Vital Signs opens at Hazelhurst Regional Gallery

Published On 31 March 2017 at 01:00 PM

Vital Signs is the second in a series of five annual exhibitions showcasing the work of recent visual and new media arts graduates from the University of Wollongong.

Part of a five year partnership between the University and Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Arts Centre, Sutherland Shire Council’s leading cultural facility, the exhibition aims to provide a platform for emerging artists from southern Sydney and the Illawarra Region. It explores the beauty and fragility of our environment and the usually detrimental impact of human intervention.

Sutherland Shire Mayor Carmelo Pesce said Council is pleased to be part of this initiative that supports the next generation of artists. "This is a wonderful opportunity for the visual and new media arts graduates to showcase their work to the wider public in the Hazelhurst Gallery’s new Broadhurst space. The artworks are very striking and thought provoking, and I encourage everyone to visit Hazelhurst to view the artworks for themselves," he said.

Thirroul artist Greer Harris spoke about being selected, “I’m extremely excited and overwhelmed” she said “ this will  be our first steps breaking into this exciting art world.” 

Bernadette Banasik, who will be coordinating a performance installation piece added “For me personally it has given me an opportunity to grow into a more mature artist and it has given us an opportunity to showcase our work in the real world.”

The works, selected by UOW lecturer Jacky Redgate and Hazelhurst Curator Carrie Kibbler, include a wide and varied approach to contemporary art featuring; melting ice sculptures, photography, textile installation, video, traditional oil painting, 3D printing, paint on walls, canvas, paper and glass. The resulting exhibition is a celebration of materials whether classic, invented or improvised.  

Each year, in addition to the Vital Signs exhibition, Hazelhurst offers a curatorial internship. The program gives one UOW graduate a hands on position liaising with artists, installing works, making arrangements and preparations to ultimately piece together the exhibition.

“The internship has given me really valuable insight into how a gallery runs” says 2017 intern, Alison Brown, “It has given me a unique opportunity to be part of a dynamic team that produces an innovative and diverse program of events and exhibitions.”

The works in Vital Signs explore tactile objects underpinned by a bittersweet pairing of humanity’s technological achievement with the toll it has taken on our society, culture and environment.

Vital Signs will open 6pm Thursday 6th April  and will continue until Tuesday 18th April in Hazelhurst’s Broadhurst Gallery. All are welcome to attend.


Opening:        6pm Thursday 6 April

On Show:       6 April – 18 April 2017

At:                   Hazelhurst Regional Gallery & Arts Centre, 782 Kingsway, Gymea NSW

Open:             Daily 10am – 5pm. (Closed Good Friday)

Admission:    Free

Enquiries:      Tel 8536 5700 Fax: 8536 5750 Email:


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