Council >> Media Releases

RIVERINA ARTISTS YIELD INCREDIBLE RESULTS IN THEIR CREATIVE PRACTICE

A new exhibition called Yield is set to open at Griffith Regional Art Gallery on Friday 16 August 2019. The audience will become immersed in the incredible world of arts and disability and witness how the exhibiting artists have been democratising the art world and advocating for inclusivity through their excellent artworks.

Yield is a group exhibition that brings together 22 emerging and established artists with and without learning disability from the Riverina, Wollongong and Liverpool, UK. 

Curated by Sarah McEwan from the Cad Factory, the exhibition is a cross-regional partnership between the Cad Factory, Griffith Regional Art Gallery, Riverina Community College and Western Riverina Arts to raise the profile of learning disabled artists from Temora to Griffith. 

“I have been working with artists with learning disabilities over the past 15 years with organisations such as Real Art Works, Riverina Community College, Wagga Wagga Art Gallery and Kurrajong. This sustained working environment has meant that a number of people have developed their artistic voice and are creating exciting new work. I really want people to witness that here in the Riverina we have a strong inclusive community,” says Sarah McEwan.

Griffith Regional Art Gallery Curator Ray Wholohan approached McEwan to curate a large scale exhibition showcasing local talent back in 2016. Mr Wholohan said,”We were keen to give local artists with a disability the opportunity to develop their arts practice in ways that were happening elsewhere. There has been a fantastic response from local artists and we are really excited by the quality and diversity of the works in this exhibition.”

Griffith Regional Art Gallery Manager, Raina Savage  said “ Griffith Regional Art Gallery’s Vision is to be ‘a recognised leader in the creation and presentation of innovative and inclusive visual arts.’ Presenting a project which promotes the professional and creative development of local artists with a disability, and broader recognition of their artistic practice, was a great way to realise that vision.”

Four senior students from Kalinda School in Griffith worked with staff from Griffith Regional Art Gallery, Sarah McEwan and artists from the Riverina Community College to develop new work for the exhibition. Student Joel Stedman commented, “I liked making artworks each week with my friends. It was fun!” Teacher Nickolette Owen is “eagerly waiting to see the final results of the students’ hard work.”

The opening of Yield is on Friday 16 August from 6pm – 8pm at Griffith Regional Art Gallery.

On Saturday 17 August from 11am – 2pm at Griffith Regional Art Gallery there will be a forum to share and discuss local, national and international progressive art practices. There will be artist talks, performances and short films made by and about people with learning disability.

Both events are free to attend, and no bookings are required.

Derek Motion from Western Riverina Arts concludes, “As an organisation we are proud to be supporting the artists involved in Yield. The exhibition is contributing to a richer, more diverse arts landscape in the Western Riverina.”

The YIELD exhibition is at Griffith Regional Art Gallery from 16 August to 22 September.

Artists

Yield features work by: Brad Wilson, Brae Tye, Gianni Papalia, Jacko Meyers, Joel Stedman, Joshua Henderson, Kellie Hulm, Layla Bacayo, Linda Luke, Lorraine O’Hara, Lorraine Tye, Martin Fox, Patrick Napoli, Rochelle Hapgood, Samra Angilo, Scott Lea, Steven O’Hara, Tanielu Tinei, Teresa Gullo, Veronica Watson, Vic McEwan, and Wayne Emerson. You can meet all of these artists on our website: https://www.cadfactory.com.au/yield-artists

Partners and Financial Support

Yield has been supported by The Cad Factory, Griffith Regional Art Gallery, Griffith City Council, Riverina Community College, Western Riverina Arts, Bluecoat Gallery, Kalinda School, Create NSW, Sidney Myer Fund, the Regional Arts Fund, the Foundation for Regional and Rural Renewal, ANZ, Bendigo Bank and McWilliam’s Winery.

For interviews and more details please contact Sarah McEwan, sarah@cadfactory.com.au or 0405 447 490

For more information on this exhibition, please contact Griffith Regional Art Gallery on 02 6962 8338.  

Griffith Regional Art Gallery is located at 167 Banna Avenue, Griffith. Opening hours are Wednesday – Friday 10am until 5pm & Saturday to Sunday 11am until 2pm.

Griffith Regional Art Gallery is proudly sponsored McWilliam’s Family Winemakers.