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JOURNEY TO EXOTIC DESTINATIONS WITH THE HELP OF ACCLAIMED ARTISTS WENDY SHARPE AND BERNARD OLLIS

Griffith residents are invited to journey through exotic destinations with two of Australia’s most highly regarded artists, Wendy Sharpe and Bernard Ollis.

The stunning exhibition Elsewhere: Travels through Morocco, Egypt, Syria, Iran and Central Asia will open at Griffith Regional Art Gallery on Friday 28 September, 2018 at 6pm.

This touring exhibition has already impressed residents in Wagga and is heading to Griffith before making its way on to Dubbo and Port Macquarie in 2019, and Tamworth in 2020.

Elsewhere: Travels through Morocco, Egypt, Syria, Iran and Central Asia features vibrant works drawn from the travels of these two acclaimed artists.

Coinciding with the 40th anniversary of Edward Said's book 'Orientalism', Sharpe and Ollis critically reflect on travel and drawing as creative practices to help us witness and understand each other.

This free exhibition includes spectacular paintings, drawings, sketchbooks and scrolls which challenge our understanding of places and people normally seen via screens.

Sharpe is an Archibald Prize winner and former Official War Artist who also served on the Australian War Memorial's Board of Directors.

Ollis is also a highly regarded artist and former Director of the National Art School in Sydney.

Both are well-known for their extensive travels and humanitarian work, in addition to their well-established careers as leading Australian visual artists.

Griffith Regional Gallery Coordinator, Ray Wholohan, said locals could expect to witness an impressive exhibition.

“Both Wendy and Bernard are both highly regarded painters in contemporary Australian Art,” Mr Wholohan said.

“Both artists have bold, exuberant styles that are full of flair, colour and vibrancy.

“The artworks in this exhibition are imbued with rich and varied cultures of the Middle East and Asia, a source of fascination and inspiration for artists across the ages.”

Mr Wholohan said, Elsewhere: Travels through Morocco, Egypt, Syria and Central Asia will be without doubt Griffith Regional Art Gallery’s finest exhibition of contemporary Australian painting for 2018.   

Elsewhere: Travels through Morocco, Egypt, Syria, and Central Asia  will open at Griffith Regional Art Gallery on Friday 28 September, 2018 at 6pm, all welcome. For further information, please contact the Gallery on 6962 8338.

Griffith Regional Art Gallery is located at 167 Banna Avenue, Griffith. Gallery hours are Wednesday to Friday 10am to 5pm and weekends from 11am to 2pm.

Griffith Regional Art Gallery is a cultural facility of Griffith City Council and is proudly sponsored by McWilliams Family Winemakers.

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