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Life in your hands: Art from Solastalgia champions visual art, craft and design as an enabling force to combat solastalgia, ‘the homesickness you have when you haven’t left home’. For Life in your hands, nine artists from across Australia are working directly with communities identified as suffering solastalgia including Alexandrina, where the connection between the community and the environment that historically sustained had once been lost.
Through their work, artists provided communities with a voice and an avenue of personal action, commenting on, re-creating and forging new links where communication has been lost. The resultant artworks comprise jewellery, ceramics, textiles, photography, video and installation and are at once optimistic of the future while providing a cautionary note of the consequences if action is not taken. The Alexandrina region was chosen to participate in this project during the drought.
At 4pm Saturday 20th October, Debbie Abraham (Director, Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery), Robyn Daw (Exhibition Curator) and Barbara Heath (Artist) will be speaking about the works and the concepts behind this exhibition.
Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery is located on the shores of beautiful Lake Macquarie. The gallery precinct consists of an award winning purpose-built gallery, sculpture park, mosaic pathway, expansive leafy grounds, and historic Awaba House Restaurant Cafe.
Lake Macquarie is unique amongst regional galleries in Australian due to its location and quality of programming. The gallery has received many national, state, and regional awards in tourism and Indigenous programming. The gallery prides itself on hosting an exciting and changing program of nationally significant touring exhibitions alongside exhibitions featuring the work of the Hunter’s finest artists.
The gallery is also custodian of a number of works by well-known Australian artists, including Sir William Dobell.