Lake Macquarie artists will feature front-and-centre in an upcoming exhibition celebrating the region’s ongoing emergence from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Reconnected: a recovery story will provide a way for local artists to reconnect in a physical sense with their community after months of closures, restrictions and bans on social interaction.
Museum of Art and Culture, Lake Macquarie, Director Debbie Abraham said that while MAC was still closed to the public, the NSW Government’s easing of restrictions meant it was time to move ahead with plans for future exhibitions.
“Reconnected is planned for a July launch, by which time we’re hoping the world will be a place in which MAC can open again to the public,” Ms Abraham said.
“It’s perfect timing for an exhibition intended to showcase the works of local artists and their interpretation of this unprecedented journey we’re all on at the moment. We want contributing artists’ works to reflect on the recovery process and on finding a positive way forward.”
The exhibition also presents an excellent opportunity for local and community artists to exhibit their works in a major regional gallery, whose space often features works by nationally and internationally recognised artists.
“COVID-19 has made us all appreciate things closer to home, and the mindset behind this exhibition reflects that theme,” Ms Abraham said.
Artists can submit up to three works each, across all mediums including painting, sculpture, photography, video and installation art.
Ms Abraham said works could be displayed inside MAC or within the grounds outside.
“Most of the artworks in this show will also be for sale, offering the community a chance to support local artists, MAC to celebrate the wealth of creativity in our City, and artists a professional opportunity on the other side of isolation,” she said.
Expressions of interest can be lodged online at www.lakemac.smartygrants.com.au/MACreconnected. Submissions close Thursday 4 June.
2nd June 2020 Update: The MAC and the Sculpture Cafe has now reopened to the public. The popular First Class 19 and Guan Wei exhibitions have both been extended until 28 June. The Sculpture Cafe will have daily specials available to enjoy in the cafe or as takeaway to enjoy in the stunning Sculpture Park grounds. For more information CLICK HERE.