Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre reopens with new exhibitions

2019 Mil-Pra AECG Award, Koreena Leverett, If Our Ancestors Could see.
2019 Mil-Pra AECG Award, Koreena Leverett, If Our Ancestors Could see.

Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre (CPAC) director, Craig Donarski said the reopening of the centre comes with a "positive and powerful" line-up of exhibitions.

The centre reopened on Sunday following the restoration of the Koori Floor.

The four new exhibitions are:

Gil Farla - My Secret Urban Sanctuary (November 18 to January 17)

A posthumous showcase from Gil Farla, exploring her garden, its surrounds and its many creatures. The exhibition was made possible by the support of her family and the Casula Powerhouse Scholarship Prize after Gil unexpectedly passed away from a short illness in July.

Djon Mundine: Wali (Possum-Marsupial) Ritual (November 16 to January 17)

The newest video work from Djon Mundine serves as a memorial to the spirit and beauty of the creatures that died during the devastating bushfires of 2019 and 2020.

Gary Smith, Safe Base Charlie, 2018, 1st place winner of the 2019 $500 History Art Prize, sponsored by ANZ.

Gary Smith, Safe Base Charlie, 2018, 1st place winner of the 2019 $500 History Art Prize, sponsored by ANZ.

Mil-Pra Aboriginal Education Consultative Group (AECG) exhibition (November 18 to January 27)

The exhibition celebrates the significance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture in the Liverpool region and beyond. The Mil-Pra AECG Award of $1500 will be awarded to the artist whose work best responds to the 2020 theme of Always Was, Always Will Be."

CPAC will also present the first Casula Powerhouse Aboriginal Scholarship Award.

23rd Annual Liverpool Art Society Exhibition (November 18 to January 27).

The exhibition promotes and celebrates the creative talent of the Liverpool region. The awards are open to submissions of all types. The winners of the Mil-Pra AECG and Liverpool Art Society awards will be announced on November 21.

"We're proud to be able to honour the life and work of the late-Gil Farla, and we thank her family for supporting us in realising her vision and sharing her insights with the public," Mr Donarski said.

"We're also thrilled to introduce Djon Mundine's newest video work, as well as welcome the return of the Annual Mil-Pra AECG and Liverpool Art Society exhibitions. We can think of no better way to re-open our doors than with a celebration of Gil, Djon, and our local artists."