YERING STATION’S ARTS PROGRAM ENCOMPASSES PAINTING, PHOTOGRAPHY AND SCULPTURE WITH EXHIBITIONS FEATURING A DIVERSE RANGE OF ARTISTS WHOSE WORK CAPTURES THE SYNERGY BETWEEN WINE AND ART
Yering Station Art Gallery
Yering Station’s historic winery building (circa 1859) with its rustic appeal, high ceilings and white painted, hand-made brick walls, operates as both a tasting room and a contemporary art gallery. Exhibitions are located in the Main Gallery on the ground floor and in the more intimate First Floor Gallery, with exhibitions rotating every four to six weeks.
The Yering Station Art Gallery has a strong reputation in the arts community and exhibits work by both emerging and established artists, while the annual Yarra Valley Arts/Yering Station Sculpture Exhibition & Awards, which runs from late October through to early December, has a long history of showcasing an outstanding cross section of contemporary Australian sculptural practice.
All commissions from sales associated with Yering Station’s Arts Program are donated to LARCH: The Leukaemia Auxiliary of the Royal Children’s Hospital.
Current Exhibition in the Main Gallery 11 August – 19 September
KRISTIAN LAEMMLE-RUFF — MIND THE GAP
Kristian Laemmle-Ruff, Fukushima apple tree, C-type print, 1000 x 835 mm
In the spring of 2014, Australian photographer Kristian Laemmle-Ruff dropped out of Melbourne psych rock band House of Laurence and boarded a flight to Perth to embark upon a hitchhiking tour that would take him north along Australia’s western coast, into Arnhem Land, and months later south into the red centre. With little more than a surfboard, a camera and a tiny bottle of red desert sand, given to him by a partner, his journey slowly but surely deepened in meaning as the many fractures, bifurcations and gaps in Australia’s cultural landscape increasingly came into focus, becoming ever clearer and more explicit.
Mind the Gap is at once a record of that journey and an artist’s meditation on the experience during and after the fact, while folded into its fabric is the artist’s reflections on a previous journey undertaken earlier that year to Japan as a volunteer photographer for an NGO, to document exactly what was taking place in the highly contaminated areas in and around Fukushima in the wake of the nuclear disaster. In the artist’s words:
I photographed children whose early childhoods have been in a radioactive cloud. I met people whose family had been separated through the disaster. I walked through ’temporary housing facilities’ and with help from a translator documented the community living there. I saw ‘temporary rubbish piles’ of highly contaminated soil along riverways, near orchards and right in people’s front yards.
Kristian Laemmle-Ruff, The Cycle, 2 melted Apple Macbook Pros, Variable
As Laemmle-Ruff pushed on toward the centre of Australia, what became impossible to ignore was the fact that uranium from Australian uranium mines was used in the Fukushima reactors, and so the tiny bottle of red sand which he wore around his neck seemed to become heavier as his thoughts and observations matured. The sand took on a more potent symbolic meaning related to the use/misuse, exploitation and abuse of the land. This prompted him to join a tour through Australia’s nuclear landscape run by Friends of the Earth about which he writes:
On the Radioactive Exposure Tour I was able to visit Roxby Downs and Olympic Dam; the most horrible, traumatic places I have ever experienced. With permission from elder Mick Starkey, I collected a sample of earth from that area. The sand one sees is symbolic of country being used to fuel nuclear disasters and long-term storage hazards worldwide.
Kristian Laemmle-Ruff, Glass & Sand, Glass and sand, 100 x 200 x 100 mm
Somehow between surfing remote breaks, working on a cattle station, living in caves, hunting goats and spending sleepless nights in mining towns trying to find his next lift, Laemmle-Ruff found time to capture a series of clear and culturally hauntingly images of the top secret ‘joint US-Australian’ intelligence facility outside of Alice Springs. Laemmle Ruff titled the feature image of this series ‘Pine Gap (A Photograph of the Centre of Australia)’. The work went on to win a Highly Commended Award at the 39th Alice Price prompting judge Chris Saines CNZM Director of Queensland Art Gallery │ Gallery of Modern Art to write:
Laemmle-Ruff’s Pine Gap is an image of paradoxical contrasts: a site of crystalline modernity nestled among the ranges of an ancient land; an instrument of geo-political surveillance being surveyed.
In being, like many elements of Australia’s cultural experience, somewhat dark and politically charged, Mind the Gap encourages us to be mindful of the gaps, blind spots and connections that run, often invisibly, through our experience of space and place.
Upcoming Exhibition in the Main Gallery from 21 September – 15 November 2017
David Bennett — Reverie
Upcoming Exhibition in the First Floor Gallery from 21 September – 15 November 2017
Micaela Bumpstead — Primary Perceptions
Yering Station Art Gallery is Currently Accepting Exhibition Proposals for 2018
Download a PDF version of the Yering Station Art Gallery Application Form here
Past Exhibitions 2017
Past Exhibitions 2016
Justin Stone 25 February 6 April 2016
Yarra Valley Arts / Yering Station Sculpture Exhibition and Awards 2017
22 October – 5 December
James Cattell, Little Sailor Lost in the Ocean of Winds, Steel, copper, brass, glass lenses, mirrors, found objects, 55 x 175 cm
The annual Yering Station Sculpture Exhibition & Awards commenced in 2001 and is now an iconic event on the Victorian Arts calendar. The exhibition is the result of a collaboration between Yarra Valley Arts and Yering Station and runs for six weeks, from the last week in October until the first week in December. During this time sculptures spill out across the established gardens and line the long corridors and breezeways.
The exhibition showcases a cross section of modern Australian sculptural practice and provides opportunities for artists while giving visitors the opportunity to interact with contemporary art.
The judging panel comprises distinguished professionals from the arts community, and the prize money and exposure associated with the exhibition work to encourage artists in their practice while lifting their professional profiles. Catalogues are available during the exhibition, all artworks are for sale and visitors are encouraged to vote for their favourite work via the People’s Choice Award.
Panel Selection & Exhibition Judges 2017
Jeannette Davison: Art Director Montsalvat
Alex McCulloch: Director Alex McCulloch Art Consultancy
Chris Saines CNZM: Director Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art
Prizes & Awards (non-aquisitive)
Yering Station Sculpture Award $12,000
Dame Elisabeth Murdoch Sculpture Award $5,000
RACV Award $1,000
Yering Station Art Gallery Award
People’s Choice Award
Application Form and Conditions of Entry 2017
Download a PDF version of the Yarra Valley Arts / Yering Station Sculpture Exhibition and Awards Entry Form here
Download a PDF version of the Yarra Valley Arts / Yering Station Sculpture Exhibition and Awards Conditions of Entry Form here
For further information please contact Dr Ewen Jarvis / Curator:
T (03) 9730 0102 M 0400 894 646.