of the Behind the Lines catalogue.  Learn about the satire behind Australia’s best political cartoons of 2013. With three prime ministers and as many leadership contests, 2013 proved to be a glorious gift for political cartoonists. Dr Tania Cleary will examine the drama behind the 82 selected cartoons. She is an experienced independent curator and writer who has worked as a consultant on numerous projects, including museum and conservation plans, exhibitions and grant programs.

When: Thursday 20 March, 5.30pm for 6–7pm

Cost:  M $12 G $15 (includes wine and nibbles)

Where:  MPRG, bookings essential, phone 5975 4395

What: Signature Style Craft Victoria and NETS Victoria Touring Exhibition.    An ambitious project, curated by Nella Themelios and Kim Brockett, Signature Style showcases contemporary jewellery pieces produced by 24 artists, designers and craft practitioners working collaboratively. By challenging conventional understandings of jewellery, the work in this exhibition explores relationships between the body and wearable art using a range of co-creation models. New possibilities emerge from the expansive energy generated by the fusion of creative minds giving form to innovative pieces that question notions of authorship and style. This exhibition is a partnership between Craft Victoria and NETS Victoria.

Signature Style illustrated talk with fashion designer Alexi Freeman, and contemporary jewellery designer Tessa Blazey, facilitated by Nella Themelios, Creative Producer, RMIT Design Hub.  Follow the creative journey of Melbourne-based designers Alexi and Tessa as they discuss their own ‘signature style’, as well as their many collaborative and award-winning pieces. Discover why their brands are fast becoming recognised contributors to the Australian fashion landscape along with celebrated subjects of world renowned fashion blogs.

When: Wednesday 26 March, 1.30pm–2.30pm

Cost:  M $8 G $10

Where: MPRG, bookings essential, phone 5975 4395

What: Young At Art.  Enroll your 0–5 year olds for creative fun, storytelling and imaginative play. Sing, dance, clap and stomp your feet with Matteo! .

When: Tuesday 18 March – Funny faces, Tuesday 8 April – Colour my world, Tuesday 10 June – Mix n’ Match from 10am–11am

Cost: $5/child, carers free

Where:  MPRG, bookings essential, phone 5975 4395

Visit : The Gallery’s website for more information

What: Cartoon and caricature workshops with expert caricaturist Adrian Osborne. With 20 years of professional experience, Adrian ‘OZ’ Osborne delivers workshops that develop cartooning and caricature skills. He uses a combination of live cartooning demonstrations and storytelling to inspire new ideas. He will share samples from his travel sketchbooks and explore how to travel with an ‘artist’s-eye’ of the world around you. Students are invited to share their artwork with the group at the completion of the workshop.

When: Wednesday 9 April (school holidays) – 3 sessions,

9.30am– 10.30am (5–8 years)                         Cost $8 (carers to remain on site)

11am–12.30pm (9–12 years)                             Cost $12

1.30pm– 4.30pm (open age incl. adults)        Cost $20

Where: MPRG, bookings essential, limits apply, cost includes all materials, phone 5975 4395

Visit: www.mprg.mornpen.vic.gov.au

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