Fairfield City Museum & Gallery

Exhibitions

Current Exhibitions

Fairfield on Film
25 November 2017 – 14 April 2018

'Las Rosas' behind the scenes still

Fairfield on Film explores the evolution of the film sector in Fairfield. Tracing the emergence of early picture palaces and theatres as places for entertainment; in contrast with the modern burgeoning film sector reflective of our society and providing a positive and creative outlet for youth to tell stories from their own perspective. The exhibition features archival photographs, objects from the museum collection and recordings of interviews with local filmmakers and behind-the-scenes films, working in conjunction with a range of community members and organisations.

Short film workshop
Wednesday 24 January, 10am-3pm
$35 per child, ages 7-13 years
Get hands-on experience in filmmaking, acting, photography and more in this one-day workshop! Guided by local professional film-makers, children will work in small groups to shoot, act, direct and edit a short film. Please bring a packed lunch, snacks and water for this workshop.  

Around the Time
25 November 2017 – 10 February 2018

Lisa Sammut work

Around the time is an installation of material constellations, kinetic models and modest earthbound monuments to cosmic scale. Arranged as a miniature panorama of prop-like objects, the work responds to the idea of the museum as a site and space for temporal speculation. Working across sculpture, collage, video art and model-based installation, Lisa Sammut seeks to gain a tangible sense of cosmic time, distance and scale through spatial situations and material production.
This project has benefited from an Art & Design Grant courtesy of Arc @ UNSW Limited

Cosmic Paintings workshop:
Thursday 25 January
$8 per child
Join artist Lisa Sammut to explore astronomy and cosmic wonders, lines and geometric shapes to make colourful watercolour paintings of outer space. Not to be missed by children who are passionate about science, space or art! 

Diaspora
23 September 2017 – 6 January 2018

Lakota by Loribelle Spirovski

Artist in Residence, Loribelle Spirovski, has spent the year working with individuals who reside in the Fairfield LGA, creating photo-realistic portraiture work.

Diaspora reveals to gallery visitors the stunning fruits of her labour, encouraging us to reflect on Fairfield City as a shared home. 

Exhibitions Coming Soon

Tomorrows - Yesterdays, Yesterdays – Tomorrows
Featuring work by Miguel Olmo
19 January – 31 March 2018
Official Opening: 1pm, Saturday 3 February, 2018

This exhibition by Spanish/Australian and Western Sydney artist Miguel Olmo, explores our understanding and relationship to time through a series of sculptural and photographic works. In his practice, Miguel employs a range of media including video, digital imagery, installation, sculpture, photography and sound and specifically for this exhibition the featured works blend influences found in graffiti, street art and constructivism with a strong conceptual framework. Tomorrows – Yesterdays/ Todays - Tomorrows reflects his interest in ephemerality, time and memory; past and present.

Matt Huynh exhibition
24 February – 9 May 2018
Official Opening: 1pm, Saturday 24 February, 2018

New York based graphic artist and illustrator Matt Huynh continually pushes the boundaries in his artistic pursuits as he explores themes of war, refugees, the Vietnamese diaspora and the Cabramatta and Chinatown communities.

Growing up in the Fairfield local area, the exhibition takes a reflective look at just a portion of his extraordinary body of work; delving into his inspirations and processes as an artist through the display of development work including mock-up comic books, mood boards, process notes and storyboard index cards.

The exhibition features many of Matt Huynh’s acclaimed graphic works such as The Boat, an interactive graphic comic adaptation of Nam Le’s short story tracing the collective trauma of the Vietnamese diaspora, and his graphic novel CAB, a series of short comics based on true stories from Cabramatta. MA is a comic book about the refugees arriving at a Malaysian refugee camp after the fall of Saigon and The Ark, an animated adaptation of prologue to Thanh Nguyen’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel, developed for the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Centre. 

