Greg Hansell’s exhibition delves into concepts of place

Greg Hansell

An exhibition featuring works for renowned local artist, Greg Hansell is now on show at the Margaret Whitlam Galleries (opens in a new window) at Western Sydney University's Parramatta campus.

The exhibition, named A Sense of Place, explores the restoration of the historic Female Orphan School as well as the broader works of the award winning artist. Hansell has been a Wynne Prize and Archibald finalist in over twenty exhibitions, as well as winning the prestigious Dobell Drawing prize in 2005.

The main subject of the exhibition, The Female Orphan School building, is a key witness to some of the most significant social changes in Australian history. Dating back to 1813, it is the oldest three-storey brick building in the country, and has shaped thousands of lives over the two centuries it has stood on the banks of the Parramatta River.

It is now the home of the Whitlam Institute at Western Sydney University, which commemorates the life and work of former Prime Minister Gough Whitlam.

A Sense of Place features Hansell's signature style consisting of a mixture of handmade earth pastels and Schmincke pastels. His works are unique, capturing the subtle tonal qualities and details of ageing built environments. Hansell celebrates the revival of the Female Orphan School through his exploration of changing landscapes. 

Monica McMahon, Western Sydney University's Art Curator, is delighted to be showing A Sense of Place at the Female Orphan School.

"Greg Hansell is one of the most well known and loved artists working in the Hawkesbury region. We are so pleased to have his commissioned works for the University as well as personal works on show. The diversity of his arts practice as well as the skill he executes is gifted and inspiring," says Ms McMahon.

A Sense of Place will be open to the public until Friday 20 January 2016.

What: A Sense of Place by Greg Hansell

Where: Margaret Whitlam Galleries, Female Orphan School (Building EZ), Western Sydney University (Parramatta Campus)

When: Until Friday 20 January 2016

For further information contact Monica McMahon on 02 4620 3450.


28 October 2016

Emily Lam, Media Assistant