Mudgee Arts Precinct April Exhibitions

Published on 30 March 2022


Two new all-local exhibitions will be unveiled at Mudgee Arts Precinct next week.

As part of its commitment to highlighting the region’s rich and unique artistic talent, the exhibitions of local artists Michael Bourke: A Brief History of Mudgee and Pamela Welsh: The Princess and the Piano will open on Friday, 8 April.

Michael Bourke is a talented artist and educator whose work investigates the local landscape through the lens of a true larrikin. The painterly landscapes, which often pay homage to great Australian artists, reimagine the history of Mudgee and the Mid-Western Region, poking fun at the establishment through his playful eye and sharp wit.

Landmarks such as the Regent Theatre, the Prince of Wales Opera House (Gulgong), the township formerly known as Cudgegong, and local celebrities, such as Ken Sutcliffe have all been celebrated by Michael’s keen sense of the ridiculous.

Mudgee artist, Pamela Welsh will present her series of beautifully detailed sculptures based around the extraordinary life of Princess Alexandra of Bavaria, who was convinced she had swallowed a glass grand piano as a child.

Pamela’s intricately detailed sculptures portray a series of princesses who suffer from this rare psychological condition known as ‘glass delusion’. The exhibition invites viewers to explore their transcendental worlds which capture the hypnagogic state between wakefulness and sleep or the dichotomy of reality and fantasy.

Mudgee Arts Precinct is open seven days a week from 9am to 5pm. Entry is free. 

Pictured: Michael Bourke, 'You’ll be amazed at what you can buy at the Mudgee Post Office 2022'