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IN and OF ‘one-of-a-kind’ exhibition reaches Singleton

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“We’ve had exhibitions showcasing our people, significant Aboriginal sites in the Singleton Hunter Valley, etchings by Rembrandt and some of Australia’s top contemporary artworks, but IN and OF will showcase a whole new exhibition experience at the Arts and Cultural Centre.”

Such is the excitement of Singleton Council’s director organisation and community capacity Vicki Brereton in the lead up to the opening of the IN and OF exhibition.

The truly immersive experience is set to wow visitors to Singleton Arts and Cultural Centre when it welcomes admirers this autumn.

Ms Brereton hints they will become part of the exhibition. 

Opening on Friday 23 February, the IN and OF display is by artist and University of Newcastle PhD candidate Alysha Fewster.

The unique work offers visitors the opportunity to step into the landscape rather than just view it on the walls of the gallery. 

IN and OF is like no other exhibition the SACC has hosted since opening its doors in 2022, according to Ms Brereton.

“The main gallery will be transformed into an exhibition experience. The installation will be hung from the roof and walls and made to move like it is living and breathing,” she said. 

“Our visitors will be able to walk through, sit or lay down in this installation, becoming fully immersed in it. 

“This means that our visitors become part of the exhibition, which is truly a one-of-a-kind experience that we’re encouraging everyone to be part of at the SACC this autumn.” 

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IN and OF creator, artist and University of Newcastle PhD candidate Alysha Fewster.

IN and OF is the culmination of Ms Fewster’s PhD research, which investigates how contemporary art can be used to represent ideas of the self as part of place. 

Through her immersive installation, Ms Fewster explores the way that the edges of things are places of coming together rather than points of separation. 

In addition to the immersive installation, short films by Ms Fewster exploring light, movement and texture will be shown during the exhibition. 

Visitors will also be invited into a making space to create their own artworks from natural materials, in response to her installation. 

This component will be on display in Studio 1, growing as pieces are added to it throughout the exhibition period from 24 February – 7 April.

IN and OF opens in the main gallery of the SACC from 6pm on 23 February. It is free to attend, and everyone is welcome. 

Ms Fewster will give an artist talk on her exhibition at the SACC on Thursday 7 March from 6pm. This is also free to attend but registration is required. 

For more information about this exhibition, or to register for Ms Fewster’s artist talk, visit: www.singletonartsandculturalcentre.com.au 

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