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Artist Trevor Dickinson lending a scribble to Lake Mac


Popular colourful artist Trevor Dickinson is offering his take on Lake Macquarie by creating sculptures and drawings of some of the region’s most iconic landmarks at exhibitions across the weekend.

The comic book artist behind the Mayfield Whitegoods drawings, the Carrodise wall and Canberra bus shelters, he’ll offer an interpretation of Awaba House and other stand-out locations that catch his eye in the LGA.

Trevor Dickinson

He will be joined by a string of artists in what is expected to be a creative weekend.

Suburban Interventions, by globally-renowned multidisciplinary artist Ian Strange, focuses on the idea of home as a highly charged symbol, acting to “place the psychological interior of the home onto its exterior”.

The exhibition includes sculpture, photo media and film on display at the Museum of Art and Culture (MAC yapang), at Booragul, with a selection of major video projects showing at the Multi-Arts Pavilion (MAP mima) in Speers Point Park.

The other exhibit, Lateral Landscapes, is group show featuring Dickinson, Richard Tipping, Mason Kimber, Christopher Zanko, Catherine O’Donnell, Wendy Murray and Doug Archibald.

All of the works are related to architecture, the home and Australian iconography.

Dickinson is creating new works for MAC yapang depicting Lake Macquarie scenes, objects and sites.

Ian Strange

Lake Mac Arts Precinct arts producer Dr Martina Mrongovious said the work of the artists in both exhibitions responded to the local landscape and architecture.

“Ian Strange has produced a series of sculptures that respond to the suspended state of Awaba House between the 2019 fire and upcoming revitalisation,” Dr Mrongovius said.

“These sculptures have been specifically commissioned for MAC yapang with the support of a Create NSW grant. It is exciting to have new works by Ian Strange on show in our city.”

Visitors will have an opportunity to meet artists from both exhibitions.

Strange will discuss his exhibition at MAC yapang from 11am to noon on Saturday 23 September.

Ian Strange

Dickinson will stage a demonstration at the gallery on Sunday 1 October, where he will draw images of Lake Mac on windows using glass pens.

This event also kicks off the Big Draw Festival.

Both are free.

Suburban Interventions and Lateral Landscapes run from Saturday 23 September until Sunday 3 December.

The MAP mima program includes Strange’s 62-minute performative work Traces (2020), which will play in full at 1pm from Friday to Sunday each week.

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