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Talking ArtZ October program

What is Talking Art?

Presented by the Blue Mountains Creative Arts Network BMCAN, Talking Artz is about providing events and functions to enable artists to gather both formally and informally to support creative practice across diverse arts modalities in the Blue Mountains. It is a regional social and cultural network, to provide opportunities to empower artists to build and develop their practice with the support of others within their community.

Talking Artz will take place in the gallery every 1st Saturday of the month.

Starts at 3pm, with a break around 4pm for drinks and nibbles by donation.

All Welcome. Come and join us and bring your friends!


October – Rilka Oakley (Blue Mountains Cultural Centre Gallery Curator) and Wendy Tsai will be in conversation about the Exposé program at the gallery, and about Wendy’s Exposé show ‘Drawing Kedumba’ which opens on the 4th October.

About Rilka:

Rilka Oakley has been working in curatorial positions and arts administration since finishing her arts degree in Printmaking in the mid-1990s. She completed a Master of Art Administration from UNSW COFA in 1997 with an internship on the Australian exhibitionfluent at the Venice Biennale. She worked at the Biennale of Sydney on the 1998 and 2000 editions in curatorial, venue management and catalogue management roles, she worked at Ivan Dougherty Gallery as Curator from 2000 until early 2009 and completed a Master of Visual Arts in Printmaking at SCA University of Sydney in 2004. She has held the position of Curator at Blue Mountains City Art Gallery since October 2012.

Recent curatorial projects include with every breath (2019), Peter Rushforth: A Legacy (2018), As far as the eye can see (2016 and touring to nine venues in five states in 2018-2020). Previous projects at Blue Mountains Cultural Centre include Joan Ross: 20-50% off all plants & animals (2015), Strange Embrace (2015), DESIRE (2014) and Making Ground: Blue Mountains as Material (2013).

About Wendy:

Wendy is a BMCAN Committee Member and facilitates the Talking ArtZ program at NOL.

She is a local artist who has been painting and exhibiting since the early 1990s.  After completing a Masters of Art Therapy at Western Sydney University (2003) Wendy was a practicing art psychotherapist until recently. Since graduating with a Masters of Philosophy in painting through the School of Art at Australian National University in Canberra in 2015, Wendy has been working full-time in her Katoomba studio. Wendy was selected for the Kedumba Drawing PrizeCollection (2015), is a regular exhibitor in the annual Blue Mountains Cultural Centre Gallery Collectors edition, was a finalist in the Parliament Plein Air prize(2018), the Waverley 9×5” Exhibition (2018), and the Blue Mountains Portraits exhibition(2019). Wendy’s work is in both local and interstate collections. Her recent solo exhibitions include ‘Cultivate’(2018), and ‘Warriga via Kedumba’(2017) at GalleryONE88 in Katoomba


November – John Ellison talking about his current exhibition on show at Nolan on Lovel Gallery followed by Ian Morrison and guest.

December – Informal gathering

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