JANET LAURENCE - ARTIST TALK & BOTANIC ELIXIR BAR

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Pack Gallery Studio

8 Station Street

Bangalow, NSW 2479

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Join Byron Arts Magazine and renowned Australian artist Janet Laurence for an exclusive evening of conversation and art at Pack Gallery, Bangalow on Saturday, April 27. Guests will enjoy a botanical experience with the recreation of Janet’s Elixir Bar curated by TOWN Restaurant, Bangalow.

A highlight of the evening will be a talk hosted by Lee Mathers from Northern Rivers Community Gallery who will discuss Janet’s passion for nature and her art. Lee was awarded an Australia Council and Object Design mentorship with Janet and worked on ‘A Medicinal Garden for Ailing Plants’, Biennale of Sydney.

The Sydney artist’s work is currently the subject of a major survey show, Janet Laurence: After Nature, recently opened at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia and curated by MCA Chief Curator, Rachel Kent.

“For those that can’t make it to Sydney we are recreating a taste of what audiences will experience with the reimagining of the botanical Elixir Bar,” says Lisa Cowan, The Art Connector who initiated the BAM Art Series Dinners.

The veteran art activist has long been an advocate of climate change and the importance of nurturing nature long before it became the dominant narrative of our age. Laurence says she is unable to distinguish between her passion for nature and art. “I am really fortunate that I can use my art to speak about my passion for the environment. I feel a greater imperative to speak. In a way I am an activist. But the traditional idea of an activist is someone aggressively shouting something. I do the opposite. I try to entice you in to see the details. That’s my interest.”

Guests will enjoy a Brookie's gin cocktail on arrival and a delicious botanic tasting menu with matching wines curated by celebrated culinary team Katrina and Karl Kanetani. “It’s really exciting collaborating with Katrina and Karl from TOWN, they totally get the narrative behind the botanic theme and sensory elements of the Elixir Bar,” says Lisa Cowan.

For over 30 years, Janet Laurence has explored the interconnection of all living things – animal, plant, mineral – through her multi-disciplinary practice. Working across painting, sculpture, installation, photography and video, she has employed diverse materials to explore the natural world in all its beauty and complexity, as well as the environmental challenges it faces today: the epoch of the Anthropocene.

Laurence’s practice has encompassed small objects through to vast installations. Increasingly, in recent years, she has worked beyond the museum’s walls to transform public sites through her immersive installations and environments using evocative natural materials such as ash, minerals and oxides, living plant matter, corals, taxidermy birds, and more. Researching historical collections and drawing on the rich holdings of natural history museums, her practice has, over time, brought together various conceptual threads, from an exploration of threatened creatures and environments to notions of healing and physical, as well as cultural, restoration.

The cost for the dinner and talk, including wines & Brookie's gin cocktail is $120

NB. A substantial menu will be served, however this is not a seated event.

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Pack Gallery Studio

8 Station Street

Bangalow, NSW 2479

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