James Drinkwater in Conversation

James Drinkwater discusses work in progress on his upcoming Dobell-inspired ballet: Storm Approaching Wangi and other desires.

Join us for an evening in conversation with celebrated Hunter-based artist James Drinkwater, as he discusses the inspiration behind his ballet Storm Approaching Wangi and other desires, which will be performed at the Multi-Arts Pavilion, mima in November this year.

Perhaps one of Drinkwater's most ambitious projects to date, this site-specific ballet explores Dobell's history and relationship to art and the lake. Like Dobell, Drinkwater makes work about place and intimacy, using distinctive colour and mark making to explore these preoccupations.

In 2013, Drinkwater began taking classical ballet lessons to extend his practice both pictorially and lyrically. This experience as a dancer has influenced his iconography and use of colour for almost a decade, beginning with his early body of work The Boy and the Ballet.

MAP mima Curator Pippa Budge will moderate as we delve into the rich story and process behind Drinkwater's latest creative work. James will be joined in conversation with his key collaborators for Storm Approaching Wangi and other desires, local choreographers Belle Beasley and Skip Wilcox.


General $12 (includes voucher)

Student/Concession $10

Lake Mac Arts Members $9 (includes voucher)

Special offer: The ticket price includes a $10 discount voucher on earlybird tickets to the ballet Storm Approaching Wangi and other desires, which will be performed at MAP mima on 11, 12 and 13 November 2022. Earlybird tickets will be on sale from 1 June to 1 September.

This event is part of the Lake Macquarie Dobell Festival. For a full list of festival events please visit Lake Macquarie Dobell Festival 2022.

About James Drinkwater

James Drinkwater studied at the National Art School and has held solo exhibitions since 2004 in Sydney, Melbourne, Newcastle and internationally in London and Singapore. His work has been included in group exhibitions throughout Australia and internationally in Berlin, Leipzig and London.

He was awarded the Brett Whiteley Travelling Scholarship , the John Olsen National Art School Life Drawing Prize and has been a finalist in the Wynne Prize, Sulman Prize, John Glover Art Prize, Paddington Art Prize, Doug Moran Portrait Prize, Dobell Drawing Prize and the Salon de Refuses.

Drinkwater has undertaken international residencies in Germany, Kenya, Paris and Tahiti. His work is held in the collections of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Artbank and several significant regional and tertiary collections.


  • Friday, 24 June 2022 | 06:30 PM - 07:30 PM


Multi-Arts Pavilion (MAP mima) Lake Macquarie, 96 Creek Reserve Road, Speers Point 2284  View in Google Maps

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