Mining Pyrite - Free art exhibition at Sydney Olympic Park

01 Jun 2017

Mining Pyrite - Free art exhibition at Sydney Olympic Park

Mining Pyrite is a NEW exhibition to be displayed for FREE at Newington Armory Gallery at Sydney Olympic Park, from 10am-4pm every weekend from Saturday 17 June – Sunday 20 August 2017 (inclusive).

Curated by Cassandra Hard-Lawrie and Nick Vickers, Mining Pyrite will feature the works of 20 international and local contemporary artists, each of whom have drawn inspiration from Sydney Olympic Park and used its facilities to create their artworks. The diverse exhibition spans a broad range of expressive media forms including installation, sculpture, photography, multimedia, video, painting and more.

Gaining its title from the mineral ‘pyrite’, or ‘Fools Gold’, Mining Pyrite explores the parallel narrative of failure and success that can be drawn from the ‘artist's’ story.

Curator Nick Vickers 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 area that is Sydney Olympic Park today has experienced many instances of failure and success. From the closure of its State Abattoir in 1988 and the Brickworks closure thereafter, the area was then considered economically unviable. The Park hosted numerous unsuccessful coal mining attempts and was once a wasteland. Today however, 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.

Featured artist Wade Marynowsky specialises in immersive, interactive and experimental art forms. Mining Pyrite will include his work Black Casino, which involves five flying V guitars mounted atop a rotating spin wheel, his boundary-pushing style acts as a fitting parallel to Sydney Olympic Park’s own progressive journey.

“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”.

Mining Pyrite features the artworks of: Wade Marynowsky, Mark Booth, Chris Bowman, Mark Brown, Claire Healy and Sean Cordeiro, Louisa Dawson, Gary Deirmendjian, Judith Duquemin, Allan Giddy, John Gillies, Locust Jones, Akira Kamada, Michael Keighery, Daniel Mudie Cunningham, Meredith Peach, Jane Theau, Rachel Walls, Ken and Julia Yonetani.

With nearby FREE car parking at Blaxland Riverside Park, the Armory Gallery is located at Building 18 at Newington Armory, accessible via Jamieson St at Sydney Olympic Park.

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Newington Armory – formerly the Royal Australian Naval Armament Depot (RANAD) – is an exciting arts and culture hub with a choice of multi-purpose venues for all members of the community. Featuring unique and spacious facilities for artists and art enthusiasts alike, the heritage-listed Newington Armory includes the Armory Gallery, a theatre and an amphitheatre, making it an important venue for Sydney's arts community. Newington Armory is located within Sydney Olympic Park.

FREE Art Exhibition: Mining Pyrite

* When: Every weekend from Saturday 17 June – Sunday 20 August 2017, 10am – 4pm.

* Where: Newington Armory Gallery (Building 18) Newington Armory,
Access via Jamieson St at Sydney Olympic Park

* Info:

Tori McPherson or Susan Darwiche of Verve T: 02-8004-2462 M: 0414-706-704 E:

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