Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery to launch summer exhibition program

Detail from Skate Face 2017, an installation by Nell, in the BOARD exhibition.
Detail from Skate Face 2017, an installation by Nell, in the BOARD exhibition.

Sunday, December 10, will be a day of celebration at Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery at Booragul as surf and skate cultures meet contemporary art.

The gallery will launch its summer exhibition program with a program of events on December 10, including music, a makers market, skate competition, skateboard design competition, free water sports and more. Events at the “All a BOARD” celebration run from 10am to 4.30pm.

The gallery’s three summer exhibitions pay heed to the region’s outdoor culture. They are:

BOARD, featuring contemporary art addressing surf and skate cultures, with works by Nell, Vernon Ah Kee, Gerry Bobsien, Shaun Gladwell, Nancy Kilgour, Brett McMahon, Tracey Moffatt, John Turier and emerging local artists.

Living Cultures, the second of an ongoing series where history, memory and cultures intersect. This exhibition focuses on surf lifesaving, with archival photographs and historic objects sourced from local historical societies and surf lifesaving clubs at Redhead, Catherine Hill Bay, Swansea-Belmont and Caves Beach. In addition, Hunter artist Gavin Vitullo has responded with contemporary artwork.

At the Beach, Students from Five Islands School in Lake Macquarie has created work based on ideas invoked by the “At the beach” theme. The public school is designed to cater to the needs of students with a moderate or severe intellectually disability and has a strong arts program.

 All a BOARD program highlights:

10am to 3pm: Free water sports, including a Stand-Up Paddle board demo, windsurfing, kiteboarding and foilboarding. 

10am to 11am: Free art demo of surfboard graphics with Marc Adams.

10am to 2.30pm: Makers Market with stalls including surf and skate products and local hand-made gifts.

Noon: Skateboard performance demonstration by Poppy Starr Olsen, one of the top female skateboarders in Australia.

2pm-3pm: Rosemarie Milsom hosts a panel with featured artists and Poppy Starr Olsen.

The artwork pictured is Skate Face (detail) 2017, skateboard decks, installation 80 x 264cm, by Nell, supplied courtesy of the artist and Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney © the artist.