THE YERING STATION ART GALLERY FEATURES THE WORK OF BOTH ESTABLISHED AND EMERGING ARTISTS IN AN ENVIRONMENT THAT CAPTURES THE SYNERGY BETWEEN FINE WINE AND THE ARTS

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 8 August – 16 September

VARUNI KANAGASUNDARAM — ROAMING OF THE VIVIDS

The Roaming of the Vivids 1, Porcelain clay, textile, embroidery, fibre, clay slip, stain, enamel, thread, 21-25 x 31-33 cm

Combining ceramic scrolls, eastern and western textile craft and the vivid pigments of the Indian subcontinent, ‘Roaming of the Vivids’ materially represents the dispersion of migrants across landscapes. By following and recasting deeply experienced trajectories, Kanagasundaram has invented a subtle and visceral language of memory, matter and bodily engagement.

Worked terracotta expresses the architectural features of the subcontinent; layers of memory and emotion are suggested by pigments, gestural markings, patterned sari and embroidered lace; abstraction is achieved through unravelling, tearing, fracturing and bleeding of mediums; superimposed decorative elements articulate the transformation of traditional cultures and ever present states of fragility and flux; while thread connecting scrolls articulates journeys within journeys, as one journey is inevitably followed by another. Such is the roaming of the diaspora.

Inspired by the handloom, a device still extensively used throughout the Indian subcontinent to weave saris, Kanagasundaram carefully transforms textile fragments while honouring their rich history. Symbolic cross-pollinations occur, before the weave is preserved in porcelain clay. As such the sari and other products of textile craft combine to produce metaphors of narrative hybridity, while the sari’s unthreading reveals a window and an enhanced porosity characteristic of the diaspora, who are not bound by one tradition, moving as they do between traditions.

Although culturally inscribed, ‘Roaming of the Vivids’ inhabits a liminal space and therefore intentionally displaces the viewer, fracturing cultural and familial connections and challenging identities to adapt to new environments. In particular, specific Tamil rituals undertaken by women in domestic environments, in public spaces, and on the body as a field, have been re-expressed to convey identity and relationship to place. A merging of cultural practices creates a distinct precariousness at the margins. Thus Kanagasundaram furthers ideas relating to expression and ritual, as eastbound pilgrimages necessitate transformed vessels for memory’s ongoing cultivation.

Samir breeze (detail), Porcelain clay, textile, thread, clay slip, stain, 19 x 30 x 2 cm

Current Exhibition in the First Floor Gallery 8 August – 18 November

TESSA HUBBLE — AFFINITY

Seeking, Oil on canvas, 55 x 55 cm

Artist’s Statement:

Hubble’s personal style of artistic expression has evolved through applying traditional methods of drawing and painting to a broad range of subjects while working across diverse mediums.

In particular, the spontaneity and immediacy of watercolour painting has influenced her oil painting resulting in a style at once broad, free and characterised by a limited colour palette and strong contrasts.

Inspired by people in their immediate surrounds, and also by people captured in action, in conversation or in moments of quiet reflection, ‘Affinity’ focuses on sensitivity emerging from bold simplicity.

In 2012 Hubble graduated from RMIT with a degree in Fine Arts and was awarded a scholarship for the Rome Art Program. The visual and cultural immersion this involved and the artistic connections it enabled continues to inspire her arts practice.

Current Exhibition in the Winery Viewing Gallery 16 July – 18 October

CHRIS TAYLOR — THE STILLEST HOUR – REIMAGINING VICTORIA’S HIGHLAND FORESTS

Solitude (Lone Snow Gum – Baw Baw Plateau photographed on Gunaikurnai Country in 2016), Printed on Arches Velin Archival Cotton Rag, handmade recycled timber frame, 60 x 80 x 4 cm

Yesterday, at the stillest hour, the ground seemed to give way: my dream began. The hand moved, the clock of my life held its breath – I never heard such stillness about me.

Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra – The Stillest Hour, 1883-85

Artist Statement:      In my photography of Victoria’s Highland forests, I seek to capture those stillest hours, when no words are spoken. Such moments tell my own story and somehow articulately express my efforts to better understand the forests that cover the dramatic blue-rimmed skyline surrounding Melbourne, the Yarra Valley and beyond.

Through photography, I strive to create new connections enabling a heightened appreciation of our unique forest ecosystems, which I hope will lead to more enlightened conservation outcomes.

My photographs are printed on Arches Velin archival quality cotton paper and framed in hand crafted recycled timber. Commission from the sale of my framed photographs will be donated to the Leukaemia Auxiliary of the Royal Children’s Hospital and to funding research towards the protection of Victoria’s critically endangered Mountain Ash forests.

I sincerely wish to acknowledge the Wurundjeri, Taungurung and Gunaikurnai peoples, upon whose land my photographs were taken. Their longstanding close relationship with country (a legacy spanning many thousands of years) has shaped these forests and made them what they are. For us to continue enjoying Victoria’s highland forests into the future, it is imperative that we learn from their wise stewardship.

A Silent Moment (Central Highlands of Victoria – Big River photographed on Taungurung Country in 2016), Printed on Arches Velin Archival Cotton Rag, handmade recycled timber frame, 100 x 75 x 4 cm

The Stillest Hour – Reimagining Victoria’s Highland Forests – List of Artworks

Upcoming Exhibition in the Main Gallery 19 September – 18 November

Carolyn Cardinet

Upcoming Exhibition in the First Floor Gallery 8 August – 18 November

Tessa Hubble

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

Beatrice Magalotti, The Norns, Bronze, 28 x 42 x 29 cm

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.

Yarra Valley Arts / Yering Station Sculpture Exhibition & Awards 2018 Entry Forms

ENTRIES HAVE NOW CLOSED

Yering Station Art Gallery is Currently Accepting Exhibition Proposals for 2019

Download a PDF version of the Yering Station Art Gallery Application Form here

Past Exhibitions 2018

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 artgallery@yering.com