The Woodford Academy is proud to present ‘Explorers: narratives of site in contemporary art practices’  curated by Modern Art Projects Blue Mountains for our upcoming open days on Saturday 7 & 21 October & 18 November 2017.   The idea of ‘exploration’ has been a strong narrative associated with the Blue Mountains and predominant discourses on colonialist Australia. Artists and curators will explore other, lesser-known narratives, including pre-colonial perspectives and traditional cultural stories, historic accounts and urban myths. ‘ Explorers: narratives of site in contemporary art practices’ is an extended, multilayered, accumulative exhibition project where new artists and new and altered works are added over the duration of the show. This layering of narratives, through the accumulation of work in the space, mirrors the complex, layered and overlapping narratives of the historic Woodford Academy site.

Intrinsic to the artistic vision of the project is the facilitation of a deep engagement with the cultural and architectural heritage of the site through a concept development phase. Artists and curators will engage in explorations of stories, both historical and traditional, as well as with the material traces of the past through explorations of archival materials, the landscape and architecture. Artists working across a range of media, including painting, installation, performance and time-based media within the framework of contemporary art practice will present new work in response to the historical and cultural resonances of the site. Three broad themes: Stories, Mapping the Terrain and Architecture inform the curatorial approach to the exhibition.

Curated by Modern Art Projects Blue Mountains Beata Geyer and Mahalya Middlemist, exhibiting artists include: Sarah Breen Lovett, Vicky Browne, Vivienne Dadour, Fiona Davies, Carolyn Eccles, Beata Geyer, Anne Graham, Melissa Grahovac, Amanda Hunt, Danica Knezevic, Daniel Kojta, Mahalya Middlemist, Ian Milliss, Sean O’Keeffe, Michael Petchkovsky, Emma Rooney, Jacqueline Spedding and Miriam Williamson. More information about the exhibition program is available at and  ‘Explorers: Narratives of Site in Contemporary Art Practices’ project is supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW.

Exhibition Opening Saturday 7 October 1-2pm

Museum Entry & Exhibition
Adults $6, Concession/Child (4-16yrs) $4, Family $15 (2 adults, 2 children)
Guided Tours – $2/Person (4+years)
Woodford Academy 90-92 Great Western Highway, Woodford
(on street parking available on Vale Rd)

As a volunteer managed property, all proceeds from Woodford Academy open days and events directly contributes to the conservation of this important historic property.  Thank you for your ongoing support.

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