January 2024 Mailbag No 2

Photo by Museums of History New South Wales / Unsplash
It's always fun when we have enough items to fill two mailbag posts. So let's get on with it and see what we have to show you. 

Trevor Lee in Canberra recommends that if you are travelling through south east New South Wales between Sydney and Canberra it is well worth your while dropping in to Bundanon.

Bundanon is in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales, Australia, in Wingecarribee Shire, on Gandangarra and Dharawal Country and the home of the artist Arthur Boyd (1920-1999). Nowadays Bundanon is a national arts organisation which creates learning programs for students of all ages and operates Australia's largest artist in residence program. Bundanon promotes the value of landscape.1

You can visit the Bundanon Homestead and Arthur Boyd’s Studio and in
2022 Bundanon's facilities expanded in with the opening of a new Art Museum and Bridge for creative learning.1

Trevor has recommended a vist to see the MIWATJ YOLŊU SUNRISE PEOPLE exhibition which according to John McDonald from the Sydney Morning Herald is a stunning exhibition that makes you lose all sense of space and time.

John McDonald has written:
Yolngu country, in the gulf of Carpentaria, draws its identity from the everlasting rendezvous of salt water and fresh water. The same daily drama takes place in the Shoalhaven, in a vast estuary near Nowra. As with Yirrkala, where the Yolngu live, Bundanon, the property gifted to the nation by Arthur Boyd and his family, is an estuarine environment. This affinity is teased out in Miwatj Yolngu: Sunrise People, a stunning survey by a group of artists who have taken Australia by storm in recent years.
Bundanon director Rachel Kent developed close ties with this Indigenous community during her years as a senior curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art, and has been longing to do such a show. It’s hard to think of a more dynamic art centre than Buku at Yirrkala – a status reflected in the number of awards accumulated, the quantity of work acquired by public museums and leading private collectors, and the lineup of top commercial galleries eager to represent individual artists.

And check out the Bundanon site and exhibition by following the bookmark link below.

Miwatj Yolŋu
Presenting both senior and emerging artists from across the Yirrkala region, Miwatj Yolŋu highlights the centrality of weather patterns and ecological systems within Yolŋu culture.

Next in the bag is one for Victorians who live in or near the eastern suburbs of Melbourne. A recommendation from the photographer Colin Morris is to see the Murray Fredericks exhibition of The Salt Lake.

Murray Fredericks has dedicated his professional life to visiting 25 times Lake Eyre in the centre of Australia to create this amazing series.

The Salt Lake is a major survey exhibition of Murray Fredericks that brings together Salt, Array, Vanity and his most recent series, Blaze and is on until 18 February 2024 at the Australian Museum of Photography, 860 Ferntree Gully Rd, Wheelers Hill VIC 3150.

You can read more about the exhibition and see a couple of his stunning photographs by clicking here.

You can also check out his website through the Bookmark link below...

Murray Fredericks

And for those of you who are interested in photography and have the time this is an excellent video put together by Murray Fredericks on the story behind the series on salt. The length is one hour and can be a little technical in spots but an amazing account of one man's passion, skill, determination and creativity.

And to conclude today artist, Richard Claremont set himself an Art Challenge - Over 30 days, I set myself the daunting project of completing 30 30X30cm paintings!

You can check out more about Richard's work by clicking here.

Richard Claremont's 30x30x30 Art Challenge 

1. en.wikipedia.org
2. John McDonald Stunning exhibition that makes you lose all sense of space and time Sydney Morning Herald, 21 Dec 2023.