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 / Main Gallery
9 January – 17 February
Oliver Ashworth-Martin — Beneath the Surface
Augmented Study – Sheoak 2018, Pastel on cotton paper, 125 x 125 cm
Since U.K. born artist Oliver Ashworth-Martin moved to Australia in 2014, the formal diversity and visual poetry of Australian native seed pods have become ever more central to his work. Thus, inspired by the rich symbolic language these temple-like forms embody, Beneath the Surface is an investigation of hidden complexities, correspondences and unsuspected spatial depths.
As pure forms, especially when cross section views are exposed, these seed pods resemble multi-dimensional models generated by certain branches of theoretical physics; as vessels they house and protect new life and embody nature’s ongoing cycles of renewal, growth and decay; and like great temples and cathedrals, they celebrate geometric harmonies. Certainly in scale, and often through choice of medium, these works transcend traditional botanical studies, re-awakening our appreciation and fascination for the natural world.
Through processes of magnification, abstraction and forceful intervention, Ashworth-Martin has created a journey into the magnificent fractal order present within all life, and as viewers proceed, the mysterious movement of life is quietly borne down upon them, as life flows into form, moves through form, and eventually leaves form behind.
Originally from the Cotswolds in the U.K., Oliver Ashworth-Martin completed a Fine Arts degree at Cardiff School of Art and Design in 2008, after which he worked as production manager for Tom Price Studio’s in London. He now lives in Melbourne and works out of a studio surrounded by native trees and plants from which he sources seeds and pods.
The Immortal (i), bronze on concrete, 16 x 16 x 8.5 cm
Current Exhibition / Winery Viewing Gallery
15 January – 14 April
Chris Taylor — The Stillest Hour: Reimagining Victoria’s Highland Forests II
‘Wandering’ Snow Gums – Baw Baw Plateau, Printed on Arches Velin Archival Cotton Rag, handmade frames using recycled timber, 101 x 73 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 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.
Yarra Valley Arts / Yering Station Sculpture Exhibition and Awards 28 October – 8 December 2018
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.
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 19 February – 8 April
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
Past Exhibitions 2017
Past Exhibitions 2016
Justin Stone 25 February 6 April 2016
For further information please contact Dr Ewen Jarvis / Curator:
T (03) 9730 0102 E firstname.lastname@example.org