Sporting culture on display at Midland Junction Arts Centre as part of Queen’s Baton Relay


The Invincibles by Alastair Taylor.

Surf Lifesaving Regatta, Manly in New South Wales by Richard Woldendorp.
The Invincibles by Alastair Taylor. Surf Lifesaving Regatta, Manly in New South Wales by Richard Woldendorp.

ARTISTS have come together to exhibit their work celebrating local sporting culture and history as the Queen’s Baton Relay tours from Midland to Guildford ahead of the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Queensland.

The Relay exhibit will be displayed at the Midland Junction Arts Centre from February 26 to March 30 and include works from a diverse group of artists.

There will be 13 exhibiting artists, representing different countries within the Commonwealth, who have created artwork depicting their interpretation of how an object, like the relay baton, can hold special meaning to major events such as the Games.

Exhibiting artists include Peter Dailey, Judith Forrest, Ron Gomboc, Marie Haass, Dr Fiona Harman, Robert Hitchcock, Alex Maciver, Desmond Mah, Nalda Searles, Bruce Slatter, Nicole Slatter, Alastair Taylor and Richard Woldendorp.

Woldendorp will exhibit two rare black and white photographs from 1958 and 1962 that feature yachts and rowboats on the Swan River.

They will be displayed alongside a 2006 photograph of the Manly Regatta, seen from above in Woldendorp’s trademark aerial viewpoint, which captures the buzz of a community gathering in activity.

Taylor created a sculpture inspired by commemorative mugs, “like for coronations and royal occasions, since the Queen is involved,” he said.

The mug features images of local sporting icons such as The Invincibles, an indigenous cricket team formed in New Norcia in the late nineteenth century.

The City of Swan leg of the Baton Relay will start on February 26 at the Midland Town Hall and finish with a celebration in Stirling Square.

Queens’ Baton Relay exhibition

Midland Junction Arts Centre, 276 Great Eastern Hwy, Midland.
Noon-4pm Wednesdays to Fridays from February 28-March 30
More information, call 9250 8062 or visit mundaringartscentre.com.au

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