Sutherland Shire Mayor Steve Simpson has congratulated Hazelhurst Regional Gallery & Arts Centre at Gymea for winning two major industry awards for its exhibitions and art catalogues.
Hazelhurst’s The Art Magic Project is the winner of the Developing Arts and Culture: Visual arts and galleries category for the Local Government Arts and Culture Awards 2014. The Awards showcase the best Local Government cultural initiatives across NSW and were announced at Parliament House last week.
The Art Magic Project was the culmination of a community arts project facilitated by Hazelhurst educators, volunteers and artist Hiromi Tango, where local community groups participated in Art Magic workshops to create Moon Jellies (a type of jelly fish) art works. The resulting exhibition commissioned by Hazelhurst was called Hiromi Hotel: Moon Jellies which was held 31 August to 13 October 2020 and featured dramatic soft sculptures, photographs and an organically growing sculptural workshop space which continued to be added to throughout the exhibition period.
In winning the Award, the Local Government Arts and Culture Award citation stated there was significant engagement by the artist Hiromi Tango with community groups, schools, volunteers and teachers for the project.
Hazelhurst also won another major award at the peak body Museums Australia Multimedia & Publication Design Awards which celebrate excellence in design and communication in the museum and collections sector across Australia. This was presented at the Museums Australia National Conference in Launceston, Tasmania recently.
Taking out the Major Exhibition Catalogue Award for Hazelhurst’s Alex Seton exhibition, The Roughing Out:Alex Seton catalogue beat major galleries around Australia such as the National Gallery of Australia, the National Portrait Gallery of Australia, the Art Gallery of New South Wales, and the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art to name a few.
The catalogue focuses on the new body of work the Sydney based artist created for his Hazelhurst exhibition and was a first for Seton as he broke away from his usual hyper-real, finely carved marble sculptures and focused not so much on the finished object but on the sense of process.
With the catalogue funded principally by Alex’s benefactors, it was coordinated by Hazelhurst curator Carrie Kibbler and designed by Hazelhurst contractor Analiese Cairis.
Steve Simpson said Hazelhurst, which was conceived, built and is run by Sutherland Shire Council, is a community gallery and arts facility which has attracted exhibitions of national, regional and local significance and as such, is an outstanding asset for the Shire.
“I am really proud of what Hazelhurst has achieved and I congratulate Hazelhurst Manager and Gallery Director, Belinda Hanrahan and her team on the recent Awards. They are much deserved and give due acknowledgement to the value of the exhibition program as well as its commitment to community arts programs which include art classes and education programs for young and old – all set in its magnificent grounds at Gymea,” the Mayor said.