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 and First Floor Gallery 24 March – 26 April 2017
SAVAAD FELICH & GENEVIEVE McLEAN – FLOURISH
Official Opening: Saturday 25 March 6.00 – 7.45 pm
Genevieve McLean, Take a Walk in the Wild, Pen and watercolour on paper, 66 x 100 cm
‘Flourish’ brings together two Australian sculptors whose paths have crossed regularly and profitably since they first met nearly twenty years ago. Savaad Felich, who curated the annual Yering Station Sculpture Exhibition and Awards for fifteen years, and Genevieve McLean, who is the only artist to win the Yering Station Sculpture Award on two occasions, have combined their creative visions in a collaborative exhibition that is as transporting as it is playful.
From recycled timber and found objects, Felich has created a veritable pantheon of archetypal figures; all breathtakingly present and intent on their own business, they hold the space they occupy with a nobility of posture and gesture that draws us effortlessly into often familiar narratives that are here transformed and made deliciously strange. A sense of the otherworldly links Felich’s art to that of McLean’s whose hyper-candied colour palate unfurls a path to a place at once optimistic and unsettling. Like a psychedelic King Midas let loose in a wunderkammer, McLean has created a body of work within which distinctions between plant and animal, interior and exterior, landscape and mindscape have either been dissolved or reformed according to the changeable dictates of a young god. These two bodies of work enact a curious exchange, sometimes mirroring, sometimes merging and sometimes eyeing each other curiously.
Savaad was born in Melbourne to European post-war immigrant parents. He embraced the counterculture of the 1960s and 70s and with it the anti -Vietnam War movement. At this time he also travelled overseas, living in both Switzerland and Poland for brief periods, to connect with his European heritage. After returning to Melbourne, Felich discovered a latent talent for woodcarving while working as a horticulturalist at the Melbourne Royal Botanic Gardens. Sculptors such as Paul Juraseck, Bruce Armstrong and Gunther Kopietz, then students of the VCA, used to visit Savaad’s work section to obtain timber cut down by the garden’s tree crew.
Over the thirty-five years that have since passed, Felich has worked mainly in timber, while steadily moving from direct carving with a chainsaw and chisels to construction, lamination and assemblage of timber and found wooden objects.
This progression has entailed a concurrent movement through meticulous and methodical processes toward a more immediate, loose and unconstrained approach. Savaad’s current work utilizes an array of furniture parts assiduously gathered from hard rubbish along with found objects from market stalls, bric-a-brac shops and second hand stores. The subjects of his sculpture arise where personal experience vivid imagination and playfulness of process combine.
In addition to exhibiting regularly and working as an arts administrator, Savaad has been awarded commissions for public artworks, participated in Artists in Schools Residencies, judged exhibitions and hosted and spoken at art forums. He currently lives in Toolangi, where he works from his handmade mudbrick studio: a sacred space where creation and meditative states prevail, and within which frustration, fulfilment, joy and elation all play a part. For Felich this is home.
McLean is new to country living, and the change of environment has involved embracing a more ‘hands in the earth’ way of life. Observing every hole in the ground, watching the play of light over plants and landscapes, exploring texture, colour and pattern in the garden as the seasons come and go: all of these activities work to draw McLean into the unknowns of a magic world.
Freed from the circumscribed lines of inner city living, McLean’s art has broken out across open country. McLean creates sculptures and paintings within which proliferating flora and fauna weave intriguing portholes and wildly playful botanical imaginings rich in decoration and display are free to mimic, morph and mutate. An applied honesty of narrative evolution has resulted in works at once open, expressive and joyful that invite us to inhabit a vast world of delight.
Savaad Felich with Monty, Recycled timber, 75 x 60 cm
Upcoming Exhibition in the Main Gallery and the First Floor Gallery from 28 April – 6 June 2017
Lucy McEachern and Vida Pearson
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
Alex McCulloch: Director Alex McCulloch Art Consultancy (to be confirmed)
Amanda Swanson: Co-founder and Events and Sponsorship Director Mossgreen Gallery (to be confirmed)
Jeannette Davison: Art Director Montsalvat (to be confirmed)
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.