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NEW SACRED - A group exhibition exploring ritual and folklore in contemporary Australian art

BY Green Tea | 10-Jul-2018
A joint role exhibition between Mosman Art Gallery and Parramatta Artists Studios encourages curatorial dialogue and the flow of ideas across greater Sydney this winter. #mosmanartgallery @mosmanartgallery
'New Sacred', is project that introduces the first collaborative exchange between Parramatta Artists Studios in Western Sydney and Mosman Art Gallery, located on Sydney's North Shore. The exhibition showcases the work of nine mid-career artists who are current residents and alumni of the Parramatta Artists Studios.

With the advent of changed migration patterns, new technologies and a globalised world there comes a new search for values and meaning across contemporary Australia. 'New Sacred' has been developed as a reflection of this search.

The exhibition responds to Australia’s multi-faceted cultural identity and considers storytelling through ritual, cultural traditions, narratives and folklore. With a range of art media on show (installation, performance, video, painting, photography, drawing and textiles), cross-cultural conversations emerge as personal, family histories and life experiences are examined. The artists reflect distinct and diverse voices that speak to far-reaching social issues.

Both Mosman and Parramatta have played important roles in the development of Australian art. Both were significant sites for traditional Aboriginal cultural practices, as well as playing key roles in the earliest interaction between European and Indigenous peoples and the development of colonial art. Mosman became the centre of the Australian Impressionism movement in Sydney and its artists later became prime instigators in the birth of Australian Modernism. Parramatta now finds itself as the centre of the development of new forms of cultural expression and both Parramatta and Mosman are active in the exploration of Australian identity in the 21st century.

'New Sacred' will be officially opened by Elizabeth Ann Macgregor OBE, Director Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia, on Friday 13 July at 6:30pm.

The free exhibition runs daily to Saturday 8 September 2018.

A detailed full colour catalogue featuring essays on each artist has been produced.