Image: Sally Bower, A Gift and a Shadow. Image courtesy the artist

A happy magpie dancing in a sprinkler, a ghost asking politely to be let in, finding a fortune in the street.

A Gift and a Shadow are two sides of the same coin, the choice and consequence, the path followed and the road less travelled and the use of an object and all the uses not yet imagined. Exploring the absurdity of life, and the magic in the everyday, Sally Bower presents a new body of work that extends an open invitation to interact, engage and play.

In A Gift and a Shadow, Sally’s unique visual language offers up both the questions and answers to scenarios the artist has observed and imagined. Working between playful, surreal and at times absurd, Sally transforms exhibition spaces with soft sculpture, drawing, painting and provocation.

Exhibition-come-agility-course, come-game show, A Gift and a Shadow encourages audiences to consider everyday encounters in a new light, and offers up inspiration to celebrate life’s more unexpected moments, creating space to consider alternate understandings and interpretations of the world around us.

Curated by Emma Buswell, Exhibitions and Engagement Coordinator

Marawar-ak | From the West

This exhibition is part of Marawar-ak | From the West: Contemporary Art from Western Australia,  a celebration of Western Australian art which showcases artists working across design, animation, sculpture, drawing and installation practices.

This exhibition season is inspired by the return of cooling winds towards the end of the year, during Kambarang, Birak and Bunuru, which bring relief at the end of hot summer days.

The exhibitions, feature works of art that survey the lands we live upon, explore the ways we make meaning of the world and others that transport us to imaginary worlds. They celebrate our artists and our place in the world and place focus on stories borne from our vast State.

Comprised of four independent exhibitions, Marawar-ak presents stories of regional and remote life, love, family, grief, choice, sacrifice, alongside works that map geography and memory.