Past Exhibitions

We Are All Affected
21 September 2017 – 11 November 2017

'Wednesday's Child' by Abdul Rahman Abdullah The big anxiety logo colour

Co-curated by Khaled Sabsabi and Nur Shkembi as part of the ‘The Big Anxiety: Festival of Arts + Science + People’, We Are All Affected will examine ideas of anxiety from Muslim communities living in Western Sydney and their experiences.
This exhibition features the work of Australian Muslim artists and provides an insight into what is fast becoming a culturally specific form of anxiety; one which is related to the current socio-political climate, Islamophobia and the unique social, emotional, political and intellectual pressures that exist as a result. The project has the ability to create new conversations and reflections around the festivals' theme from artists that live and deal with issues surrounding representation and identity, exploring notions of anxiety within the framework of the reflective/reactive duality. 

Exhibiting artists include Abdul Abdullah, Abdul Rahman Abdullah, Idil Abdullahi, Cigdem Aydemir, Rusaila Bazlimat, Eugenia Flynn, Khaled Sabsabi and Abdullah M.I. Syed.

Cabracadabra
6 May 2017 – 2 September 2017

Cabracadabra roses 

Explore the colour and vibrancy of the still-life paintings and interactive installation work by artist Anney Bounpraseuth. Contrasting traditional still-life subject matter of established Australian female artists, Bounpraseuths’ studies focus on objects and knick-knacks drawn from Asian discount variety stores to convey the search for belonging and finding a place within community and dominant culture.

Swan Pencil Holders workshop by Anney Bounpraseuth
Friday 7 July, 10.30am – 12.30pm
$15 (1 adult and 1 child), $2 for every additional child thereafter.

Plate Portraits workshop by Anney Bounpraseuth
Thursday 13 July, 10.30am – 12.30pm
$15 (1 adult and 1 child), $2 for every additional child thereafter.

Shanasheel
13 May 2017 – 9 September 2017

Shanasheel golden artwork 

Ten exhibiting artists are Iraqi - Australians living and working in Western Sydney whose work explores the idea of place, storytelling and identity in a range of different mediums. Translated from Iraqi, ‘Shanasheel’ refers to a traditional balcony in Iraqi architecture that connects the private home with the streetscape.

Accessible Art Workshop
Saturday 3 June, 1pm - 4pm
This free community event is being hosted by Fairfield City Museum & Gallery as part of the Iraqi Cultural Festival. 
In partnership with Settlement Services International (SSI) through its Arts & Culture and Ability Links NSW Programs, this specially designed public art program aims to promote social inclusion for people living with a disability and people from a refugee background. 
The event includes a motivational talk with Shatha Matrood, an Iraqi refugee with vision impairment, who shares her experiences of life in Australia and how the Arts can play a role in creating a space for inclusion in our communities. 
Guests are then able to choose from three workshops, which include:
- Flower arranging
- Drawing, painting and etching techniques
- Jewellery, metal and wood engravings

Iraq on Film
Saturday 1 July, 1pm - 4pm
Join Fairfield City Museum & Gallery for a screening of On the Banks of the Tigris (2015), a hidden story of Iraqi music, directed by Marsha Emerman. This multi-award winning Australian documentary celebrates Iraqi music and the cultural ties that link Iraqis of all faiths (Jews, Muslims and Christians). 
Special guest Majid Shokor will introduce the film which follows his journey re-engaging with his musical history as he travels from Melbourne to Tel Aviv, Europe and Iraq to meet with exiled Iraqi musicians who unite for a concert for peace and reconciliation. 


Ngarunga Gurubadu: Stories of River & Water
24 June to 2 September 2017

Burra murri yanada (Many eels and full moon) artwork.

This exhibition explores the rivers and waterways of the Dharug nation and its meaning and significance for Aboriginal people. The exhibition features work from artists including Yvonne Koolmatrie, Leanne Tobin, Dianne Ussher, Steven Barton, Susan Grant Murphy, Glen Cunningham, Victoria Woods, Judy Watson and the Guntawang Aboriginal Women’s Group.

A Home Away from Home: Exploring Fairfield City's Multicultural Clubs
3 December 2016 to 10 June 2017

A Home Away from Home costumes A Home Away from Home visitors

Learn about the formation and evolution of Fairfield City's multicultural clubs and gain an understanding of their importance in Australian social history and cultural identity, in a place that’s A Home Away from Home. The exhibition features photographs and objects either loaned by Clubs or sourced from Fairfield City Council's archives.

This exhibition won a 2017 IMAGinE Award from Museums and Galleries NSW

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