Goulburn Regional Art Gallery


G.W. Bot: The Long Paddock: A 30 Year Survey

8 October - 19 November 2010


 The exhibition gw bot: the long paddock A 30 YEAR SURVEY is a touring exhibition developed by Goulburn Regional Art Gallery and curated by Peter Haynes.  The tour will travel to regional galleries throughout the east coast of Australia, giving both city and regional venues the opportunity to showcase works created by G W Bot.  G W Bot is a good friend of Australian regional galleries and is a generous speaker and visiting artist so many of the venues participating in this tour will benefit from having her conduct artists talks or workshops while the exhibition is on display. 

While her earlier works contained motifs and symbols, her recent work has evolved from the more literal figurative representations of the 80s to the almost pure ‘glyph-marking’ that we see now. Peter Haynes, curator, writes in the extensive catalogue for this exhibition that ‘Bot’s own artistic journey has led her to many destinations but it is ultimately the journey that matters most to her.’

Phillip O’Brien writing in The Canberra Times on Saturday 22nd October, 2010 discusses G.W Bot ‘finding her own expression in the form of glyphs – symbols of natural elements’ G.W Bot has a close connection with the Australian landscape and uses her own personal language as a means to depict it. The garden is an important aspect of her work “all of my work is intimately interrelated thematically and essentially deals with questions of environments - personal and public - and an individual's path through these environments as an allegory for a person's passage through life. Much of my work is involved in a dialectic between private landscape - cultivated, enclosed, full of possibilities and the wilderness - infinite, wild and unpredictable.  The paddock forms a curious middle ground.  I am particularly interested in 'entrances' into the landscape as a passageway between worlds.”

In a way her glyphs speak a universal language, the language of life that surrounds each of us – at once familiar and seemingly instantly legible, but on closer encounter, indecipherable and unknowable.  These glyphs take on a metaphysical nature and become metaphors for language and landscapes within us all.

The exhibition showcases prints, paintings, artist’s books and sculpture and is a ‘must see’ exhibition for artists, students, printmakers and art collectors as well as the general public interested in art.  The exhibition works are supported by a comprehensive education kit and activities for visiting families and children.


GW Bot: The Long Paddock: A 30 Year Survey will be touring to the following venues:

Grafton Regional Gallery 15 December 2010 – 23 January 2011
Hawkesbury Regional Gallery 1 April 2011 - 15 May 2011                         
Mosman Art Gallery 4 June – 17 July 2011
Wagga Wagga Art Gallery 23 July – 18 September 2011
Orange Regional Gallery 7 October – 20 November 2011
Tamworth Regional Gallery 28 January – 10 March 2012
Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery 12 April – 13 May 2012
Artspace Mackay 25 May – 8 July 2012
Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery 27 July – 8 September 2012
Perc Tucker Regional Gallery 24 September – 4 November 2012
Maitland Regional Art Gallery 16 November 2012 – 20 January 2013

Download the catalogue here

Download the education kit

GW Bot, Engraved Poem, 2006



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