A mystery here

Poem by Rhonda Cotsell, in response to a work in the Weathering the Future exhibition.
Poem by Rhonda Cotsell, in response to a work in the Weathering the Future exhibition.
It’s great to see some visitors to the exhibition taking the time to add chatterboxes to the hanging Precipice work, and also leave thoughts on the comment wall.

We were struck by this example from Rhonda Cotsell:

There is a mystery here
I recognise the skill
of weaving
It is the craftswoman in
the contrast of soft
white, pink tinged
Is it something on which
I have a right
to comment?
I don’t understand
what it is saying
but it suggests
death or maybe
food gathering?
I need to listen
if I am to use what words
I have
at my disposal,
within
my cultural
DNA.

The exhibition is open today, Saturday 15 December, and tomorrow, Sunday 16 December, noon till 4pm, and again from Thursday 20 December to Sunday 23 December, noon till 4pm.

And we have launched!

Audience at Weathering the Future launch, Saturday 8 December 2018.

Audience at Weathering the Future launch, Saturday 8 December 2018.
Audience at Weathering the Future launch, Saturday 8 December 2018.

Weathering the Future has been officially launched!

Ballarat City councillor Belinda Coates
Ballarat City councillor Belinda Coates
We were very pleased to be joined by Ballarat City councillor Belinda Coates, who gave a short address at the launch ceremony, which was introduced by the Art Gallery of Ballarat’s Peter Freund. The exhibition is run under the council’s community arts program through Backspace Gallery.

Jessica Wilkinson, Fraser Mackay and Kirstyn McDermott read their works from the exhibition, with an introduction by Weathering the Future curator Jason Nahrung, before Art Gallery of Ballarat director Louise Tegart officially launched the exhibition.

Art Gallery of Ballarat director Louise Tegart
Art Gallery of Ballarat director Louise Tegart
The icing on the cake came with Reuben Morgan playing his piano piece “Mother Earth”, written for the exhibition.

A rough count put the audience at more than 140, and two sales were recorded, which was especially gratifying.

Our thanks to everyone who was able to come, those who helped run the event — including the catering staff! — and all those who helped spread the word, including some wonderfully helpful Facebook pages.

Above all, people came, people saw, people enjoyed. Job well done, everyone!

The exhibition continues Thursdays to Sundays, noon-4pm, until and including December 23.

Jessica Wilkinson reads during the Weathering the Future launch, Saturday 8 December 2018.
Jessica Wilkinson reads during the launch.
Fraser Mackay reads during the launch of Weathering the Future.
Fraser Mackay reads during the launch.
Kirstyn McDermott reads during the launch of Weathering the Future.
Kirstyn McDermott reads during the launch.
Reuben Morgan plays his composition "Mother Earth" during the Weathering the Future launch.
Reuben Morgan plays his composition “Mother Earth” during the Weathering the Future launch.