Photos

  • Julie Paterson, Curative, 2020, fabric print paste and cotton thread on canvas, 60x60cm (image detail)

BOOKED OUT

CANCELLED

Date

Friday, 4 December 2020 - 10:00am to Sunday, 14 February 2021 - 4:00pm

Three contemporary artists have drawn upon the site and stories of the former Quarantine Station at Sydney’s North Head to create an immersive exhibition experience in response to issues around migration, quarantine and place. Working with paper, textiles and paint, Jo Neville, Julie Paterson and Fiona Chandler have each created forty panels representing the original forty day quarantine period of detention or isolation imposed upon ships, people, animals or plants suspected of carrying infectious or contagious diseases.

In drawing attention to the unique cultural heritage of this site, we had unknowingly embarked on an ambitious contemporary art project just weeks before COVID-19 was brought to these shores, impacting the community and global travel.  The artists have thereby developed both personal and socio-historical narratives in parallel that mark this unprecedented time in Australian history.

This cross-media arts project was inspired by the desire to bring together artists who also practice as designers. While these two disciplines operate independently, as with the fields of art and science, they can also find creative expression together, each aspect informing the other. We look forward to seeing how the 120 panels come together on MAG&M’s walls, floor and suspended in the air and how the audience engages with the installation. 

This timely exhibition is presented in partnership with Q Station, Manly, to whom we are most grateful for the site access they provided to the artists and for the enthusiasm with which they embraced what is our third partnership project in the past five years.  Thank you to Max Player, Suzanne Stanton and Helen Drew, in particular. Thank you also to Amanda Kaye for her editorial support. MAG&M first connected with the three participating artists when they presented as part of the Creative Women’s Circle in recent years, so thank you to local creatives, Fiona Chandler and Saffron Craig, for bringing this program to Manly.  We hope you enjoy the exhibition, associated public programs and workshops, and visit Q Station, Manly to learn more about the living museum which is the source of this creative project.

Presented in partnership with Q Station, Manly.

History Repeats, Site Sketching

Monday 11 January, 10am - 1pm

Join Fiona Chandler on a plein air sketching tour of the Q Station to discover the site through an artist’s eyes.

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Kid's Art Adventure Workshop

Thursday 28 January, 10am – 12noon

Learn how to make your own stencil and print the design onto fabric, using environmentally friendly fabric paint. Print onto the calico bags provided and/or bring a white t-shirt, ready to wear and take home.

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History Repeats, EverySevenDays2020 workshop

Saturday 6 February, 10am - 1pm

Join Julie Paterson for EverySevenDays, is an ongoing 6 month international art project she created in July 2020 as a response to Covid.

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History Repeats, Artists in Conversation

Join the artists for an insightful look at the exhibition, History Repeats.

Sunday 7 February at 4.00 PM - 5.00 PM

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History Repeats, EverySevenDays2020 workshop

Saturday 6 February, 10am - 1pm

Join Julie Paterson for EverySevenDays, is an ongoing 6 month international art project she created in July 2020 as a response to Covid.

Book now

 

Contact information

Manly Art Gallery & Museum
Phone: 
02 9976 1421

Location

Manly Art Gallery & Museum
West Esplanade Reserve
Manly NSW 2095
Map of History Repeats

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