Yering Station Art Gallery

Yering Station’s historic winery building (circa 1859) with its rustic charm, 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 is committed to exhibiting the work of both established and emerging Australian 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 24 November – 7 January

Amanda Ruck — The Secrets Shadows Keep

The Cover of Quietness 2018, acrylic on canvas, 100 x 100 x 4 cm

In ‘The Secrets Shadows Keep’ local artist Amanda Ruck asks us to incline our heads upward and to participate more fully in the ever shifting element of air.

Surveying paintings that span two decades of creative endeavour, we encounter many works that have apparently emerged from within the realist, landscape tradition. Amanda’s line of sight however is forever tempted skyward, thus diminishing the presence of land and enhancing the lure of the sky, effecting a subtle change of perspective that has a stirring tonic effect on the viewer’s imagination; for our thinking shifts from an engagement with the solid certainties and rigid laws of the material world, toward an uplifting sense of the dynamic, responsive and inherently mutable facets of the freer element of air.

Thus seduced into imaginary engagements with the aerial realm, a host of dreams and desires now enter freely into our thinking: dreams of swift movement, dreams of flight and dreams of mutability, and a desire for liberation, for open spaces and for a quickened ability to imagine. As new desires present themselves, we recover a lost ability to move directly towards them, recalling perhaps that the Latin word ‘volo’ means both ‘I want’ and ‘I fly’.

Something else however strikes us about Ruck’s provoking expanses―something paradoxically opposed to swiftness and mutability―and that is their arresting, and altogether pregnant atmosphere of unusual stillness. Art critic, John Russell, once wrote of Odilon Redon’s methodology: ‘Redon means us to watch until the image reveals itself, and he’s not going to be hurried.’ The same could be said of Amanda’s works, as their eerie tranquillity invites us to wait, or is it that they invite us to be? In breathing the air of reverie, they challenge us to explore our own vast interior skies, and to take off over open landscapes full of mysterious promise.

In his seminal work on the dynamics of the aerial imagination, Gaston Bachelard observed that ‘A stable and completely realised image clips the wings of the imagination’, but given that Ruck’s images masterfully recreate an unstable element, they remain open, elusive and full of imaginative power.

Amanda Ruck graduated from the Canberra School of Art in 1988 with a Bachelor of Art, Visual, in printmaking and painting, after which she moved to Melbourne, and in 1998 her love of landscapes and skyscapes drew her out to the Yarra Valley. From 2005-2008 she co-coordinated the Yering Station Sculpture Exhibition & Awards. She has held eighteen solo exhibitions and been involved in over twenty group exhibitions both nationally and internationally. She currently works out of her studio in Healesville, Victoria, Australia.

Yarra Valley Arts / Yering Station Sculpture Exhibition and Awards 28 October – 8 December 2018

Award Winners

Yering Station and Yarra Valley Arts are delighted to announce the award winners of the Yarra Valley Arts / Yering Station Sculpture Exhibition and Awards 2018.

Exhibition Judges

Geoffrey Edwards: Curator Point Leo Estate Sculpture Park and former Director Geelong Art Gallery

Kelly Gellatly: Director, Ian Potter Museum of Art, the University of Melbourne

Dr Rob Haysom: Associate Professor, Deakin University

Yering Station Sculpture Award $12,000

Cliff Burtt, Larger Folding Map of the Universe (Counterpoint), Steel, 170 x 260 x 140 cm

Arnold Bloch Leibler Award $5,000 and the Winery Choice Award

Madelaine Last, Epicormic Regeneration, Recycled steel, 320 x 250 x 250 cm

RACV Sculpture Award $1,000

Loose Leaf Studios, Ancestor, Dried leaves, steel base frame, 200 x 500 x 100cm

Yering Station Art Gallery Award

Antonio Villella, Suspended in space, Fruitwood, paint, shellac, 140 x 80cm

Yering Station / Montsalvat Outdoor Sculpture Award

Rudi Jass, Stem, Corten and stainless steel, bearings, 270 x 140 x 100cm

Yering Station, Yarra Valley Arts, Arnold Bloch Leibler, Yarra Ranges Council, RACV Club, WorkforceXS, Montsalvat and LARCH would like to heartily congratulate all exhibition finalists award winners!

