Monday, 18 February 2019
Contemporary Art Spaces Mandurah (CASM) has unveiled its most ambitious exhibition since opening its doors eight years ago.
The Alternative Archive - Peel, is part of a state-wide exhibition, consisting of 22 arts venues engaging with their communities to explore the heritage of their specific region through art.
Artists were invited to create a contemporary visual archive of an aspect of the Peel region, drawn from the investigation of historical archives or their personal relationships with the people, places and stories around them.
Twelve local artists drew inspiration from a variety of organisations including the Mandurah Community Museum and the reserve collection of the Battye Library.
City of Mandurah Mayor Rhys Williams said this exhibition has been a year in the making and has provided amazing inspiration for local artists.
“So much of our identity relates to our heritage and the stories we hear and tell. I’m really excited to see how the artists have interpreted historical documentation and community memories and represented them in a way that is relevant to us today.”
“For many of the artists the process has been deeply personal and emotional,” Mr Williams said.
Artists include Katrina Barber, Helen Coleman, Philomena Hali, Lyn Nixon, Stella Onderwater, Mary Ann Rath, Deidre Robb, Julianne Ryan, Carmel Sayer, James Walker, Jo Wood, Alana Grant.
The Alternative Archive exhibition is a Creative Grid initiative made possible by the State Government and Country Arts WA through the Regional Arts Partnership Program.
Artists may also have the opportunity to have their work displayed at the John Curtin Gallery, which is an important step in their professional development.
The Alternative Archive – Peel pushes boundaries, some people may find some of the exhibition pieces confronting.
Exhibition dates 16 February - 17 March at CASM, 63 Ormsby Terrace, Mandurah and Mandurah Community Museum, 3 Pinjarra Rd, Mandurah
CASM artists’ talk - Sunday, 3 March at 2pm
Cultural day including artist talk, panel discussion, cultural walk on Sunday, 24 February at 11am, Mandurah Community Museum