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’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, in the Winery Viewing Gallery 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.
Graham Jones — Crooked Roads to Forgotten Places
Main Gallery 10 April – 28 April
First Floor Gallery 30 April – 20 May
Exhibition Opening 3.30 pm Saturday 13 April
Journey, Acrylic on Canvas, 300 x 180 cm
In Crooked Roads to Forgotten Places Victorian abstract painter Graham Jones re-evokes a series of significant episodes from his past resulting in a visually potent autobiographical tableau.
At once an unflinching inquiry into the structuring of memory and the relationships we cultivate with events that speak to us from the past, these works also offer to the viewer, as they do to one another, a sense of being guided obliquely through heightened inner space toward longed for but entirely unsentimental consolations.
As such, the conflict-affected ambience we find in Fields of Glory has been diffused in the twilit peace that prevails in Gently, while the heavy forms that dominate Black Sky and Tracks are absorbed and overcome by the dawning blue-tinged calm of Breathe.
Each work represents a finite part of a greater whole. Each is also perfectly balanced and dynamically resolved. Perhaps it is just this sense of balance and need for active resolution, along with the all-pervasive use of muted natural hues that draws us inward to reawaken and reform our own formative sites and spaces.
Jones came to painting in 2015 after a career encompassing music, writing, architecture and design, and while his lyrical compositions reflect these earlier influences, they also evidence a fully-formed artistic sensibility that is entirely at home in the liminal zone where past and present stand conjoined. Originally from the small Victorian town of Numurkah, Jones currently lives on the Mornington Peninsula with his wife and works out of Mornington’s Southern Buoy Studios.
The Ridge, Acrylic on Paper, 91 x 121 cm
Current Exhibition / Winery Viewing Gallery
Ralph Bristow — Recent Paintings
17 April – 31 June
When Focusing on Feet I Saw the Poor Darling, 2018, Acrylic on canvas, 167 x 182cm
In ‘Portable Meeting Places’ Ralph Bristow shares a bright, sensual and wildly transporting vision, in which dimensions are subverted, spontaneity trumps tradition and colours enter into delightfully unexpected associations. A loose dancing application of paint opens boldly layered depths, and while emergent forms suggest the urgency of energy unleashed, an aggressive expressivity is deployed toward the apprehension of finely perceived and newly minted mythologies. Taken as a whole, these works can be experienced as an expanse of interior sky made radiant by an eternal ecstatic act of transfiguration, in which the natural world of bulls, birds and nests in shady arbours are forever merging into anthropomorphic collage combinations. Lavish, lyrical and brazenly inclusive, ‘Portable Meeting Places’ will charm the imagination and sear the psyche with colour.
Since completing a Bachelor of Fine Art at Monash University in 1991, Bristow has exhibited regularly in both solo and group shows. He currently lives in North Eastern Victoria and works from his studio overlooking the Broken River.
Yarra Valley Arts / Yering Station Sculpture Exhibition and Awards
Award Winners for 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
RACV People’s Choice Award
Donal Molloy Drum, Wimmera, Stainless steel, found wood, copper, brass, dimensions variable
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 and 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)
Click on the link below to view the previous winners of the Yering Station Sculpture Award
Upcoming Exhibition in the Main Gallery 21 May – 24 June
Michel Canetti – FEMMES. Portraits & Nudes
Lenka, Acrylic on canvas, 183 x 110cm
Yering Station Art Gallery Exhibition Applications for 2020 Now Open
Past Exhibitions 2019
Past Exhibitions 2018
Past Exhibitions 2017
Past Exhibitions 2016
Justin Stone 25 February 6 April 2016
For further information please contact Dr Ewen Jarvis / Exhibition Coordinator and Curator
T (03) 9730 0102 E firstname.lastname@example.org