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WAG re-opens

News Article Date: 
Thursday, 20 February 2020

After a six month closure, the Warrnambool Art Gallery re-opened to the public on February 7.

The gallery closed in August to allow for the installation of new heating, ventilation and cooling system to meet the latest industry standards.

WAG Director Vanessa Gerrans said that her team took the opportunity the closure presented to make changes in the gallery’s layout, with an enlivened children’s art space near the main entrance.

“We have a really high levels of attendance and engagement by students, young people and families, so for them to have a dedicated space is really important,” she said.

The first exhibition in the space is “The Bull Cow” by artist and architect Simon Linardi.

The Bull Cow is a fantasy creature that has never been seen before by humans; a hybrid whale/cow lifeform that takes almost fills the room.

Mr Linardi said that he enjoyed using his architecture background to create an interactive art space for kids.

“When you look at the structure of an animal skeleton, it’s quite similar to the skeleton of a building,” he said.

“It’s about creating a culture of creativity in families.

“I think that’s what this space is about, and why the gallery set out to do this.”

Simon was assisted by Deakin University Work Integrated Learning Student Rachael Batten on aspects of the large painted mural.

Arguably the gallery’s most famous work, “Tower Hill” by Eugene von Guerard, will once again be on display after spending time out on loan.

Other exhibitions now on include:

UNREST -  featuring works by Ron Mueck, Patricia Piccnini, Liam Benson, Charmaine Clarke, Caroline Garcia and SODA_JERK

TAUT - four decades of paintings and graphic work by local artist Stephen Campbell

Climax Theatre -  Yorta Yorta/Gunditjmara artist Josh Muir addresses passing on the complex messages of Indigenous culture’s ancestral knowledge in ways that resonate with their contemporary context.

Line of Site - Featuring works from the Warrnambool Art Gallery Collection

Entry to the WAG is free.

All are welcome to the official WAG ReLaunch event on Friday 21 February at 6-8pm.

For more information visit www.thewag.com.au.

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