This summer Shoalhaven Regional Gallery transforms into a celebration of surfing.
Plan a visit anytime to January 29 for a fascinating look at this majestic sport through the eyes of different artists.
In more than 40 portraits of Australian surfing identities, shot between 1997 and 1999, award winning photographer Ashley Jones-Evans has created a pantheon of Sea Gods; a collection of heroes and trailblazers who made Australian surfing history.
The powerful photographs of surfers - both those who have disappeared from history books and those who inspired recent generations - call on classical statuary to render these men and women as heroes and gods.
Shot in monochromatic tones, each surfer is posed vertically against an infinite horizon line.
The crispness and detail of these images ensures the viewer is also the subject, assessed by the unblinking eyes of the Sea Gods.
The Reef, a collaboration between Richard Tognetti - Concert Master for the Australian Chamber Orchestra,and a collection of artists, is an extraordinary merging of music and film, delving into the links between surfing, the ocean, landscape and music.
The viewer is also the subject, assessed by the unblinking eyes of the Sea Gods.
In 2012, Richard Tognetti took musicians and surfers to the rugged surf coast and tough desert landscape of northern Western Australia to create a new performance piece at the intersection of music and nature.
Travelling with Tognetti to world heritage-listed Ningaloo Reef, making music and surfing with the locals, was a remarkable group of artists: photographer Jon Frank, director Mick Sowry, composer Iain Grandage, didgeridoo player Mark Atkins, singer Stephen Pigram and musicians from the Australian Chamber Orchestra.
For the kids, there's a series of exciting school holiday workshops planned around these exhibitions.
From Monday, January 10 to Wednesday, January 12, children aged 3 to 18 can paint the perfect break, decorate a beach ball, create an octopus's garden and so much more!
For more information and tickets head to humanitix.com.au.
Don't miss a trip to the Gallery this summer - these are exhibitions to take your time in, to soak up not just the incredible photography, but also the stories of surf legends and the music of Australia's finest Chamber Orchestra. No matter the weather outside, you can lose yourself in an ocean paradise!
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