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Two huge exhibitions to open at MAC this weekend

Lake Macquarie’s Museum of Art and Culture (MAC) will host two exciting exhibitions – one focussing on a giant of Australian art, the other a study on significant local Indigenous stories.

The exhibitions Arthur Boyd: Landscape of the Soul and Yarns Parai: Stories on Country will both open at the gallery on Saturday 24 July.

Landscape of the Soul is Bundanon Trust’s three-year nationally touring exhibition exploring a lifetime of landscape paintings by renowned Australian artist Arthur Boyd.

The exhibition features up to 60 paintings, including a group of masterpieces borrowed from major state art museums, as well as 20 works on paper, letters, photographs and sketchbooks spanning almost half a century and featuring works from his adolescence through to his final years.

Arthur Boyd. Shoalhaven as the River Styx c1996. oil on canvas. Boyd Family Collection

To celebrate the opening the gallery will host a preview evening of wine tasting and canapes on Friday 23 July.

Vigneron of Ernest Hill Wines, Ross Wilson will discuss the climate, terroir and viticulture that creates his signature Hunter Valley wines, as well as food that enhances the flavour of the wine.

Yarns Parai – Stories on Country meanwhile, shares traditional stories of country that are culturally connected with the proposed Lower Hunter Freight Corridor.

 Saretta Fielding, Yarns Parai: Stories on Country 2020. mixed media on canvas

Transport for NSW engaged Professor John Maynard, Saretta Fielding and teams to conduct an Aboriginal cultural values assessment to help inform the investigation, selection and preservation of a freight rail corridor through the Lower Hunter Valley between Fassifern and Hexham.

Investigations were visualised in the creation of fine artwork and digital designs of significant cultural places and stories on country.

The project was carried out in collaboration with community and knowledge keepers, alongside an archival examination of the historical and cultural materials in connection to the Awabakal people.  

To accompany this exhibition, you can take a virtual trip to traditional Aboriginal art sites, hear local Dreamtime stories from across the Hunter and see their interpretation into sand engraved vibrant artworks.

Head here to book

Sunday 25th July – 1 – 2.30pm
Sunday 1st August – 1 – 2.30pm
Sunday 8th August – 1 – 2.30pm

MAC is located at First Street Booragul. Head here for more information.

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