There are two great art centres in the outer South West Sydney region, Campbelltown and Casula Powerhouse.
The latter, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, or CPAC, is about to celebrate a quarter of a century of cutting edge arts and culture with four new exhibitions.
They will be headlined by special anniversary show One Past Liverpool, which taps into CPAC’s history to shape its future.
The kaleidoscopic mix of artworks from exciting up-and-coming artists will feature alongside an unmissable retrospective of CPAC’s storied past.
One Past Liverpool will kick off with a free launch from 2pm on Saturday, September 28.
The suite of exhibitions also includes Body Remembers, a photographic series bylegendary Indigenous AustralianartistTracy Moffatt and two Sydney Craft Week exhibitions – Pure Joyand Song Tree Exhibition.
Fractadella, a series of psychedelic digital animations drawing from CPAC’s industrial architecture complete the exhibitions scheduled for the 25 years celebrations.
“We officially turn 25 years young this October,’’ says CPAC director, Craig Donarski.
“Come along and get festive with us, with this wonderful exhibition ushering in the new guard of fresh artistic blood, brimming with fantastic new ideas as they light the way forward.
“As if that weren’t enough, we’ve also got a collection of thought-provoking recent works by Tracey Moffatt, arguably Australia’s most successful artist ever, both nationally and internationally; fascinatingly intricate clay creations from one of our resident ceramic specialists; a multicultural tapestry of global childhood rhymes; and a dizzyingly hypnotic new work on the screens suspended across our Turbine Hall that’ll leave you spellbound,” he said.
One Past Liverpool is a celebration of CPAC’s 25 year history as an arts centre.
The exhibition features a multidisciplinary range of commissioned works by local emerging artists under 25, pictured above, consulting directly with renowned CPAC leaders and change-makers of the past 25 years including Lisa Havilah (CEO, Museum of Applied Arts and Science); Maud Page (Assistant Director, Art Gallery of New South Wales); John Kirkman (CEO, Information and Cultural Exchange); Kirsten Fishburn (CEO, Liverpool City Council); plus current Director Craig Donarski.
The commissioned works will directly respond to significant milestone exhibitions from CPAC’s rich well of past works, such as Dresses and Dreams: Migrant Brides in Australia (1995), 9 Lives (1999) and No Added Sugar (2014).
These influential exhibitions will be displayed side-by-side with the new commissions, an emblematic baton-passing to the new generation of young creatives.