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Image: Twilight, 2023 by Stan Florek, courtesy the artist

Bread and Longing

Exhibition: 4 July to 22 July 2023
Workshop: 20 July 2023
Closing Event and Artist Talk: 22 July 2023

The Leo Kelly Blacktown Arts Centre

Blacktown Arts are thrilled to present Bread and Longing, an exhibition of works by Open Studio artist and 2022/23 Blacktown City Art Prize finalist, Stan Florek.

Bread and Longing begins with stories discovered at a local bakery in Blacktown. Bread is the catalyst for connection, as people come to the bakery daily for their bread.

Modest, nourishing and familiar, bread passes between hands, carrying with it real and imagined stories of love, fulfillment and happiness. As stories unfurl, a deeper longing for distant relatives, friends, culture and language is uncovered.

All artworks are for sale. Please see front desk at The Leo Kelly Blacktown Arts Centre for price list and enquiries.

Workshop: 20 July 2023, 6 pm to 8 pm
See Winter Making to book for Still Life Drawing with Stan Florek.

Closing Event and Artist Talk: 22 July 2023,
11 am to 1 pm
Join local artist Stan Florek for a celebration and tour of Bread and Longing. Hear about Stan’s approach to storytelling as he unravels the connections between his work and the local community. Stan will also reflect on his creative practice as a regular at Open Studio.

Don’t miss the final day to see the show before it draws to a close! Refreshments provided.

Artist Bio

Stan Florek is a local Blacktown artist and archaeologist born in Poland. His practice has spanned many mediums including pastel on paper, printmaking and painting.

In his recent work, Stan experiments with combining charcoal and oil paint on canvas. He greatly appreciates the formal qualities of an artwork, yet his work is almost always stimulated by and entangled in narratives

Stan has previously exhibited work in the Blacktown City Art Prize and is a regular attendee of the Open Studio program. In 2019 Stan was a recipient of the Creative Arts Fund. The resulting body of work is exhibited in this exhibition Bread and Longing.

Image: Stan Florek, courtesy of Blacktown Arts

Presented by Blacktown Arts with support from the NSW Government through Create NSW and Blacktown City Council