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NEW SACRED - Alumni from Parramatta Studios on Show

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A celebration of Australia's multi-faceted cultural identity
Adorned, Wisdom, Memory and Song, 2017

Still from video , 21 mins 16 secs

Camera and sound recording by Craig Bender and Vera Hong, musical score by George Tillianakis

Mosman Art Gallery is launching its 2018 winter program on Saturday 14 July with an exciting exhibition that partners across greater Sydney to the hub of Parramatta's cultural precinct and the much acknowledged Parramatta Artists Studios.

Cigdem Aydemir Plastic Histories, 2016

inkjet print, 53 x 35 cm

Commissioned by DARK MOFO, Hobart

Titled, 'New Sacred', the project introduces the first collaborative exchange between the two institutions and showcases the work of nine mid-career artists who are current residents and alumni of the Parramatta Artists Studios (PAS) at Mosman Art Gallery, from 14 July to 8 September 2018.

Salote Tawale, Polite Disguise, 2018,

video installation, Managere Art Centre Gallery, New Zealand

The exhibition reflects Australia's multi-faceted cultural identity and considers storytelling through ritual, cultural traditions, narratives and folklore. With a range of media on show (installation, performance, video, painting, photography, drawing and textiles), cross-cultural conversations emerge as personal, family histories and life experiences are examined. The artists and artworks reflect distinct and diverse voices that speak to far-reaching social issues.

Elena Papanikolakis, Potential, 2018

acrylic on paper (cotton rag), dimensions variable

'New Sacred' features the work of: Adorned, Khadim Ali, Cigdem Aydemir, Keg de Souza, Mehwish Iqbal, Elena Papanikolakis, Marikit Santiago, Salote Tawale and Shireen Taweel.

Working as part of a community has established Parramatta Artist Studios as a leading production space for contemporary practise. The organisation offers the largest studio facility in western Sydney, supporting artists by providing professional studio spaces, exhibition opportunities and curatorial mentorship, while encouraging engagement with creative communities not just within Parramatta's growing cultural sector but with wider Sydney, interstate and international audiences.

Mehwish Iqbal, Seven Seas, 2017

collagraph on Japanese Paper, 7 panels, 270 x 40cm (each)

The partnership project between Mosman Art Gallery and Parramatta Artist Studios encourages curatorial dialogue and the flow of ideas across greater Sydney, working with nine of the western Sydney's most creative practitioners.

Open daily 10am - 5pm. The exhibition is complemented with a public program of Artist's Talks and Special Events - please view Mosman Art Gallery website for details and bookings. Exhibition catalogue is also available.

For more information on the exhibtion and to plan your visit, please see

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When: 14 July - 8 September 2018
Where: Mosman Art Gallery, 1 Art Gallery Way, Mosman, NSW 2088
Cost: Free
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