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Misunderstood Animals - Rhonda Partridge

Misunderstood Animals - Rhonda Partridge

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Prepare to feel empathy for a rooster, love for a rat and compassion for a crow when you visit new exhibition Misunderstood Animals, on display in the Fountain Court this August.

The exhibition is a collection of paintings and sculptures by Newcastle artist Rhonda Partridge, who takes aim at unkind animal stereotypes and encourages visitors to see the importance of every living creature.

"Every animal needs love, protection and a safe environment," Rhonda says. "My work and general philosophy is about nurturing all creatures and maintaining harmony, respect and empathy. This exhibition acknowledges that we have developed many unkind stigmas towards animals, such as the 'dirty rat' or 'cunning crow', and encourages people to see these animals in a new light."

Misunderstood Animals is being displayed alongside pieces from Rhonda's earlier body of work, Whales and Ocean Rhythms, capturing the energy, freedom and movement of both the sea and humpback whales.

The exhibition is being hosted at NSW Parliament by the Honourable Mark Pearson, member of the Legislative Council.


How to see the exhibition
In person: Visit the Fountain Court exhibition space at NSW Parliament on weekdays, 9am-5pm, between 2 and 25 August 2022. Entry is via the gatehouse to the left of the building, and the Fountain Court is just beyond the main reception desks. As part of COVID safety measures, visitors will be required to have their temperature checked while pasing through security. We kindly ask that you avoid visiting if you are experiencing any symptoms of illness.

Online: If you're unable to make it in person, check our the virtual recreation of the exhibition below.

Virtual exhibition

Interested in exhibiting at NSW Parliament?

Learn about our exhibition spaces and how to apply to have your works displayed on our information page here.