24 February - 21 April 2024
Bathurst Regional Art Gallery

Bathurst Regional Art Gallery (BRAG) presents Deborah Kelly: CREATION – an artwork in the form of a queer insurrectionary science fiction climate change religion, manifesting across visual art, literature, new holy music, sacrelicious foods, dance steps and disco.

CREATION confronts climate crisis and truth decay with a crowd-sourced faith drawn from practical politics, mysticism and a wild array of collaborations.

CREATION spans video, animation, photography, music, paper collage, costume, textiles, and a suite of new porcelain platters which premiere in Bathurst. Artistic leaders SJ Norman (Liturgy), Lex Lindsay (music), Angela Goh (dance), James L King (costumier), Stereogamous (dance anthem) and Alia Ardon (film) have expanded the faith through their artforms. In Bathurst, farmer Cathie Hale and brewer Ian Carman are working with local produce to develop this contemporary mythology’s sustenance.

Deborah Kelly is a Melbourne-born, Sydney-based artist who has exhibited around Australia and internationally, including in the Biennales of Singapore, Sydney, Thessaloniki, TarraWarra, Cementa, and Venice. Over the past decade, Kelly has been working with groups of strangers in cities around the world to make experiential collaborations emphasising process, community, and aesthetic intensity.

Image: Deborah Kelly, CREATION Lismore Luminaries Regalia Portraits. Noah Mead-St Clair: The Serpent, Elyatta-Adelaide Manton: Infinity, AñA Wojak: The Spider. Courtesy Deborah Kelly. Photo: Mia Forrest.

Public Programs

Exhibition Opening: Friday 23 February, 6-8pm - book now

Exhibition Floor Talk with BRAG Director Alex Pedley and Artist Deborah Kelly: Saturday 24 February, 11am - free rsvp

Collage Workshop with Deborah Kelly: Saturday 24 February 10am-3pm

Nourish: Thursday 21 March, 6-8pm - book now

Artist Talk: Saturday 23 March, 11am - book now

Pride 'n' Stride (Bathurst Mardi Gras): Saturday 13 April, 2-5pm

Activity Trail: daily during opening hours

Talks & Tea: Wednesday 13 March & 10 April, 10:30am - book now

School Holidays Workshop: Mask Decorating, Tuesday 16 April, 10:30am-12pm - book now

School Holidays Workshop: Collage Making, Thursday 18 April, 10:30am-12pm - book now

Exhibition Tours: Saturdays, 11am - book now

Sunday Sketch Sessions: Sundays, 10:30am-12:30pm - book now

Bookings are required for all group bookings and school visits. Contact 02 6333 6555 or brag@bathurst.nsw.gov.au to enquire.