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Moonah Arts Centre (MAC) is scheduled to reopen on Friday 21 August with 3 new exhibitions by local artists. The centre closed its doors to the public in March because of COVID-19 and has remained shuttered since. “It’s been a really challenging time for artists,” says MAC’s visual arts program officer Rebecca Holmes. “Artists who were travelling from […]

Moonah Arts Centre (MAC) is scheduled to reopen on Friday 21 August with 3 new exhibitions by local artists. The centre closed its doors to the public in March because of COVID-19 and has remained shuttered since.

“It’s been a really challenging time for artists,” says MAC’s visual arts program officer Rebecca Holmes.

“Artists who were travelling from interstate to be involved with MAC’s program have been unable to travel, and many artists haven’t been able to access their studios or collaborate with other creatives and have had to put projects on the back burner.”

“At MAC, we’ve been trying to support our artists by creating opportunities for them to show exhibitions, or parts of their exhibitions, online. This is something that we will continue to do as we look to reopening our exhibition spaces as it has created some exciting opportunities.”

watercolour on paper, Catherine D’Orazio.

Catherine D’Orazio is also showing her work in this round of exhibitions. She makes her abstract watercolour paintings by layering colours over and over, in a ritualistic, contemplative process. The exhibition offers a visual representation of the many ups and downs by pushing process to its limits. In addition to her exhibition, Catherine has created a video showing her process. The video is a quiet invitation to meditate on the nuances of emotion and painting.

Toby Juliff is one of the artists in the exhibitions opening on 21 August at MAC. He has collaborated with the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre and the Tasmania Fire Service to create an artwork examining an impending climate catastrophe. In addition to his exhibition, Toby has created a series of podcasts where he interviews artist, faith leaders, and experts in hazard reduction burning. The podcasts will be available online during the exhibition.

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The third exhibition is by artist Nadia Refaei. Nadia uses family photographs and other records to explore the idea of ‘homeland’ in the context of the Syrian conflict. Using processes of destruction and reconstruction, the artist’s family records are reinterpreted into new forms. Nadia will also have a dual language video resource to accompany her exhibition, which will be available online.

“We’re so excited to invite people back to MAC to see these great exhibitions in person,” says Holmes.

All three exhibitions will be open to the public from Friday 21 August at Moonah Arts Centre. The exhibition spaces will be open Monday to Friday 10am – 5pm and Saturday 11am – 3pm. The exhibitions run until 12 September.

1998-2011 / ١٩٩٨-٢٠١١, Nadia Refaei.

Source: Tasmanian Times https://tasmaniantimes.com/2020/08/moonah-arts-centre-reopening/#utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=moonah-arts-centre-reopening

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