Skateparks: Trace and Culture

1 – 25 June 2017

Skateparks: Trace and Culture is an exhibition of photographs that showcases practice based research conducted for Dan Johnston’s Doctorate of Creative Arts degree at Western Sydney University. Johnston’s photographs reveal the complex relationships that occur both with and within skateparks, and demonstrates the important role that the skatepark plays in youth culture. These images reveal that skateboarding is much more than an aggressive, tribal subculture, full of swagger and machismo – it is a culture that can also nurture a sense of belonging and mentorship. From the inane to the deeply personal, from the city to the country, from the marginalised to the connected, recurring visual traces shed light on the significant role that the skatepark plays in sections of youth culture. The photographs document ways in which skateparks have been re-coded as a result of their usage by individuals and groups, as well as ways that Johnston is recoding the skatepark for a non-skating audience. The photographs are devoid of human subject, but instead rely on photographing found traces of activity and environment.


Image: DAN JOHNSTON: Moama, Rokeby, 2016 (diptych), digital photograph, archival Inkjet print, 90 x 130cm


Seeking Solace in the Sea and Sky

1 – 25 June 2017

The modern world is full of complexity, complications and distractions. There is so much constant noise in our heads, and stress inside of us. In our most troubled times we should seek to find the calmer, quieter part of ourselves – we should stop, and breathe and spend long hours contemplating the sea and the sky, and the horizon in-between.
It is there that we find understanding, acceptance and peace.

Seeking Solace in the Sea and Sky is a series of multiple and long exposure photographs expressing the continuity of time and seascape through minimalism and impressionism.


Image: ANA-LIA WASHINGTON, Cape Nelson #1, 2016, digital print on fine art paper, 38 x 57 cm

Open Monday 5 June 2017
Applications close Monday 14 August 2017

Artists are invited to submit proposals for the 2018 Braemar Gallery Exhibition Program.

Opened in 1988, Braemar Gallery is located in the historic Braemar House, Springwood. It functions as a community gallery, hosting changing exhibitions. The gallery is a valuable community venue with a particular interest in displaying works by local artists. Over time, the gallery has become well known for exhibiting high standard artworks of various mediums.

The Braemar Gallery Exhibition Program is a great opportunity for artists and community groups based in the Blue Mountains region to exhibit at this historic venue and showcase their works to a diverse audience. Successful applications will be exhibited in the 2018 calendar year.

Download the Braemar Gallery exhibition application form 2017 and Braemar Gallery guidelines 2017.

Please contact the Braemar Gallery Exhibition Coordinator if you have any queries regarding the exhibition program via email: braemargallery@gmail.com

Braemar Gallery

104 Macquarie Road, Springwood, NSW 2777

Open Thursday – Sunday | 10am – 4pm


Free Entry