Mildura art lecturer featured in Dubbo

Some of the artworks of the head of Mildura's Creative Arts course, Dr Kylie Banyard, are currently featuring in the Another Green World: The Landscape of the 21st Century exhibition at the Western Plains Cultural Centre in Dubbo.

The exhibition, curated by Dr Andrew Frost, surveys the concept of the landscape in contemporary art and traces themes of history, ecology, culture and utopianism. The exhibition features female Australian contemporary artists.

Dr Banyard’s works are from her Imagining Alternatives exhibition that was recently on display at First Draft Gallery in Sydney and the Broken Hill Regional Gallery.

Dr Banyard was a finalist in the Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize and recently moved to Mildura from Sydney to head up the Creative Arts course at La Trobe’s Mildura campus.

“Places like the Western Plains Cultural Centre present exciting opportunities for contemporary artists like myself to broaden the reach of their practice. I feel really very privileged to have had the opportunity to exhibit this work in both Dubbo and Broken Hill,” said Dr Banyard.

“WPCC is a state of the art facility run by an incredible team of arts professionals and it's obvious when you spend time talking to members of the local community that they really value its vibrant cultural contribution.”

The Head of the Mildura campus, Dr Deb Neal, says having a lecturer who is a practising artist gives La Trobe Creative Arts students a unique insight into the world of professional art.

“Kylie has staged significant solo exhibitions and participated in major curated group exhibitions in some of Australia’s leading contemporary art galleries. She’s an incredible asset to the Mildura arts community and it’s wonderful to see her continuing to exhibit all over the country,” Dr Neal said.

Another Green World: The Landscape of the 21st Century will close on 3 December. Dr Banyard’s next exhibition will be at the Nichols Thompson Gallery in Collingwood early next year.