Sea Sings, Black Sands and Winged Realm

30 August 2019

Heathcote Museum and Gallery invites the community to discover the unique ‘printmaking thinking’ of Jo Darvall, Bethwyn Porter and Martin King.

Heathcote Museum and Gallery invites the community to discover the unique ‘printmaking thinking’ of Jo Darvall, Bethwyn Porter and Martin King in its newest exhibition Sea Sings, Black Sands and Wings Realm.

“The talented Artists have referred to their own childhood memories and depicted winged birds circling above trees, that represent the environment at Heathcote, which makes it extra special to view at the historical site itself,” said City of Melville Mayor Aubrey.

“I invite you to rediscover Heathcote through this Exhibition, and immerse yourself in this different way of thinking.”

Essay wording by Professor Ted Snell, AM CitWA:

“Artists use traditional print media for centuries, and that continues today, probably more than ever before, so contemporary printmaking is partly defined by the tension between printmaking as a distinct terrain, which over time has acquired its own discursive space, and the hybrid instinct of the contemporary artist, for whom such boundaries are permeable.

Jo, Martin and Bethwyn provide us with new lenses to focus our gaze and re-encounter a world we thought we knew and understood.  That has been the role of artists for millennia and it is why we prize them so highly, why we need them so much. Whether inspired by the river, recording notes from a child or a response to a littoral shore, their works open up new vistas, recalibrate experience and reframe our understanding.

All three interrogate what can be achieved in printmaking. Utilising print and digital media, they have created an immersive installation in response to the environment and historic site of Heathcote that will forever impact on our sense of this place. Interpreting the building's history through their re-imaginings of a world animated by winged birds circling above, trees and sounds of the sea and childhood memories, they invite us to embark on a journey of discovery and reinvention.”

Professor Ted Snell, AM CitWA, is Chief Cultural Officer and Director of the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery at the University of Western Australia. He has published books and articles and curated numerous exhibitions, many of which document the visual culture of Western Australia.

The exhibition will officially open on Friday, 6 September 2019 at 6.00pm and will continue to run at the Heathcote Museum and Gallery from Saturday, 7 September to Sunday, 13 October 2019. Members of the public wishing to attend the opening should RSVP by Tuesday, 3 September to or phone 9364 5666. The galleries normal opening hours are Tuesday to Friday 10.00am to 3.00pm, Saturday and Sunday 12noon to 4.00pm.

For more information, visit or contact 1300 635 845 | 9364 0666.

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