THE WORLD marks the 50-year anniversary of one of the biggest achievements in human history in July, the 1969 moon landing.
And Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, in Sydney's southwest, is joining the celebration with a multi-arts program of events and exhibitions.
The Giant Leap program is an opportunity for the community to remember and capture the excitement of the global event. It also aims to generate cross-community, cross-cultural and inter-generational discussions.
A main feature of Giant Leap will be a series of visual arts exhibitions:
Memories of the Moon Landing: Liverpool residents come from 150 countries, many of whom had yet to arrive in Australia in 1969. Their memories are captured on video by Curiousworks, interspersed with NASA photos and footage. Includes memorabilia and local media. July 1-September 1, 2019.
High Loom: Examines early civilisations' understanding of the size, scale and wonder of space by way of a large-scale installation by Lisa Sammut in the centre's cavernous Turbine Hall. July 1-September 1.
Astronaut: Considers space exploration from the perspective of the astronaut. Works by Adam Norton, David Haines and Joyce Hinterding, Tony Albert and Chris Caines explore the impact of space travel on the body, the sounds of space, the colonisation of new lands and more. July 20-September 8.
Future: Christelle Hug, Clinton Gorst and David Greenhalgh look at the artworks of the 1950s and 60s and their creative imagining of the future. Drawing on the films and posters of this time, they have created their own updated visions of cities to come. July 20-September 8.
Under the Same Moon: Features works by artists from community or cultural groups that have particular relationships with the moon. Chinese astrology, cultural responses to lunar eclipses and even UFOs are among the aspects covered. July 20-September 8.
On July 20, the anniversary of the lunar walk, CPAC will host a free launch day for the exhibitions from 3-7pm. Attendees will view the Moon with the Macarthur Astronomical Society and be treated to complementary wine and fare from in-house restaurant Bellbird Dining + Bar.