There are three terrific exhibitions on show at the moment at the Goulburn Regional Art Gallery.
Until March 5, the exhibitions Yours in the main gallery and Forced Abstractions in Gallery 2 will blow your mind as well as The Window.
The exhibition Yours in the main gallery is the result of a year-long project between the artist Harriet Body and a group of seniors and children from the Goulburn community.
They are Amy, Ali Bell, Maree Bell, Bushy, Catherine, George, Gordon, Fiona Humphries, Jazelle, Lilith, Manny, Oscar, Sally, Hinia Sulovic and Tommy.
The exhibition presents a new body of work spanning painting, ceramics, textiles and installation.
This project was supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW, with thanks to Pejar Local Aboriginal Land Council for sharing their knowledge and providing significant consultation and advice.
In Gallery 2, Canberra-based artist Robbie Howard presents a new body of work, Forced Abstractions.
The screenprinting in the process encourages abstraction by necessitating of detail, with the resulting works appearing as bold, graphic and vital.
It was a work of improvisation and rediscovery.
The works are called Waratahs 1, Waratahs 2, Bushfire in Mannifera Forest and The Manifera Forest.
The Window is curated by Goulburn based artist Karen Edin.
Edin has selected works from the Gallery's permanent collection which explore the intricacies of material, ecology and memory.
She explained how she came up with the selections of Steven Holland's Willow Pattern and Stephen Hartup's Five scenes around a dam, Coolibah Park.
"When I first saw Willow Pattern, I was instantly struck by its beauty and skilful use of materials," Edin said.
"It also brought up recollections of my childhood holidaying on my aunt and uncle's sheep station in the New England area where these animals were dipped, clipped, shorn, herded into pens, bought and sold and generally were a commodity which kept the farmer and the family sustained as well as the national commodity on the go.
"Memories of baked dinners of lamb served on Willow Pattern plates are an enduring memory.
"The arrangement of the skulls is a trophy-like structure and reminiscent of the ubiquitous deer hunting trophies.
"Stephen Hartup's photographs are a powerful and visceral series of images speaking of the inevitability of death either by human hand or by he savage droughts.
"His use of a build-up of intensity of tone and subject matter culminates in a deeply confronting central image of the lone decaying corpse.
"I was interested in looking at them together both of them because of their technical skill in telling a story.
"They are both very sad images and they speak of the same thing."
The exhibitions are on show until March 5.
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