ACMI'S Del Kathryn Barton: The Nightingale and The Rose Exhbition

Published on 12 March 2019


Australian Centre Moving Image DEL KATHRYN BARTON: THE NIGHTINGALE AND THE ROSE will be exhibited at the Devonport Regional Gallery from 16 March until 26 May 2019. The exhibition is presented in partnership with Ten Days on the Island.

Celebrating the extraordinary collaboration between two-time Archibald Prize winner Del Kathryn Barton and acclaimed filmmaker Brendan Fletcher, this exhibition traces the remarkable adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s 19th century classic into a hauntingly beautiful animated film.

This exhibition transforms the Gallery space into an immersive and intricate Barton-inspired world: colourful, bold, enchanting, brooding, and revealing.

The film itself is a landmark in contemporary moving image, voiced by some of Australia’s most celebrated actors, including Mia Wasikowska, David Wenham and Geoffrey Rush, and layered with a stirring score by Australian singer-songwriter Sarah Blasko.

 Visitors can view the 14-minute animation within the exhibition space, and then make their way through a lush display of objects and artworks that explore the incredible workings behind this production linking classic text to canvas, sculpture to screen.

Also, on display is a selection of stunning handmade props, material from the animation archival material, and a 1913 edition of Wilde’s anthology.

“Each exhibition piece shows how this classic story was interpreted at first through Barton’s sophisticated artistic lens, then enlivened by Fletcher’s brilliant filmic mind and Method Studio’s deft animating hand, in conjunction with a group of creatives working across the full spectrum of moving image arts,” ACMI Curator Jess Bram said.

``Enchanting in its creation of fanciful characters – trees, flowers and animals that come to life in full speech – ‘The Nightingale and the Rose’ gives voice to Wilde’s musings about the painful realisation of disappointed desire. And yet, through the sweet vulnerability of the Nightingale’s song, there exists a captivating beauty, a passionate earnestness and emboldened integrity that defies the calamity of her betrayal.

Through an artistic layering of original works, alongside the breathtakingly beautiful handcrafted paper props, snapshots of the stop-motion and digital animation process and behind the-scenes interviews with the creative team, see Oscar Wilde’s The Nightingale and the Rose magically brought to life for contemporary audiences.

Exhibition opening: Friday 15 March at 6pm in conjunction with the exhibitions Placing Things by Kelly Austin and Littoral, Curated by Marilyn Raw, Ceramics Teacher, TasTAFE, Devonport

Exhibition dates: 16 March – 26 May 2019. Entry to the exhibition is free.

Image details: Wilder grew her song, Del Kathryn Barton, 2011-12. Acrylic, gouache, watercolour and ink on polyester canvas. Collection of Del Kathryn Barton

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