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Published May 18th 2012
As winter is arriving soon, visits to art galleries and museums will be a great indoor activity to keep you warm and stimulate your mind. Indeed, there are a lot of great exhibitions in town this winter. I've picked the top five exhibitions, with a mix of paintings and photographs, offering you a great variety in your winter exploration.
Australian Symbolism: The Art of Dreams features 70 paintings, sculptures, photographs and decorative art objects. The exhibition is now open at Art Gallery of NSW until 29 July 2012. Influenced by symbolism at the turn of the nineteenth century, Australian artists approached their paintings with a mix of fantasy with realism and sculptures with magical and mythological subjects. Works of most-admired artists of the era are included in the exhibition; Charles Conder, Arthur Streeton, Tom Roberts, Rupert Bunny, Sydney Long, Bertram Mackennal and George Lambert. Through the symbolist themes of their work, you'll be able to discover how they evoke ideas, dreams and sensations.
In contrast to the Australian Symbolism exhibition, where you'll find dreamlike landscape paintings, The Force: 150 years of NSW Police exhibition reveals the history of real life happenings. In partnership with the NSW Police Force, the exhibition presents 150 years of policing through a wonderful collection of photographs, objects and film footage. Formed on 1 March 1862, the NSW Police Force is the oldest and largest police force in Australia. The exhibition runs at Justice & Police Museum, which is located on the corner of Albert and Phillip Streets. The exhibition ends on Sunday 7 October, 2012.
The Force: 150 years of NSW Police exhibition, currently showing at Police & Justice Museum
Custom House Library will be your next spot to view a great exhibition. The Green Desert exhibits the work of award winning photographer, Peter Elfes, who documented the desert region around Australia over the past four years. What is so special about this exhibition? The answer is that the displayed work is a collection of aerial landscape images from the northwest of New South Wales and Lake Eyre, South Australia. Spectacular views of outback in vibrant colours are captured in Elfes's work. This exhibition has been extended to 12 July this year, and is part of Head On Photo Festival.
The Green Desert, currently showing at Custom House Library
If you are a book fan and an art enthusiast, the Recycled Library: Altered Books exhibition is not to be missed. The exhibition will be showing between 2 June and 24 June 2012 at State Library on Macquarie Street. The exhibition features the works of 17 artists with focuses on conceptual, political or social concern. Existing and found books are incorporated and presented as sculptures, wall-based collages, artists' books and photographs.
Recycled Library: Altered books, to be open at State Library of NSW
There is nothing better than wrapping up your creative exploration by visiting the exhibition at Museum of Sydney. In late 2010, ABC Open invited people in regional Australia to share their stories through photos and videos. As a result, Now And Then is an exhibition featuring both private and public photograph collections in regional towns, from which you'll be able to know more about history and cultures across Australia. The exhibition is to open on Saturday 16 June and will be closed on Sunday 28 October, 2012.