Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre Reopens With New Exhibitions

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Safe Base Charlie, 2018, 1st place winner of the 2019 $500 History Art Prize Safe Base Charlie, 2018, 1st place winner of the 2019 $500 History Art Prize Image - Gary Smith

Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre (CPAC) in New South Wales will reopen with four exciting new exhibitions, following the restoration of their Koori Floor.

The new exhibitions will range from a touching posthumous showcase exploring one woman's refuge in Gil Farla – My Secret Urban Sanctuary, to the 23rd annual Liverpool Art Society Exhibition, promoting local creative talent.

"It’s wonderful to reopen our doors with such a positive and powerful line-up of exhibitions,” CPAC Director Craig Donarski says. "We’re proud to be able to honour the life and work of the late Gil Farla, and we thank her family for supporting us in realising her vision and sharing her insights with the public."

"We’re also thrilled to introduce Djon Mundine’s newest video work, as well as welcome the return of the Annual Mil-Pra AECG and Liverpool Art Society exhibitions. We can think of no better way to re-open our doors than with a celebration of Gil, Djon, and our local artists," he adds.

My Secret Urban Sanctuary is a touching body of work exploring Gil Farla's garden, its surrounds and many creatures. This posthumous exhibition was made possible by the support of her family and the Casula Powerhouse Scholarship Prize, awarded to her last year.

Following the devastating bushfires of 2019/20, nearly three billion native creatures in Australia have died. Wali (Possum-Marsupial) Ritual is a new video work from Djon Mundine, serving as a memorial to the spirit and beauty of those creatures.

Djon Mundine Wali
Djon Mundine: Wali (Possum-Marsupial) Ritual

The annual Mil-Pra Aboriginal Education Consultative Group (AECG) exhibition and art prize celebrates the significance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture in the Liverpool region and beyond. The 2020 theme is 'Always Was, Always Will Be' and a $1,500 prize will be awarded to the artist whose work best responds to this. Entries can be anything from paintings to ceramics and sculptural pieces, from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in NSW and ACT.

In addition to the Mil-Pra AECG Award, CPAC will present the first Casula Powerhouse Aboriginal Scholarship Award.

Meanwhile, the 23rd annual Liverpool Art Society Exhibition returns for another year, to promote and celebrate the creative talent of the Liverpool region. Submissions of all types are open to enter including painting, drawing, ceramics, sculpture, photography and mixed media. Casula Powehouse's Scholarship Prize of $1,500 aims to support the development of an artist's professional practice by providing an opportunity to further their research and hold a solo exhibition at CPAC's Marsden Gallery in 2021.

CPAC Upcoming Exhibitions

Djon Mundine: Wali (Possum-Marsupial) Ritual – 16 November-17 January
Gil Farla: My Secret Urban Sanctuary – 18 November-17 January
Mil-Pra AECG Exhibition – 18 November-27 January
Liverpool Art Society Exhibition – 18 November-27 January



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