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A Girl Like You
Sunrise, Sunset
Christine Dean

A Girl Like You

  • Main Gallery
  • 07 May - 14 Aug 2022
  • Free

Sunrise, Sunset

  • Lewers House
  • 07 May - 14 Aug 2022
  • Free

Christine Dean

  • Ancher House
  • 07 May - 14 Aug 2022
  • Free

๐ŸŒš๐Ÿน๐Ÿท๐Ÿป๐Ÿง€๐Ÿฅจ๐ŸŽธ๐ŸŽค Mark your calendars for Friday 27 May and 24 June from 5pm and join us for Twilight at Lewers!  Welcome the weekend with art, music and tapas at the Gallery on the last Friday of the month. Explore the galleries brought to life with art making activities and performances for families and adults.  Enjoy live and local music in the picturesque garden while you catch up with friends over delicious drinks and tapas from @cafeatlewers. Listen to Demage and Jerrah Patston perform on 27 May and stay tuned for June's line-up.  This is a FREE event. Bookings not required and walk-ins welcome.  Twilight at Lewers is supported by @creatensw.  #penrithregionalgallery #prgtlb #twilightatlewers #cafeatlewers #tgif #friday #music #art #drinks #tapas #local #live #supportlocal #gallery #arts #families #kids #fun #cafe #weekendvibes #penrith #emuplains #westernsydney #sydney #australia #bluemountains #free #walkin
This Saturday 14 May 11am, we are running a special and FREE Family Tour for our current exhibition, A Girl Like You, by Linda Brescia at our Autumn Community Day!  Families with children in preschool and primary school are encouraged to sign up for this engaging tour.  Head over to our website to book a free ticket now: penrithregionalgallery.com.au/events/a-girl-like-you-family-tour
The exhibitions from our Autumn Series 2022 are now open! Featuring new works by leading Western Sydney artist Linda Brescia, as well as new and recent works by Blue Mountains-based practitioners Todd McMillan and Sarah Mosca. Also on display is a body of work from our Collection by Christine Dean, exploring the learnings and legacies of Late Modernism on contemporary practice.  Join us this Saturday 14 May for Community Day from 10am - 3pm to connect with artists and ideas from our exhibitions through free activities and talks! And stay on for the opening reception of the exhibitions from 3pm - 5pm. Light refreshments will be served with an opening address by Dolla Merrillees, Director, Western Sydney Creative, Western Sydney University.  Visit our website for more information: penrithregionalgallery.com.au
๐Ÿค— An exciting volunteer opportunity is available at Penrith Regional Gallery, Home of The Lewers Bequest. This opportunity will particularly suit people interested in art, culture and modernism. This is a dynamic role with the opportunity to engage visitors and maximise a positive experience for audiences.  ๐Ÿ‘‰ Visit our website for more information and apply now: penrithregionalgallery.com.au/volunteer-call-out
๐Ÿ–ผ Each fortnight we ask one of our staff to select a work from the collection. This week, Penrith Performing & Visual Arts' Marketing Manager, Malvina Tan, shares about one of her favourite works from our collection!  I was tossing up between a few different works from the collection, but eventually I was drawn towards Greg Semuโ€™s Leaupepe Family, Campbelltown. The work might seem mundane at first, but it goes beyond a photograph of just a family and I find that extremely captivating and beautiful. I wonder about their stories - who are they, how are they related, are they even related, how were they when this photograph was taken, where are they now, how do they live now, what was on their plates, were they at a regular family dinner, do they still eat the same food, do they still have meals together? And the list goes on. I love the domestic nature of this photograph, and that even through a still image, I have a strong desire to find out more about their bonds, the human connections and experiences they have amongst each other. The idea that what might seem monotonous and ordinary at first glance but yet has so much to offer, speaks volumes. As a performance artist, I am currently working on a performative project exploring different recipes and types of comfort food in an attempt to find significance in the everyday, and to use food to preserve memories of home. It has been quite the journey with this project as it started from a place of grief, then to a time when I wasnโ€™t able to be โ€œhomeโ€ while still being โ€œhomeโ€, and now. Gregโ€™s work is incredibly inspiring to me, my work and my current state of work-in-progress, as I try to break down each recipe, ingredient and method, while reflecting on memory, time, parallelisms and the uncanny. 
Penrith Regional Gallery acquired this artwork, alongside seventeen other photographic portraits from Greg Semuโ€™s Aussie Aiga series, a body of works documenting families from the Western Sydney Samoan community in 2008. These were exhibited alongside an energetic engagement program for the Strictly Samoan exhibition at Penrith in 2008. 
*See artwork credit and read more about Aussie Aiga in comments section below.