Cargo - all packed away!
Well...we kicked off Cargo with three amazing days at Henty Machinery Field Days. It was a fantastic experience and we are grateful to the team at HMFD for allowing Murray Arts to be a part of their massive event. Cargo has since been travelling all over the country side, visiting Henty, Holbrook, Culcairn, Mullengandra Hall, the Wodonga Children's Fair followed by the Savernake School of Arts Hall, Corryong Neighbourhood Centre and Bonegilla Migrant Centre. Mary-Rose Riley's 'Objects for the Imagination' Workshop was enjoyed by 6 creative participants and over 190 school students and families witnessed a new style of gallery experience. The exhibition space is back at the Murray Arts office, packed away until 2016 but you can visit our Instagram feed to see a short timelapse of Cargo being dismantled.
Custom-designed and commissioned by Murray Arts with Blaze Displays, this purpose-built exhibition space will showcase our regions finest contemporary artists. The aim is to venture out and share this unique gallery space with an entirely new audience. To invite participation and inspire the next generation of art lovers, introducing them to our thriving, contemporary art scene. Cargo is a travelling exhibition space that presents art in a familiar setting; talked about in a language that everyone can understand. Cargo can set up anywhere out in the community, giving people who wouldn't traditionally enter a gallery space an opportunity to enjoy art, see original artworks, remember an exceptional arts experience; without the overwhelming feeling of entering a traditional gallery space, no fine arts degree necessary! It creates knowledge...without the label of inaccessibility.
Curated by Sarah McAlister, Cargo's first exhibition brought together 9 artists from the Murray region, all on personal journeys, at varying stages of their artistic careers. Cargo was a selective display of original artworks; showcasing wood and experimental mixed media; exploring stories through photography, film and minimalist sculptures, offering visual snapshots of nature, industrial landscapes and the human form. Cargo offered an immersive arts experience of surprise, education and humour via the downloadable A-Positive App. It was an opportunity to see the artists working, without them actually being there, generating an exciting arts experience to remember, inviting response and participation.
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This project was made possible by the Australian Government's Regional Arts Fund administered by Regional Arts NSW, the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria and Charles Sturt University's Community-University Partnership Program.