Artist's Talk: Victoria Art Gallery, Bath UK

Saturday 24th Aug FREE but booking essential

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Riad Courtyard Fez 41x51 oil on belgian linen

Riad Courtyard Fez 41x51cm oil on belgian linen

Wendy Sharpe folding sketchbook from exhibition 'Elsewhere'

A Folding sketchbook by Wendy Sharpe from the exhibition 'Elsewhere'

ELSEWHERE: Travels through Morocco, Egypt, Syria, Iran and Central Asia

Exhibition Plus EXhibition based workshop and Tours

13 July - 29 Sep 2019


Wendy Sharpe and Bernard Ollis create art in response to humanity. During their extensive journeys, they created sketchbooks, drawings and paintings to record conversations and chance meetings with people from all walks of life. These works will introduce you to real people from distant nations, casting aside orientalism to reveal authentic encounters.

This exhibition sees the world through the unique intimacy of the sketch. It reflects upon individual experiences of travel in an era shaped by photography and global media. It is a perceptive journey through people and places that have been clouded by misapprehension.

'Elsewhere' visits Tamworth in 2020. Coinciding with the 40th anniversary of Edward Said's book 'Orientalism'. Theurated by Dr Sam Bowker with the support of Create NSW, HR Gallop Gallery and Charles Sturt University.


Sydney Gardens Series - Kennet and Avon Canal 46x36cm Oil on Belgian Linen

Sydney Gardens Series - Kennet and Avon Canal 46x36cm Oil on Belgian Linen

A Tale of Two Cities - The Victoria Art Gallery, Bath UK

Exhibition: 6th JULY TO 15TH Sept 2019

Artist's Talk: 5:30PM - 6.30PM Sat 24TH Aug 2019

Bernard returns to his birthplace and to The Victoria Art Gallery where, as a boy he was so regularly able to view paintings by acclaimed and influential artists. In his work for this exhibition he has cast a fresh eye over some of his favourite parts of two of the world's most beautiful cities, Bath and Paris.

The Artist's Talk on Saturday 24th of August is free, but we are reminded by the Gallery that Booking is essential as the talk is likely to be very popular.


Night View - St Michael 50x76cm Oil on Belgian linen
Night View - St Michael 50x76cm Oil on Belgian linen

Since moving to Sydney from Bendigo, Ollis has regularly collaborated with Master Print Maker Ann Smith at her printmaking studio in the Blue Mountains. A selection of the resulting etchings can be viewed on this website. View etchings