Mining Pyrite has proved to be a success in its first year with a very positive public response to the art exhibition at Newington Armory Gallery, reaching new audiences with many visitors citing that this was the only contemporary art show they have seen all year.
The exhibition featured the works of 20 international and local contemporary artists who have drawn inspiration from Sydney Olympic Park, making use of the artist-in residence and other arts facilities available.
Curated by Cassandra Hard-Lawrie and Nick Vickers, the diverse exhibition spans a broad range of expressive media forms including installation, sculpture, photography, multimedia, video, painting and more. Nick draws comparison between the development of Sydney Olympic Park and that of the artist’s journey. “The constant testing and exploration of the boundaries of what does and doesn’t work is the stock and trade of creativity,” explains Vickers.
During the past 12 years, Sydney Olympic Park Authority has supported more than 170 artists’ journeys of exploration by providing its artists-in-residence program. The program allows artists to take inspiration on-site of the historic, heritage-listed Newington Armory precinct, via its unique studio spaces available for rent to artists.
Mining Pyrite features the works of artists who have occupied the studios at Newington Armory and whose works exemplify a journey of exploration and experimentation. The Mining Pyrite exhibition sheds light on the activities of the studios at Newington Armory, while celebrating the success of the Park’s artists-in-residence program and the history of Sydney Olympic Park as a whole.
“The arts community of Western Sydney is second to none and the ‘Mining Pyrite’ exhibition at the Armory Gallery provides a great opportunity to see a sample of some of the region’s best artistic works,” said Minister for Western Sydney, Stuart Ayres. “I recommend people get along to Sydney Olympic Park’s Armory Gallery and enjoy exploring this unique arts space”.
Today, Sydney Olympic Park is recognised as an internationally admired example of sustainable urban renewal and development. The Park is home to a growing residential area with a thriving corporate business district and a spectacular entertainment precinct. Sydney Olympic Park Authority is excited to continue providing these great initiatives for the community.