Drought stories on display in new exhibition ‘Unquestionably Dry’

Gunnedah Shire Council

A new exhibition exploring the impact of drought on Australian landscapes will open at the Bicentennial Creative Arts Gallery on April 23.

Unquestionably Dry is an exhibition by Gus Armstrong, a regional contemporary photographic artist. Armstrong currently resides on his farm in Kandos, New South Wales, the site of his photographic and music studios and artists residency.

Gunnedah Cultural Precinct Team Leader Lauren Mackley said she expects the exhibition will resonate with Gunnedah residents who have experienced first hand the lasting impact of drought.

“This exhibition offers a chance for us to reflect on our own drought story and explores a future of life without water, posing questions about the sustainability of our contemporary lifestyles,” Ms Mackley said.

“Armstrong’s compelling stories depict the extremes of the Australian landscape, which we are now seeing at the other end of the spectrum with the recent floods.

“Armstrong is a prominent upcoming photographer who has recently been selected as an exhibiting artist on the Kandos WAYOUT Artspace. He has also exhibited in Sydney, Rylstone and Mudgee.

“His photographic style mixes elements of spontaneity with careful planning. I encourage the community to come along and view this exciting, thought-provoking collection.”

Gunnedah residents are invited to attend the official opening of Unquestionably Dry at 6pm on Friday April 23 at the gallery. The exhibition continues until 3pm Sunday, May 23.

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