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 Cellar Door, 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 solid 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 7 July – 8 August
MARY VAN DEN BROEK & MARGARET DELAHUNTY SPENCER
Margaret Delahunty Spencer, Morning Light in Landscape, Oil pastel, oil paint and acrylic on linen, 70 x 80 cm
Like the intersection of two circles, the marriage of two reveries, or the unexpected conjunction of two complimentary worlds, the mild steel and bronze sculptures of Mary van den Broek and the gently hued oil and acrylic paintings of Margaret Delahunty Spencer come seamlessly together, issuing an open-hearted invitation to enter freely into richly imagined and deeply experienced states of being.
In an exhibition that conceptually recalls the realist movement, which sought to celebrate ordinary life after the excesses of Baroque and Rococo, van den Broek and Delahunty Spenser explore everyday experiences through vastly different artistic lenses, and although their disparate visions are as unique as they are wide ranging, they manage to achieve a striking unity upon a plain of artistic expression that uplifts the spirit, while acknowledging the need for a creative contemplation of deeper truths.
The realist movement of the nineteenth century resulted in paintings such as Millet’s ‘Gleaners’ which depicts three women collecting stems of grain after the cart has passed, and Courbet’s ‘Bonjour Monsieur Courbet’, in which the artist shares a moment of mutual acknowledgement with two manual labourers on the edge of a field. Similarly, in Mary van den Broek and Delahunty Spencer’s hands, ordinary contemporary events open into opportunities for playful engagement and ongoing exploration.
Ever mindful of Brancusi’s observation that ‘the moment you are no longer a child you are already dead’, the sometimes boisterous, sometimes solitary, but always curious and playful mood of these works seems to skip happily, like the bronze figure of a girl in ‘Hopscotch’, over superficial divisions of race, class, age and language, and in doing so they acknowledge the degree to which we all have a vital part to play in the collective human adventure.
Foreground: Mary van den Broek, Conference of the Birds, Mild steel, 65 x 60 cm
Background: Margaret Delahunty Spencer, Sharing with Meg, Oil pastel, oil paint and acrylic on linen, 70 x 80 cm
From an oblique angle, Delahunty Spencer’s work seems at times to be referencing certain colour theories of Paul Klee and moods evoked by landscape artists like John Olsen and Fred Williams, and indeed with Delahunty Spencer as composer and choreographer colours enact an intricate ballet that makes internal experience of ordinary events visible in the most extraordinary ways: each work becoming an artfully created sounding device for the exploration of self.
Delahunty Spencer cannot remember a time when she wasn’t ‘puddling’ in paint. Having taught art for many years, she now enjoys the luxury of practicing full-time, which allows for the creation of ‘bigger puddles’! An honest song of connection to people and place, her work for this show was inspired by her family, her domestic surrounds and the landscape beyond.
In deep conversation with Delahunty Spencer’s canvasses, the sculptures of van den Broek capture in steel and bronze both the swift moving enthusiasm of children as they pass through a world full of profound riddles and strange transformations, and more meditative states evoked by works like ‘Woman with Rake’ referencing Millet’s painting of the same name and ‘Conference of the Birds’ which takes its name from the Persian epic poem by Farid ud-Din Attar.
Following on from a career as an Occupational Therapist, van den Broek completed a Masters of fine Art through RMIT in 2014. Her arts practice, which tends towards sculptural forms and spans seventeen years, is inspired by her family and by her early life on a dairy farm in south western Victoria.
Together Delahunty Spencer and van den Broek have held several successful collaborative exhibitions both in their home town of Ballarat and in Melbourne.
Mary van den Broek, Conference of the Birds, Mild steel, 20 x 25 x 15 cm
Upcoming Exhibition in the Main Gallery and the First Floor Gallery from 11 August – 20 September 2017
Mind the Gap by Kristian Laemmle-Ruff
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.