Blue Mountains Grammar to host exhibition by artist Nadia Odlum

Old girl: Artist Nadia Odlum returns to her alma mater with an exhibition at Blue Mountains Grammar School.
Old girl: Artist Nadia Odlum returns to her alma mater with an exhibition at Blue Mountains Grammar School.

Blue Mountains Grammar School’s Coorah Contemporary Art Gallery is holding an exhibition of works by a young emerging artist, Nadia Odlum, who is gaining significant attention in the Sydney art scene.

Ms Odlum grew up in Glenbrook and is an ex-student of Blue Mountains Grammar School, graduating from Year 12 in 2008. She was Dux of her year, and her HSC Body of Work was selected for inclusion in ArtExpress.

After graduating Ms Odlum attended the National Art School for four years, and exhibited regularly in group and solo exhibitions. In 2015, the Art Gallery of New South Wales selected her for a residency in Paris, at the Cité Internationale des Arts, and awarded her the Dyason Bequest to fund her time studying abroad. Whilst in Paris, she researched optical and kinetic artists from the 1960s and 70s, and developed new work for a solo exhibition at Archive Space in Newtown.

Ms Odlum recently finished her Master of Fine Arts degree at UNSW Art & Design. At present, she is undertaking a residency at Parramatta Artists Studios. She is now gaining the attention of larger regional galleries, and was recently commissioned to create an installation for the Murray Art Museum Albury (MAMA).

The exhibition – Movements Through Space and Place - at Coorah Contemporary Art Gallery draws together a number of recent works by Ms Odlum, many of which were created during her residency in Paris. As part of this exhibition, she also conducted a workshop with the Year 11 Visual Art students at Blue Mountains Grammar School. The students collaborated with her to create an installation, featuring an undulating line of vinyl which tracks through the exhibition space.

The opening event for the exhibition will be held on Saturday,  August 20 from 3-5pm at Coorah Contemporary Art Gallery in the grounds of Blue Mountains Grammar School. The curator of the Gallery, Mrs Sally Herron (Head of Visual Arts) invites visitors to view this new exhibition, share in complimentary refreshments and support this wonderfully talented local artist.

Detail: From one of Nadia Odlum's works which will be on display at the exhibition.

Detail: From one of Nadia Odlum's works which will be on display at the exhibition.