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Romancing the Skull - The Art Gallery of Ballarat

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by JP Kyle (subscribe)
I'm a freelance writer living in Bacchus Marsh, Victoria, Australia. I have a blog on Tumblr where I write articles and review books
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By The Power of Pink Skull

At the moment, the heavily promoted Romancing The Skull art exhibition is being displayed at the Art Gallery of Ballarat. The Romancing The Skull is about showcasing the skull as an artistic symbol throughout history in artwork. The exhibition also displays how within certain cultures and time-periods, our relationship to the skull symbol has changed and evolved.

Down below are a few photos I took of the wide array of art pieces there available for viewing, however, if you click on the links above, you'll be able to view more items that are on display. The amazing thing about the Romancing The Skull is the sheer diversity of art pieces available for viewing.

There's a display that covers an entire wall, the background is blue with a black outline of a skull in the foreground. As pictured below, there is an enormous sculpture of half a skull, made of out shiny black material, resting upon a stark white podium.

One of the most intriguing displays was a large glass cabinet with multiple levels, containing various glass items. The first top layers contained lovely glass jars, containers, bottles and test-tubes. The lower levels contained smashed and broken bottles and jars. All the items were made of clear glass and they all had a paint print of a white skull on them.

There's also a secondary exhibition on display and that is Momento Mori: Art, Medicine, and The Body by Lauren Black. The exhibition is heavily inspired by medical and anatomy drawings with Chinese Medicine acting as a big inspiration.

And when you're finished looking at all the interesting skull artworks available at the exhibition, you can go next door to Kittelty's at the Gallery, a cafe that offers ham-cheese-and-tomato toasties and hot chocolates (combined with Toblerone chocolate).

So, if you're in the Ballarat area, I highly recommend checking out the Romancing The Skull, especially since the Ballarat YMCA and the Ballarat Wildlife Park are celebrating Children's Week on the 28th of October 2017.
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Why? Because Skulls are cool looking
When: Open 10am – 5pm
Phone: 03 5320 5858
Where: 40 Lydiard Street North, Ballarat VIC 3350
Cost: Adult: $16 Concession: $12 Gallery Member: $10 Fulltime Student: $10 Child 5-15: $5 Family: $35 Groups 10 $10. Meal = $14.00
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