MPRG EXHIBITION – ON THE BEACH

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What: EXHIBITION – ON THE BEACH

A Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery exhibition

On the Beach considers the place of the beach within Australian life. A public space of recreation and leisure the beach epitomises the liberties of Australia’s democratic society. While in the lead up to Federation many 19th century artists looked to the bush to galvanise a fledging nationalism, by the mid-20th century this had shifted and increasingly the beach became the site of Australian identity. The exhibition considers this history in light of the Cronulla race riots. 2015 marks the 10th anniversary of the riots and provides an opportunity for reflection about these events and the significance of the beach as the place where tensions boiled over.

Bringing together over 75 works, including paintings and photographs by some of Australia’s acclaimed Modernists, together with works by contemporary artists, the exhibition considers the ways in which people relate to the beach, its place in understandings of national identity and its history as a contested site.

Includes works by Arthur Boyd, Gordon Bennett, Daniel Boyd, George Caddy, Max Dupain, Rennie Ellis, Charles Meere, Tracey Moffatt, David Moore, Sidney Nolan, Polixeni Papapetrou, John Perceval, Scott Redford, Jeffrey Smart, Albert Tucker, Guan Wei and Anne Zahalka.

When: 11 December 2015 – 28 February 2016

FREE DROP-IN FAMILY ART-MAKING ACTIVITY

See the exhibition On the Beach and enjoy a free drop-in creative activity. Think sand, thongs, beach towels and fun!

ON THE BEACH FLOOR TALKS

Join Wendy Garden, curator of On the Beach, for a floor talk about the exhibition. Hear about the works that have reflected on the beach in Australian life and history.

When: Wednesday 16 December, 10.30am-11am and Wednesday 20 January, 10.30am-11am. Free event, exhibition entry charge only applies

Cost: Adult $4, Concession $2

Bookings: http://www.trybooking.com/JQHD

Jeffrey Smart Surfers Bondi 1963 oil on board Private Collection
Jeffrey Smart Surfers Bondi 1963 oil on board Private Collection

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