Annual Members' Show 2023
30 November - 16 December 2023
It's that time of year again.
Watercolour palettes melt into one homogenous blob; viewfinders seem to be perpetually foggy; oil paintings simply refuse to dry. Left unchecked, spare rolls of canvas will grow their own mouldering masterpieces overnight. By mid-October, the 'L' in Plein Air may as well be silent (paintbrushes don't make good fly swats). But there is no relief to be found in the studio- it's become a sauna. A miniature tropical garden will begin to bloom under the drip-drip-dripping of the A/C, which shudders back to life as the louvres clack shut for the first time since June.
There's no doubt about it. It's that time of year again. It's Too Bloody Hot!
Yep, the build-up is here! And so is our annual Members' Show.
‘Too Bloody Hot’ invites artists of all disciplines to interpret how North Australia’s climate shapes our lives, landscapes, and culture. No matter the medium, this theme is your chance to capture the essence of a climate which is as much a part of our collective identity as it is our daily lives. From the scorching hot of the Red Centre to steamy humidity of the Top End, NCCA invites you to celebrate the resilience and resourcefulness that comes with living in a place where it's always, well, Too Bloody Hot!
Interpreting the theme:
Think beyond the temperature gauge! Your work could capture the rituals of cooling off, sub-cultures of the tropics, local stories of global warming, or the rhythm of living in between extremes of wet and dry. This is your opportunity to explore the relationship between climate, culture, and creativity.