Let’s be honest, if any of my friends asked me if I was watching the Collingwood game tonight, and I said, “No, I’m going to the opening night of an art exhibition instead”, they would be scratching their heads wondering why I’ve fallen down the arty-farty tunnel or they’d be telling me to go and get my head examined. But hey, once in a while, it’s good to get a glimpse of what else is out there and what else people appreciate. So having said that, this review is from the perspective of a non-art type person, but a person who can appreciate that different people have different passions.
So off we went, (my much better half and I) to the exhibition and we were instantly greeted by the an array of beautiful warm fire pits and outdoor lighting displayed in typically arty fashion and further inside the building, the delicious canapés….ahhh, the canapés. You would have had as much chance of keeping me away from the canapés as sinking a hole-in-one on the golf course whilst simultaneously being hit by a meteorite and lightning, but enough about me and on to the exhibition.
The exhibition is in its 35th year and was set up as a source of fundraising for the Red Hill Consolidated School. It is regarded as the premier art show on the Peninsula. The exhibit is located in the modern, new gymnasium and showcases artists from both the local thriving art community and from around Australia. Walking round the gymnasium though did not feel like a gymnasium at all, the displays were extremely well done and set out. It was quite a weirdly relaxing experience listening to the acoustic sounds of Harvey Calnin, whilst doing my best to interpret and appreciate the artworks.
My personal favourite was this sculpted piece, but I’m probably being biased as anything made from timber usually gets my attention.
The artworks can be bought and includes paintings & photography, sculptures, glass work and ceramics, and beautiful jewelry and textiles. There is also a showcase of work from the children at Red Hill Consolidated & an Art Cafe, offering local coffee, snacks & lunches (on the Saturday and Sunday).
It was quite a diverse range ranging from paintings using many mediums, sculpture, photography, jewelry making, textiles, metals and the list goes on.
A few examples of the artworks are below:
The general exhibition is held on Saturday 2nd May and Sunday 3rd May from 10am to 5pm. The admission price is $5 per adult (cash only) with no admission cost for children 16 years and under. There will be two floor talks explaining the mythologies, styles and regions of some Aboriginal art works from around Australia that they’ve selected for this year’s show. These talks will be on at 11.30am on both Saturday May 2nd and Sunday May 3rd.
It’s located at Red hill Consolidated School, which is at 341 Arthurs Seat Road in Red Hill. It’s well worth the trip down the freeway for a relaxing family day out amongst the beautiful vineyards and appreciating some fine art. I certainly didn’t mind at all missing a football game to experience some culture from the region’s most talented artists and I dare say, I will be back next year. Get to it and feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.