Brimming with culture ( admin posted on September 21st, 2019 )

Gareth Colliton is ready for the Arts on the Grass event on the Civic Green this summer. Picture: ROB GUNSTONETHE Warrnambool Art Gallery is full of exciting exhibitions this summer and will be a cool retreat to explore when the days get hot.

Invasion, the blockbuster exhibition that invaded Warrnambool in December will be running until January 28.

The remarkable exhibition brings together an army of famous aliens and monsters from sci-fi blockbusters.

Original props and costumes from Star Wars, Alien, Predator, Star Trek, Doctor Who, Mars Attack, X-Files, Planet of the Apes, Andromeda, Stargate Atlantas and Red Dwarf are on display .

Curator of exhibitions and outreach Gareth Colliton has been impressed with crowds attending the Invasion exhibition already.

“It’s going awesome, so far so good,” he said.

“By supporting this exhibition we are encouraging this type of culture in Warrnambool which means these types of exhibitions can keep returning.”

At the gallery on January 12 there will be a public session with Deakin University academic Sean Redmond.

“He will be presenting an old sci-fi movie and then he will hold a discussion on the theme of invasion,” Mr Colliton said.

In the temporary gallery Tower Hill is on display until February 3.

Artists have found inspiration in Tower Hill for generations and the exhibition is inclusive of Von Geurard’s famous view of 1855 and photographs taken in the 1960s and 70s showing a more modern representation of the state game reserves regeneration.

Artefacts add an extra dimension to telling the story of the area and cover the pre-history.

In the Lighthouse Theatre Atrium is an exhibition by regional artist Brett Jarrett.

Portraits from the Sea features marine life that is evident on the south-west coast and includes finely detailed realist works of albatrosses, penguins and more.

The exhibition runs until February 11.

Arts on the Grass is also continuing with a great range of artists and musicians lining up to treat lunchgoers’ eyes and ears on Fridays.

“We have had roughly 150 people attending the Arts on the Grass,” Mr Colliton said.

January 11 will see Tom Pendergast versus Shaun McIntyre with music by Heidi Gass and Sean Murphy, on January 18 Becky Nevin Berger will be competing against Robyn Lake and Michelle’s Velocity will play live and on January 25 the two artists battling are Tracey Head versus Kelly O’Brien with tunes by Darren and Louise.

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