Words: Maddy Matheson
Three of Sydney’s public gallery heavyweights; Mosman Art Gallery, Manly Art Gallery and Museum and S.H. Ervin Gallery have once again joined forces to present Sydney-centric exhibitions across all three venues.
This collaboration has seen two previous iterations, the first exhibition taking place over the summer of 2015-2016 with Destination Sydney, followed more recently by Destination Sydney: Reimagined over the summer of 2018-2019.
This summer, the exhibition trio pays homage to Sydney’s natural landscape, titled Destination Sydney: The natural world. Curated by Katherine Roberts (Manly Art Gallery & Museum); Kelly McDonald and Katrina Cashman (Mosman Art Gallery) and Jane Watters (National Trust S.H. Ervin Gallery), each gallery presents the work of three female Australian artists whose work demonstrates a complex understanding and engagement with Sydney’s natural environment.
Reflecting on the male-dominated canon of Australian landscape artists; from Arthur Streeton and Tom Roberts, to the more contemporary Lloyd Rees and Brett Whiteley, Destination Sydney: The natural world reclaims the work of female artists interpreting and responding to the landscape, a genre in which they have previously been ignored or overlooked. The selected artists work across a broad range of media, from painting, and photography to sculpture and ceramics, creating works that respond to Sydney’s landscape in new and innovative ways.
Mosman Art Gallery is showing work by Janet Laurence, Caroline Rothwell and Robyn Stacey. Manly Art Gallery & Museum presents work by Joan Ross, Fiona Lowry and Merran Esson. The work of Bronwyn Oliver, Juz Kitson and Jennifer Keeler-Milne is on display at S.H. Ervin Gallery.
Kelly McDonald, senior curator at Mosman Art Gallery said, “Destination Sydney: The natural world engages with a tradition in Sydney of art institutions collaborating to develop exhibitions that are more ambitious than any one gallery could stage on its own.”
The exhibition is currently showing as part of the Sydney Festival, until 20 March. Visitors are encouraged to visit each venue, exhibition details can be found here.
With 90 works on display across the three venues, Destination Sydney: The natural world is not one to miss.
This article was originally published 14 January 2021.
Image: Janet Laurence, The force that through the green fuse drives the flower, 2021. Plinths, lab glass, live indoor plants. Courtesy: the artist and Dominik Mersch Gallery, Sydney, Arc One Gallery, Melbourne.