The Yarra Valley Arts / Yering Station Sculpture Exhibition & Awards is the result of a collaboration between Yarra Valley Arts, a not for profit organization dedicated to enhancing the cultural lives of Yarra Valley residents and visitors, and Yering Station, a premier winery in the Yarra Valley region of Victoria with an arts program encompassing painting, photography and sculpture.

The exhibition has grown steadily since October 2001 and is now an iconic event on the Victorian arts calendar attracting strong interstate interest. It is respected for its consistency and longevity and its ability to annually showcase a cross section of contemporary Australian sculptural practice from both established and emerging artists.

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. Finalists are encouraged to select a site which best presents their work.

Dr Ewen Jarvis, Curator of the Yering Station Art Gallery and the annual Yarra Valley Arts / Yering Station Sculpture Exhibition & Awards, is a writer and practicing artist with both academic and arts administration experience.

The sculpture exhibition takes a 30% commission on art sales, 20% of which is donated to Yering Station’s preferred charity LARCH (Leukaemia Auxiliary of the Royal Children’s Hospital), while 10% goes to Yarra Valley Arts towards the promotion of arts across the region.

The sculpture exhibition is supported by long term sponsors who share the vision and aims of the exhibition: to foster the growth of contemporary Australian sculpture.  Arnold Bloch Leibler – lawyers and advisors, Yarra Ranges Council, Workforce Extensions, and RACV Healesville have been particularly strong in their support of the exhibition.

We are also supported by a substantial list of current and former judges and mentors in the arts community who have been part of our selection panel and assist us in continually growing the exhibition’s profile.

Upcoming Exhibition in the Main Gallery 9 January – 17 February

Oliver Ashworth-Martin

The Immortal (i), bronze on concrete,  16 x 16 x 8.5 cm

Yering Station Art Gallery Exhibition Applications for 2019 have now closed.

Yarra Valley Arts / Yering Station Sculpture Exhibition & Awards Entry Forms for 2019 will be available soon.

Past Exhibitions 2018

Tessa Hubble Affinity 8 August 18 November

Carolyn Cardinet PlasticTide 19 September 18 November

Varuni Kanagasundaram Roaming of the Vivids 8 August 16 September

Brenda Page Nevermore 26 May 1 July

Anita Ophoven Drawings and Watercolours 26 May 1 July

Girl in Shed 10 January 28 May

Jenny Davis Spaces Beneath 11 April 20 May

Jerry Osadczuk Into the Valley Rode the Horsemen 28 February 8 April

Kerrie Warren Australian Panorama 10 January 25 February

Past Exhibitions 2017

Steve Freestone Kakadu and the Kimberley 17 November 8 January

David Bennett Reverie 21 September 15 November

Micaela Bumpstead Primary Perceptions 21 September 5 November

Kristian Laemmle-Ruff Mind the Gap 11 August 19 September

Margaret Delahunty Spencer and Mary van den Broek The Worth of the Ordinary 7 July 8 August

Michel Canetti La Femme Éternelle 9 June 4 July

Lucy McEachern and Vida Pearson Cut and Formed on the Plains II 28 April 6 June

Oliver Ashworth Martin Musings of a Journeyman 29 April 6 June

Savaad Felich and Genevieve McLean Flourish 24 March 26 April

Laura White The Painted Garden 24 February 21 March

Anthony Bowles and Tim Jones Macedon and Beyond 20 January 21 February

Karen Hopkins Impermanence 2 December 17 January

Past Exhibitions 2016

Ben Fuog The Four Givens, The Great Pearl and Ikaria 28 October 29 November

Paul Laspagis The Floating Landscape 16 September 25 October

Ernst Fries Selected Works 16 September – 25 October

Bree Edgar The Naked Face 16 September 25 October

Flossie Peitsch Not Black and White 29 July 13 September 2016

Kerryl Shirley Constructions 24 June 26 July 2016

Neil Kelly This Kind of Blue 22 June 27 July 2016

Nellie Zimmerman Scape Artist … Evolving Forms and Nikki Perzuck Festive Journey 19 May 22 June

John Forrest Selected Works 7 April 18 May 2016

Lorna Garnier Eco Mind 7 April 18 May 2016

David Bowers and Nick Morris 25 February 6 April 2016

Justin Stone 25 February 6 April 2016

Chunky Move 21 January 24 February 2016

Contact Details

For further information please contact Dr Ewen Jarvis / Curator:

T (03) 9730 0102 E