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Historic homestead hosts kaleidoscope of observations

Thursday 10 May, 2018


The 120-year-old Coolart Homestead in Somers will have a contemporary feel this weekend with the opening of an exhibition by artist-in-residence, Rosa Mar Tato Ortega.

The rooms and gardens of the imposing homestead will display the photography, text, light-driven collage and other works completed so far during Rosa’s residency, which has been sponsored by Parks Victoria.

Overlooking Western Port Bay and surrounded by wetlands, gardens and historic buildings, the homestead and local community have provided plenty of artistic inspiration.

In the past six months, Rosa has had unique and memorable encounters with locals and visitors, capturing recollections and anecdotes, taking note of reflections whilst in nature, and photographing the landscape in Somers and beyond.

“In this exhibition, I will be presenting artworks that invite the visitor to contemplate what creates a sense of place,” said Rosa.

“Is it memories and experiences, is it the landscape and geographical features? Or is it the relationships formed and the bonds between place and identity?”

Coolart Homestead is a magnificent late Victorian mansion that dates back to 1895. Its surrounds include other historic buildings including barracks, a meat-house and buttery, and a wetland system that was created to provide a haven for a birdlife.

Exhibition details

  • ‘Colourt by Sea – A Kaleidoscope of Observations’
  • Opening: Saturday 19 May, 2pm–4pm
  • Exhibition:19 May–11 June, 10am–3pm daily

The exhibition opening, hosted by Friends of Coolart, is free and open to the public. More information and to reserve a place.

More information about Coolart Homestead.


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