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Bunbury Regional Art Galleries are something to brag about

By Kevin Kelly

A certain baby pink building in the CBD is testament to the eccentricity and artistic soul of Bunbury. As the metropolitan hub of the south-west of Australia, Bunbury hosts expressions of the hearts and minds of everyone in regional Western Australia. The best of these can be found within the colonial styled walls of the Bunbury Regional Art Galleries (BRAG).

The restored convent building is home to four formal exhibition spaces spread across two floors. With these spaces and a community art space, BRAG has the capacity to run five exhibitions simultaneously, with a changeover every six weeks.

Here's a quick look at some of the current and upcoming exhibitions.

Making Her Mark: Women in the Collection

Currently running until the end of October, the Making Her Mark showcase shines a spotlight on the female artists with works in BRAG's existing collection.

The pieces span from the 1970s to today, and address a number of different subject matters relevant to their respective periods. Many works are inspired by the second-wave feminist movement, delving into issues of gender, psychological states, and social roles.

For example, one piece by the late Aadje Bruce features the word "tolerance" embroidered in bright pink and subsequently covered with sewing needles.

Thresholds and Thoughtscapes

With a title like that, you can bet you're in for some powerful introspection at this exhibition. Thresholds and Thoughtscapes is currently running and will continue until the second week of November.

In this showcase, three artists – Annette Nykiel, Sarah Robinson and Jane Whelan – demonstrate their connection to the geology of south-west Australia through their creative processes. Each drawing from different parts of the region, they bring together their own observations, experiences, and emotions towards the land in the form of incredible artworks.

Every artist has a different voice with which their art speaks, and that becomes so clear when these Nykiel, Robinson, and Whelan all seek to answer similar questions in their own unique way.

John Austin: Survey II 1994-2017

Renowned Western Australian photographer John Austin brings a collection of his best pieces to BRAG this quarter, running until the 26th of November.

Much of Austin's work has focussed on anti-logging protests of the 1990s. His stark black and white images draw strong contrasts between peaceful forest scenes and documentation of heavy deforestation in the South West.

The contemplative collection shows the environmental impact of large-scale industry through powerful monochromatic imagery.

You too can be party to these incredible collections and many more when you live in Bunbury. If you'd like to talk to someone about your relocation, why not drop us a line at Ray White Bunbury today?

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