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 10 April – 20 May
JENNY DAVIS — SPACES BELOW
Wallmatter, Oil paint on canvas, 140 x 180 cm
‘Spaces Below’ is a visual and textural descent into the abandoned, the derelict, the vacant and the forgotten. Through her utilisation of forlorn industrial structures, stained and crumbling walls, acts of graffiti, redundant signage, and portals giving access to meandering subterranean systems, Jenny Davis evokes a unique vision at once spare and lavish, material and ghostly. It is a vision that elevates the significance of random marks, stress fractures and other imperfections, while enfolding the viewer in an atmosphere of chromatically gentle and strangely opulent decay. The abstractions that haunt these works are investigations of the many traces that run like hieroglyphs and riddles across the surface of neglected structures.
Davis’s subterranean life began in childhood. Drawn to ‘small spaces’ where she wouldn’t be disturbed, she would play in drainpipes, on vacant industrial sites and in newly constructed buildings, often working discarded materials into makeshift furniture and decorative objects. After an arts residency in Barcelona in 2005 and a visit to France in 2006, Davis steered her arts practice toward spaces reminiscent of those early childhood memories. In researching and documenting understructures, abandoned buildings and marks left behind in the built environment, she found ‘beauty in decay, random marks, aerial perspectives, graffiti and weathered surfaces’. Ever attuned to the narrative and oneiric possibilities of timeworn surfaces, Davis’s latest exhibition creates an altogether seductive immateriality from abrasive mediums such as cement, iron and rust.
Davis’s practice spans twenty-five years and encompasses painting, sculpture, drawing, collage, photography, book arts, textiles, installation‚ video‚ sound and virtual worlds. Her artwork has been exhibited in Australia, Germany, France, Spain, the UK and the US and is represented in numerous private and public collections. She has received awards and residencies both nationally and internationally, and her digital artworks have been projected onto buildings in Times Square, New York and in 2017 at The Venice Biennale 57. “La Biennale di Venezia” in Italy. Davis currently works from her studio in the Yarra Valley region of Victoria, Australia.
Wallmatter 5, Acrylic, shellac, pigment, sealer on canvas, 122 x 92 cm
Current Exhibition in the First Floor Gallery 10 January – 25 February
GIRL IN SHED
‘Girl in Shed’ is an exhibition of sculpture that traces a journey through personal trauma, exploring themes such as loss, emotional pain, loneliness, anxiety, creativity, resolution, and healing towards ultimate freedom. In addition these works go some way toward articulating the degree to which environment and emotion interpenetrate: the land and the tools and materials used to work it becoming intimately connected to ongoing processes of emotional cultivation.
Artist Statement: Two years ago, during a traumatic event in my life, I came to the realisation that I needed to confront, rather than run from, my pain and my jagged emotions. In the act of confrontation that followed, I found my artistic voice and created this series of artworks. As such ‘Girl in Shed’ maps a journey of transformation through various stages: from the initial marital breakup itself, to becoming a single mother, through feelings of failure, betrayal, loneliness and deep anxiety.
These works are raw and vulnerable as each sculpture focuses on a moment or a deep emotion that needed to be felt through in order to complete the healing process. The sculptures are constructed from reclaimed metal sourced from around the Yarra Valley and the Yarra Ranges: from my family farm, the local rubbish tip or from the side of the road. I use texture, colour and fastening methods to add depth to the story being told, while the conjunction of old and new materials enhances emotional impact.
Feel it. The thing that you don’t want to feel. Feel it, and be free. Nayyirah Waheed
Current Exhibition in the Winery Viewing Gallery 14 March – 10 June
ANGELA RIVAS & LINDY SCHNEIDER — FROM THIS PLACE
‘From This Place’ is the result of a collaboration between photographer Angela Rivas, writer Lindy Schneider and fourteen female artists from the Upper Yarra Valley region of Victoria. Through words and photography they explore how ‘place’ grounds artists in their creativity.
Artist Statement: This body of work had its genesis in the desire to inspire others through the telling of stories about women artists and their practice. The work locates itself deeply in nature and from this place we have been able to reveal a depth of beauty in these women, a beauty we understand as their ‘soul shine’. In this way, the process has also been one of healing and self-awareness for all of us. We, as the project creators, have been shaped by the encounters we have had just as the viewer of this work may be. It could be no other way. Embedded in each image taken, and in each word written, is a sense of collaboration, community and care. Our intention to inspire women to embrace their own art practice regardless of their age or place in life is present for the reader or viewer in a way that avoids prescription and encourages a deeper reflection and reimagining of the self as artist. And we are all artists. A deeply feminine process, we allowed the project to shape its own unique course and found a much larger expression than we had originally dreamed. Through this project, we have experienced a freedom to present our respective art forms in ways that reveal our gifts and our intentions for future practice. The clasping of the hands to the heart is a leitmotif of this work and is the source of inspiration for the title. Every woman spoke of her artistic life coming ‘from this place’ as she touched her hands to her breast – a reflection of both the inner source and the outer expression of their work.
Live as though all of life is artistic practice.
And if you need inspiration, go to the river.
Upcoming Exhibition in the Main Gallery from 11 April – 21 May
Yarra Valley Arts / Yering Station Sculpture Exhibition and Awards 28 October – 8 November 2018
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
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
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 email@example.com