Sirens of Gunnedah calls to Sister City

The successful Sirens of Gunnedah exhibition will soon be making itself known in Gunnedah’s Sister City of Lane Cove in Sydney.

Gunnedah photographers Alyssa Barwick and Marie Low have announced Sirens of Gunnedah will open at Gallery Lane Cove on July 29, 2020, with a couple of surprises for fans of the original exhibition.

The Gallery Lane Cove exhibition has been made possible by the support of Lane Cove Council and a grant from Gunnedah Shire Council through its new Sister Cities and Friendly Relationships Program.

“We are absolutely thrilled that Sirens is making its way to our sisters in the city,” Alyssa Barwick said.

“We have been overwhelmed by the response to what started as a dream for us and, through the support of the Gunnedah community, became a reality.

“This has been an amazing opportunity for us to revisit the project we worked on for 18 months, and to make a few changes – even add a couple of new faces.”

Marie Low said the Gallery Lane Cove exhibition would bring conceptual photographic portraits of more than 50 Gunnedah women to a new audience.

“So many people have helped Sirens of Gunnedah become a success,” Marie said.

“Along with our Sirens, we have had talented hair stylists, make-up artists and people who have helped through their businesses, as individuals, or through community groups. They have given their time and sometimes their homes to help create the Sirens images.

“It is wonderful that the beautiful faces of these women of all ages and all walks of life will now be seen in a gallery at the heart of a region that has helped Gunnedah through the difficult time of drought.”

Sirens of Gunnedah features women photographed in different moments in time or as the star of different concepts – from a modern mermaid to the girls at Hanging Rock, and a war-time nurse to a futuristic robot. All of them were photographed in Gunnedah.

The exhibition is one of the most-visited that has been hosted at the Gunnedah Bicentennial Creative Arts Gallery.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the exhibition is likely to feature a digital launch on July 29 and there will be limits on the number of people who can be in the gallery at one time.

Alyssa Barwick and Marie Low will also hold a competition in conjunction with the exhibition called #SydneySirensSelfie. Visitors are encouraged to take a photo of themself with one of the Sirens images and post it on social media with the hashtag #SydneySirensSelfie. One person will win their own Sirens session.

Sirens of Gunnedah will be on display at Gallery Lane Cove until August 22.

To find out more about Sirens of Gunnedah, contact Alyssa Barwick on 0423 009 151 or Marie Low on 0417 476 592.

Watch the opening live on from 6pm on July 29, 2020.

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