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Julie McGowan: Presence
March 10, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - March 28, 2018 @ 3:00 pm
In 2013, artist Julie McGowan travelled to the Mindoro Island in the Philippines to volunteer at the Ruel Foundation orphanage. During her stay, Typhoon Haiyan hit the Tacloban Island becoming the country’s worst natural disaster. The artist, together with an interpreter and the orphanage director went to the city after the disaster, and helped to allocate donated money for housing, feeding people in outlying areas, and treating injured people. The entire city was devastated leaving over 50,000 people homeless and thousands dead.
Presence emerged from the artist’s experience documenting this catastrophe – with a conscious effort to retain people’s dignity Presence is a collection of paintings that aim to capture the essence of the human spirit.
Presence officially opens on Saturday 10 March, 2pm – 3:30pm in the Main Gallery.