NOW IN ITS SEVENTH SUCCESSFUL YEAR

Hidden Flyer 2015This September, Rookwood General Cemeteries Reserve Trust (RGCRT) will once again host their annual sculpture exhibition, HIDDEN, commencing Friday 18 September and extending to Sunday 18 October 2015.

Rookwood Cemetery, home to two of Sydney’s Crown Trusts, is one of the oldest, largest and multi-culturally diverse cemeteries in Australia, which has also steadfastly remained an active and vibrant part of the community on a wide variety of levels.

Now in its seventh successful year, HIDDEN is one of Rookwood Cemetery’s most popular initiatives and celebrates creativity, community and diversity in a most unique and inspiring way, while also respectfully honoring this remarkable place of rest which is richly steeped in history.

Forty Three (43) Australian artists will this year be showcased as part of the HIDDEN exhibition following an extensive submission and assessment process. Apart from being an important platform for both established and emerging artists, it will once again carry with it a major award valued at $10,000.

HIDDEN is devised as an outdoor sculptural walk which aims to step outside the mainstream to present works amongst ‘Rookwood’s’ vast grounds which includes a wide variety of typography, from manicured lawns to blooming fields of wildflowers, and incorporating decades worn stone monuments alongside century old native trees.

The exhibition provides an opportunity to explore the cemetery in a refreshing and surprising way…revealing contemporary creativity alongside ‘Rookwood’s’ extraordinary history that can be discovered throughout.

Established in 2009, HIDDEN takes place in various areas of this vast setting, and aims to not only demystify the cemetery as dark or foreboding, but also highlight the enormous diversity surrounding the cultural and social aspects of the site.

“This year, we received over 100 entries of all scales and mediums, and across an enormous variety of artistic styles, ethnic inspirations and from artists of diverse cultural backgrounds. These have been painstakingly narrowed down to this year’s final total of forty three (43) works to be exhibited.

“I am thrilled and inspired to see the caliber of entries increasing year on year, and can certainly see the need to expand the scope for future HIDDEN exhibitions”, says Fiona Heslop, CEO of RGCRT.

Following the success of the 2014 School Holiday Workshops, these will again return in 2015 coinciding with the HIDDEN exhibition dates; 21st- 24th September & 28th September – 1st October. The workshops target students aged between eight (8) and sixteen (16) years of age, are free of charge, and include a variety of disciplines from drawing to sculpture building.

HIDDEN also incorporates two artist residencies presented by Sydney Olympic Park Authority, as well as Auburn City Council’s Peacock Gallery and Auburn Arts Studio. These awards include a workspace valued at $800 and a workspace plus mentorship valued at $1,000 respectively.
Rookwood Cemetery (incorporating HIDDEN 2015 running from Sept 18 – Oct 18) is open every day of the year from dawn until dusk. Programs can be picked up from the RGCRT office on Hawthorne Avenue, next to the All Souls Chapel.

 

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