03 Nov - 22 Mar 2024


New Movements in Music and Art

Awaken your senses as the sun sets over the gardens and galleries at Emu Plains. This summer, Penrith Regional Gallery presents Simmer, an exciting new program of cutting-edge music and art that will captivate audiences.

Immerse yourself in music and sound art, across six evenings curated by acclaimed Blue Mountains composer Monica Brooks. With a range of analogue and electronic sounds, the series will showcase new approaches to instrumentation and listening environments.

Try your hand at new and experimental forms of artmaking, through workshops led by guest artists. Experience a Song Dynasty tea ceremony led by Cathy Zhang; or sit with Ngiyampaa and Guringai artist and curator Tarni Eastwood to learn First Nations weaving techniques. Or join Clare Delaney in our heritage garden to learn experimental drawing techniques inspired by nature.

Doors open at 6pm, with performances starting at 7pm.



3 November 5pm & 7pm | WORKSHOP | Song Dynasty Tea Ceremony

17 November 7pm | LIVE MUSIC | James Heighway & Jon Flood

17 November 5.30pm | WORKSHOP | Drawing with Nature with Clare Delaney

1 December 7pm | LIVE MUSIC | Gail Priest

19 January | LIVE MUSIC | Emily Morandini & MP Hopkins

2 February | LIVE MUSIC | W.E.S.T. & Tabua-Harrison

2 February 5.30pm | WORKSHOP | Drawing with Nature with Clare Delaney

16 February | LIVE MUSIC | Naomi Oliver & George Tillianakis

22 March | WORKSHOP | Nula Weaving

Monica Brooks is a composer, improviser, and sound artist, hailing from the Blue Mountains. During her Bachelor of Music at Western Sydney University, she accelerated her connection to improvisation as a compositional methodology. Her artistic interests are occupied by landscapes and conservation; maps, and the idea of Hjemfalden, or, as can be brashly reconceived as belonging, landscapes, loss and love. Brooks has been involved with projects such as Great Waitress with Magda Mayas and Laura Altman, West Head Project with Jim Denley and Dale Gorfinkel, composition for choirs in Sydney, and scores for short films. Her current projects rely on solo piano form for compositions, at home, or in churches (as a reverberant community space).

This initiative is proudly supported by the NSW Government through the Culture Up Late Western Sydney program.

3 November 2023 – 22 March 2024

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