Debatably Avant-Garde – new exhibition to push boundaries

Gunnedah Shire Council

Art has always pushed the boundaries.

From Manet’s nude at the picnic (Le Dejeuner sur l’herbe) to the digital art of Andy Warhol, art has challenged and provoked people, and delighted them with its daring.

Gunnedah Shire Council is calling on artists across the region to create something different for a new exhibition that will open in June this year.

Debatably Avant-Garde aims to push the boundaries of what has traditionally been considered art, and open the doors to ultra-modern expressionism in Gunnedah Shire.

Gunnedah Shire Council Cultural Precinct Team Leader Michael Cornford said the exhibition was an opportunity for artists to explore all the avenues of art.

“Debatably Avant-Garde is an opportunity to showcase artists practicing new art forms to our gallery; hidden, emerging and established artists all tasked to break out of traditional confines and create something quite different,” Mr Cornford said.

“There are art forms evolving all the time – digital art, graphic design, innovative sculpture and installation art – there are all kinds of ways you can bend the rules and push the boundaries.

“Art has always made people think and see things in different ways. This exhibition is all about challenging and expanding our views. Let’s throw some light on some off-the-wall or serious subjects.

“We are very much looking forward to seeing just how challenging our artists can be. We’re hoping this will be an explosive artistic experience.”

Submissions for the exhibition will close at 5pm on Monday, June 5 with artworks to be delivered during business hours to the Gunnedah Bicentennial Creative Arts Centre in Chandos Street with a completed form that is available on

Debatably Avant-Garde will open at the Gunnedah Bicentennial Creative Arts Centre at 6pm on Friday, June 9.

Caption: Manet’s Le Dejeuner sur l’herbe pushed the boundaries of art in 1863.

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