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Moree Gallery exhibition to coincide with Moree on a Plate weekend of fine food and good wine

SHE is one of Australia’s most exciting emerging talents, her intricate ceramic masterpieces piquing the attention of galleries and curators across the nation.

And for Moree born-and-bred artist, Lucinda Kirkby, the local landscape remains her greatest inspiration.

As such, The Moree Gallery is thrilled to include Lucinda, together with other creative dynamos, Sarah Bishop, Catherine Stewart and Anna Smith, as part of its next exhibition, opening Friday, May 10.

Opening over the renowned Moree on a Plate Food and Wine Festival weekend, the exhibition will help launch the community into its most culturally significant celebration.

And with this year’s festival themed around growing local talent, Lucinda is reflective of the talent stemming from the north-west plains.

Since receiving her Bachelor of Fine Art from RMIT University, Melbourne in 2017 Lucinda’s profile has skyrocketed, with exhibitions at the Chelsea College of Arts, London in 2016, Brunswick Street Gallery (2017) and RMIT Gallery, Melbourne (2017).

Nationally acclaimed, Moree born-and-bred artist Lucinda Kirkby will exhibit her latest ceramic collection as part of the upcoming group show at The Moree Gallery.

Lucinda was also a finalist in the 2018 Toorak Village Sculpture Exhibition and winner of the Mayor’s Award in the 2018 Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize.

It’s an impressive list of achievements, however exhibiting at The Moree Gallery is a homecoming she considers a great privileges.

“It’s always been a dream to exhibit at The Moree Gallery. I’ve long had a keen interest in art and visited the gallery often in my youth – the delicious smells, the gentle music, those vibrant green walls – and they’re formative memories that I carry with me everywhere,” Lucinda said.

While Lucinda herself is currently undertaking a residency in Denmark, she will unfortunately be unable to attend in person.

Exhibiting a range of handcrafted and highly textured ceramic tea cups and saucers, Lucinda said preparing for the show has allowed her to reflect and appreciate where her practice began.

Joining the exhibition is Sarah Bishop, another Moree Gallery favourite.

The Estuary, oil on canvas by Catherine Stewart.

Having grown up on a sheep and cattle property in the Merriwa district, Sarah also credits her nature-filled childhood as the foundation which her path as an artist formed.

“This current drought has had a positive flip side, which was to show me the many contrasts and colour combinations that I wasn’t so aware of before,” Sarah said.

“Also, the yearning for rain and constant looking up at the horizon has given me a new palette and a new appreciation and awareness.

“That magical feeling in the air before it rains, the chance of rain, the build, the shift in pressure.

“The warmth of the mid-morning on a summer’s day; the cry of a bird on the wind; or the sound of a windmill turning.

“The connection to the moment before me, trying to capture the feeling and emulate the moment and portray its effect on me and, subsequently, the audience,” she said.

“This exhibition is a combination of these moments, whether the landscape is far-reaching and distant or a quiet little moment in time.”

Catherine Stewart is certainly no stranger to the Moree audience, with her popular works often featured in the gallery.

“This is my fourth exhibition in Moree, and it’s always a delight to exhibit to such an appreciative and artistically aware community,” Catherine said.

“I have a very loyal following in the Moree region and I’m always very appreciative of their support, and extremely grateful to Gig as she has been instrumental in kick-starting my career as a full-time artist and helping me to sustain it,” she said.

Describing the process as a confident, expressive use of colour, line and texture, her work captures the beauty of everyday rural Australia in a unique and contemporary style.

Nyngan’s Anna Smith of Andrena Sculptures is also an artist that needs no introduction – her eye-catching wire sculptures are at home in many local gardens.

Inspired by her own personal frustration of wire litter, shared no doubt by scores of local graziers, Anna has converted this pet hate into tangible artworks of beauty and creativity.

“My work is imperfect and totally individual and the beauty of garden art is that it provides a totally unique focal point in the garden, and one that doesn’t require water or maintenance which is a bonus,” she smiles.

The group exhibition opens Friday, May 10 at 10am at The Moree Gallery, Heber Street, Moree, with works available to preview at www.themoreegallery.com.au.

The exhibition concludes Friday, May 31, 2019.

Words: Georgina Poole