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Art of Sound

Grafton indulges in a palette of sound and feast on rich visuals

The Art of Sound is a new collaborative project between the NFSA and selected regional art galleries, which examines the intersections between sound and the visual arts.

NFSA curators compiled a ‘sound palette’ for the project – a package of 50 Australian recordings that represent the breadth and diversity of the sound collection. The palette includes songs, speeches, experimental works, spoken word, orchestral compositions and environmental recordings. The palette was shared with partner gallery curators who  linked sound recordings to complementary artworks to create idiosyncratic exhibits.

“The Art of Sound reflects the culture of the Clarence Valley, especially its strong Aboriginal and surfing cultures,” said Grafton Regional Gallery Director Jude McBean. “The artworks are from our collection and most will be familiar to our audience. Two thirds are by artists from or of the North Coast Region, and ten are by artists of the Clarence Valley.”

Highlights of The Art of Sound include:

  • Aine’s Council for Peace matched with the opening concert of the Sydney Opera House
  • Reg Mombassa’s Heaven and Hell with Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds’ Red Right Hand
  • Rona Green’s Hud & Mugsy with Hilltop Hoods’ Clown Prince

Other exhibiting collection artists include Gordon Bennett, Judy Cassab, Jodi Daley, Karla Dickens, Ken Done, Robert Hulland, John William Lindt, Dickie Minyintiri, Reg Mombassa, Robert Moore, Gladys O’Grady, Frances Belle Parker, Mike Riley, Cass Samms, Bevan Skinner, Ken Smith, Robyn Sweaney, Michael Taylor and John Witzig.

For more information, see Estelle Pigot’s interview with NFSA archivist, Thorsten Kaeding here.


Exhibition: 23 January – 13 February 2013

Grafton NSW Official Opening BBQ:  5pm Thursday 24 January – FREE EVENT

Curators’ Forum: 2pm Saturday 9 February – FREE EVENT

Image: ‘Hud and Mugsy’ by Rona Green (2008)