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Australian Art Series Opens This Weekend

Saturday 23 February 2002

Three exhibitions by Australian artists Sir Sidney Nolan, Tracey Moffatt and Mikala Dwyer open this weekend at City Gallery Wellington, as a highlight of the 2002 New Zealand Festival. This weekend also marks the start of an extensive public programme of public events based on the Australian Art Series (free with exhibition admission).

Sidney Nolan's Ned Kelly Series - Paintings from the National Gallery of Australia features the most enduring and instantly recognisable images ever painted of Australia's famous outlaw. The series was painted when Sidney Nolan was himself an outlaw of a kind, having deserted from the army in 1944. Though he was only 30 when he completed the works, many consider them to be the masterpieces of his career. A range of films on Ned Kelly and Sir Sidney Nolan will be screening in the Gallery throughout this exhibition. 23 February - 19 May 2002.

LECTURE - Saturday 23 February, 2pm: Dr Brian Kennedy, Director of the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra, will give a keynote address entitled 'The Role of a National Gallery'. The National Gallery of Australia is home to the Ned Kelly paintings. This lecture is part of a lecture series by international gallery directors, running throughout the Australian Art Series.

Photographer and filmmaker Tracey Moffatt is currently Australia's most internationally recognised and widely exhibited contemporary artist. The stylised worlds she creates draw on her own experience of growing up Aboriginal in suburban Brisbane, and the images that engulf us in the media age. Nine photographic series and six films/videos feature in this exhibition. 23 February - 26 May 2002.

Mikala Dwyer's 'seriously playful' installations amaze visitors with their seemingly chaotic accumulations of domestic and industrial materials. Dwyer has exhibited widely in Australia and further afield over the past decade. For this exhibition, she has created a new site-specific installation especially for the Gallery. 23 February - 19 May 2002.

ARTIST FLOORTALK - Sunday 24 Feb, 2pm: New Zealand artist Martin Popplewell talks with Mikala Dwyer about her installation for City Gallery Wellington.

Admission to Australian Art Series: Adult $7; Student/unwaged/Friend of CGW $5; Children under 16 years $3. Also available are concessions for Family groups; Pre-booked education & community groups; Multi Visit Ticket & Two Venue Ticket (giving admission to Australian Art Series at City Gallery Wellington & the Henry Moore exhibition at Te Papa). Events are free with admission charge. Sidney Nolan's Ned Kelly Series is presented by Ernst & Young, Russell McVeagh and Telecom New Zealand Ltd. Indemnified by the New Zealand Government. Generously supported by RadioWorks Wellington. A 2002 New Zealand Festival event.

Tracey Moffatt is presented by Saatchi & Saatchi.

Mikala Dwyer is a City Gallery Wellington Australian Artist's Project, presented by Silverscreen and Oktobor.

Open City public programme Principal Sponsor Montana Wines Ltd.

City Gallery Wellington is managed by the Wellington Museums Trust with major funding from the Wellington City Council. For more information, images, interviews on the Ned Kelly Series contact:

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