Our historic cellar door c. 1859 with its rustic charm, high ceilings and whitewashed brick walls operates as both a tasting room and an art gallery. We exhibit the works of both established and emerging Australian artists in all art forms. Exhibitions are located in the Main Gallery and in the Winery Viewing Gallery, with exhibitions rotating every four to six weeks. A selection of outdoor sculptures are also on display in the gardens and on the Sculpture Terrace overlooking the Yarra Ranges. Commissions from artwork sales are donated to My Room Children’s Cancer Charity.
Artworks can be purchased through the Yering Station Cellar Door.
Victoria Watts, Hazard Tree, acrylic on linen, 86 x 120cm
ABOVE MY HEAD BENEATH MY FEET
VICTORIA WATTS | PAINTING
MIKE NICHOLLS | SCULPTURE
5 November — 8 January
VICTORIA WATTS: Above My Head Beneath My Feet invites us into the atmosphere of Victoria’s eucalypt forests, and into a life-affirming cycle forever on the move. In works that convey an experience of eucalypts, grevilleas, native orchids, ferns and tea-trees, Watts captures a rhythm that arises from the play of elements. Through the shadows of towering gums, shafts of sunlight touch the ground. Traces of fire suggest the triggered dispersal of native seeds. The black of charred trunks gives way to dusty browns and greens. Life encircles and extends: overhead, underfoot, outward and within.
MIKE NICHOLLS: Through the art of sculpture, Mike Nicholls brings the human spirit into peaceful contact with the natural world. Benevolent beings and creative relationships are worked from the various timbers: a guardian spirit emerges from lemon scented gum, a bird form rises from charred cypress pine, and seed forms appear from jarrah and other native woods. While gnarled and rough hewn, with art making marks on open display, Nicholls sculptures nonetheless achieve a refinement, an elegance, and a poetry of form that speaks to the element of consciousness that stands in wonder before nature.
Mike Nicholls, In Humanity’s Hands, bronze (edition of 8), 60 x 38 x 25cm
‘Light’ is an exhibition that is likely to beguile some viewers, not least because the light it portrays is somewhat remote from conventional representations of illumination.
In our light-saturated world of high lumen bulbs and outsized TV’s, our manufactured world of artificial hues and gleaming surfaces, our world of glossy prints, touch screens and digitally rendered ‘reality’, light is often obvious, brash and greedy for our attention, whereas the light that plays in these artworks emerges quietly, and with a superabundance of both gentleness and subtlety.
We are introduced to a less boisterous experience of light. We find a light that is not afraid to mingle with the darkness, a light that glows from distant centres and far peripheries. A light that senses, explores, gathers and bleeds through. It is moreover a kind of light that asks us to look both ways: at once outward, toward the painted surfaces, and also toward finer illuminations of interiority.
Belinda Rogers, Light 004, oil on Caravaggio linen, 175 x 175cm
Faustas Sadauskas has been engaged as a visual artist since the early nineteen eighties. He originated from a ceramics background to further evolve his oeuvre into contemporary sculpture in mastering plasticity of form through the use of locally sourced materials including timber and stone, in particular Australian marble.
Faustas Sadauskas, South Yarra Prosthetics, Buchan Marble, 64 x 28 cm
Longtime Yering Station viticulturalist Frank Di Martino’s range of handcrafted furniture is lovingly created from seasoned French oak barrels. Each individual feature piece is conceived and created with care by a craftsman whose sense of line, composition and form has developed across a lifetime of working with wood.
Frank Di Martino, The Meta Armadillo, seasoned French Oak, wire, 73 x 76 x 75cm
The Michael McCoy designed gardens and Robert Conti designed terrace provide ideal sites for works by some of Australia’s most accomplished sculptors. Currently on permanent display are works by Jane Bennetts, Ewen Coates, Maria Coyle, Martin George, Bill Ogilvie, Brian Paulusz, Michael Sibel and Fredrick White.
Jane Bennetts, Resilient (Xanthorrhoea, mother and child), Steel, 180 x 150 x 50 cm, $2,800
Ewen Coates, Multiverse #27, cast aluminium, 140 x 76 x 76 cm, $29,000
Martin George, My Girl’s Up the Duff, stainless steel, pewter, paint, 270 x 120 x 120 cm, $25,000
Bill Ogilvie, Little Miracle, bronze, marble, 80 x 170 x 110 cm, (Yering Station Private Collection)
Children’s Entrance, Basalt, 150 x 170 x 70 cm, (Yering Station Private Collection)
Maria Coyle, Children Chatting, ceramic, variable, (Yering Station Private Collection)
VICTORIA WATTS | PAINTING
MIKE NICHOLLS | SCULPTURE
5 NOVEMBER — 9 JANUARY
MORANO | PAINTING
14 JANUARY — 21 FEBRUARY
MARISSA AVANO | PAINTING
25 FEBRUARY — 2 APRIL
Yarra Valley Arts | Yering Station Sculpture Exhibition & Awards 2023
The Yarra Valley Arts / Yering Station Sculpture Exhibition & Awards is a collaborative event hosted by Yering Station winery and Yarra Valley Arts, a not for profit organisation dedicated to enhancing the cultural lives of Yarra Valley residents and visitors.
Respected for its consistency and longevity, the exhibition showcases a cross section of new Australian sculpture from both emerging and established artists. Having grown steadily since 2001, it is now the longest running annual sculpture exhibition in Victoria and an iconic event on the Australian arts calendar.
Staged across dramatic landscaped gardens designed by Michael McCoy, the exhibition provides ample opportunities for the installation of outdoor sculpture, while the long indoor corridors and breezeways offer indoor and sheltered spaces.
The exhibition at Yering Station runs alongside a concurrent exhibition of sculpture staged through the Collins Street offices of long-standing Principal Sponsor Arnold Bloch Leibler, and as of 2021, a small sculpture exhibition is presented at Yarra Valley Arts’ physical home, the YAVA Gallery & Arts Hub in Healesville.
Dr Ewen Jarvis (Exhibition Coordinator and Curator, Yarra Valley Arts / Yering Station Sculpture Exhibition & Awards) is a professional curator, writer and public academic with over a decade of arts administration experience.
The event takes a 30% commission on art sales, 20% of which is donated to My Room Children’s Cancer Charity, while 10% is donated to Yarra Valley Arts towards the provision and promotion of arts events across the region.
The sculpture exhibition is supported by long term sponsors who share the vision and aims of the organisers: to foster the growth of contemporary Australian sculpture. Principal Sponsor Arnold Bloch Leibler – lawyers and advisors, Yarra Ranges Council and RACV have been particularly strong supporters across the years. The event is also supported by a growing list of esteemed arts professionals who have been members of the selection and judging panel in the past and who assists us in growing the exhibition’s profile.
Owing to the Melbourne lockdowns and restrictions of 2020 – 2022 this year’s event was held in the autumn. The next Yarra Valley Arts | Yering Station Sculpture Exhibition & Awards will take place in the spring of 2023.