Penrith Regional Gallery
& The Lewers Bequest
3 September – 27 November 2016


By Craig Judd,

When I was a kid I spent a lot of time searching out gullies and large stones in the nearby bush. Probably influenced by a confluence of half understood stories of NASA’s latest success or failure, Astro Boy and Sally Field’s Flying Nun, when the wind was blowing in the right direction I would do a massive running jump off said gully edge and stone rampart so that I could feel, even for a millisecond a sense of flight or weightlessness. Call me an old fashioned modernist but I still get excited at just the thought of catching a plane.

Curated by Lee-Anne Hall, Director of Penrith Regional Gallery, and Katie Dyer from Sydney’s Museum Of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS) Gravity (and Wonder) is an impressive exhibition. Roughly divided into four sections Motion and Acceleration, Measurement and Understanding, Space and Time, Mass and Attraction, this broadly encompassing schema was full of wit, wonder, intelligence and romance.

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Recipient of this year's SWDAF Award for Excellence in Visual Arts Teaching at the Art Express exhibition at AGNSW.


Bossley Park High School, winners of the Dobell Excellence in Visual Arts Teaching Award, Art Express 2016


Visual Arts teachers at Bossley Park High School say they are honoured to receive the Sir William Dobell Art Foundation Award for the schools success in Artexpress.

The foundation is the official patron of Artexpress, an annual exhibition that features the best major works submitted by HSC art students. Last year the school had five students selected –the highest amount in south-west Sydney – and now the teachers are being rewarded for their hard work.

Former head art teacher and now deputy principal Ann-Maree Ager said the high quality of student work could be partly attributed to a gifted and talented program she started with the help of colleague Melanie Duff.

“Six years ago we initiated a gifted and talented program,” she said.

“We’ve been running that program for six years and this class is the first group of years sevens to get through to year 12 so that’s partly why they’re so great.

“We actually had workshops after school with specialist teachers such as Ty who’s great at drawing.

“We did a lot of skill building over the six years so by the time they got to senior class they were masters.”

Relieving head art teacher Melanie Duff said the students were working beyond their stages, and hopes the program will continue to help art students improve their craft.

“One thing that we do differently than other faculties and other schools is that we work collaboratively as a department,” Ms Ager said.

“It’s not just ‘it’s my class so I’ll shut the door and it’s my time with those students’, we have an open door policy so everyone’s always in and out.

“We can play off each other and we basically have a wider breadth of knowledge that we can share with the kids.

The Visual arts faculty will be presented with the award at the Sponsors’ Preview event at the Art Gallery of NSW on Wednesday night.

As Deputy Principal, Ms Ager will now work to roll out collaborative teaching with other departments throughout the school.

“It’s wonderful to get the recognition for the work we’re doing out here for public education,” she said.

“It’s really good to have some acknowledgement that our program is successful.”

From the Bossley Park High School Website

The new MAG-NET Artist-in-Residence Program was a highly successful collaboration between Mosman Art Gallery, Sydney Harbour National Park, Michelle Belgiorno, A.R.T Foundation (Tokyo) and ArtsPeople, and was generously supported by the Sir William Dobell Art Foundation.

Selected from 26 applicants, Japanese artist Miku Sato was an enthusiastic and committed artist who made the most of her 4 weeks at Middle Head from 31 March to 29 April 2015, exploring the area and engaging with the local history and environment. In particular her interest in the Japanese submarine attack on Sydney Harbour during World War II, resulted in the first stage development of a new video work.

Her residency period culminated with a collaborative work – a ‘Soup Making’ workshop – whereby 6 artists/curators created soups particular to their cultural heritage. This became a celebration of the residency’s success and confirmation of the positive impact such programs have on our community.

Building on this successful pilot, plans are now underway to launch the MAG-NET program as an ongoing exchange residency between Mosman and its friendship city in Japan, Otsu.


Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest receive the inaugural Dobell Exhibition Grant for the development of Gravity (and Wonder).

Curated by Penrith Regional Gallery in collaboration with the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS), Gravity (and Wonder) will explore the history and philosophy of this fundamental law of the universe through contemporary art and related objects, instruments and papers in the MAAS collection.

The exhibition, scheduled for 3 September – 27 November 2016 will introduce audiences to new ways of thinking about the multi-dimensionality of matter, time and space through a range of loaned and newly commissioned sculptural and kinetic works. Over a dozen contemporary artists will participate in the presentation of new and existing works. Contributing artists include, Richard Serra, Timothy Cook, Amy Joy Watson, Sandra Selig, David Haines and Joyce Hinterding.


Launched today, the Dobell Exhibition Grant (DEG) will allow the development of new, curated exhibitions of visual arts in NSW regional galleries.

With a generous gift from the Sir William Dobell Art Foundation, Museums & Galleries of NSW (M&G NSW) will offer $40,000 in funding to one NSW regional gallery per annum. The program is expected to run for up to 6 years. Funding will be targeted towards the development and delivery of curated exhibitions that significantly support artists, extend public appreciation and engagement with the visual arts and expand curatorial skills and creativity.

In addition to the support provided by the Sir William Dobell Art Foundation, M&G NSW will offer successful applicants the opportunity to develop a national tour of their funded exhibition.

The gift is the result of the Foundation’s vision and began with a consultative process with arts organisations and institutions in 2014. Their goal was to invest in the right program that furthered their aims to develop audiences and appreciation for the visual arts in NSW. By then, M&G NSW had identified a growing need for exhibition development in the regions.

The Visual Arts Faculty has been awarded the Sir William Dobell Art Foundation award for excellence in teaching, promoting and engaging young people in Visual Arts education.

The Faculty has been recognised as the best in NSW for their outstanding work with Higher School Certificate students in last year's HSC Visual Arts exam in particular, but also over a number of years. 

Every year, the State's top 240 HSC Visual Arts students are represented in the annual Artexpress Exhibition which showcases the student's Bodies of Work and is viewed at the Art Gallery of NSW as well as regional and city galleries throughout the year.