Do Not Touch

29 June – 23 July 2017

Fragments of fragile and fluid beauty collide with the harsh and angular in this bristling installation.

The works in this exhibition are a result of an exploration of the exquisite beauty of the natural world and the form and function of cacti. These works are metaphors for themes of otherness, exotic invaders, survival in a harsh environment, ugliness and beauty and challenging, preconceived visual perceptions.

Recycled materials are cleaned, sliced, crushed, smashed and reordered by hand in a painstaking process. Glass crackles and snaps but finally gives in to the artist’s will. And as in nature, persistence and survival can be lead to inflorescent beauty.

But like nature, beauty can spring a trap. Look, but do not touch.


Image: LUBA BOSCH Echinocactus #1 2017, recycled and hand blown glass and glass pebbles, 60 x 35 x 35 cm



29 June – 23 July 2017

Earth features oil paintings by artist Dinah Johanson, based on field studies made in the Blue Mountains, Lanzarote (Canary Islands) and the Himalayas. Johanson’s art is about rocks; Volcanoes, chasms, cliffs, lava tubes and scattered tuff are all external markers of the underlying geological forces that have shaped, and continue to shape the earth. It is evolution from a mineral perspective. Previously Johanson’s art practice depicted erosion and scouring in deserts and solar radiation and meteorite bombardment on the Moon. This new series of work is a continuation of that theme.
Johanson spent many hours training in the Blue Mountains for a trek to Everest Base Camp in 2015 and experienced destruction from seismic activity first hand when she was in Nepal during the devastating earthquake that year. That experience has had a profound effect on the artist, who continually attempts to find a visual depiction of that emotional upheaval.


Image: DINAH JOHANSON Khumbu 2016, oil on canvas, 60 x 50 cm


Works on Paper from East to West

29 June – 23 July 2017

Japanese inkwash painting (Sumi-e or Suiboku-ga) originated from China. Sumi-e is the expression of the essence of the object in the very moment by using Sumi (ink) in black and shades of grey on white paper. Living in the Blue Mountains, Michiyo Miwa is mesmerised by the rugged beauty of the landscape and what nature presents: stark contrast of light and shadow in one moment, subtle shades of grey in another. In this exhibition, Michiyo uses the ancient artform of Sumi-e and also imprints eucalyptus leaves and other native plants onto the delicate paper. The works capture the spirit of the ancient Blue Mountains landscape incorporating the sensitivity of Michiyo Miwa’s Japanese heritage.

Image: MICHIYO MIWA Cool Ash 2016, inkwash painting on Japanese paper, 56 x 102 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