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Exhibition offers a look at international talent

Artworks by some of the region’s most creative expats will feature in a new exhibition open at Lake Macquarie’s Museum of Art and Culture (MAC).

Present Company features the talent behind internationally renowned fashion label Romance Was Born Luke Sales, ballet dancer Damian Smith, Helen Britton, sculptor Jamie North and photographers Trent Parke and Karin Catt.

MAC Senior Curator Meryl Ryan said each featured artist had moved further afield since cutting their creative teeth in the region, from Sydney and Adelaide to Munich, San Francisco, Santa Fe and New York.

“The common thread between them is the fact they all come from the Hunter and have now all enjoyed success on a much larger stage,” Ms Ryan said.

“From wearable art and performance to installations, paintings, photography and sculpture, the works on display acknowledge the diversity and significance of their achievements.”

Also, now open at the museum is Manggan – gather, gathers, gathering, featuring contemporary Aboriginal art and cultural objects from Queensland’s Girringun Region.

A third exhibition has also opened in a separate space in the gallery.

Architecture is the latest in MAC’s ongoing Art in Your Community series. It includes the works of local artists and community groups.

Artists for this instalment in the series were challenged to express architecture through two-dimensional artforms such as drawing, painting, photography, and printmaking.

The three new exhibitions follow MAC’s successful Reconnected, which featured dozens of works by Lake Macquarie artists.

MAC Director Debbie Abraham said 35 works worth a total of more than $23,000 sold during the exhibition.

“The success of Reconnected demonstrated the talent of our local artists, and the appetite of the wider community to invest in their works,” Ms Abraham said.

Architecture and Manggan are open until 29 November, while Present Company is open until 6 December.

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