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Del Kathryn Barton: The Nightingale and the Rose

The collaboration you must see from a two-time Archibald Prize winner and a renowned Aussie filmmaker.

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Here at last is a true lover…Night after night have I sung of him, though I knew him not: night after night have I told his story to the stars, and now I see him.
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BY KACEY JOHNSTON

In need of some culture? We hear you and we’ve got just the thing. Maitland Regional Art Gallery is exhibiting a truly magical interpretation of Oscar Wilde’s classic 19th Century novel, The Nightingale and the Rose by acclaimed artist, Del Kathryn Barton and prominent filmmaker, Brendan Fletcher.   Introducing Del Kathryn Barton: The Nightingale and the Rose.

Del Kathryn Barton: The Nightingale and the Rose
When: July 27 - November 3
Where: Maitland Regional Art Gallery
Cost: Free entry
The Nightgale and the Rose Above: Del Kathryn Barton: The Nightingale and the Rose, installation view at Maitland Regional Art Gallery.

A fictional tale by Wilde, The Nightingale and the Rose tells the story of love and sacrifice. The novel, if you haven’t read it, is heartbreakingly exquisite and extremely relatable. And, while you may not have time to delve into it, a rewarding read though it may be, you should certainly make some time to view the achingly beautiful works of Barton and Fletcher.

 

A celebrated artist, Barton has won not one but two Archibald Prizes, the first in 2008 for a self-portrait with her two children and the second in 2013 for her portrait of actor Hugo Weaving. A renowned artist himself, Fletcher is one of Australia’s most highly awarded filmmakers. He was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival for his debut film Mad Bastards which received 5 AACTA Award nominations and the Independent Spirit Award at the 2011 IF Awards.

This captivating touring exhibition from the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), features a short film, a collaboration between the artistic duo and Method Studios, as well as a range of evocative pieces by Barton, including never-before-seen handmade props and material from the production archives.

 

A beautifully crafted, animated piece, the film is told from the viewpoint of the Nightingale, loves true heroine, as she muses over a lonely student and his unrequited love. In bringing the novel to life, Barton and Fletcher enlisted some of Australia’s most well-known actors, including Mia Wasikowska, Geoffrey Rush and David Wenham to voice the film.

 

The emotive, ethereal sounds of Australian singer-songwriter, Sarah Blasko also feature – a beautiful addition to what is a splendid visual reimagining of this timeless and tragic fairytale.

Nightgale and the RoseAbove: Del Kathryn Barton: The Nightingale and the Rose, installation view at Maitland Regional Art Gallery featuring Wilder grew her song, Del Kathryn Barton, 2011-12, acrylic, gouache, watercolour and ink on polyester canvas. Collection of Del Kathryn Barton. 

Header image credit: Del Kathryn Barton: The Nightingale and the Rose, detail of installation at Maitland Regional Art Gallery.

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