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

23 February – 8 April

Steve Freestone — High Blue / Middle Orange: The West MacDonnell Ranges and the Centre

Oasis (Ellery Creek), Oil on Canvas, 91 x 121cm

High Blue / Middle Orange: the West McDonnell Ranges and the Centre is the third exhibition in a tetralogy that began with Flinders Ranges (2013), Kakadu and Kimberley (2018) and will conclude with Karajini Gorges and Kalbarri in the years ahead.

Referencing titles used by mid-20th century Abstract Expressionists Richard Diebenkorn and Hans Hofmann(artists whose manifestos and colour theories have long influenced Freestone’s work)High Blue / Middle Orange evokes a physically unstable visual mythology of the Australian landscape.

While Diebenkorn employed colour to draw viewers toward the horizon, Hans Hofmann painted internally generated light that appears to emerge from within the image itself. Incorporating these tendencies, Freestone recreates the emotional impact of viewing the original landscape, while using a suite of contrasting elements to heighten subtle intensities: broad energetic strokes run alongside finer detailed strokes, order and harmony stand in opposition to chaos and discord, poetry wrestles with concept, form writhes in folds of space, while opposing yet complementary hues produce a frisson of vibrating energy across the field of view.

Freestone graduated from Monash University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1994 majoring in painting and photography after which he completed a Post Graduate Degree in painting and a Graduate Diploma in Education at the University of Melbourne. Following on from a number of solo and group exhibitions, Freestone held an art teaching position at Upper Yarra Secondary College and then taught in the Fine Arts Department of Yarra Valley Grammar for seventeen years, during which time he served as Head of the Fine Arts Department, coordinated the Certificate IV in Art and Design and was the school’s RTO Manager. He is now a full time artist and works out of his studio in Warburton in the Upper Yarra Valley.

The Crocodile Sleeps (Simpson’s Gap), Oil on Canvas, 91 x 121cm

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 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.

Yarra Valley Arts / Yering Station Sculpture Exhibition & Awards

Entries Open for 2019

2019 Yarra Valley Arts Yering Station Sculpture Exhibition and Awards Introduction

2019 Yarra Valley Arts Yering Station Sculpture Exhibition and Awards Conditions of Entry

2019 Yarra Valley Arts Yering Station Sculpture Exhibition and Awards Entry Form

Upcoming Exhibition in the Main Gallery 10 April – 19 May

 Graham Jones – Winter Sojourn

Awakening of the Season, Acrylic on canvas, 180 x 180cm

Yering Station Art Gallery Exhibition Applications for 2020 Now Open

Yering Station Art Gallery Application Form 2020

Past Exhibitions 2019

Oliver Ashworth-Martin Beneath the Surface 9 January 17 February

Past Exhibitions 2018

Amanda Ruck The Secrets Shadows Keep 24 November 7 January

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