to Apr 3

Vrinda Gleeson

Exhibition Title: Am I Dancing Alone?

Vrinda states, “in a globalised world it is hard to confidently say we know who we are. Although I have spent many years living between Australia and India as a child and an adult, I have recently became aware I do not strongly identify with either culture. When I visited India in 2017 I was interested in finally exploring my incomprehensible relationship with India. This project took the form of ritually observing the daily life around me, hoping that the act of observing could facilitate and explore cultural empathy.”

Vrinda says, she responded most strongly to people in motion - at work, at life or at play. By using watercolor and gouache she was able to paint quickly inside and outside. It was the quick, delicate nature of these materials that helped her create small studies almost daily. She says the residents of Vrindavan (Vrajbasis) are well known for being Krishna devotees, the deity Krishna quite literally being their life and soul.

Vrinda states, “although we may identify with being a woman, an Indian or a dancer, a Vrajbasi believes we are also never ‘dancing alone’, that we may or may not relate to one another on a social or cultural level yet beyond that, we are related on a spirit level. These work celebrate the women, the Vrajbasis and the dancers of India, but also considers their way of thinking, that we might not be as simple and separate as we believe.”

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to May 1

Aetomah School

Exhibition Title: TBA

Aetaomah, is a small school, kindergarten to year 8, based on the educational work of Dr Rudolf Steiner. They are nestled in the picturesque hills below Mt Warning, 10km south-west of Uki, beside the upper reaches of the Tweed River.

Aetaomah, educates through the arts and imagination, by making things, enjoying outdoor activities and agriculture; in this way they believe they can creatively inspire the inquiring mind, delicately foster the child’s emerging thinking, care for the physical and emotional health and nurture social and leadership skills.

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to Jun 12

Susan Kinneally

Exhibition Title: Grevilleas, Bandicoots and Snake Charmers

Uki itself is not quite sure who it is – there is quite a bit of confusion as to what the name means, who named it – and indeed to which language it belongs. But much like its short but complicated name, Uki is a small village with a big presence, full of people who care about each other and the planet. It is a place of inspiration and charm , nestling in the shadow of Wollumbin (Mt Warning).

After 30 years of teaching secondary school art in Melbourne, I, with my husband David, made the move to the magic lands of the Northern Rivers where I have been able to concentrate on developing my own art practice. I had the great good fortune in 2016/17 to have been offered an exhibition at the Tweed Regional Gallery in Murwillumbah, a fabulous experience and (incidentally) a sellout! I am continuing some of the themes of that show in this present collection, although animals and not mermaids are merging with and interacting with all those grevilleas and not a few pythons. (there are indeed a couple of bandicoots as well – Uki apparently means ‘bandicoot’ in one version of the origin of the name)….

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to Sep 4

Marie-France Rose

Exhibition Title: What about Uki?

Marie-Rose says, “in this exhibition I am reflecting on what makes Uki so special to me. I will try to make an artistic connection through landscape, people and the wildlife of the region.”

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to Oct 16

Marta Spear

Exhibition Title: PaperGarden

Marta states “PaperGarden is the botanical art project that started in 2015 from the need to capture beauty of seeds and flowers. The project aims to document gardens, parks, backyards, public places sometimes the same ones at different time of the year.”

Each collage is a personalised Garden Portrait. PaperGarden explores botanical treasures of different parts of the world. However main focus of this exhibition would be recent works that explore the beauty of Northern Rivers and Mount Warning area through the seasons.

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to Dec 4

Barb Suttie

Exhibition Title: Encapsulation - 2000 to 2019

Barb Suttie is an artist who lived in Uki for over 26 years and recently migrated to the big smoke of Murwillumbah. Encapsulated by the forces of the mountain and the embracing the arms of village communities she continues her passion to bring a collection of works which capture landscapes now transformed through the passing of time.

Barb says, “the Caldera and our surrounding hills and Mount Warning, through imagery, encapsulates powerful forces and energies experienced and felt by those who live within our communities and those who seek this unique alluring energy of connection in whatever form it takes. Constantly shifting, we embrace those times through our own personal experiences.”

Barb’s exhibition shares moments in time - a unique collection of creative images in the form of studies, artistic photographs, digital images and oil paintings energetically created between 2000 and 2019.

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